13215 Harrell Parkway
Noblesville, IN 46060
Since I’ve decided to give my cholesterol medication the fight of its life, I have a “Red Royalty” card at Red Robin. Yes, I love burgers and if you’re going chain, I don’t think you can beat Red Robin. If I was listing my top 10 chain burgers, I think Red Robin would have at least three of them, if not five or more.
So when I got an email saying that Red Royalty members could currently order a burger that isn’t on the menu but will soon be available on a limited-time basis, I was sold. I was so pumped, you would’ve thought I was a White Sox fan and someone told me we were gonna jump the 80-year-old first-base coach.
What I Got: Big Melt Bacon Burger; $9.99.
This isn’t the first time Red Robin has run this out. The description I tracked down via an internet cache (seriously, I’m doing this detective work for free?) is as follows: loaded with applewood smoked bacon, melty cheddar and swiss cheese on top of sauteed mushrooms, onions and barbeque sauce. Served on a toasted onion bun with fresh lettuce and ranch dressing.
You can tell I’m an amateur because I just dove in right away. I didn’t inspect to see if all the ingredients were the same this time around, but I can tell you there are now fried onion strings on there. The cheese, meat and produce were as stated, and there was definitely some barbeque sauce, but not a lot. As for the ranch, I didn’t really get it. I should have at least looked, so I apologize for that (again, note the cholesterol issue and my affinity for burgers…I wasn’t patient). If they stuck with it this time around, it was so mild it was lost in the shuffle.
The reason I ran to Red Robin the day after I got the email is because everything listed is something I love on a burger. The only worry, albeit incredibly slight, was that there would be too much going it. That worry soaked away on my first bite, just as I let the medley soak over me.
Absolutely everything worked and there was just the right amount of cheese melted along with the BBQ sauce. There were a decent amount of onions and mushrooms under the cheese without it being too much. This was a home run.
Would I Buy It Again? Yes (an emphatic one). In fact, I’m already mapping out when I can do it again, probably within the next few days. It’s now one of my favorite chain burgers, and that’s saying something. It’s probably not for everyone, because that’s a lot of toppings — but if you like all that, this is an absolute can’t-miss.