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Burger King is bringing back the Big King sandwich

Updated: 2013-11-06T04:19:46Z

Big King comeback

What has two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions on a sesame seed bun? Burger King’s latest sandwich. The chain says it is bringing back its Big King sandwich, which looks a lot like the Big Mac made by its bigger rival McDonald’s. Burger King said it is an addition to the menu rolling out this week. Burger King previously offered the Big King as a limited time offer.

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