Food of the Eighties, Burger King Whaler Sandwich
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The fish sandwich from Burger King. They still have it, but it's called the Big Fish now, probably due to the fact that Whales are endangered species. How politically correct of them!
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Allen - August 21, 2007 - Report this comment
They still have the fish sandwich, but its half the size it used to be.
CUTIE BOOTY - May 26, 2009 - Report this comment
LADY T - May 26, 2009 - Report this comment
BURGER KING IS NOT ALL THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
whaler lover - August 16, 2009 - Report this comment
the big fish is nothing like the origial WHALER. It tastes like crap. what happened and in what year was the demise of the original WHALER?
Dana Trumbach. - January 04, 2010 - Report this comment
I Agree, the new sandwich tastes nothing like the original!
Rascal - February 16, 2010 - Report this comment
The Whaler was awesome! Nice white fish hardly ever any dark spots and never "fishy" tasting. It set my standard for fast food fish sandwiches. I haven't found nearly as good today.
Shelia Armstead - December 30, 2010 - Report this comment
You need to bring back the fish whaler or make the BK fish sandwich taste more like the original Burger King fish whaler. Maybe it was the sauce or just the way that it was put together. Which ever one it need to come back. Thanks
Marq - April 14, 2012 - Report this comment
The whaler was bigger, tasty and less salty than Buger Kings current Fish sandwich.Bring back the original
Dave - September 14, 2012 - Report this comment
I was wondering anyone even missed the Whaler. it was so Juicy it might squirt and hit the person across the table. They claim its the same product, same fish, BS, they changed its processing and solution it was infused with to lower cooking times. I used to always make them cook me up a fresh one thinking they just gave me one that had been sitting, I figured it out, thats way you now get this tasteless thing that does not compare. The tarter sauce used to take your breath away with a fresh Whaler. Micky D's now has the that is ok if you get the Tarter from BK, its better, for years I have been In Search of anything Close to the Whaler, even if I could make it myself. I'm glad to see somebody else misses it.
Johnny d. - December 31, 2012 - Report this comment
I thought i was the only one that noticed the change in the taste of the then Whaler. The sandwich was so good, I would bypass the fries and enjoy 2 tasty xtra tarter sandwiches. Is there any way to find out what happened and if they could bring that fish back! I feel better knowing I was not the only one.
Shirlee - January 10, 2013 - Report this comment
I miss it too...tonight I thought I would splurg and get a whaler...I knew they didn't have it any longer (and you are right, the BIg Fish taste bad.) Well the Big Fish is now gone and it is the Alaskan something or other. It doesn't compare to the Whaler, but it is better than the Big Fish... Oh...I ask where theWhaler was and the kid said they had never had a Whaler before. ..I won't say a word...not a word!!!
Bill - February 13, 2013 - Report this comment
I miss the Whaler too. First they replaced it with the Ocean Catch and now the BK Big Fish. They say it's the same fish but it's so obvious that it's not. The Whaler tartar sauce was also better. Now I have to go to McDonald's for my fish sandwiches.
Paul - April 05, 2013 - Report this comment
This sandwich was one whale of a deal. Bob, my friend with $500 bills used to eat at Burger King. He and his boy like the Whoper.
Robert - April 14, 2013 - Report this comment
I do remember the Whaler well. Today, the best fish sandwich is at Long John Silvers!
mark - August 14, 2013 - Report this comment
I used to like this. At the time I wasn't eating chicken, beef or this was my meat treat. They were so big. Taste? Meh.
Charlie - December 30, 2013 - Report this comment
Apparently they had a Cajun Whaler that came out in 1987 for a limited time. Who knew??? Check out the youtube commercial
john - March 09, 2014 - Report this comment
I remember the Whaler when I was 16...that would place it about 1967 or earlier...It was by far the best fast food fish sandwich
Albert - March 15, 2014 - Report this comment
I use to be a regular at Burger King, but after they got rid of the whaler I'm a no show. Please bring the original whaler fish sandwich back!
mike - March 30, 2014 - Report this comment
Missing the whaler as well. Thats what brought me to this page...jonzing for the old whaler. This from someone who never eats seafood EXCEPT that old whaler
Fishy - April 24, 2014 - Report this comment
I loved the Whaler! It was so much bigger and real great flavor. The Big Fish is gross and soggy. Nothing worse than a precooked filet sitting in hot tray. Fish sandwiches should be made to order.
Rod - September 20, 2014 - Report this comment
In the 60's I would get four or five Whalers a week. Then they made the first change which I believe was the coating and was down heel from there. All the new fish that they have come back with are awful at best. All BK needs to do is drag out the old formula and I'd be back several times a week again. As it is now I only hit BK once or twice a year.
Nickerson - October 15, 2014 - Report this comment
OMG!!! at least check to see if the whales are still endangered in that country so that we can please go back to the BK whaler....its 2014 what are you waiting for...come on burger king!!!! The other fish sandwiches are gross. Whaler Whaler Whaler
Rene C - December 03, 2014 - Report this comment
My God. I thought I was the only one who remembered & wished the original Whaler would be brought back. It was indeed the best fish sandwich ever. Maybe someone should start a campaign for its return. The fish sandwich they have now is nowhere near the taste of the Whaler.BURGER KING....BRING IT BACK!!!!!!
David Dittbenner - December 03, 2014 - Report this comment
Bring back the Whaler
jeffrey - December 05, 2014 - Report this comment favorite fast food sandwich as a kid, hands down! The 2014 version is actually close to inedible as the salt content is virtually so difficult to handle. We'll never see the original back... corporate greed in action!
Barney - December 08, 2014 - Report this comment
I remember loving the whaler so much, I wore my scuba gear in full dress with the snorkle, fins, mask etc. on a ten speed just to order the whaler at the drive through for fun. Loved it! The new fish BK sells is crap.
Dee - December 14, 2014 - Report this comment
The whaler was the best fish sandwich back then and would still be if Burger King knew what the people wanted. Flaky fish, delicious batter, tarter sauce that was creamy, delicious and warm. I miss the whaler. Nothing compares.
Kwith - December 15, 2014 - Report this comment
I agree bring it back. It was the best ever.
Keith - December 15, 2014 - Report this comment
By far the best fish ever the new one is horrible. Bring it back Burger King
Lochgelly - December 16, 2014 - Report this comment
MMMM...Whaler ...Good!
Larry T - December 29, 2014 - Report this comment
I worked across the street from the first Burger King in Louisville Ky. and everyday at lunch they had a line out the door buying the original whopper( not the one today ) and the Whaler. OMG that was a great fish sandwich. Unfortunately greed takes over and great food is replaced with the crap they have now.
Mik Wyatt - January 25, 2015 - Report this comment
The Big Fish is nothing compared to the original Whaler! Is there any way to get Burger King to consider bringing it back? It was the standard for ALL fast food chain's fish sandwiches! I would pay extra if that was the deciding factor in bringing it back!
David Sharrock - February 25, 2015 - Report this comment
Someone made a comment earlier that the whaler and the BK fish was the same sandwich, I don't believe that for a moment. I think what had happened was they needed to raise the price so they change the name and then reduced the shape and the size thinking you wouldn't know the difference when they bring back the whaler, I might consider going back to Burger King till then, ba da- da da da ( I'm lov'n it )
mac - March 12, 2015 - Report this comment
I think the best sandwich ever in the eighties was the big classic from Wendy's is the big classic known today this was a much better sandwich back when they had to sell a bar it was one of the best sandwiches ever ate at a fast food place
Todd S - April 30, 2015 - Report this comment
The whaler was the best thing about BK. And their original chicken sandwich with cheese. BOTH versions they have now are garbage. COMPLETE GARBAGE.
Dad David - November 14, 2015 - Report this comment
I am old enough to remember well the yummy of the Whaler, and it is the reason I can't eat the Big Fish. (or any other fast food fish). The Whaler had a better fish with flavor. The bun was fresh and GMO free. The tomato and lettuce were always fresh and tasty, and the tarter didn't taste like diesel fuel. It is so sad the young will never know the joy of really good fast foods of the fifties and sixties, because our food has been destroyed. On a lighter note, I still order a Whaler when I go to Burger King, just to see the dumb look.
Avalondan - November 16, 2015 - Report this comment
Great memories of the Whaler. This was my go-to hangover cure for Saturday lunch after staggering through a six-hour morning shift. A Whaler with cheese made me feel much, much better. The current Big Fish is completely inferior and not very appetizing. As is the cast with most fast-food nowadays. Is it false memory or was it better in the 50s and 60s, as Dad David said. I think it was better. Unfortunately, the Whaler is now a pleasant memory of youth.
Mike - January 26, 2016 - Report this comment
Couldn't agree more. The Whaler with cheese rocked. Big Fish just doesn't compare. Smaller also.
Lesley - February 11, 2016 - Report this comment
I loved the Whaler, I sometimes got the double whaler so good. I have yet to find one that even comes close to it.
Barbie - June 20, 2016 - Report this comment
The Whaler was so huge it was the whale of a sandwich! The Whopper was huge!! You had to hold with 2 hands and it still was difficult! I want one now! Yum!!!!
Leenie - July 08, 2016 - Report this comment
The whaler was the best ever!!!! I lived for Friday's during Lenten season to go to BK after school with my friends to get a whaler. That crap they sell today is nasty!! If they would stop the corporate greed... Their sales might increase. Even if the price went up some. None of their specials take a front seat to the original whaler. Bring the whaler back!!! No other can replace it.
Mike from Ohio - October 02, 2016 - Report this comment
Back in the late 70's BK's Whaler was the size of the Whopper, both were BIG sandwiches, like almost five inches across. Good stuff, the best! Can't get that stuff no more...
SortingHat - November 01, 2016 - Report this comment
Before the ban on trans fat all the fast food fries were better now it's just loaded with corn syrup among most food today and that is what makes people fat. If banning trans fat really worked we wouldn't be having MORE people become fat while less people in the 90s were fat and we still had junk food from the beginning of this nation. I'd rather drive to the local lock-up one evening (no crimes committed) and just directly pay the jailer for food to take home or eat with the inmates one night during *chow* time and that one-two hours with them will be better then 1/2 hour in most BK joints. At least you'll get a lot of different POV from all walks of life. - December 04, 2017 - Report this comment
the whaler was by far, the best fish sandwich sold by any chain restaurant ------ I would ALWAYS buy a whaler, rather than a whopper! they were soooo good and I think that if BK would bring the exact product back, that they would make quite a bit from people loving it, as I did ---------- and definitely would eat at least twice a week if back on the menu!
Suki skull head toy - July 06, 2018 - Report this comment
This was such a GREAT sandwich. Remember it like yesterday! If BK were to bring this back, they'd sell many. Are you helping bring this back How can we help? We had a Burger King about two and a half miles from us. It was a nice place with a weird house behind it. One of my dad's friend's said he brought in a $500 bill and they wouldn't change it. The Whaler was so much bigger than McDonald's sandwich. Hole Cow, I think I played on a baseball team called Burger King!
Rob Lambert - September 23, 2018 - Report this comment
Found an early newspaper ad for the Whaler. Chicago Tribune from March, 1971. Ad shows a fisherman in boat catching a Whaler sandwich. An offer listed, buy a Whaler (55 cents), get a free medium fries (normally, 30 cents). Back then, the Whaler was only offered during Lent.
Idiots are running BK - August 10, 2021 - Report this comment
The Whaler was the best fast food sandwich. Nothing compared, and if you remember what it tasted like you know the BK 'Big' Fish is a joke and tastes terrible. The Filet-O-Fish is ok I guess, so BK drove me to eat at McD's instead of BK because BK won't bring back the best fish sandwich.

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