Reality Check

Reviews of fast food burgers and a look at how the real life version compares to the advertised beauty shot.


We Try the Diner Double Beef, a '50s-Themed Burger From McDonald's Japan

Reality Check Jeremy Goldberg 22 comments

As part of their American Vintage campaign, McDonald's Japan released the Diner Double Beef burger, their image of a 1950s diner steak plate in hamburger form: double 100 percent beef patties with a fried egg, a slice of cheese, onions, Chicago-style steak sauce, and a mashed potato sauce on a classic whole wheat bun. More

We Try the New Bacon Insider and Brioche Bun from Jack in the Box

Reality Check Erin Jackson 11 comments

The newest burger from Jack in the Box features a beef patty with bacon mixed right into it, hickory smoked bacon, and creamy bacon mayo sauce on a new "gourmet" brioche bun. Clearly, we had to try it. More

We Try the Ciabatta Bacon Cheeseburger from Wendy's

Reality Check Todd Brock 13 comments

While they're fancying up the bookends by going all ciabatta on you, Wendy's has also quietly upped their game with a few new toppings. It all makes for a tasty-as-hell-sounding burger, but the reality is far less impressive. More

We Try the Philly Cheesesteak Thickburger (and New Buns!) from Hardee's and Carl's Jr.

Reality Check Todd Brock 10 comments

Thinly-sliced steak? Check. White cheese? Check. Onions and green peppers? Check—with even a slight bit of blackened blistering if you look closely. But I'm convinced that a huge part of my positive Philly experience came from the new bun. More

Good Toppings Can't Save Olive Garden's New Italiano Burger

Reality Check Erin Jackson 15 comments

There's something new on Olive Garden's lunch menu: a burger topped with Italian prosciutto, mozzarella, arugula, marinated tomatoes, and aioli. We took it for a test-drive. More

The Grilled Turkey Burger at The Cheesecake Factory, a Low Calorie Salt Bomb

Reality Check Erin Jackson 4 comments

The Cheesecake Factory has a low-calorie turkey burger with mushrooms, garlic, and spices blended into the patty, but don't order it unless you want to feel like a parched iguana for the next four hours. More

The Big King Is a Whopper of a Disappointment

Reality Check Dennis Lee 30 comments

I couldn't even eat half of the Big King, Burger King's clone of the Big Mac. More

The Counter's Thanksgiving-Themed Burger Is a Turkey Burger Worth Trying

Reality Check Erin Jackson 3 comments

November's featured burger at The Counter features sliced ham, sweet potato hash, cranberries, spinach, and rosemary cream sauce on a spiced turkey patty. More

Reality Check: Hot Pepper, Garlic, and Nacho Cheese Shooters from Steak 'N Shake

Reality Check Erin Jackson 4 comments

Steak 'N Shake's three new "Shooters" (mini burgers) are some of the most savory, spicy burgers I've ever tasted from a fast food chain. More

We Try the New Buffalo Blue Cheese Burger from Hardee's & Carl's Jr.

Reality Check Todd Brock 15 comments

This is like doing a shot of straight wing sauce and then chasing it with an otherwise-nondescript-but-still-too-blue-cheesy fast-food burger. More

Reality Check: New Stacked Burgers From TGI Friday's

Chain Reaction Erin Jackson 24 comments

After nearly two years of development, this week TGI Friday's released a trio of new double-patty burgers made with fresh USDA Choice beef and brioche-style buns. Judging from what I ate, they should've spent more time on development. More

Reality Check: 'Roo Burger at Slater's 50/50

Reality Check Erin Jackson 5 comments

The burger of the month at Slater's 50/50 features a patty that's half bacon, half kangaroo. More

Reality Check: Burger King French Fry Burger

Reality Check Erin Jackson 19 comments

Hey, Burger King, we need to talk. I tried the new fry burger and now I don't know whether to laugh, cry, or just walk away. More

Reality Check: New York Beef from McDonald's in Norway

Reality Check Robyn Lee 9 comments

For a limited time, McDonald's in Norway offered the New York Beef made with a 100 percent Norwegian beef patty topped with cheese, bacon, shredded lettuce, mayo, slices of tomato, diced onion, and ketchup on a sesame seed bun. As for what makes that New York-themed, I don't know. But being a New Yorker, I had to try it. More

Reality Check: McDonald's New Quarter Pounders

Reality Check Dennis Lee 27 comments

McDonald's recently upgraded their Quarter Pounder with three new variations: Bacon Habanero Ranch, Bacon and Cheese, and Deluxe Quarter Pounder. But despite the nice makeup job, that sad, tired beef still shows through. More

Reality Check: We Try Wendy's New Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger

Reality Check Todd Brock 60 comments

After product testing earlier this year, Wendy's Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger reportedly scored higher than any other promotional hamburger in recent Wendy's history. How you feel about it will likely boil down to how you feel about Wendy's, period. More

Reality Check: The Wolverine-inspired Burgers at Red Robin

Reality Check Lacey Muszynski 4 comments

I wasn't expecting much from Red Robin's two new Wolverine-inspired burgers, but, to my amazement, these burgers weren't terrible, especially the Berserker burger topped with pickles and onion strings. More

Reality Check: Ramen Burger at Lotteria in Japan

Reality Check Jay Friedman 2 comments

I was lucky enough to be in Tokyo as the promotion started, hitting up a Shinjuku location that offers only 100 burgers per day. (Some shops sell only 50.) I was excited to try this. Ramen and burgers are two of my favorite foods. Combine them, and what could go possibly wrong? More

Reality Check: We Try the New Bacon-Loaded 'Superman' Burger from Hardee's & Carl's Jr.

Reality Check Todd Brock 9 comments

I'm not sure six strips of bacon versus two really warrants a Superman comparison, but there's nothing not to like here. Except for the silly name they gave to the invented piece of porcine architecture that graces this movie tie-in burger. More

Reality Check: Pepperoni and Bacon Pizzaburger from Boston Pizza

Reality Check Michael Nusair 22 comments

Have you ever had a terrible slice of pizza and thought, "Boy, I wish I could combine this with a mediocre hamburger!" If so, you're in luck! Boston Pizza has read your mind and created a product just for you. More

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