Burger King Jalapeno & Cheddar Stuffed Steakhouse — Reinventing Meatloaf


Though the bun displays more buoyancy, the BK Jalapeno & Cheddar Stuffed Steakhouse resembles a standard burger — minus the pickles and onions.

For the last couple of decades, to make their products seem more “natural,” fast-food franchises have shunned fillers and chemical additives. Before that time, everyone assumed that the burgers at most fast-food outlets had been “extended” with fillers, making them cheaper to produce, and that chemicals had been added to make the products still look and taste like pure meat.

An interior view.

In a rush to develop the Next Big Gimmick, Burger King is throwing those prejudices out the window with their new Stuffed Steakhouse series, of which Jalapeno & Cheddar is the first roll-out. The Steakhouse series, you will remember, is a collection of dolled-up burgers that are slightly thicker, and have wilder combinations of toppings, while still remaining in the Burger King canon — in other words, you can still hold your head high while wearing your paper crown.

The jalapeno and cheddar is mixed into the meat in little flecks, changing the appearance of the surface and cross-section when you bite down. The little cheese globules spurt, more like Velveeta than cheddar, and the jalapeno dice lies oily and fat, like a comb-over on a bald man. Mixing the cheese in with the meat means you get a lot less cheese than you would in a cheeseburger, and, really, mixing anything in with the meat when you’re making a burger means that you’re really making meat loaf.

I ripped the burger with my teeth like a caged animal.


The advertisement makes it look like the patty contains a lot more jalapeno and cheese.

So, don’t be surprised if the Burger King Stuffed Steakhouse you buy tastes something like mom’s meat loaf — if your mom is Mexican, that is, because the cheese and pepper combo makes the burger taste less like smoke and more like a Tex-Mex fajita, but not as good, of course.

And despite the trace amounts of cheese inside the burger, this 710-calorie gutbomb manages to owe 410 of its calories to fat, which its difficult to account for with the small amounts of cheese and thin chipotle mayo dribbled on top (and later, onto your blue jeans).

Is the BK Stuffed Steakhouse With Jalapeno & Cheddar any good? Well, let me put it this way: It wasn’t awful, but I think I’d prefer a Whopper any day of the week. And how can you even call it a burger — there’s no pickle! At least it’s pretty spicy …

“Every man a king,” as the Randy Newman song goes.


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