Takeaway Truth is an occasional Lifehacker feature where we compare marketing images against what you actually get served. Today: Hungry Jack's Bacon Whopper Jr.
Most burger franchises take a "bigger is better approach" when it comes to new menu items: just look at Hungry Jack's own Grill Masters range for proof.
As its name implies, the Hungry Jack's Bacon Whopper Jr takes an opposite approach. It's essentially a snack-sized burger that sits somewhere between a cheeseburger and a Whopper with an asking price of just $2.95.
It comes with one beef patty, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, cheese, ketchup, mayo and a rasher of bacon sandwiched between a miniature sesame seed bun.
Despite its diminutive size, the Bacon Whopper Jr manages to punch above its weight when it comes to nutritional damage. The 167g morsel packs in 1690kJ of energy, 21.9g of fat, 33.1g of carbs, 4.7g of sugars and 630mg of sodium. It's definitely "healthier" than a regular-size Whopper but you probably wouldn't want to eat two -- which is precisely what most people will need to feel properly sated.
To test the Bacon Whopper Jr's faithfulness to the adverts, we purchased one from a Circular Quay outlet and then compared it to Hungry Jack's official Facebook image. Here they, side by side:
For once, the finished result isn't too messy, which is a crime Hungry Jack's listless fry jockeys are infamous for. Presumably, the smaller size makes it easier to assemble. With that said, they still managed to get the order of ingredients wrong and the lettuce contains more white than green.
It's not perfect, but we've seen far worse from Hungry Jack's before. A reasonable effort.
Truth Rating: 7/10
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