In 2018, IHOP changed its name – but only as part of a publicity stunt – to IHOb with the “b” representing its new burgers. We have to say that while it was effective in that it drew more attention to the IHOP burgers, it wasn’t as hugely successful as the IHOP top brass hoped it would be. We aren’t surprised because IHOP, after all, is synonymous to pancakes.
But hey, hope burns eternal, too! IHOP has announced the release of three new burgers, one of which is The Big IHOP Pancake Burger. What is it? Keep on reading to find out.
Burger and Pancake Combo, Obviously
Americans love their burgers and pancakes, but these are seen as two different food served at different times. Burgers, for one thing, are typically savory while pancakes are generally served with sweet toppings, such as whipped cream, maple syrup and fresh fruits; there are savory pancakes, too, with toppings like pulled pork and coleslaw but these aren’t the norm. Burgers are usually enjoyed for lunch and dinner while pancakes are traditionally served for breakfast.
But what has that got to do with the new IHOP item? Well, now you can enjoy a burger and a pancake in one bite without feeling weird about it! You can have your cake and eat it, too, if you will.
Think of The Big IHOP Pancake Burger as the fast-food item that will appeal to the YOLO (You only live once) crowd. Since life’s too short and there’s only one of it, you may as well get as many experiences as you possibly can. The pancake-in-a-burger item apparently makes the brief.
To paraphrase IHOP, The Big IHOP Pancake Burger is a buttermilk pancake with cheddar cheese placed between two Steakburger patties, with each patty having its own topping of American cheese. The topmost Steakburger patty has strips of hickory-smoked bacon and drizzled with a generous serving of the signature IHOP sauce. The pancake, cheeses, and steaks as well as the bacon strips and sauce are then sandwiched between two thick buns.
Can you picture it? If you think that it sounds like the Big Mac, then you are right! But IHOP being about pancakes, the middle layer is a thick pancake.
What does it taste like? Well, if you’re into savory pancakes, then it may well be your pancake of choice. The combination of the fluffy pancake with the tangy cheese, the smoky bacon strips, and the meatiness of the beef patty can result in sensory overload.
But if you’re part of the crowd that subscribes to the “more is better” mantra in food, then you will likely love The Big IHOP Pancake Burger. Otherwise, you may think of it as something new that you can try in the YOLO spirit. Plus, it’s available only for a limited time so the YOLO spirit may well be your encouragement to go to the nearest IHOP and try it.
Two New Burgers To Try, Too
IHOP has two other new savory burgers in its menu. The Garlic Butter Steakburger features a subtle buttery, garlicky flavor of its house-made Gilroy garlic butter that underlines every bite of the steakburger. With its white cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onions, it’s a less overpowering burger than The Big IHOP Pancake Burger. But it’s still filling enough that you likely won’t order sides with it.
And then there’s the Loaded Philly Steakburger that obviously takes its inspiration from the Philly cheeseburger. The steakburger is piled high with peppers and onions, as well as smothered in cheddar cheese sauce and melted white cheddar cheese. In other words, it’s a cheesy delight that may make a mess but it’s a worthy mess.
You may or may not order your favorite pancakes with any of these three new IHOP menu items – it’s your life and your stomach. Just keep in mind that the calorie amount for The IHOP Pancake Burger may well exceed the recommended daily intake when it’s coupled with sides or pancakes.
But if calories and dollars are no object, then go ahead and order anything you want on the IHOP menu. Your favorites may even include a few items on its secret menu!
We love these items because these are as delicious as can be.
- Onion and French fry omelet, a hash brown omelet that really hits the spot
- Roquefort and pear soufflé because the cheesy and sweet combo appeals to something weird in us
- Cinn-A-Stacks, the ridiculously sinful buttermilk pancakes with a healthy dose of cinnamon spread (Yes, it’s on the secret menu although it has been taken off the regular menu, which caused a mini-riot among fans)
With IHOP – or IHOb – being more competitive than ever, we should be seeing more creative items on its menu. Who knows? Maybe in a few years’ time, it won’t be so much about pancakes but about burgers, although many IHOP fans including us won’t like it.