Sandwich Review Special: The Value Menu Burger Guide
June 11, 2010
Considering that tomorrow, June 12th, is the one-year anniversary of Sandwichtalk, I decided to go a bit further in my latest review. These days, most fast food restaurants have value menus, where you can get burgers, drinks, desserts etc. for around a dollar. In light of the myriad options, I’ve put together a guide to where you can find the best burgers for one dollar or less (plus tax). Here goes!
6. White Castle Cheeseburger
Starting from the bottom. White Castle is known for their “buy in bulk” approach to food, with the Crave Case, a box of 30 burgers, being the most infamous. I’m unhappy that this is my first White Castle review, because I actually don’t have much of a problem with them in general. However, from a dollar menu standpoint, they’re really dropped the ball. One White Castle hamburger is 69 cents, and a cheeseburger is 82 cents. The burgers are about as thick as a slice of lunchmeat, and most of the mass is taken up by the large, pillowy bun. It’s topped with pickles, mustard, and onions, the latter of which provide most of the flavor. It’s an interesting experience, but seeing as you only get one, it’s not nearly worth your dollar.
5. BK Buck Double
Burger King recently added a $1 burger to their menu, which they claim is now the most popular dollar burger on the market. There’s really not a lot wrong with the Buck Double, which includes 2 patties, cheese, ketchup, mustard and pickles, but it tastes like something’s missing. It lacks the feeling of completeness that its more expensive brother, the Double Cheeseburger ($1.29) has. Not a terrible bet for your dollar, but it’ll leave you wanting more.
4. Taco Bell Beefy 5-Layer Burrito
I know, I know. There’s a big difference between a burger and a burrito. I’ve said I want to branch out a bit on here, and I figured this is a good way to start. If you’re a serious sandwich purist, just skip to the next section. For everyone else, Taco Bell has a number of beef and cheese items for under a dollar, although their prices fluctuate often. One standby is the Beefy 5-Layer Burrito. At 89 cents, it’s inexpensive, and quite filling, with ground beef, beans, sour cream and two kinds of cheeses. It may not be a burger, but it’s still not a bad choice for your dollar.
3. Wendy’s Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger
Wendy’s certainly wins the variety award for value burgers. Their menu includes the Double Stack, the Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger, and the Jr. Cheeseburger Deluxe, all for 99 cents. I selected the Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger, which included lettuce, tomato and mayo in addition to the titular bacon, cheese and burger. It was delicious, with the high-quality ingredients Wendy’s is known for. You really can’t go wrong at Wendy’s with a dollar.
2. Arby’s Jr. Roast Beef
Again, not exactly a burger, but still a $1 beef sandwich. Arby’s Jr. Roast Beef is deceptively simple. With a decent portion of Arby’s top-notch roast beef, it’s pretty good when eaten plain, but where it really shines is in combination with a sauce. The Arby’s I visited had no less than 5 different kinds of sauces, and most stock at least Ketchup, Arby’s Sauce and Horsey Sauce. When applied to the Jr. Roast Beef, they transform it into something new and magical. I recommend the Spicy 3 Pepper sauce, if available.
And the best value for your dollar is…
1. McDonald’s McDouble
Yes, the classic McDouble. It’s only $1, and comes with 2 nicely sized patties, cheese, ketchup, mustard, onions and pickles. You get a lot of meat for a good price, and the whole sandwich really comes together in a way that most don’t. The McDouble really is the Cadillac of one dollar burgers.
If you notice a fast food chain not represented, it’s probably because there isn’t one near enough to me for me to visit (Jack-In-The-Box and Sonic, among others). Obviously, the prices and offerings on these value menus are subject to change without notice. I hope you’ve enjoyed the guide, and please, spend your dollars responsibly.