I posted before about being underwhelmed by Big Boy’s new burger line.  I had said that they need some new ideas to really stand out in the world of higher end restaurant hamburgers.  Well, they must have heard me or something, because on my most recent trip to Big Boy I discovered they’ve introduced a burger to end all burgers.  The Kitchen Sink consists of a patty, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, red onion, red relish, mayonnaise, American and pepper jack cheeses, bacon, chili, French fries, and a fried egg.  It was such a daunting prospect that I required some convincing from my brother, but in the end I realized that this is the kind of sandwich I got into the business for, and good or bad, I needed to cover it.

The champagne of burgers!!

And believe it or not, it turned out to be pretty good!!  I know I have a soft spot for excessive burgers, but there’s a lot going right for the Kitchen Sink.  The chili, fries, and egg all work together well for a hearty, filling burger.  As you work your way inward, you begin to reach the more traditional toppings, but the red relish and pickles lend it a sweeter, tangier twist.  It’s a lot of food, but all of the ingredients work together harmoniously enough to keep you engaged.  I would’ve liked more French fries included, as I think potatoes are an underused sandwich element, but overall I was floored by how well a burger which seems like a dare worked.

The Kitchen Sink runs for about $9, which is kind of a lot.  But it’s definitely worth getting, especially to impress your friends.  The chili, egg, fries and bacon combo alone is fantastic, and there’s another burger’s worth of ingredients besides.

On a recent trip to Big Boy, I discovered something of interest.  Like many chains, they have a new line of higher quality, more expensive “restaurant style” burgers.  What sets theirs apart, however, is the presence of a cheeseburger called “The Best Cheeseburger on the Planet.”  Friends, that is a bold claim to make.  I don’t know how anyone would even be in the position to make that call, but it means at the very least that it would be the best cheeseburger I had ever tasted in my entire life.  I had to give it a try.

Do your worst, old man!!

Unfortunately, it was not the best cheeseburger I had ever had, and thus probably not the best cheeseburger on the planet.  There was nothing wrong with it, per se.  It had a decent patty, Cheddar cheese, red onion, lettuce, tomato, mayo, the usual fare.  There just wasn’t much outstanding about it.  It was better than most higher-end fast food burgers, but there are burgers I’ve reviewed on this very blog I would rank higher than it.  Part of it has to be the lack of imagination.  Usual deluxe toppings are fine, but when you’re going for the title of “Best on the Planet” you need to think outside the box a little bit.

All in all though, it was a pretty good cheeseburger.  It cost around $7 I believe, and it was a filling, satisfying meal.  I’d recommend it as a cheeseburger in general.  It’s just that if you give a sandwich the oddly specific title of “The Best Cheeseburger on the Planet”, you’d better be able to back it up.

This is kind of a different review, in that the sandwich I’m reviewing isn’t on the menu at most Big Boys anymore.  However, I still need to dedicate an entry to it because this particular sandwich was one of the most delicious I’ve ever tasted, and I know that it’s still available in some Big Boys.

The sandwich in question is the Big Ringer.  The Big Ringer is one of a series of Big Boy sandwiches which could be prepared with either a grilled chicken breast or a hamburger patty.  The Big Ringer consisted of your chosen meat, ranch dressing, melted mozzarella cheese, and two onion rings.  For the purposes of this entry, I’ll be describing the sandwich with the chicken breast. 

The Big Ringer is a success in two ways.  The first is in terms of concept.  Onions on a sandwich is pretty commonplace.  They’re not bad, but they’re generally not noteworthy.  Onion rings, on the other hand, are something different.  The combination of onion rings and ranch dressing on a sandwich is definitely some outside-the-box thinking.  The second way the Big Ringer succeeds is in execution.  The grilled chicken breast is cooked to perfection.  The melted cheese is important as well.  I sometimes feel like mozzarella gets passed over sometimes in the sandwich world for more flavorful cheeses like cheddar or swiss.  The mozzarella adds a lot to the sandwich without being overpowering.  The onion rings are a great choice too.  Whenever I ordered the sandwich they were huge.  Onion ring was present in most bites, a level of consistency sometimes lost by those little onion “straws” which seem to be all the rage now.  The ranch dressing complemented the mozzarella well and really brought the sandwich together.

Overall, the Big Ringer is one of the greatest sandwiches I’ve ever had in my life.  It doesn’t appear on the most recent update of the Big Boy menu, and I couldn’t even find a picture of one online.  However, I do know that some older Big Boys still serve it.  If, by the grace of God, you are ever in the situation to order one, do it.  It may change your life.