We Tried the New Red Bun Whopper from Burger King and Lived to Tell the Tale

04/01/2016 at 03:37 PM ET

Red Bun Angriest Whopper
Burger King; Shay Spence

Who Tried It: Shay Spence, PEOPLE Associate Food & Lifestyle Editor

When I first heard about the new “Angriest Whopper” from Burger King, I was intrigued in the way that one is intrigued by a Kardashian semi-knude selfie. It’s nothing ground-breaking, nothing we haven’t seen before, just the latest episode of the never-ending sitcom we call America. And, yet, I was intrigued.

The burger, which most notably boasts a bright red bun with hot sauce baked into it, is also stacked with fried onions, pickled jalapeños, bacon, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayo and something called “spicy angry sauce.” Artificially-colored buns have become something of a recent trend in fast food, and I have to say it’s something I don’t quite understand.

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Being that loving hot sauce/spicy foods in general is a large part of my personal identity, though, I was cautiously optimistic about this one. After having a light apéritif of nacho cheese sauce alongside a pretzel dog at the office, I marched to our neighborhood BK to see what the deal was.

First, let’s talk aesthetics, because we are a shallow species. Shockingly on-point! Look at that height! I was anticipating just-out-of-bed Danny DeVito and what I got was Karlie Kloss in stilettos.

Now, for taste. On its own, the bun was not exactly bringing the heat. The infused hot sauce flavor was so subtle it could easily go unnoticed. The “spicy angry sauce” tasted sort of like a sweet-and-sour sauce with a minor kick, which was actually a necessary balance to all of the salty stuff going on with the rest of the burger.

Beyond that, the fried onions were actually crispy, the bacon was just thick enough to make a name for itself, the jalapeños packed a punch that justifies calling the burger “spicy,” and the lettuce and tomato were exactly what you’d expect out of fast food lettuce and tomato.

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Final verdict: undeniably good. As a cohesive bite, it all works together. The red bun may be redundant and gimmicky, but if it wasn’t, nobody would be reading this article.

Shay Spence, @chezspence

FILED UNDER: Burgers , Food , Restaurants , We Tried It

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No Thanks on

Looks gross.

marie on

Yuck, Burger King food is beyond gross.

goodie on

I think the review was a little over the top, no?

King Matt on

What color was your poop?

Joe Blow on

I didn’t care about the color of the bun, I wanted to know how spicy hot it was!

Jake on

What the hell is BK doing with their marketing? First the holloween black bun burger and now this “angry burger” I have not looked into if Bk is using food color to change the Bun Red. It is not much a concern because when I eat a Whopper or any fast food my health is out the window. That said if they are using Red coloring, it is the only color that has been shown to cause cancer.

All that said, this is the most asinine marketing strategy I have seen par only to Paris with Danica Patrick.

Skylor Fulton on

Nice article.

LeManhole on

Tried it today here in Germany.

Despite its looks, thething offersa good blend of unremarkable meat patty and spicy addons.

Just take a full bites and have all parts in your mouth. Do not dissect it. Like most things, it becomes sorta disturbing after dissection….

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Lincoln on

I have tried this burger and it’s barely spicy, just enough of a kick that they can call it spicy. Angriest? Definitely not! I was looking forward to eating it quite a bit but that one time put me off. The bun itself is sweet with an artificial additive aftertaste. The sweetness of the bun just throws you for a loop, if I ever have it again I’ll ask for a regular bun.

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