Takeaway Truth: Hungry Jack's Bacon Chicken Crunch Burger

Takeaway Truth is a regular Lifehacker feature where we compare marketing images against what you actually get served. Today: Hungry Jack's Bacon Chicken Crunch. (Plus taste test!)

Ever since we started Takeway Truth, fast food burgers have been the worst performers by a considerable margin with Hungry Jack's leading a very messy charge. The Ultimate Double Whopper and Deluxe Country Burger both walked away with an ignoble Truth Rating of 2/10 and successive burgers haven't fared much better. This is partially due to those too-good-to-be-true marketing images, but Hungry Jack's is also guilty of appallingly slipshod assembly.

The Bacon Chicken Crunch is the latest addition to Hungry Jack's burger menu: it comes with a chicken patty coated in crunchy corn flakes, bacon, cheese, lettuce and spicy sauce. Compared to most Hungry Jack's burgers, this is a fairly small number of fillings which should work in its favour, at least as far as presentation is concerned. After all, it's easier to assemble a burger properly when you're only working with five ingredients.

Below is a side-by-side comparison of the Bacon Chicken Crunch burger as it appears on Hungry Jack's Facebook page and the version we were served in a Circular Quay outlet:

Well, we've certainly seen worse burgers. As mentioned, the scant ingredients makes this pretty difficult to stuff up. A lot more can go wrong with a Whopper Bacon Deluxe, for example. Nevertheless, there are still a few differences between the two images. Instead of the frilly stuff in the poster, they appear to have used a cheaper type of lettuce; a crime we've called fast food companies out on before. The real thing also looks a bit squashed and droopy.

All in all though, we think the marketing image is a reasonable representation of what you actually get served. Compared to some of the other franchise burgers we've tested, it's practically a work of art.

So should you all go out and grab one for lunch? Yes and no. The actual chicken patty is surprisingly delicious: for once, the "crunch" moniker isn't meaningless marketing -- the corn flake coating is exceptionally crunchy and adds a pleasurable sensory element that's usually missing from fast food. On the downside, I wasn't a fan at all of the sauce: there's far too much of it and it had a weird mustardy aftertaste.

My advice is to request BBQ sauce instead: then you have a seriously yummy meal on your hands.

Truth rating: 7/10

Which fast food franchise or menu item would you like us to tackle next? Let us know in the comments section below.


    What is the kilojoule rating on that beastie?


    Burger only: 2542

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