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Reality Check: Burger King's Jalapeño and Cheddar BK Stuffed Steakhouse

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[Photograph: Business Wire]

Burger King's recently released "Stuffed Steakhouse Burger" looks like pimento loaf. The posters might be some of the worst I've seen; who would want to eat a hamburger that looks like fruitcake? I've eaten some delicious onion-packed burgers, but something about the green and yellow chunks in a Burger King burger didn't seem appealing.

The BK Stuffed Steakhouse is the King's "Steakhouse" patty with jalapeno bits and cheese bits inside it. It's topped with "crisp" iceberg lettuce, "ripe" tomatoes, and a spicy poblano sauce, on a corn-dusted, toasted bun. Here's how the real thing stacks up to the advertised version.

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Though I'd expected the burger itself to be the worst part of the creation, I was surprised. When I bit into it, I realized the burger wasn't that bad—but parts of the creation were. The lettuce was not crisp, as advertised; the pink, mealy tomatoes didn't taste like anything, and I stripped them from the burger. (Why do fast food joints offer toppings that don't add flavor?) Finally, the spicy poblano sauce wasn't very spicy; it tasted more like ranch mixed with ketchup.

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The burger itself, though, wasn't bad. It has a lot of heat, more than the Whiplash Whopper and more than the Wendy's Spicy Chicken. You don't really notice the jalapenos texturally; they blend in with the rest of the burger. The benefit of having the cheese inside the burger means you actually get hot, melted cheese, as opposed to a refrigerator-cold slice of American, which happens all too often in fast food.

Some burger lovers might have trouble getting around BK's ever-present artificial smoke flavor, and if you don't like Burger King, this isn't going to convert you. But if you do like the King, it's worth a taste. I think it opens a lot of doors in fast food; I could see it leading to other stuffed burgers. I'd consider getting another Stuffed Steakhouse, but I'd order it plain.

Has anyone else tried it? What did you think?

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