Last week, we at AY About You checked out one of Central Arkansas’ MrBeast Burger pop-ups. We just had to see if it was worth all the hype.
For the uninitiated, MrBeast Burger is one of the fastest-growing fast-food chains in recent history. It was founded in 2020 by Jimmy Donaldson, aka “MrBeast,” one of the biggest YouTubers of all time. To date, his channel has nearly 90 million subscribers. He’s apparently set out to create a food brand with a reach as far and wide — after less than two full years in business, the chain already boasts more than 1,000 locations, almost all of which are ghost kitchens. Reportedly, portions of each meal purchase are donated to charities that fight global food insecurity.
The ghost kitchen format is what we have access to here in Arkansas, and the meal we were delivered last week (shout out DoorDash) was prepared at the Sherwood On the Border location. Three of us ordered three different MrBeast Burger offerings: Beast Style Burger, Crispy Chicken Tender Sandwich and Karl’s Grilled Cheese.
Dustin: As the resident herbivore, I appreciated seeing grilled cheese on the menu. (Although, I would have been even happier to see an Impossible Burger available at the location nearest us.) As far as grilled cheeses go, this one was good — not bad, not great, but more than serviceable. Two cheese slices were sandwiched between two inside-out burger buns, and the sandwich appeared to have been grilled over a flat-top. What really stood out from my meal were the fries — crinkle cut and seasoned very nicely with spicy red pepper, garlic, paprika, sugar and a hint of lime. The fries alone warrant a try — and, for me, a return visit.
Emily: As far as traditional burgers go, the Beast Style cheeseburger hit all the marks. Top to bottom, the burger was exciting and satisfying with two crispy beef patties grilled with house seasoning, American cheese, pickles, onion, mayo, ketchup and brown mustard. Whether you’re more of a thick cut patty or pressed thin patty kind of Burgermeister (myself the latter), the flavor is the best judge of quality, and the house seasoning used on the crispy patties could rival some well-known burgers (not naming names). What really elevated the Beast Style was the use of brown mustard – always a great addition to any sandwich – and the bun. That bun was firm enough to hold all those ingredients together but still softer than the fancy breads that make you scared you’ll yank out a canine. Overall, the Beast Style cheeseburger deserves an 8.5/10 – could be a nine if there was a touch more mayo.
Sarah: This is for all the adults who still only order chicken tenders wherever they go. Somewhat hesitant to try food made possible by ghost kitchens and an entertainment YouTuber, I was pleasantly surprised. Not only was the packaging cute (branding matters, OK?) but I found myself actually enjoying the Crispy Chicken Tender Sandwich, which could probably rival any of your favorites. I normally absolutely loathe pickles on sandwiches but that, paired with the fluffy bun, really added a different dimension to a flavor profile that I was more than OK with. As a fry fanatic, I was impressed with the perfectly seasoned crinkle fries. Any place that offers some variation of chicken tenders is OK by me, but I would say this sandwich is a must-try.