A former Burger King employee recently shared enlightening details about the fast-food giant. During one of Reddit's recurring Ask Me Anything sessions, the former employee spoke about his experience with the company and divulged some advice on what to order and what to stay away from. In regards to his specific position, the employee said that he was not a manager, however, he did deal with manager-related responsibilities. Ahead, read about all of his firsthand learnings.
Yes, Burger King actually uses flames in the grilling process.
Burger King prides itself on its flame-grilled meat. As it turns out, that's entirely accurate. "They use a broiler and you load frozen patties onto the tray and then shove them in and [it's] a flame grill inside," the employee said. Adding, "If the broiler messes up and one of them doesn't cook them you have to count the entire load as waste and cook more. Whenever you drive by BK and see all the smoke roll out of the roof [it's] from the broiler discharging."
Why you shouldn't order a breakfast sandwich with eggs.
The employee revealed that he's not entirely "comfortable" with Burger King's eggs. Explaining, "They have a piece of equipment that you spray non-stick onto and lay down the metal grid then fill it up evenly with this liquid egg mix and BAM! In about a minute you have six eggs." Though that may be the normal process for many fast-food restaurants, something about the instantaneous method is a little unsettling.
The most high-quality menu item is also the most expensive.
The employee's favorite meal is also the most expensive. Of the TenderCrisp Chicken Sandwich, the employee said, "It was the most expensive, but the taste and quality is what made it like that." As a cheaper alternative, he also recommended the dollar cheeseburger and chicken nuggets.
Employees come up with crazy custom menu items — like a Whopper Taco!
When asked if he used to make any custom or secret menu items, the employee said it was extremely common. He even shared one super special custom order — the Whopper Taco! "I would take a flour tortilla and deep fry it for 40 seconds and use the fryer baskets to hold it in shape to make a taco shell. Then take and cook a whopper patty and then dice it up, take and tear lettuce up, we already had three-cheese blend as well as diced tomatoes," he said. Another custom order is the Donkey Burger, which is the Chicken Fritter Breakfast Sandwich with regular buns instead of biscuits.
They're pretty stingy with extra toppings.
When asked about the lighter use of jalapeño as a topping, the employee said they tend to be pretty strict with extra ingredients. He said, "They cheap out real hard when you order extra for almost anything you order extra on their by-the-book process usually means just 1 more piece of that item equals 'heavy.'"