The Whopper Is The Most Overrated, Boring Burger

Let's talk about Hungry Jack's Whopper for a second.
Originally I titled it "The Whopper Is a Burger Which Does Nothing Wrong, but Nothing Right Either" but felt that was too wordy lol

It's been their signature burger they take such pride in for a long time. However, it's nothing special. It's just a glorified cheeseburger.

This will probably come off extremely pretentious but while eating a Whopper I feel myself getting quickly bored with it. It doesn't taste much like anything or whatever taste it originally has gets dulled quite quickly.

I haven't tried the Big Jack and one part of me really wants to because I feel they might outdo Maccas there. Although the burgers have definitely slipped in quality from Hungry Jack's - don't know whether it's just the few stores I've visited but meat tastes old, bland and hardly warmed. Buns taste one day off going stale. Sauce is normally the saving grace, although sometimes there's not even much taste of that.

If the Big Jack doesn't live up to the hype either, what burgers have Hungry Jack's got left really to compete?

Part 2:

I actually really enjoyed the BBQ Pineapple Whopper from Hungry Jack's previously. Maybe that's why I had high expectations for the standard Whopper. Doesn't look like I can add pineapple though so that's a shame.

Also a double whopper with bacon and cheese just for the burger is over $10? That's without things added like beetroot or angry onions.
I don't know if the Ozbargainer in me will allow me to spend $10 on just a fast food burger.

I see on the coupons 2 Whoppers for $9.45 but not sure who'd eat the second one and idk if you can do add ingredients on vouchers and still get the reduced price

Part 3:

For anyone still following this, I tried a Whopper (with Cheese and Bacon) from a different store. Was a lot better but I don't think that was the issue. I could actually see the meat was flame grilled and it tasted like that too compared to those previous which were tasteless.
Note I never compared the Whopper to the Big Mac, I was wondering the quality of the Big Jack to the Big Mac. Somehow I feel a simple cheeseburger gets the job done nicely at Maccas rather than Hungry Jack's but the problem with Maccas is the size. At least the Whopper is more decently sized.

Would I buy one again? Yes, but only if I spun a $4 Whopper on shake and win and didn't go to the first store I tried.

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Comments

  • +2 votes

    don't know whether it's just the few stores I've visited but meat tastes old, bland and hardly warmed. Buns taste one day off going stale. Sauce is normally the saving grace, although sometimes there's not even much taste of that.

    Can be used to describe most chain burger places.

  • +3 votes

    BLASPHEMER! Repent lest Jack smite you!

  • +1 vote

    Big Mac is awful. Whopper is so much better.

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      Didn't mean to make this into a Big Mac vs Whopper debate haha because honestly neither are good (as of 2020)
      I remember having a great Whopper a few years ago but can't remember having a great Big Mac (sure I've had some fresh ones but a fresh patty can't save the Big Mac lol)
      I think it's just a shame Hungry Jack's seems to be becoming less value.

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      What about a whopper in a Big Mac bun?

  • +1 vote

    I strongly disagree

  • +3 votes

    While I know this is about HJ burgers and comparisons with Maccas stuff.

    There is no substitute for the traditional Aussie Milk Bar hamburger of yesteryear.

    Many here may not have known the joy of a toasted bun rather than the soggy steamed shit most fast food burger outlets serve today, no imported pickles crap that the US don't want and offload, Beetroot and onions with lettuce were a normal inclusion NOT an optional extra. butter was spread on the bun added flavour and stopped dryness.

    The fast food machine that is maccas and HJ etc destroyed the real burger culture in OZ, teens etc today expect pickles soggy buns etc cause they have been brainwashed this is a burger LOL

    • +3 votes

      personally I wasn't a big fan of the milk bar burgers, some can be quite good, but most are pretty ordinary, and most importantly, too expensive for a school kid like me :)

      but $1 to $2 worth of chip (wrapped in those white paper) used to be my after school diet, the good old days :)

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        Oh man. $2 chips right across from high school, loaded with enough chicken salt to give a marathon runner a heart attack. Plenty of those crunchy small ones that were 90% oil.

        The good old days. I went back a couple of years ago, and they sold it. It's not the same anymore, smaller serves, worse chips.

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          Everywhere used to cut their own chips, now they all buy frozen. I'm sad this is the world we live in. Most still make their own potato cakes though, so I've stopped ordering chips and just get a couple of potato cakes instead.

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        What the frick is a milk bar, just how old are you two?

    • +1 vote

      Yeah man you just brought back memories.
      And another thing - those burgers are substantial!
      I feel most fast food burgers these days are more of a snack rather than a meal.

      Will be hitting my fish and chip shop for a burger tonight!

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      Maccas do toast their buns though; not saying they are good burgers.

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      I don’t know about HJ but all McDonald’s buns are toasted except for the Fillet of fish.

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      That explains all the better burger places that have sprung up over the years, oh wait…

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    might outdo Maccas there
    what burgers have Hungry Jack's got left really to compete?

    I feel like these were great when we were younger, a treat as it were, but when we grow up we realise they're all just average burgers. You seem to compare them a lot but really they're just similar burgers. Personally I eat hungry jacks because they're bigger and I like the taste a whole lot more then maccas. I imagine some people are opposite to me, which is fine.

    But if you want to talk about good burgers, then we wouldn't be discussing hungry jacks or maccas in the slightest.

  • +7 votes

    "It's just a glorified cheeseburger."

    How wrong of a sentence that is. A cheeseburger is cheese, tomato sauce, mustard, pickles and onion. A whopper is tomato sauce, pickles, onion, tomato, lettuce and mayonnaise. That's 3 extra ingredients and 1 less than a cheeseburger.

    But the biggest differentiator for the whopper vs the cheeseburger or even a big mac is it's very customisable, and Hungry Jack's uses that in it's promotions.

    "idk if you can do add ingredients on vouchers and still get the reduced price"

    Yes you can.

    I think Hungry Jack's biggest mistake though, was charging for heavy ingredients.

    • +2 votes

      Thanks for confirming that you I can add on ingredients but yeah I definitely do agree with how Hungry Jack's charging for heavy ingredients was their biggest mistake. How much does a slice of tomato or beetroot cost when not many people even knew of the free ingredients? It would make more people be willing to accept their overinflated prices.

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      Who has time to customise a burger. I feel bad enough being asked 21 questions when I want the Subway sandwich the same as the picture. Just make me a standard one damnit. If it isn’t worth buying like that why sell it like that.

  • -1 vote

    There was this one day, I went to HJ, there was this black kid down the back really enjoying his job making his burgers.
    You could tell, each burger rather than just slapping everything together in a quick fashion, hed grab the sauces (mayo and tomato) and slowly spread it across the burger patties.
    Slowly sprinkled his onions and lettuce onto the burger and properly placed the two tomatoes on the burger.
    He put effort into putting every burger together. And damn it was probably the best whopper I've ever had. The flavoring, sauces, onions, the cheese melting and the burger, every bite incorporated all the flavors together and it was amazing.
    That being said, I've also had crappy whoppers where sauces are just present on one side and it really made me appreciate that experience.
    Therefore, I'm calling it, you probably had one of those bad whopper experiences.

    • +7 votes

      What’s his skin colour got to do with it.

      Just say, this kid out back.

      • +2 votes

        The guy just wanted to acknowledge the traditional owners of Hungry Jacks…

  • -3 votes

    Its what comes with stagnation and cost savings

    Also definitely the store

    Sydney Pitt Street, absolute garbage

    Sydney George Street, around 100m away, miles better.

    Nothing compared to decades ago.

    Same with Nando's

    Sydney CBD Nando's are pretty average, (though kent Street Nando' picked up a lot since the Asians/Transvestites? took over

    but not too far away the Broadstreet Nando's in Ultimo, that was awesome, that tasted like how I'd remembered Nando's tasting 20 yeas ago

  • +1 vote

    It’s junk food.

    However, if you are in Melbourne go to Blackout Restaurant and Shisha Lounge. The burgers are $10 and they are amazing.

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    McDs is the lowest level of food source possible.
    Their business was built on luring children with their ronald mcdonald image and soft simple food.
    HJs are a bit better with all their products, but not a lot more.
    See it as it is, its fast junk food. Convenient & simple, nothing more and definitely not worthy of a discussion thread.

    • +6 votes

      definitely not worthy of a discussion thread.

      Do you reply to every discussion thread posted here with your personal tick of approval or not?
      Scroll on past if you don't care lol, takes less time.

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      Mcadonalds started making their food to order sooner than HJ did. McDonalds seems much more concerned with quality in a holistic way.

  • +1 vote

    I like the Angry Whopper the best if the outlet makes it properly. That said, the whopper in the late 90's early 00's smashed every fast food burger out of the park - its totally generic burgers now.

    Now, Angry Whopper vs Tower Stacker Burger at KFC ???!??!?! GOsh these two are my go to burgers for fast food.

    Don't know where I will get to taste them again as I am back on the healthy treadmill cycle.

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      A treadmill and a cycle? Very healthy!

      • +1 vote

        Eat clen, tren hard.

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    had a double quarter pounder recently, surprised but how good it tasted. Agree, whopper seems really plain jane.

  • +2 votes

    Give me soylent green any day over this horrible shite.

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      You remember the scene in the theatre when they show people what the earth used to be like? We saw this bit as a travelogue in a cinema once, when I was a kid, and I wondered what was in the popcorn.

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    They need to bring back the quad-stacker. I downed 2 on a dare once and that blocked an artery. The Double Angus will also block an artery but the taste is disgusting compared to Maccas.

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    Not like the picture?

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    Bring back the chicken speciality and roast beef speciality rolls for those old enough to remember at HJs.

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    Yuck! Australia’s best fast food burger crowned

  • +1 vote

    HJ's has been off the menu for probably 20 years now. Always the last choice. To eat it now I'd probably need to have no other options.

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      how do u rate ur options

      • +2 votes

        The vibe of the staff working there mostly the attitude and secondary the look of the kitchen. HJ's and Red rooster are still way behind the curve when it comes to overall cleanliness and their processes are worse from what I can tell.

  • +2 votes

    I love the whopper tbh.
    The bacon deluxe comes in at a close second but ONLY if the bacon is fresh, obviously if it’s not fresh stay away from it.

    I would say my Maccas favourite is a Big Mac, then quarter pounder at a close second but I usually only get that if I’m hungover lol.

    It’s hard to pick which I like as they are differently made burger, for example HJ tried to do the big jack but it was terrible, if I want a Big Mac I’ll go to Maccas.

    In the end though it’s all subjective, the perfect example is KFC chips, I have never had a good one and they are the worst chip you can get, but for some reason they are highly rated within the ozbargain community.

    As they say YMMV.

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      KFC chips fresh out of the fryer with extra salt 👌

      • +1 vote

        Red Rooster chips trump them IMO

        • +1 vote

          Red rooster chips are good too and always fresh. I'm not that into their other food for the price.

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          vs Nando chips?

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        KFC no extra saltyy, which the do regularly to ours, they sprinkle it like powdered sugar 🤢

  • +2 votes

    It's just a burger. Go in, order, spend 5 minutes eating, get out. It's not gourmet food and doesn't pretend to be.

  • +2 votes

    The real question is: What is somebody with such fine palate doing at Hungry Jacks?

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    Dunno. Never had one

  • +3 votes

    I don’t think it’s over rated, it is what it is.

    What is over rated are burgers from coffee shops, Grilld etc. I don’t mind paying $20 for a burger but make it a good burger. Grill’d taste like the cheep beef patties you can buy from Aldi.

  • +5 votes

    Yeah I have a few questions, number 1; How dare you?

  • +1 vote

    If we are talking burgers IRL and you mention maccas, hungry jacks or any similar crap I would just walk away. It is the equivalent of mentioning Crown Lager when discussing beer or bringing up Dominos when discussing pizza. That garbage is not food, it is mass produced shite and the reason why marketing is targeted at lower socio economic populations is because they are too stupid to realise it is crap and they have simply been brainwashed by advertising. So many great burger joints out there, insane we are discussing crap vs crap.

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      Somehow none of those other burgers do the job for me when I'm hungover or really hungry. I'd go as far as to say that I'd prefer a maccas burger over one of those 'gourmet' burgers in most circumstances. The price to portion size is the sweet spot that these gourmet joints can never seem to get right.

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    This is a whopper not a whooper. You just eat it and it’s gone. You don’t play with it so much so that you find it boring.

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      You don’t play with it so much

      that's a different kind of whopper

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    I’ve noticed in recent years that the patties in both the Big Mac and whopper are starting to become wafer thin. The only way to solve this is to use the quarter pounder patty 🤗

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      thin enough to almost see through…

      and go in and order a pounder burger… very scrumptious… your heart will thank you

  • +2 votes

    Whopper - Average
    Whopper with Cheese - Pretty Good.

  • +2 votes

    I took the kids to Outback Steakhouse last night. The burgers were good but $100 later they reckon they prefer Whoppers so in future I'll save myself the 70 bucks.

  • +3 votes

    Buying the wrong burger, the right answer from Hungry Jacks is the Bacon Deluxe.

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      Ultimate double whopper isn't bad….bacon deluxe is the best but too small.

    • +2 votes

      Ask any fat person which one to get, they will always say the bacon double cheeseburger deluxe. It packs more calories and flavour per square inch and per dollar compared to anything else on the menu, especially with coupons.

  • +1 vote

    while eating a Whopper I feel myself getting quickly bored with it

    I am not sure if works for everyone but food has nutritious value or not.
    Eating should be to get nutrients into your body.

    Boredom and food seem disconnected.
    Is entertaining or interesting food the antipodal of boring food?
    So is ice cream is less fun than Pavlova?
    Chocolate versus Nuttella?
    Roasted Beef versus steamed vegetables?

    Some people will "kill" for a meat pie … with ketchup!

  •  

    I like that the whopper has tomato in it. It makes a big difference. I'd rather a quarter pounder with tomato in it tho, gun to my head.

  • +2 votes

    Better than anything from Maccas.

  • +1 vote

    Used to be great when I was a kid. Recently tried it and its bad. Never liked the burgers from McDonald's too.

    Burgers from Nord Burger, Carl's Jr etc are better in my opinion.

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    Agreed, HJ has always been wet microwaved crap

    • +1 vote

      Do they still microwave their burgers??

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    Yeah basically so many proper burger joints opening now but

  • +3 votes

    Bacon Deluxe > Whopper
    Quarter Pounder > Big Mac

  • +1 vote

    Maybe it just me, but I love to put a little bit of "sweet chili sauce" on my whopper to spice things up a lil.

    With regard to maccas burger, I always order their "double quarter pounder".

    Ah now I felt like getting whopper, been a long time.

    • +1 vote

      i love loading honey mustard into my burgers )when they give me extra tubs) any of the sauces will do

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    If you think a Whopper is like a Cheeseburger then I feel you don't know what is in a cheeseburger.

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    Overpriced….

  • +1 vote

    I think the Whopper is a nice burger and good value for the price point. But im trying to stay away from 'junk' food these days

    • +1 vote

      Most burgers are fine, you just have to avoid the chips and softdrink they serve with them.

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    The only thing I like from both HJ and McD are the Angus burgers, overall I'd rate HJ burgers over McD.

  • +1 vote

    Agree the Whopper is weak. The only decent burger at HJ's is the bacon deluxe which has seemingly shrunk in size over the years. Haven't been to Hj's ever since they got rid of the fiery angus.

  • +1 vote

    I love a double whopper with double cheese. It's my go to burger these days. True, there's nothing fancy about it, but it gets all the simple things right and in the right ratios (at least for me) It's actually very similar to the in and out 'double double' burger that is so popular in the states.

    The only gripe I have is with the price, I only get it using the app only voucher deal which gets you 2 whoppers with cheese for $9.95. It's then easy to add an additional beef patty and an additional cheese slice to each burger. Total price comes to $15.95 for 2 double whoppers with double cheese which is about the most I would probably pay for it.

    Compared to the maccas app deals, hungry jacks deals have become relatively much more expensive.

  • +1 vote

    I like adding chicken patties to beef burgers.

    Quarter Pounder mixed chicken and cheese at Maccas is good. Best was the $5 McFeast meal and you could add chicken patties for $2. But now there's no cheap options except when you get the right voucher in the app.

    Hungry jacks i love the bacon deluxe with the chicken royale i think it is split up and added to it. Used to do this regularly when you had 2x bacon deluxe for $5.95 and the cheap chicken royale meal vouchers.

  • +1 vote

    The selling point of the Whopper was it was highly customisable whereas the Big Mac used to have no changes. As a teenager I would order: Whopper with cheese, heavy, heavy cheese (6 slices) add Bacon, Minus Pickle, DP.

  • +1 vote

    Whopper better than any burger from Maccas. The burger sizes at Maccas seem to shrink every time i go there.

  • +2 votes

    A good "milk bar" (if you can find one) burger, with beetroot and egg is much more satisfying.

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    Pffft.

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    My dad says his burgers are much better than all that takeaway junk.

    He's gotta be right yeah?

    • +1 vote

      No, he's telling a whopper.

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      He just says that because he can't to buy them for you. He secretly loves all fast food burgers.

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    I love a Whopper. It's my go-to.

    It's a yikes from me, dawg.

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    This post is blasphemous

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    It's a fast food burger for mass-consumption, with a recipe popular around the world.

    It's not a gourmet burger, nor does it try to be.

    Personally I find the Hungry Jack franchise offerings operation to be sub-par compared to Burger King as run in other regions. The "Rbel Whopper" was an abomination.