Ranking Burger King's breakfast items from worst to best

While Burger King isn't known for their breakfast menu, they've been serving breakfast since 1979. In fact, of the leading fast food chains today, only McDonald's has a longer history of serving America breakfast. But despite marketing breakfast items for 40 years, Burger King has never been able to get much traction. They've run through a number of ideas — from mini muffins to breakfast bowls — but success has been difficult to find.

Today, Burger King has an extensive list of breakfast items — and many of them are fairly new. Although they stick mostly to what they do best (making sandwiches), the array of options might surprise you if you haven't ventured to a Burger King in the morning for a handful of years.

A few of Burger King's breakfast items are legitimately delicious. On the other hand, a few of the items are somewhere between disgusting and forgettable and will soon probably land on the junk pile with the other Burger King breakfast mistakes they've gone through over the years. Here's the definitive ranking of their breakfast menu (as of October 2019), from worst to best.

14. Burger King's Pancake Platter

If you've made the courageous leap to go to Burger King for breakfast, why would you go the boring route and order their Pancake Platter? Not only is it completely unimaginative, but Burger King's pancakes are as bland as you expect. Sure, their low price tag may be tantalizing, however you'll still be completely underwhelmed.

The main problem with Burger King's pancakes are their size. While size isn't everything, their pancakes are small, mushy, and devoid of anything that resembles satisfying flavor. Even considering the fact that you get three of them with your Pancake Platter order, their combined girth is wholly unsatisfying. You're going to have to add a lot of syrup to overcome your regret from not ordering something more enticing from their breakfast menu.

Burger King also offers the Pancakes & Sausage Platter, but this slight upgrade should also be a hard pass. The tiny sausage patty that accompanies the puny pancakes will only reinforce the fact that you've chosen unwisely and should have gone bigger and bolder.

13. BK Café Coffee

If your idea of breakfast is a hot cup of coffee, don't make the mistake of going to Burger King to get your caffeine fix. Everything that can be wrong with fast food coffee is wrong with the Burger King's coffee. First of all, the coffee isn't hot enough. If you don't drink it right away, it will quickly reach lukewarm status. Secondly, even though they claim to use high-quality Arabica beans, you can't taste any of that quality. What you will taste is weak, watery blandness. And, finally, Burger King manages to top off this liquefied letdown in a cup with a burnt aftertaste that will have you grimacing in disappointment.

It's too bad that Burger King's coffee is so undrinkable because the stuff is amazingly inexpensive. In fact, if you sign up for their subscription service through the official Burger King app, you'll pay only $5 per month for a cup of BK Café Coffee each day. Doing the math, that means each cup of coffee costs less than 17 cents. But, to reiterate, just say no. It wouldn't matter if Burger King gave away their coffee for free, it's simply not worth your time or effort.

12. Burger King's Hash Browns

You can get decent hash browns at a few fast food restaurants, however Burger King is not one of those restaurants. Their hash browns are mealy and oddly fibrous. You'll bite into their hash browns expecting that crunchy, oily goodness you can get from McDonald's hash browns, for example, but instead you'll be left with a mouthful of nonuniformly cooked potato that you will need to power swallow.

What makes the situation even more disturbing is that no two hash browns from Burger King are the same. Each one offers a slightly different texture and a slightly different flavor. The overarching theme, though, tells the tale of hash browns that are too chewy and not tasty enough.

The good news is that Burger King's hash browns only have about 250 calories. But, really, by the time you're done eating them, you'll be yearning for crunchier, oilier hash browns, even if it means inhaling double the amount of calories.

11. Burger King's ​Ham, Egg & Cheese Maple Waffle Sandwich

Some of the components of the Ham, Egg & Cheese Maple Waffle Sandwich are actually promising. The two maple waffles that act as the bun, specifically, are scrumptious — unless your Burger King overcooks them. But, the true disappointment is the ham. Burger King claims they use black forest ham in this sandwich but it doesn't taste like high-quality ham. Instead, it tastes like that generic ham you can buy at a dollar store that is some sort of pressed meat rather than actual ham.

The edges of the ham are dark, but don't let that fool you. There's nothing truly black forest about this ham. Not only does it taste extremely processed, it's sliced so thin that you lose most of the bang for your buck.

A good rule of thumb for the Burger King breakfast menu is to just avoid anything with ham in it. They have other meat options and they are all head and shoulders above this thinly sliced abomination.

10. Burger King's Egg & Cheese Croissan'wich

It's difficult to go wrong if you pick a croissan'wich at Burger King. Unless, that is, you go with the Egg & Cheese Croissan'wich. As tasty as the croissant bun is and as happy you'll be with that particular aspect of this sandwich, the innards just aren't rewarding enough to garner a hearty recommendation. 

The molded egg patty tastes like, well, a molded egg patty. Butter or any other flavor would have been helpful but, as it is, the egg is boring and the textures is too coarse. The slice of American cheese that rests atop the egg attempts to impart a kick of flavoring. Unfortunately for the Egg & Cheese Croissan'wich, the cheese simply isn't up for the task.

If you order this sandwich, the best thing to do is to take matters into your own hands and add some spicy hot sauce. If you do that and add some ethnic boldness to the sandwich, you can rescue it. Unfortunately, you won't find suitable salsa at Burger King, so you'd have to take it home to complete the transformation.

9. BK Café Caramel Frappe

If you must consume caffeine at breakfast, skip Burger King's hot coffee and go for the BK Café Caramel Frappe. This cold drink is so sweet that it successfully drowns out the weak coffee flavor and the burnt aftertaste. Be warned that it's basically just caffeine and extra sugary caramel mixed together with whipped cream on top, as 20 ounces of BK Café Caramel Frappe contains a whopping 71 grams of sugar. 

Burger King also has a mocha flavored frappe but it's not nearly as good. The chocolate taste has an odd bitterness to it that accentuates the underlying disappointment that is their coffee. If you're going to risk a sugar overdose by downing one of Burger King's frappes, you'd at least want to go out with a smile on your face, so go with the caramel version. 

Be careful when you're ordering because you don't want to accidentally get an iced coffee. Burger King has vanilla and mocha flavored iced coffee but both are just as gross as the hot coffee. Specify, and re-specify just to be safe, that you want a caramel frappe instead.

8. Burger King's Breakfast Burrito Jr.

While the name hints at it, you'll be surprised by Burger King's Breakfast Burrito Jr. and how small they are once they're out of the wrapper. But don't be disappointed because these mini breakfast burritos are actually quite tasty. Other than being smaller than you expect, there aren't any other major complaints.

The Breakfast Burrito Jr. combines scrambled eggs, delicately melted American cheese, a small patty of sausage, and some hash browns. While that may sound like an odd mix, it all comes together thanks to a spicy sauce that is equal parts creamy and tasty, plus a flour tortilla that is surprisingly authentic. Many fast food restaurants have stiff flour tortillas, but Burger King's offering is soft and almost melts in your mouth.

Going to Burger King for a Mexican-inspired breakfast item might seem like lunacy but it's actually well worth the trip, as long as you recognize the "junior" in the name and remember to keep your expectations in check (or maybe to order a few).

7. Burger King's Sausage, Egg & Cheese Biscuit

If you order Burger King's Sausage, Egg & Cheese Biscuit, you'll get exactly what you're expecting — nothing more, nothing less. The sausage has enough seasoning and enough savory goodness to bolster the egg patty and the slice of American cheese. What steals the show, though, is the buttery, flaky-but-not-too-flaky buttermilk biscuit

Finding an adequate biscuit in a fast food joint can be difficult, as many are too powdery tasting, or so dry that they crumble in your hands. But Burger King deserves a round of applause for their perfectly golden biscuits that dutifully serve the purpose of bookending this tasty breakfast item while tantalizing your taste buds.

Burger King didn't exactly reinvent the wheel with this biscuit sandwich, as you can find similar options at other fast food eateries. But if you're looking for a reasonably priced breakfast item that will fill you up and leave you with a smile on your face, you can't go wrong by picking the Sausage, Egg & Cheese Biscuit.

6. Burger King's French Toast Sticks

If you feel like playing a nonlethal and potentially yummy version of Russian roulette, go inside of a Burger King and hand over some of your hard-earned money for an order of the French Toast Sticks. If you're lucky, you'll pull the trigger and receive five sticks of French toast that are so hot that they're difficult to hold with your fingers. If that's the case, whip out the sugary syrup and get to dipping and eating. You'll be convinced that you've located your new guilty pleasure.

However, this is a dangerous game. If you order the French Toast Sticks and get stuck with lukewarm logs, the disappointment in the air at your local Burger King will be palpable when you realize that this breakfast item loses all of its superpowers once it cools off. In fact, buying these through the drive-thru window is unwise because you need to eat them right away if you're lucky enough to get a sizzling batch.

5. Burger King's Fully Loaded Biscuit

If you like the taste of the Sausage, Egg & Cheese Biscuit at Burger King, you'll love what you'll receive when you order the Fully Loaded Biscuit. What makes it so much better? Bacon. Smoked bacon that is thickly cut, to be exact. It's not the world's greatest bacon, mind you, but it still tastes good. And when it comes to bacon, being average is still enough to take any food to the next level.

Part of the package that makes this biscuit "fully loaded" is the aforementioned black forest ham. While the ham still isn't a positive part of this puzzle, it thankfully doesn't get in the way of any of the other flavors. If anything, it provides a place for the American cheese to rest and keeps this bulging breakfast conglomerate from falling apart. Think of it as a thin sheet of adhesive that will keep your shirt clean as you eat the Fully Loaded Biscuit on the go.

4. Burger King's Sausage, Egg & Cheese Maple Waffle Sandwich

The best breakfast sandwich at Burger King that utilizes their sweet waffles is undoubtedly the Sausage, Egg & Cheese Maple Waffle Sandwich. Generally, the maple waffles won't disappoint. They're sweet but what's really impressive is the authentic maple flavoring. It's like Burger King was able to skip the middleman and directly infuse their waffles with maple syrup. 

Even when the waffles cool off, they're still tasty — if not even tastier. Speaking of which, why doesn't Burger King sell their maple waffles separately? They're much better than their pancakes and typically more consistent than the French Toast Sticks. They'd be a force to be reckoned with, especially if they were sold at a reasonable price. Opportunity missed, Burger King.

Within the waffles of the Sausage, Egg & Cheese Maple Waffle Sandwich you'll find a slice of American cheese on top of a seasoned sausage patty, which are both laid upon egg. Nothing groundbreaking, for sure, but the savoriness blends perfectly well with the sweetness from the maple waffles.

3. Burger King's Bacon, Egg & Cheese Croissan'wich

As good as Burger King's maple waffles taste, the waffles aren't their best breakfast bun. That title belongs to the croissants that house their Croissan'wiches. Taste the Bacon, Egg & Cheese Croissan'wich and you'll fully agree. The quality of the croissant is truly on par with what you'd find at some French pastry shops.

If you're eating on the run, the Bacon, Egg & Cheese Croissan'wich is what you should order, as you can easily eat this delectable sandwich with one hand while your eyes are on the road. What's the secret? The melted slice of American cheese holds together the bacon and the egg, so the chance of anything slipping out of place is remote. Burger King advertises this sandwich as being grab-and-go delicious, and they're not fibbing.

If you're watching your calorie intake, you'll be glad to learn that the Bacon, Egg & Cheese Croissan'wich only has 340 calories. For such a tasty meal that you can eat even if you're in a hurry, it's heartening to hear that it won't destroy your diet.

2. Burger King's Egg-normous Burrito

Burger King takes everything that is right about the Breakfast Burrito Jr., upgrades it, supersizes it, and calls it the Egg-normous Burrito. It's so good that you'll be shocked that your abuela didn't think about this combination first. Like the Breakfast Burrito Jr., it has sausage, egg, hash browns, and a marvelously spicy cream sauce.  But instead of American cheese, the Egg-normous Burrito has cheddar cheese, which is a huge improvement. Even more important, though, is the fact that it also has bacon. Yes, thick, smokey bacon!

Although the Egg-normous Burrito requires an enormous tortilla, the quality of the tortilla remains high, while being thick enough to keep all the flavorful ingredients within its grasps. Burger King also gives you a small side of picante sauce when you order this behemoth. If you enjoy mild, watery picante sauce, go ahead and add it to the Egg-normous Burrito — it's not bad. But if you really want to take this burrito to the next level, add some real, hot picante sauce from home or, better yet, grab your favorite salsa.

1. Burger King's Double Croissan'wich with Sausage & Bacon

While Burger King has some surprisingly top-tier breakfast options, the item that reigns supreme is unquestionably the Double Croissan'wich with Sausage & Bacon. You'll need two hands and preferably a bib, but this sandwich will be well worth the extra effort.  

The Double Croissan'wich with Sausage & Bacon begins, of course, with the outstanding croissant bun. Within the buttery croissant ends you'll see the two best breakfast meats Burger King has to offer: the savory sausage and the thick-cut bacon. Beneath the meats, they'll be a bed of eggs. Between the sausage and bacon, there's one slice of American cheese. Between the bacon and the top half of the croissant is another slice of cheese. 

Next time the boss asks you to pick up breakfast, skip the donut shop and get this instead. The Double Croissan'wich with Sausage & Bacon is truly a breakfast delight that will make you a regular at your local Burger King drive-thru window early each morning.