REVIEW: Sonic Steak and Bacon Grilled Cheese

If there was a Year in Review that covered the food I ate last year, Sonic would easily get the “Most Visited” award. Interestingly, when I started 2022, I wouldn’t have guessed Sonic would get that top honor. Rekindling my love of its slushies and the ease of ordering through the app has made Sonic my go-to. I also like that the app offers the chance to try new items before they have a menu-wide release. When I opened the app to order a slush in December, a screen popped up advertising the new Steak and Bacon Grilled Cheese.

The sandwich is an interesting offering. Instead of a hamburger patty, the protein is grilled steak mixed with onions. It’s also topped with bacon and cheese and finished with BBQ sauce and mayo between two slices of Texas toast. It was a no-brainer that I’d order it as it reminded me of a similar favorite sandwich no longer offered at my local Sonic that had a beef patty and onion ring.

I was worried the 10-minute drive home would yield a more soggy sandwich, but the Texas toast held up well against the more moist elements of the sandwich (the mayo, BBQ sauce, and steak). Looking under the hood, I was pleasantly surprised to see larger slices of steak. Generally, in my experience, fast food “steak” tends to be small and tough. While there were some little pieces, a majority were larger slices. The grilled onion pieces mixed in got a little lost to me. Overall, the steak was pretty good for a fast food offering. It was tender, smoky, and a nice change from the usual beef patty.

The bacon added a nice salty crunch to the sandwich and worked well with the steak instead of fighting for protein dominance. The BBQ sauce had a sweetness, and the mayo added the rich creaminess I enjoyed. The cheese contributed little, but it also didn’t detract from the sandwich. All the different elements worked well together to deliver a delicious sandwich.

For an impulse buy, it ended up being a great sandwich. More than anything, it was a nice change from the norm. The steak was surprisingly good, and the sandwich held up well on the drive home. It’s a limited time offering that, if it’s still around when I get my next slush fix, I will absolutely order again. Oh, and if you want spicy, Sonic does offer a version that adds jalapenos and zesty cheese sauce.

Purchased Price: $4.99
Rating: 8 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: 830 calories, 56 grams of fat, 19 grams of saturated fat, 105 milligrams of cholesterol, 2190 milligrams of sodium, 51 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 12 grams of sugar, and 32 grams of protein.

4 thoughts to “REVIEW: Sonic Steak and Bacon Grilled Cheese”

  1. This sounds, and looks, sooo good! (The spicy version sounds even better) Too bad there are zero Sonics anywhere near me. (I suspected as much, given that I have never, ever, even seen one…and a quick Google search proved me right, unfortunately.)

  2. The title sounded so good ?, then I read further and saw that my two food nemeses Onion and Mayonnaise were included. Unless they can make mine without, I’ll sadly have to miss it.

  3. I had the spicy version and was impressed with the tender steak and just enough spice in the cheese, which was also good and the perfect amount- no scrimping on the cheese or the steak. I love jalapeños and bacon so that only added to the joy. The Mayonnaise was not really all that obvious to me but I did pick up a little hint of smokey bbq sauce. I was pleasantly surprised, as I am not a big fan of Sonic burgers. This and their chilil cheese dogs are worth stopping there, though. I highly recommend, with tots on the side!

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