Fast food review: The Checkers Big Buford Burger
Doug F warned me to stay away!
Doug F just started his much anticipated “Burger Wars” series, starting with a fast food burger chain I actually know! He dove in with a burger from Checkers/Rally’s, and had at one point narrowed down his choice of burgers to two; the Big Buford and the Smokey BBQ Bacon Buford.
With the help of FoodTribe members, he knocked that choice down to the Smokey BBQ Bacon Buford, and it sounds like it was non-too appetizing! You can read about that (mis)adventure here!
I hadn’t had a Big Buford cheeseburger from Checkers in quite possibly more than a decade, and it started a craving growing in me for that sloppy, double pattied, cheese burger. I actually looked up the Checkers website to view the burger I thought I had fond memories of, and it looked absolutely beautiful on the Checkers menu. So today for lunch I pointed my truck towards the nearest Checkers to satiate that craving, despite Doug’s warnings to avoid it.
The Big Buford as it appears on the Checkers website! It looks so big and beautiful!
I ended up ordering a Big Buford and Fully Loaded Fries to take back to my office. By the time I got back, I was starved, so it might not have mattered if the burger was going to be any good or not. Luckily the service at the drive-thru was pretty quick, and I was back at my office in no time.
Despite the warnings, this is what I ordered for lunch!
The Big Buford features the aforementioned two patties, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onion, ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise. From my distant memories, this was a colossally large and sloppy burger. I was a little disappointed by the size of what sat before me today at lunch. Either this cheeseburger got smaller, or the burgers I create have gotten larger! I also noticed that the lettuce, while still green, was a little wilted. Not very nice looking at all. The burger patties were of an okay texture, but screamed, “processed meat!” Have you ever had a frozen microwave cheeseburger? If you have, I can tell you the flavor of the patties was comparable. Compared to other fast-food burgers, this wasn’t the worst, but it wasn’t the best either. I would rate it along side the Whopper from Burger King but without the fake flame broiled flavor. I did devour it though. Hell! I was hungry!
What's in this shiny little package?
Hmmmmm. The Big Buford is kinda small!
Hmmmmm. Are these the same Big Bufords?????
The Fully Loaded Fries were another story! They were very good. They were crispy and dressed with cheese, ranch dressing, and bacon. I was sad when I ran out of them. The Fully Loaded Fries actually made me hungrier. Much hungrier! I WANT MORE FULLY LOADED FRIES! They were really good.
The loaded fries were actually good!
More of these please!
I’m not sure it’s worth making your way to a Checkers or a Rally’s for a Big Buford or the Fully Loaded Fries, so don’t kill yourself trying to get one. I am curious now about the Smokey BBQ Bacon Buford though. I’m curious to see how bad it really is! Doug has warned me away from it, but should I try it?