Burger King is Bringing Back a Sandwich They Haven’t Served in 40 Years

The Yumbo, a simple ham and cheese sandwich that was last served at a Burger King in the 1970s, is back

How could you go wrong with a simple ham and cheese sandwich?

Burger King has decided to go full-on retro and re-introduce the Yumbo sandwich: a hot ham and cheese sandwich that has not graced a Burger King menu since the Nixon administration. And now it’s back; groovy! The sandwich is actually pretty simple, and features slices of black forest ham topped with melted American cheese, lettuce, and mayo, all served heated on a toasted hoagie bun.

The menu item was introduced in 1968 and taken off the menu in 1974. Now it’s being brought back to woo older Burger King fans who remember the sandwich. This recipe is actually a little different, as the original didn’t have lettuce or mayo.

“We’re always listening to our guests through our franchisees, in social media, and via guest relations,” said Eric Hirschhorn, chief marketing officer, North America, Burger King Corporation. “The return of the Yumbo Hot Ham & Cheese Sandwich is the latest example of how we’re able to give our guests what they’ve asked for.”

The Yumbo may be back, but we can’t say our fresh kale-loving stomachs will excited at the prospect, nor for the return of the frozen TV dinners that were also popularized in the ‘70s.

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Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @JoannaFantozzi