Burger King Blows It: A Review of the New California Whopper

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The California Whopper features small schmears of guacamole, bright white mayo on the liquid side, and Swiss cheese. Oh, and there's some bacon tossed in there somewhere, too.


This is the first in a series (see the further installments here) of reviews of newly introduced fast-food items that will run this week, graded on a bell curve.


Ahhh, Burger King. You may be gone but your works live on. In particular, there's the newly introduced California Whopper. Which is sort of a redundant idea.

For you see, when the Burger King chain introduced the Whopper in 1957, it was an attempt to emulate the sort of California burger that had became popular in the late '40s and early '50s. While previous hamburgers had been mere meat and bun, with maybe some condiments and grilled or steamed onions, the California burger came heaped with vegetables of the type that issued year-round from the state's agricultural valleys, and were now generally available by rail and truck across the country.

In some places, this sort of burger -- which spread rapidly across the country, often sold in hamburger stands called "dairy bars" -- was referred to as "in the garden," because the patty would be lavished with crisp iceberg lettuce, carefully pruned into burger-size sheets; slices of tomatoes that, in the original incarnations, were invariably red and ripe; and chopped raw onions. Additionally, some California versions had ripe sliced avocado. These burgers were generally doused with mayo rather than the standard East Coast and Midwestern ketchup.

The Whopper featured a patty of unusually large circumference (hence the name) cooked on a conveyor belt under a flame broiler, which conferred a smoky taste on the meat, plus lettuce, tomato, raw onion, and pickle, with a very democratic combo of mayo and ketchup by way of sauces.


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The California Whopper in the picture above the counter must be propped up with toothpicks.



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12 comments
Juli88
Juli88

tried the California whopper, agree with the review! mine did not have mayo on it, just a ton of guacamole slop, the texture was gross! guacamole (which I usually LOVE) was tasteless and very smooth and runny in texture.. the burger would have been good with avocado slices instead of the eeky guac. It was messy and flavorless, texturely disgusting.

Summer T
Summer T

My husband, two friends and I tried this burger at a BK in North Jersey and got food poisoning for 3 days.... 3 days!  2 other friends had regular burgers and were fine. Maybe they need to teach employees to refrigerate the guac in between servings.  ...3 DAYS sick!!!!

Omar  Allan
Omar Allan

Just had one today. Did not like it.

Ve1sta
Ve1sta

 stick with the regular you will be happier in the long run

FastFoodFunky
FastFoodFunky

Call it the Cali Whiper because it's not a burger it's a buger. Nasty stuff.

Nan
Nan

I think they're pretty yummy.  As a matter of fact, I'm going to go get one now. ;-)

Roy-Z
Roy-Z

I guess the newest fad is to put guacamole or avocado on something and call it "California LULZ!!!1".

File this one under "mailed-in."

Rusty Shackleford
Rusty Shackleford

Pork and avacado aren't really an excellent combo. tbh, I like the basic double cheeseburger from BK more than any other sandwich from fast food places.. their A1 angus burger is pretty tasty as well. But I've never been a huge fan of any of their whopper varieties, other than the original.  The Angry Whopper they had recently was alright I guess, but when I heard of this one as well as tasted it, my biggest question was.. ."why?"

Karinelizabeth1
Karinelizabeth1

I haven't tried the California Whopper yet, but I'm intrigued. I've gotta say that BK is definitely my burger joint of choice, mainly because I think they're doing good work on animal welfare and 'green' issues. Maybe it sounds funny, but I feel better about indulging in fast food knowing that BK takes sustainability seriously and uses some cage free eggs and crate free pork.

K C
K C

You're hilarious... :P

Philstewart
Philstewart

Seriously?  How did you come up with that brilliant conclusion? 

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