Best Fast Food Bacon Cheeseburgers, Ranked: Which Chain Is the Best?

Will Kreznick

The build: Two delicious flame-grilled beef patties, six strips of thick-cut smoked bacon, four pieces of American cheese, ketchup, and mayo on a sesame seed bun When we set off to find the absolute best bacon cheeseburger in fast food, we didn’t expect to find it at Burger King, when there are […]

The build: Two delicious flame-grilled beef patties, six strips of thick-cut smoked bacon, four pieces of American cheese, ketchup, and mayo on a sesame seed bun

When we set off to find the absolute best bacon cheeseburger in fast food, we didn’t expect to find it at Burger King, when there are other chains serving ones with names like the Baconator, Baconzilla!, and SuperSONIC Double Bacon Cheeseburger. We were so wrong. Turns out the Bacon King is the only bacon cheeseburger on this list that truly lives up to its novelty name.

The first thing we jotted down in our taste test notes is that this thing is substantial. With two burger patties, six strips of bacon, and four slices of cheese sandwiched on a sesame seed bun, you’d think that it’d be a pain to eat and a guaranteed mess in your car. But it’s neither of those things. Bigger doesn’t always mean better, but the Bacon King’s width contributes to its great overall construction. You can eat it without worrying about a piece of bacon falling onto your lap. Most importantly, you get consistently even bites featuring all of the ingredients, delivering a perfect marriage of flavors from beginning to end.

These flavors are what made the Bacon King the clear winner. Like Checkers’ bacon, Burger King’s tastes home cooked and easily surpasses the level of quality you’d expect from a fast food chain. Meanwhile, the substantial amount of melty American cheese and the sandwich’s kiss of mayo add nice creamy notes to this salty symphony. Burger King’s flame-grilled burger patties seal the deal with that signature flavor that’s reminiscent—but not quite the same—as a burger grilled in your backyard. It is exactly what a fast food bacon cheeseburger should taste like.

All said, the Bacon King achieves that magical, borderline-inexplicable fast food flavor alchemy that we haven’t experienced since taking our first few bites of the Popeyes Chicken Sandwich. Not only is it an extraordinary bacon cheeseburger, it’s a fast food engineering marvel that’s ultimately greater than the sum of its parts.

The Bacon King is, indeed, the king. Long may it reign.

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