Review: BK Angry Burger

If you look in a dictionary of English idiom under "fool's errand," you will see a picture of me in my trusty old Camry, driving all over hell-and-gone in the Midwest on a June Sunday. That's how I spent my day yesterday.

You see, I just proofread the galleys of the revised, expanded slow cooker book, and made an embarrassing discovery: I'd repeated a recipe. I very simply had had the same idea twice, once for the original edition, and once for the expanded version, and not realized it. I needed another recipe post haste, and since the recipe-stutter was of a spare rib recipe, it seemed a good idea to do ribs.

I tried a recipe on Saturday, and it was okay, but not book worthy. I took another half-slab out of the deep freeze, and started looking for inspiration. I found it in a recipe for a Cuban pork roast, but it called for dark rum. I had none in the house, and Indiana is a blue law state; you can't buy liquor on Sunday, except for by the drink in a restaurant or bar. And I needed a recipe by today!

Having lived for 17 years in Illinois, and visiting there a couple times a year, at least, I knew it was not a blue law state, and the Indiana/Illinois border is 90 minutes away. I figure that if I hopped in my car right away, and went to the first town across the border, I could grab a bottle of Myer's Rum and get back in time to cook ribs if I set the Crockpot(tm) on "high." So I fired up the car, turned on the new Garmin, threw the next disc of my CD book in the deck, and set out across Rt 46, toward Terre Haute.

Imagine my dismay, then, when I learned that the county right across the border from Terre Haute is dry on Sundays. So is the next county north. I wasted a whole afternoon, and a good thirty bucks worth of gas, and still didn't have a damned recipe.

All of which explains why I was looking for a fast lunch somewhere around Brazil, Indiana, on the way home. When my Garmin told me to get off I 70, there was a McD's to the left and a BK to the right. The Garmin told me to turn right, so rather than annoy the Lady in the Dashboard, I stopped at BK.

I was going to order a Whopper with Cheese, hold the bun, but then saw a signboard for something called the Angry Burger. Intrigued, I asked the nice girl at the counter what was on an Angry Burger? Jalapeno cheese, she said, and sliced jalapenos. Bacon, onions, lettuce, tomato, mayo and "Angry Sauce." Sounded more interesting than a plain hamburger patty with American cheese, so I ordered an Angry Burger, hold the bun, and a large iced tea.

So how was it? Meh. The slice of cheese was teeny; if it covered half the Whopper patty, I'd be surprised. The bacon and tomato were fine, but the onions turned out to be battered and deep fried; I took them off. I had been expecting fresh raw onion. I liked the jalapenos, but then I like most anything that involves breathing fire. The Angry Sauce was okay, but sugary. There wasn't enough of it to spike my blood sugar, I'd guess, but if you're being really strict you wouldn't want it.

Most of all, I was unimpressed with the burger itself. It was dry, tough, and flavorless. I hadn't had a BK burger in a while, and I was really disappointed in the quality of the patty. I don't care if it's broiled instead of fried, if it comes across as broiled shoe leather.

Oh, and they gave me the bun; so much for Have It Your Way. I took it, and those fried onions, home to my chickens.

I'd give you actual numbers on the Angry Burger, but they're not up at the BK website; I looked.

As it is, next time I'll turn left and get a McDonald's Angus Bacon Cheeseburger, my fast food burger of choice. And the heck with the Lady in the Dashboard.

Oh, and I got up this morning, went to the liquor store, and bought my rum. My ribs were in the slow cooker by 10 or so, and should be done early enough for me to try them before close of business today, allowing me to keep my promise to my editor, assuming they're as good as they smell.

And I'm four discs further along to finding out how Inspector Monk and his wife Hester get the bad guy in Victorian London. So I guess it wasn't all a waste.

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A Swedish alternative...

Hi Dana,

If you turn right next time and continue across the ocean, there is one more alternative that you can try. Here's a link to it, excuse the Swedish:

According to the numbers on it, there are 6.6 carbs per burger or 3.3 carbs/100g. Good to know for any Swedish folllowers of your blog or anyone planning a vacation over here.

blue laws

Absolutely ridiculous! This is 2011, not 1620! I am over 21 and if I should have a hankering for some booze, regardless of the day in the week, I should be able to march into any store anywhere in this country and purchase a bottle.
What the hell is this state thinking? Separation of church and state, HELLO????
This kind of stuff just really sets me off. If you believe that booze is bad, fine. Don't drink it or buy it. Keep your damn religious beliefs to yourself.
OK, back to my corner now..................


Go, Squirrel! Testify! :-D

Funnily enough I tried an

Funnily enough I tried an "angry burger" today for the very first time. I got mine at the BK drivethrough window, and while they did scratch their heads a bit at my "no bun" order ("what? You don't want the *bread*?" repeated a couple times)they did ultimately give it to me packed in the plastic bowl they put baked potatoes in, along with a fork.

I though it was mostly pretty good, though I was also shocked at the onions. The burger was tasty. I love BK burgers. But I did add some extra sharp cheddar cheese to mine when I got home also.

I've never been a McD burger fan, but I especially avoid their "Angus" burgers because of all the disgusting cr*p they add to the burgers - and go with the regular burgers which are just plain beef. See:

100% Beef Patty:
100% pure USDA inspected beef; no fillers, no extenders. Prepared with grill seasoning (salt, black pepper).

100% Angus Beef Patty:
100% Angus beef.
Prepared with Grill Seasoning (salt, black pepper) and Angus Burger Seasoning: Salt, sugar, onion powder, natural (botanical source) and artificial flavors,
maltodextrin, natural beef flavor [beef broth, yeast extract, maltodextrin, salt, lactic acid, natural flavor (plant source), beef fat, citric acid], spice, dextrose, autolyzed
yeast extract, garlic powder, dried beef extract, sunflower oil, caramel color, worcestershire sauce powder [distilled vinegar, molasses, corn syrup, salt, caramel color,
garlic powder, sugar, spices, tamarind, natural flavor (fruit source)], spice extractives, annatto and turmeric (color), calcium silicate and soybean oil added to prevent


Buzzkill. Thanks for the info.

Angry dashboard

Those ladies in the dashboard (Garmin) get huffy but they get over it just as quick. Go where you want to go next time :) I own a Camry Hybrid. I knew you and I were connected beyond low carb, lady!! :)

Oh, and the Lady in the Dashboard

I'm used to TNBIM's Nextar GPS -- when you disobey, it says "Make a U-turn if possible. Make a U-turn if possible" -- sometimes for several minutes before it decided to recalculate. The Garmin -- this was the first time I use it -- says "Recalculating" immediately.

Did I mention it cost me $25 new in the box at the Goodwill? :-D


That's what I'll get next time, the Camry hybrid. I'm currently on my third Camry; I'd still be on my first, but it got totaled. Second one was the first one I found used, in decent shape, for the money the insurance company was willing to give me, but it wasn't an LE, so when I made some real money back in '03-'04, I bought a 1 year old Camry LE. Needs body work right now; some lady pulled out of a parking lot into my rear passenger side door. Worth doing, though; it's only got about 90K miles on it, and you know that's just nicely broken in for a Toyota.

We're a three Toyota household, and there are only two of us! Though our property manager has had our 21 year old pickup truck for the past several months. I'm not sure I'd really consider looking at anything else. I've just had such good experiences with Toyotas.

From Camry to Highlander

I, too owned a reliable old 2002 Camry. Mind you, it was brand spanking new when I got it at the tailend of 2001--right before the interest rates bottomed out. Yeesh! We purchased the Camry right before having our second child, who, when she was four years old began a bout with what we now believe is a gluten sensitivity and we affectionately renamed our trusty steed, the Vomit Comet. Fun times.
At 130,000 miles, I turned the VC over to my husband (who took it over without complaint, God bless him) and I switched up to the Highlander. Two kids and all their friends allowed me to justify the 7 passenger seating as nothing but essential. I know, pretty weak. But I have to say, I do love it--very comfy. I do lots of miles in So. Cal. and I like being a little higher for all the freeway driving. (I've already got 57,000 miles in just the two and a half years). Sadly, we recently traded the VC in. I kind of miss the old girl. I do not, however, miss the aroma on warm days!

What a coincidence!

In addition to Dana's Camry, I drive a Highlander. :-) I know it drinks a bit more than the Camry, but it's not too bad, and I love it!


TNBIM drives a Highlander, and we sure don't have the kids excuse. However, we needed something that would tow our pop-up trailer. We'd been towing with the ancient 4-cylinder Toyota pickup, and we definitely slowed down on upgrades. The 6 cylinder Highlander with tow package tows exceedingly well, and is also a champ in heavy snow. And it gets respectable highway mileage for an SUV, about 26 highway, though that drops considerably around town.


Posted at the same time. ;-)