REVIEW: Burger King A.1. Halloween Whopper

Burger King A.1. Halloween Whopper

I know what everyone is going talk about regarding Burger King’s A.1. Halloween Whopper. They’re going to discuss how one particular ingredient perfectly fits the Halloween theme of the burger. Some people will think it looks disgusting. Others will be fine with it.

Yes, as you have probably guessed, I’m talking about Burger King’s iceberg lettuce. That ghostly white lettuce with a green tint is disgusting, scary, and reminds me of the skin color of many Scooby Doo villains. But those make it an appropriate addition to this Halloween-themed Whopper.

Besides that spooky lettuce, this limited time only item has a 1/4 lb flame-grilled beef patty, a slice of American cheese, tomato, mayonnaise, pickles, onions, and A.1. Thick and Hearty Sauce on a black sesame seed bun.

The bun is not only black, it also has A.1. Sauce flavor baked into it. But it doesn’t get its color completely from the sauce. So what gives it its color? It’s not squid ink, Sharpie pens, charcoal, mold, or Hot Topic. Looking through the bun’s ingredient list and pulling out possibilities, it could be a combination of FD&C Red #40, FD&C Blue #1, raisin juice concentrate, Worcerstershire sauce, caramel color, and FD&C Yellow #6. Mmmm…FD&C Yellow #6.

Burger King A.1. Halloween Whopper Top

At times the bun does have a slightly sweet and smokey flavor to it, but it’s faint and it disappears quickly. Maybe my tongue is imagining things or maybe the flavor is a ghost. But while eating the burger, the question I asked myself was, “Why include A.1. Sauce in the bun, if there’s A.1. Sauce in the burger?” Because the bun doesn’t make the burger taste A.1.-ier.

If you’re reading this in the middle of December and want to know what this Whopper tastes like, get into your car, tune your car’s FM radio dial to 101.5 to designate October 2015, and then drive 88 miles per hour…to the nearest Burger King location (or one that’s farther away because you’ll get there quickly if you’re going 88 miles per hour). When you get there, order a Whopper your way with American cheese and A.1. Thick and Hearty Sauce because that’s what this burger tastes like.

Burger King A.1. Halloween Whopper Wrapper

The A.1. Thick and Hearty Sauce wasn’t very thick. If it was, much of it wouldn’t have ended up on my hands and the Whopper’s festive mummy wrapper. It tastes exactly like regular thin and light A.1. Steak Sauce, which I’ve enjoyed on overcooked steaks from chain restaurants. Unfortunately, because it kept plopping out of the burger, I didn’t taste the sauce in every bite. Also, I think the mayonnaise diluted its flavor.

Burger King A.1. Halloween Whopper Half

The beef patty has that unique Burger King flavor that’s the chain’s fingerprint. It’s a flavor I enjoy. But the tomato, onions, pickles, and white lettuce did a wonderful job of bringing down the overall temperature of the burger, making it slightly unpleasant to eat. As for the cheese, let’s face it, it really doesn’t do anything flavor-wise on a regular Whopper. But it does something color-wise with this burger by matching nicely with the black bun.

Overall, I enjoyed the look of the A.1. Halloween Whopper more than its flavor. The burger is full of Halloween colors, and I have to admit the black bun was cool to experience with my own eyes. But the burger’s flavor wasn’t anything special since it can easily be recreated after the promotion is over. And, of course, that ghost lettuce freaks me out.

Update: There’s one bit of information I need to add. The dyes in the bun might turn your poop green. I’ve experienced this. Others in my household have experienced this. Commenters have experienced it. I apologize for the grossness of this, but I needed to mention it in case someone out there is on a toilet and freaking out because their poop is green. But you have to admit, green poop does fit with the Halloween theme.

(Nutrition Facts – 710 calories, 390 calories from fat, 43 grams of fat, 15 grams of saturated fat, 1.5 grams of trans fat, 105 milligrams of cholesterol, 1530 milligrams of sodium, 52 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 13 grams of sugar, and 31 grams of protein.)

Item: Burger King A.1. Halloween Whopper
Purchased Price: $6.39*
Size: N/A
Purchased at: Burger King
Rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: Tastes like a Whopper with A.1. Sauce. Black bun is something cool you should see with your own eyes. Very festive; lots of Halloween colors. Mummy wrapper is neat.
Cons: Tastes like a Whopper with A.1. Sauce. Ghost lettuce freaks me out. Black bun baked with A.1. flavor doesn’t have a lot of flavor. A.1. Sauce everywhere. Produce does a great job of bringing down the temperature of the burger. Bun may make your poop turn green.

*Because I live on a rock in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, things are a bit pricier here. You’ll probably pay less than I did.

36 thoughts to “REVIEW: Burger King A.1. Halloween Whopper”

  1. Marvo, my man. I, too, went headfirst right into this burger. I’m also happy to see that your burger looked like that scene from Falling Down because it was half the size and an eighth the sexiness as in the picture but who needs a truly sexy burger?

    It was a Whopper with A1 on it. Do they normally come with cheese and if they do, is it the same cheese? I honestly quite liked it but I have a soft spot for Whoppers. A soft, fat spot right in the corner of my stomach that absorbs all of the sadness.

    1. I shit green for two days after eating a regular whopper, my girlfriend had the black burger and had the same issue. We ate at burger king on Monday in Warrenton Va. Since I did not eat the black burger and still had green poop maybe its the lettuce or some other chemical Burger King is using

  2. Looking at the picture I kept asking myself “why did they put mango on a cheeseburger?” I was also trying to figure out where the meat was, I kept focusing in on the mound of lettuce. That is one sad looking, very flat burger.

  3. Hey Marvo, I still read the site daily, just commenting to say that “ghost lettuce” really caught me by surprise and made me laugh harder than a review of fast food should make a man laugh. Major props for that one.

  4. Today I pooped and excitedly jumped up to see and can confirm that my poop was green. Totally worth it cause the burger was delicious. I’m sure my insides are permanently black from this halloween burger.

  5. Excited to try the Halloween Whopper I stopped by my local Burger King to see if they had it. Looked up at the Drive-Thru menu and there it was, I was excited! Sure it’s the same old Whopper but it had Black Buns! How can you resist that and the fact it had A.1 Thick and Hearty Sauce. I have to admit it was good. And yes, the claim that it makes your poop green is true. Mine actually looked more blue green, I could see the dye expanding in the toilet, lol. I know, TMI! But hey, it’s in the spirit of Halloween and I was on a mission. I can now say I had a Whopper with black buns!!!

  6. Getting one just for the green poop. Love taking a dump at work and “accidentally” forget to flush the toilet. Then I stand at the urinal and wait for someone to go in the stall and see my mess. Childish, I know but so damn funny. And because I’m taking a pee, I’m never a suspect.

  7. Confirming green poop!

    Originally found this article after looking for reviews after I ate one. A1 sauce was very watered down & it didn’t have that characteristic Whopper flavor; I was mildly disappointed, although the ultra-black-colored bun was cool-looking. But then I read here about the green poop…and I waited…and behold, holy Halloween bonus batman! It’s like I ate a bucket of lawn trimmings! They should advertise that as an extra feature! Hahahahaha.

  8. It takes 3 rather large poops to stop from pooping dark hunter green. I am shocked a large corporation would put out a product like this.

  9. I ate this burger last night with the family, wasn’t to impressed with it but it was alright. But this morning I went to the bathroom and it looked like I had inked myself, I mean like a busted blue pen exploded in the toilet…sorry for the vulgarity but it was alarming

  10. My son and I just finished off a pair of these magnificent beasts. I decided to see what made the bun black and stumbled upon this post. I laughed so hard I think I left a green skid in my boxers. Kinda like a grass stain. Fast food was never so funny

  11. Im going to eat one tonight… I dont have high hope for it flavor. But on the plus side I should have a colorful morning. Lol

  12. I just keep thinking to myself I wont be able to see if there is mold on these buns…. No thanks!

  13. The 90’s called, they want their pretty patty back. lol
    Anyway, was looking to give it a try, but my BK was sold out.

  14. I thought it tasted pretty good. The A1 sauce wasn’t overpowering, and blended with the Whopper really well. I want to get another one before they stop selling them, even though, yes, they will turn your poo green!

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