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Burger King had a ham and cheese sandwich called the Yumbo. It was hot and the cheese was melted much like the cheese you get with nachos so it was pretty messy but always delicious!
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DC - May 02, 2007 - Report this comment
The Yumbo was a great sandwich. The cheese was messy. The cheese was, however, sliced yellow american, not a whiz. They heated the sandwich so that the cheese melted. Goooood stuff!!!!!
GJI - July 25, 2007 - Report this comment
There are advantages to being old! The Yumbo was a "plain vanilla" ham and cheese as you could get; similar to the fast food ham and cheese things of today. Yummmmieee!
marfy - November 15, 2007 - Report this comment
The Yumbo in Perth Western Australia was a massive size ham and cheese burger (or roll) made by Hungry Jacks (the Australian name for Burger King) it wasn't a sandwich. It was yum! Red Bull another local gourmet food outlet produced a competitor called the Hambo it wasn't as big but just as tasty! I used to work at Red Bull. To make one (because Hungry Jacks don't make them anymore and Red Bull no longer exists) slice a white roll in half, fold in lots of slices of shaved ham, with 2 slices of Krafty type cheese and microwave on normal for about 45 seconds. Just had one this morning. Mmmmmmmmm!!!
Tony R - December 08, 2007 - Report this comment
I fondly recall the Yumbo and a homemade variation that my mother used to serve to us kids - fried ham in the pan with cheese melted on top served on white bread.
Deana - April 12, 2008 - Report this comment
oh yea the YUMBO, it was my favorite BK food, around the late 70's
Tommy - June 09, 2008 - Report this comment
I liked the Yumbo so much that I re-created it; I shred yellow american cheese and ham, but instead of a bun, I put it on a wrap and spray it with garlic-flavored non stick spray, it makes it get a little crunch to it... a HUGE hit in my cafe, I can't make them fast enough. There are some secrets to preparing it tho :) enjoy!
Renee - July 11, 2008 - Report this comment
BRING BACK THE YUMBO. I STILL MISS IT. Not the same as making it yourself.
Michelle - July 19, 2008 - Report this comment
Hey Marfy, a fellow Perthy here. i loved Yumbos too and wish HJs would bring them back. I also remember the Red Bull hamburger chain. BTW every other state JS is called Burger King, only WA has Hungry Jacks because at the time there was a Burger King cafe here that wouldn't sell their name off. Yumbos were great. I also remember HJs having hot dogs too way back.
Sue - August 07, 2008 - Report this comment
I agree, I keep thinking about those YUMBO's everyday when I'm hungry!! I wish they would bring them back! I think I will print this screen and send it to there marketing group! I get ham and cheese at Arby's with around 3 slices of ham. I used to love the ones at Hardy's but only a few Hardy's in the State of MN. Bring back the 70's and early 80's!!!! NOW!!!
Tim - September 10, 2008 - Report this comment
I work at Mcdonalds, 10pm - 6am so yu could imagine i get a few drunk guys coming through, and just the other night a fella came in and askd for a yumbo, he was in his late 20's and he stood in drive-thru for over 20minutes telling us about this burger, the yumbo, eventually he ended up getting a double quarter pounder lol, but if someone can post a step-by-step instutions on how to make one, i could bring it to the McDonalds head office and possibly bring it back in =)
Vindrisk - October 07, 2008 - Report this comment
My sister lived in Puerto Rico for the last 8 months and just moved back. She says the Yumbo Burger is on the menu in PR Burger Kings and alot of people buy it.
B.W. - November 10, 2008 - Report this comment
They brought back the Yumbo,only they threw egg on there.Just tell them at the counter..."Hold the egg on my Yumbo!"
Doc - November 10, 2008 - Report this comment
Or order it without egg and say "Know what you call that?" "No. What?" "That's a Godamn Yumbo now baby!"
J.K.M. - November 11, 2008 - Report this comment
It also came with tomato because I remember as a kid I hated tomatoes so when my family ordered me a Yumbo they had to specify "no tomato". If the tomato got included I would freak out. Probably came with lettuce too.
M - November 15, 2008 - Report this comment
The YUMBO of the 20's and 80's in Perth did not have lettuce or tomatoe or any salad, simply ham and cheese in a bun, lots of cheese and lots of ham. More than you'd find on any sandwich sold in the past 25 odd years
Jmaxman - November 16, 2008 - Report this comment
When I was a kid in the early 70's I would go twice a month and spend the weekend with my grandmother. She would always take me to BK for lunch on Saturday and I always got the Yumbo and a fry. I had them every other Saturday for years. Renee was right. There is no comparison between doing it yourself and the original Yumbo. BK brings that back and they have a customer for life in me.
MHR - December 10, 2008 - Report this comment
Didn't they used to make it with ham, cheese, lettuce, tomato and some kind of other sauce, almost like the MD Big Mac Sauce?
Ben - January 12, 2009 - Report this comment
No lettuce, tomatoes or other garbage in there. It was just ham and cheese and a bun with a few sesame seeds on it. The whole mess was glued together with the melted cheese. The ham was smoked and salty, but it tasted good to me. My experience is late 1960s, so perhaps they embellished it later on. But back then, there was just the ham and cheese.
David - January 17, 2009 - Report this comment
The Yumbo, I loved that sandwich. I remember back in South Florida, I never went to McDonalds. I grew up on Burger King and I was in my late teens before I had my first Big Mac. It did not compare. I love the Yumbo to this day.
Unloaditall - January 24, 2009 - Report this comment
I was so addicted to these things, if there had been a 12-step YA group, I would have joined. So many seeds littered my car I could swear that birds chased me. When BK pulled the Yumbo, I was like a junkie searching for a new dealer, but nothing since has compared. Today I am celebrating Day 9,490 of being Yumbo-free, but if it's ever brought back, I'm off the wagon for sure.
WL - March 10, 2009 - Report this comment
Good sandwich - bad name.
Joe - April 08, 2009 - Report this comment
Call 305-378-3535, this is BK's Consumer Relations Dept. I called today, and the lady who answered had no idea what I was talking about - so I gave them my ph# and asked if they could bring the Yumbo back. We'll see...........
Hotpressed - April 15, 2009 - Report this comment
Figures she wouldn't have a clue. Probably worked for Coke's marketing dept. back when they changed the formula. Long live the King!!! (only if he brings the Yumbo back)
JG - May 11, 2009 - Report this comment
How was the Yumbo packaged? I thought it was warapped in foil - my friend says a styrofoam container. Small wager is on it
Take Off - May 13, 2009 - Report this comment
Yumbo was in a Styrofoam Container!!! Bring back the yumbo Hungry Jacks/Burger King whatever just bring back the Yumbo don't need double nad triple Cheeseburgers just YUMBO'S... There is a cause on Facebook to bring back the Yumbo Look it up and Join LOL
Bill K - May 27, 2009 - Report this comment
I also remember the Yumbo from BK in So. Fla. The way I remember it is they were on a yellow (egg) bun w/ ham and WHITE american cheese. I'm pretty sure that they were heated in a new thing called a "microwave" oven and that's why they were in a styrofoam container and they were all soft and gooey. I loved those bad boys when i was a kid.
bilglas - June 04, 2009 - Report this comment
There are certain words that I do not like to say ... they just sound creepy. "Pimple" is one of those words. It's difficult for me to say "cottage cheese." And back in the day, I really hated the word "Yumbo." I went in one evening, and asked for the ham and cheese sandwich. They wouldn't GIVE it to me, unless I asked for a "Yumbo." And I did, begrudgingly ... and I haven't been back to Burger King since that day. In that time, I've hit McDonald's roughly 3,500 times.
Jamie - June 11, 2009 - Report this comment
I also loved the Yumbo and remember them in grade school and Jr. High from the late 80s. When I was in college they brought them back from some kind of promo but it only lated a couple months and was the late 80s. This is on sandwich they should have kept. It was really yummy if put BBQ sauce on it
cel - June 20, 2009 - Report this comment
The yumbo was the best! No lettuce-no tomato was ever part of the recipe. Some of you must have slight Altzheimers setting in. It was strictly a hot ham and cheese on a great soft bun. It was my favorite fast food back in high school (70's). I can't remember when it was pulled off the menu, but I don't like BK anymore because of it. And they have creepy commercials.
NicePerson - June 24, 2009 - Report this comment
I worked at Burger King in the mid 70's. The YUMBO was made with WHITE American cheese and thinly sliced ham. That's it. Nothing else. The sandwiches were put into a steamer. Microwaves had not been invented, yet.
nicer person - July 20, 2009 - Report this comment
The yumbo's were the best!!(Actually, the microwave oven was used by restaurants as early as 1954, the radarange was marketed for home kitchens in 1961.)
peacechick - August 20, 2009 - Report this comment
I cannot believe I found this page. I was just at dinner with my sister and somehow out of the blue I brought up how much I loved when we were kids and I would get the Yumbo sandwich when we went to BK. She didn't remember the sandwich at all and I described it to her and she thought I was making things up. I said I remembered the YUMBO well because it was one of my favorite food memories from childhood. I'm glad to see I'm not the only YUMBO lover who misses the sandwich.
T Goldstein - September 09, 2009 - Report this comment
Their jingle was " Have you had a yumbo yet? It will take you to Jamacia!" Seems there was a contest where you could win a trip If you bought that sandwich and it had a ticket in there or something.
d,koontz - September 20, 2009 - Report this comment
YumbosRGood - September 22, 2009 - Report this comment
I remenber the Yumbo at BK when I was a kid in the 70's in Puerto Rico. They need to bring that sandwich back!
Eyal - October 27, 2009 - Report this comment
I want Yumbo back!!! It was THE burger ever. Can anybody tell me if there was also mustard inside or just ketchup? i don't remember it anymore, i was 6-8 when i ate it. Greetz from Bern! P.S. I'll create a Facebook club soon. Go and look for it in the next weeks.
Stewie - November 16, 2009 - Report this comment
Make your own - at least here in Aus - use 1 sesame seed bun such as Tip Top Hmaburger bun, 2 slices Kraft BURGER cheese slices (available but you may have to ask) handful of shaved ham. Place all in bum - wrap in paper towel or serviette and put in microwave 30 - 40 sec . Almost as good as the HJ original
craving yumbo in Colorado - November 19, 2009 - Report this comment
Bring back the Yumbo !
vatcat - January 23, 2010 - Report this comment
put a split sesame burger bun on a baking tray. put a slice of american cheese on both sides. pile shaved ham on the cheese and put in the broiler till almost toasty. slap the roll together, put on plate and cover with a small bowl for a minute to steam. yumbo.
MELISSA - February 02, 2010 - Report this comment
BRING BACK THE YUMBO maybe we should facebook a petition and present it to HJ'S
nyc lights - March 06, 2010 - Report this comment
Yumbo's were yummy . Yumbo is fun to say !
Jan - March 07, 2010 - Report this comment
I can almost taste the old Yumbo today--hope it gets brought back. It was a favorite of mine.
Arch - March 16, 2010 - Report this comment
Hungry Jacks in Geraldton were making these about two years ago when I was passing through town. I couldn't believe it. I just had to have one again and I'm telling you they were just as I remembered. Fantastic.
Larry - April 07, 2010 - Report this comment
My brother just posted a picture of himself in his BK uniform that was taken around 1976. I could almost taste the Yumbo, so I googled it. I can't believe how many other Yumbo-holics there are! BK, if you are listening, bring it back!!
Jon - May 03, 2010 - Report this comment
Yumbo's are yumbo. Is there a better More catchy word than 'yumbo'? Say it out loud, 'YUMBO'. Aren't u hungry? Melissa told u how!!
Jon - May 03, 2010 - Report this comment
That would be vatcat.
Rebecca - May 05, 2010 - Report this comment
Th Yumbo was the best. Hardee's sells a hot ham "n" cheese that's VERY similar.
Trock - May 10, 2010 - Report this comment
I LOVED the Yumbo and wish they would bring it back. BK needs to go retro.
Susan - July 01, 2010 - Report this comment
I also worked at Burger King at that time and our Yumbo consisted of yellow american and ham. The ham was individually packed so each sandwich got the exact amount. It was a great sandwich and many a splurge for me. We were never allowed any food unless someone burnt something. Sometimes I'd sneak and eat a little bag of ham. ;)
Roger - August 07, 2010 - Report this comment
I worked at BK in 1971. The Yumbos were assembled somewhere oustide the the Midwest they were shaved ham, yellow american, and a bun. We microwaved them and they were the same price as a whopper.... 79 cents. (I remember because we got a discount and a dinner allowance when we broke national sales records, which we did three times, and I always got two or three). They were wonderful!
N - August 23, 2010 - Report this comment
They still have it in Puerto Rico.
Josh - August 29, 2010 - Report this comment
W - September 19, 2010 - Report this comment
If they still eat them in Puerto Rico, what's that tell you?! Just kidding. These were a cool junk food. Total shiit for your health, but fun.
Miashell - October 12, 2010 - Report this comment
i work at burger right and we have that sandwhich, it comes on the long sesame seed 8 pieces of ham 2 pieces of american cheese mayo lettuce and tomato and you can order it hot or cold it just called a ham and cheese tho.
Randy - October 15, 2010 - Report this comment
YUMBO.........mmmmmmmmmmm.........YELLOW cheese oozing out from every side NOT white cheese. I wish there was a way to email Burger King....we could do an email blitz EVERY SINGLE DAY until they bring it back.
Randy - October 15, 2010 - Report this comment
Vicki - November 03, 2010 - Report this comment
I hardly ever eat fast food, but I often think of the Yumbo! It was the best fast food sandwich ever! It was so soft and creamy...warm and salty (from the ham)....melted in your mouth! Whenever I'm on a road trip and have to get fast food, I always remember the Yumbo and wish we could get it now. I NEVER go to Burger King, but if they brought back the Yumbo I would stop there.
Sue - November 28, 2010 - Report this comment
I sent a comment here back in 2008 and I'm still waiting for the Yumbo! I sent a letter to the Marketing people at BK. Still waiting.
Shreela - December 04, 2010 - Report this comment
Hubby says he refused to return to BK after they stopped making Yumbos back in the 70s (Dallas). He said they had thin-sliced ham with "liquid cheese", similar to the liquid cheese on nachos at sporting events, but without the jalapeno.
Clem - December 13, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember Yumbos clearly here in Brisbane Australia. Hot ham, cheese and nothing else in a styrofoam container. I didn't really like them though; I was much more of a bacon-double-cheeseburger fan.
antonio - January 20, 2011 - Report this comment
yumbo???????? i am not old enough to know about it...but it sounds pretty plain,,surely a decent ham and cheese sandwich would be better than anything from burger king/hj' the way W.A is not the only place where it is called hungry jacks,,,,QLD has HJ'S too
TCTitan - January 29, 2011 - Report this comment
My all time favorite sandwich as a child the BK Yumbo!!!!! man i loved those and i miss them.
mike - February 08, 2011 - Report this comment
i worked at BK. I liked the whopper but remember eating a few YUMBO's 2 salty for me. I like my burned
Yumbo! - February 14, 2011 - Report this comment
I miss the Yumbo too! It was the best.
scot - February 19, 2011 - Report this comment
subway does the blt melt! its pretty close!
BONNIE - February 24, 2011 - Report this comment
Genene - March 15, 2011 - Report this comment
I worked at BK in 1970. I wish they would bring the Yumbo back.m-m-m! When the supervisors weren't around, we would take the cheese from the Yumbos, roll them up and put them in the microwave to make cheese puffs. Great memories!
Dan - March 30, 2011 - Report this comment
Yumbo's rocked. I remember as a kid taking Whopper coupons and asking them if I could redeem it for a Yumbo instead. They always said yes... I was just making a ham & cheese roastie , everytime I make one I remember the Yumbo.
Mark Fellure - April 06, 2011 - Report this comment
I always got a Yumbo when I went to see the King!!!! LOVED them, and would buy it again if it was made exactly the same!!!
Sandi - April 10, 2011 - Report this comment
rebecca - April 17, 2011 - Report this comment
OMG! I LOVED the yumbo! Thin sliced delicious ham with melted american cheese on a seseme bun. That was it! PLEASE BK!! Bring it back. (early 80's)
Otto - April 26, 2011 - Report this comment
Some things in life are just the BEST end never to be repeated! The YUMBO, The '69 Mustang and Juliet Huddy in fishnets! I can live without the 'Stang. The sandwich and Juliet will have to duke it out;-)
Jules - May 03, 2011 - Report this comment
I ate the Yumbo every Sunday night at BK. Just saw on Wikepedia that there was a ham & cheese sandwich called the Yumbo at Burger Chef when it was still around. Anyone know if this is true? Bring back the Yumbo, I still miss it too.
Davids - May 13, 2011 - Report this comment
My wife and myself were talking to the kids (14 & 17) the other night and I said YUMBO. this creatated a mayhem. They said whats the big deal with a hot Ham & Cheese roll? The answer was simple, NO ONE CAN MAKE A HOT HAM & CHEESE ROLL like Hungry Jacks did back in the 70 -80s. Yes it was just Ham & Cheese on a White Bun in a Stryne Container. And YES they were the best tasting Ham & Cheese that my memories have. At 51 y/o now I would really like to know exactly what type of Ham, Cheese & Bun was used, & the Zap time, but then I always asked for mine double zapped or extra hot! I MISS THE HUNGRY JACKS YUMBO SO MUCH.
Sandi - May 21, 2011 - Report this comment
Yumbo was my favorite in the 80s - Come on Burger King - Give us back the Yumbo NOW !!!!!
Mike - May 25, 2011 - Report this comment
I thought they also used a special roll. I think it was referred to as an egg roll andwas csort of yellow in color, it toasted very nicely.
Terry - May 29, 2011 - Report this comment
There was no BK in Ft. Dodge, IA. I missed the Yumbo so much that I drove 100 miles to Waterloo for one. The next time it did it, the Yumbo was gone. Who else makes anything like a Yumbo? For that, who else makes a cheese Frenchee like Kings Food Host?
FrankieBones - June 07, 2011 - Report this comment
Pathetic really can be defined by people commenting on a Burger King sandwich that hasn't been available since August of 1977.
sam - June 09, 2011 - Report this comment
most everyone her mirrors my feelings exactly!!! I first ate them in Galveston Texas. It was my fast food of choice. I could not remember who made it and thought it was burger chef like someone above mentioned, but it doesn't matter who made it!! Just someone PLEASE bring it back, and not just for a promo--add it to your core menu!!!!!!!!
Alex - June 11, 2011 - Report this comment
I worked at a BK in Cleveland, OH through summer 1971. The Yumbo was one of those yellow "egg bun" things, with a pre-sized packet of ham (kinda like one of those Carl Buddig things), and then one or two slices of the same yellow American cheese going onto the burgers. We had by then switched over from steamers to microwaves to melt the cheese and heat it up. Oh, my, it was insanely delicious.....I've gotta find a way to try to make one like that at home.....40 years later!
Kennyg - July 02, 2011 - Report this comment
I had a friend that worked at BK in little five points. I would go there just before closing on sat night. I would ask the mgr for hot water to mix w/ketchup to make tomato soup because I couldn't afford to but a sandwich. The mgr would sneak me out a couple of Yumbos, fries, and a drink. Man they were the best. Please bring them back. I can affors to pay now.
Frances - August 26, 2011 - Report this comment
I remember eating the Yumbo from Burger King. I loved it!! Whatever happened to "Have it Your Way at Burger King"!? Bring it back! Yummmm!
Jim - August 31, 2011 - Report this comment
I've told several people of my fondness for that delicious Yumbo that is no more. I liked to add only black pepper to mine and man, I sure wish they'd bring those back.... Burger King would be king again for me. Not many people know what I'm talking about so it's nice to find my fellow Yumbo lovers here :)
Dan - September 17, 2011 - Report this comment
Here's a simple home version of the Deee-licious Yumbo: Just get a packet of super-soft Hawaiian sweet rolls, a few slices of thin sliced ham and american cheese from the deli.... put them together and pop it in the microwave for about 15 seconds and voila! Just as good as the original.
Dean - October 25, 2011 - Report this comment
I long for the return of the Yumbo too! I worked at a BK in North Miami from summer 68 to summer 1970 while attending Miami-Dade JC. When I hired on, we were cooking them in a steamer. It wasn't long before the Microwave's showed up. Ours was preassembled in styrofoam with an Egg roll bun, white American cheese and shaved ham (quite salty).We were often asked to add mayonnaise and were fully willing to do so. No lettuce or tomatoes though.
Barbara - October 26, 2011 - Report this comment
I loved the Yumbo! When I was in the 9th and 10th grade my small Catholic HS here in NC had us sell candy bars door-to-door as a fund-raiser. Inside the wrapper was a coupon for a free Yumbo! I wanted to keep buying them for the coupon, but of course, my mother wouldn't let me. I told my older sister's husband I really liked the Yumbo, and he said, "Cheapy cheese." LOL Hardee's has the Hot Ham 'N' Cheese, which comes close, As for the homemade version - I do sesame seed bun, brown sugar deli ham, and provolone cheese.
Mike - November 04, 2011 - Report this comment
Yumbo,... I always think of Perth, Sandman Panel Vans complete with mattress and curtains, and a Yumbo, and Saturday nights cruising round the city showing off you wide mags and 350 Chev motor! The late 70's/80's in Perth = Priceless! Bring back the YUMBO!
Melanie - November 22, 2011 - Report this comment
"Please" bring the Yumbo back! McDonalds brings the "McRib" back once a year it seems....what about the Yumbo? I assure you it would be a "HIT" like it was when I was growing up in the 70' and 80' - please consider!
Dave - November 27, 2011 - Report this comment
In the early 70's one of the few BK's around in Madison, WI was inside East Towne Mall. Those styrofoam tubbed Yumbo's were a necessity for my tummy, but my sister had to have a simple, paper wrapped hot dog in a bun, served plain to be dressed as you wished, another BK simplicity which has been discontinued. I can still see them calling back every order to the kitchen on a PA system. Later on I was addicted to the Bullseye BBQ burger-3 regular patties on a long bun with cheese and Bullseye BBQ sauce. Still not the same as a Rodeo nowadays. When I get a taste for a ham and cheese now, Hardee's is as good as they get!
Bigkev - December 26, 2011 - Report this comment
OK, I too am a lover of the yumbo. HOW do I go about organising an on-line petition to HJ's. I'm reading everyone wants it back, so let's all do something about. BUT - it has to come in the foam container!!!! If anyone has any ideas: email and in the subject line please put : YUMBO Let's do it!!!
Steve - January 24, 2012 - Report this comment
I worked at BK inthe 70's in Colorado- That shaved ham was best with 2 packages zapped for about 45-60 seconds until it started popping and getting crispy. Throw on 2 slices of cheese and wahh. Always had one tucked away from the MNGR.
Atso - February 13, 2012 - Report this comment
Easy to recreate.Need Tip Top soft burger bun,4 slices double smoked leg ham, 6 slices Bega processed cheese slices.Start with a slice of cheese then 2 slices ham,then 2 slices cheese, 2 slices ham, then 3 slices cheese. Place assembled bun in a brown paper sandwich bag and microwave on high for 60 seconds.So close to the real thing it is not funny
Mick - April 01, 2012 - Report this comment
Yumbo's were the bomb bring them back
Claire - April 10, 2012 - Report this comment
I grew up in Colorado and was in High School in the 70's. My boyfriend and I absolutely loved the Yumbos. I ate many of them every week. I have watched for years for them to bring it back. I will have to check out this egg sandwich you all are talking about. There was no better fast food than the Yumbo and Taco Bell!
Dave - April 17, 2012 - Report this comment
There is no way you will duplicate the taste of a HJ Yumbo from the 70's in Adelaide, South Australia, maybe it was the Styrofoam container it was cooked in was the missing ingredient. It NEVER EVER came with any salad, only the best tasting ham and cheese in the world, Come on back baby!!
Dora - June 06, 2012 - Report this comment
on my birthday my parents would let me pick out the restaurant I wanted us to go to. Burger King was my Number 1 choice just so I could order a yumbo
Joyce Bugaiski - July 09, 2012 - Report this comment
If BK brought the Yumbo back, I would never again go to McDonalds!!! It was the very best of the fast food sandwich! PLEASE BURGER KING...BRING BACK THE YUMBO!!
Dean - July 29, 2012 - Report this comment
Worked at Hungry Jacks Knox 1989-90. You'd prep the Yumbo's in the morning. All you had to do was take one out of the fridge and microwave them on demand. I used like the "Whaler add cheese and tomato". Ordered one in 1991 and the girl looked blank, somewhere of the previous year they changed the name to "Ocean Catch", I guess Whaler wasn't politically correct!
smooth1010 - September 04, 2012 - Report this comment
I am from Perth Western Australia. The yumbo was the only thing i would eat from HJs.Why hasn't anyone put together the recipe. Here's my take on what i have read. Vanilla Ham and yellow american cheese. The roll was soft and the ham & cheese were hot as can be served in a white Styrene container. YUMMMM. Miss them so much with fries
Vickie - November 07, 2012 - Report this comment
I went to Arby's today and saw "Hot Ham and Chesse" sandwich under the dollar menu item's. Wow! It took me back in time. It taste just like a Yumbo!
b white-fort lauderdale,fl - December 05, 2012 - Report this comment
i love the yumbo bring it back!!!
G-from IL - December 09, 2012 - Report this comment
Back in the 70's my mom and I would always stop at BK on our way out of town to Peoria each weekend. I had to order 2 Yumbos. Heavenly! I agree with a previous post that Hardee's is the next best thing...but NOTHING beats the original Yumbo! --> BK, bring back the Yumbo!
Ken - December 29, 2012 - Report this comment
When I was around 14 or 15 in the mid '70s, (yes, I'm dating myself here) my mother would pick me up after bowling on Saturdays and take me to BK for, not one, but two Yumbos. Of course fries and a drink were a must. I would LOVE to see the Yumbo make a come back. Brings back great memories! :o)
ET - December 31, 2012 - Report this comment
HJ's Perth Western Australia. Early 80's long before Maccas arrived. Favorite HJ's Scarborough Beach Road after a day at the beach, and the one on Great Eastern Hwy on the way home from the airport
SC - January 30, 2013 - Report this comment
Can't believe how many people still rave about a yumbo sandwich from over 40 yrs ago. I also wish they would bring it back, even if only a few times a year. It was great.
Margie - February 01, 2013 - Report this comment
It was about 1972 and my boyfrend and I went every day to Burger King for my Yumbo fix. There was no other fast food sandwich like it. I sure wish BK would bring it back. No one else has ever had a sandwich like it.
Sammy - March 12, 2013 - Report this comment
Dear Burger King - Now give us just thay Yumbo back - eventually special occations each year - like rist week every quater
MG - England - April 24, 2013 - Report this comment
I absolutely loved the Yumbo as well. I used to order it as a starter and then have a Whopper cheese from mains followed by an Apple pie. I hardly ever eat at BK nowadays but would go regularly if the Yumbo returned.
Doug - June 24, 2013 - Report this comment
I worked at Burger King in the late 70's (Canada)and the Yumbo was a regular rotation in my after shift discounted meal. And they were so easy to make! Just a junior whopper bun, pre-weighed and portioned bit of shaved ham, a slice of cheddar (or whatever cheese food fast food slices are), put it in the Styrofoam clamshell, and nuke it. When places like Jack in the Box serve up a ton of choices, you'd think that BK could add it back to the menu - even as a niche item. They are idiots, though, marketing wise, jumping from concept to concept (including the hideous rubber headed monster Burger King). I would bet that Yumbo is a little too close to Sambo, linguistically, so the politically correct sheep. BK will never bring it back under that name. Cheap and easy menu item though. Bring it back!
Kelly - July 31, 2013 - Report this comment
I worked at HJ's in Adelaide suburbs when I was still at school from about 1993 on and Yumbo was still around for the first year or so. I remember prepping them when on 'open' shift or 'handover'. Cant remember the quantities but it was circles of ham folded in half and crossed over then just the normal slices cheese crossed over and the whole thing was placed in a container ready to grab and chuck in a whopper bun to microwave. They gave the most awful cheese burns!
Colleen - August 10, 2013 - Report this comment
YUMBO!!!! I love and miss you! The BEST "stoner" munchie food of the 70's!!!!
Nancy - January 29, 2014 - Report this comment
I worked at B.K. from 1978 to 1981. We'd make Yumbos in the morning. It was a burger bun, a slice of yellow American cheese, then a package of ham (that we opened with the tomato corer)and then topped the ham with another slice of cheese but in the opposite placement of the first slice to look like a start. Then we'd put it in the clam shell container. We'd microwave them to order. Delicious!!! I wish they would bring them back. Probably healthier than anything on the menu.
sm - March 08, 2014 - Report this comment
I ordered a Yumbo at a Singapore HJs or BK, about 1989, and was horrified to discover that there they served them cold!
NB - May 20, 2014 - Report this comment
Don't eat at BK anymore but if the Yumbo returned so would I.
marisa - August 23, 2014 - Report this comment
Same here worst mistake they ever made. Deleting the Yumbo. I asked they said it was Oscar mayer ham and yellow american cheese. Thar was back when they still swrved it. I tried didnt taste the same. I still think about the Yumbo lol...
SS - September 14, 2014 - Report this comment
I was just thinking about this the other day and have since been having a craving for a YUMBO. That got me started thinking about other foods I've loved and can't find anymore as well. Glad to see I'm not the ONLY ONE Missing the YUMBO!
Debbie - September 15, 2014 - Report this comment
I agree with bringing back the yumbo. I don't eat at BK anymore but the yumbo would draw me back for sure. It would be great to introduce the younger generation to that great taste and I sure wouldn't mind tasting it again.
Ron - September 28, 2014 - Report this comment
Ah, the Yumbo ............. memories memories. I bet if they do bring it back it will cost more than the 80c it was in the 70's
Lukyan - November 04, 2014 - Report this comment
my girlfriend works at Burger King in Pennsylvania, and she just said there is a "new" sandwich coming. after looking into it, we realized the "YUMBO" is not really new at all. Rejoice Ye! Yumbo Returns!
Lukyan - November 06, 2014 - Report this comment
Molly - November 30, 2014 - Report this comment
the new yumbo is nothing like the one in the 70's! Too bad cause it was the best! Melted in your mouth!!
Rick - December 01, 2014 - Report this comment
The original yumbo that I remember our mom taking us to get every Friday in the mid to late 60's was a toasted bun with ham piled up on the bottom and swiss cheese(not American) on the top. They would run it through the broiler a second time to heat the ham and melt the cheese, then slap the two halves together and wrap them in a foil wrapper. No lettuce, tomato or onions and absolutely no condiments at all. That and an order of fries and a coke, We were quiet all the way home. The BK was on 119th st. and LeJune rd. in Miami.
Angel42 - December 01, 2014 - Report this comment
My husband was a manager at Burger King, and told me he had NEVER heard of the "Yumbo". I used to have to go to Burger King three times a week to get my mother Yumbos. I wish they would bring it back, I really enjoyed the Yumbo.
tampamami - December 01, 2014 - Report this comment
So I had never heard of a "Yumbo" b4 I saw a commercial 2day.Maybe it's bcuz I was born in'78 and they were long gone by the time I had enuf teeth to chew one. Anywho, I googled it and came to this page...I was really enjoying reading all the stories filled with nostalgia. One in particular really made me laugh, UNLOADITALL from Jan 24 2009, looks like your days of sobriety are over! Enjoy falling off your wagon my friend...I hope it's as good as you remember! I plan on having my first Yumbo this weekend!
Laurelai - December 02, 2014 - Report this comment
Burger King in Michigan has just started advertising the return of the YUMBO, by name for a limited time only.(12/1/14) The commercial though, shows the ham, YELLOW American cheese LETTUCE LEAVES and what looks like mayo on an elongated bun. I remember the Yumbo with just ham and cheese no lettuce or mayo. The reason that I stumbled onto this site was I was trying to find the name of BURGER CHEF's Ham and cheese sandwich which Did include lettuce, but shredded very fine with mayo I believe and had white cheese (swiss)OR white American ?) the YUMBO was for sure from Burger KING.. I'm trying to get the name of the Burger CHEF ham sandwich. Can anyone help me ?
CarlOhio - December 03, 2014 - Report this comment
Yumbo that is out is not the same as the old version
hc - December 03, 2014 - Report this comment
This ham sandwich is the one that replaced the original yumbo. So they have not brought back the yumbo, too bad... I have been waiting 40+ YEARS still no yumbo!
jjs007 - December 05, 2014 - Report this comment
I remember the Yumbo in SoCal in '72. When they started advertising them in Chicago this month as "back from the 70's", nobody I talked to could remember it. I even sang them the jingle and no lights went on. Maybe they weren't in Chicago in the 70's. And how does the jingle to Yumbo go, you ask: I'm the new Yumbo, hot ham and cheese, The Burger King Yumbo, I'm here to please, A tasty new sandwich that comes in a box, You're going to love me, right down to your sox. They call me the Yumbo, I'm good for your soul. Some ham and some cheese on a buttery roll. So don't be a dumbo, just order a Yumbo, Burger King's new ham and ...
smokey - December 06, 2014 - Report this comment
They are back
Missing the Yumbo - December 08, 2014 - Report this comment
I tried the new Yumbo. NOT worth it!!! Its on the new elongated bun they use. It had 3 pathetic paper thin pieces of ham on it. The cheese was not only not melted, but was still cold. I remember the original. Piled high with deli sliced ham (like an Arby's sandwich) and covered in thick gooey HOT cheese. In fact, so hot you could never eat it right away. You had to let cool off. The new Yumbo is a colossal MISS!
Colette - December 08, 2014 - Report this comment
I loved the Yumbo. What BK has reintroduced is NOT a Yumbo. A Yumbo was simple, just plain ham and a slice of america cheese on a small bun and heated in the microwave. YUM
maverick - December 14, 2014 - Report this comment
The YUMBO is back. We can still have it our way.
Gina - December 15, 2014 - Report this comment
The Yumbo at Burger King was definitely made with white cheese and not yellow American cheese.
Abraham Lincoln - December 17, 2014 - Report this comment
Wallstreetobserver - December 26, 2014 - Report this comment
(sung to Burger King theme music)Hold the tomato, hold the lettuce, special orders don't upset us. (rap this one) Add more ham and American cheese, nix the mayo and nuke it please. (Just say it) Now you've got a YUMBO.
TLCgrl - January 05, 2015 - Report this comment
The YUMBO is BACK! I saw the ad on TV tonight!
lee - January 09, 2015 - Report this comment
Never had them in england. How sad is that.
ms from mn - January 09, 2015 - Report this comment
Bring back the original yumbos. Ham and swiss. No lettuce or mayo. Obviously the PTB at BK don't respect tradition.
fyrball - January 17, 2015 - Report this comment
I worked at BK when I was 15,40 yrs ago.I told a store manager they should bring back the Yumbo a couple of years ago.Had one today,its NOT the same.I remember white cheese. I wish they would change the products to the same used back then.
Doug - February 02, 2015 - Report this comment
BK blew a huge opportunity here, and I really don't know if they themselves remember the yumbo. I would hope there is still a chance to fix it, but now that they think they've tried it in such a feeble attempt I don't hold much hope (or respect) for them.
Bobbie - March 29, 2015 - Report this comment
I worked in the 70s at BK in NJ and the Yumbo was my treat for my breaks. hot Ham and white american cheese on a "round" soft bun served in a Styrofoam container, you could add tomato and lettuce if you wanted (Have it your Way!) I looked forward to the comeback but this new one is not the same I am in marketing and I believe Burger King missed the point of the comeback they are losing the Yumbo addicts of the 70s. Bring back the orginal!!!
Shanon - June 25, 2015 - Report this comment
Loved the Yumbo growing up in Perth, Western Australia. Best burger ever made by anybody. Why do Americans refer to it as a sandwich when its served in a bun? Surely bread = sandwich and bun = burger or roll.
Jeff - April 21, 2016 - Report this comment
I worked at Burger King 1978/1979 in Tennessee, and there was no Yumbo. There was however, a hot ham and cheese that came on the long bun, and it came with 3 onion rings on it. I loved those! I so wish they would bring them back, or either publish the recipe!!
Sandi - August 17, 2016 - Report this comment
GIVE US BACK THE ORIGINAL YOUMBO! Anyway it is extremely easy do make at home with a microwave oven. Use bread (bun) with sesam or toast, American cheese, and ham - in portions you like. cheese on both sides of the bread slice the ham to be inside the bread/cheese. You could put a spoon of french mustard inside if you like. Put it into microwave oven for 6 minutes on 1000W or more - almost the same... Many thin slices of ham mixed with cheese will help on the memory...
TJ - October 30, 2017 - Report this comment
Wow, talk about "pathetic" 🙄 FrankieBones - June 07, 2011 - Report this comment Pathetic really can be defined by people commenting on a Burger King sandwich that hasn't been available since August of 1977.
Anonymous - April 22, 2021 - Report this comment
HJ, Hungry Jack’a just brought it back until July 2021, I never ate it but according to this comment section it’s really good.
Jean - April 07, 2022 - Report this comment
The YUMBO jingle brought me here. It popped up in my mind from long long ago, but I could not quite remember it. " I'm the new YUMBO I'm good for your soul,Some ham and some cheese on a buttery roll, but that was all I could remember...

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