We Eat It So You Don't Have To: Burger King's Squid Ink Burger

By Bailey Hu, September 24, 2016

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'We Try It' is a regular series where we try the latest off-beat eats.

No one should have to eat this. Burger King’s “Sea Ink King Whopper” (RMB26) is a monstrosity that should never have seen the light of day.

We exaggerate. But it’s still pretty horrible. Let’s break the experience down, one main ingredient at a time.

Squid ink: We’re not sure what kind of seafood ink is being used here, but since the thin black sauce inside tastes of squid, we’ll go with that. Whatever it is, it’s distinctly fishy. The buns don’t have any discernible taste, but they look cool.

Squid ink + beef = ???: But seriously, we don’t quite know what to make of this combination. They’re not horrible together, but they’re not great either. Put together, these two flavors are about the same as the sum of their parts.

Squid ink + beef + caramelized onions: Normally, caramelized onions make everything better, but combined with the warring flavors of surf and turf, things start to get weird. 

Everything else + mayonnaise: And then they fall apart. Literally. To begin with, mayo and meat and squid are an unholy trinity of flavors.

But even without the mayo, we’re not sure this whole thing could have held together. Maybe the beef patty was a little too juicy, or the squid ink sauce a mite too thin, but after only a couple bites the burger began to leak a watery black paste/juice that dripped everywhere.

bk squid ink burger juice

We tried our best, but even napkins couldn’t save this mess.

In conclusion, if you must eat this burger, don’t do it in front of anyone whose good opinion you value. For better colorful burger options, try McDonalds, and for more palatable squid ink dishes, go to a real restaurant.

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