Updated: July 1, 2014 at 3:19 pm
Like all Burger King burgers, the new Extra Long BBQ Cheeseburger has the flame-grilled kiss of flavor.
Here's the breakdown: two all-beef patties, two slices of American cheese, four onion rings and barbecue sauce on a toasted, sesame-seed hoagie bun.
At $3.59, the burger comes with some sticker shock, so belly up to BK's 2-for-$5 menu. You can get the Extra Long BBQ Cheeseburger and another premium sandwich (beef, chicken or fish) for a finsky.
Or two Extra Long BBQ Cheeseburgers, if this newbie knocks your flipflops off.
The Extra Long BBQ Cheeseburger arrives on the heels of Burger King's double-decker Chicken Big King. That has two chicken patties plus condiments piled on top of each other. Think of building a skyscraper in the middle of downtown.
The Extra Long BBQ Cheeseburger is more like suburban sprawl. Two beef patties lie side by side on a sub bun, topped with cheese, onion rings and barbecue sauce.
Veteran BK customers will recognize that the Extra Long BBQ Cheeseburger has the same components as the mini-priced Rodeo Cheeseburger. The breakdowns are practically identical: The Extra Long has two patties plus cheese; the Rodeo Burger has one patty without cheese.
Burger King is using Taco Bell's old trick of creating menu items with standard fare already in the pantry. The patties are the same ones used in the King's bargain burgers. The American cheese is, well, cheese. The onion rings and barbecue sauce ring a familiar note. The bun is the same as the Original Chicken Sandwich's. There's nothing in there that you haven't eaten in the past.
Bottom line: The Extra Long BBQ Cheeseburger is easily the best tasting item on the King's menu. The combination of burger, barbecue sauce, cheese and onion rings is unbeatable. When looking at the 2-for-$5 board, I'm definitely doubling down on the Extra Long.
Burger King also has unleashed a new frozen drink for summer. Orange Freeze joins Frozen Lemonade as guaranteed killer chillers on a torrid day. Just remember, always use a straw. If you try to chug or gulp these frozen slushes, you'll get an ice cream headache that's beyond belief.
Total calories: 590. Fat grams: 28. Sodium: 1,080 mg. Carbs: 62 g. Dietary fiber: 2 g. Manufacturer's suggested retail price: $3.59.