Friday, April 5, 2013

Burger King: The King of the Beef-less Burger?

We all know Burger King as the "King of the Whopper". However, in what seems to be an attempt to connect with the 20 and 30-something healthier crowd, Burger King has added two limited-edition beef-less burgers to their menu - a turkey burger and a veggie burger. They'll be making history because McDonald's and Wendy's do not have these options. But the big question is: how healthy are these beef-less burgers?

The Turkey Burger
Per Burger King, the turkey burger is topped with fresh-cut lettuce, sliced tomatoes, crisp red onions and mayo all served on a warm, artisan-style bun. The nutritional value is as follows:
Calories - 530 calories
Protein - 27g
Fat - 59g

The Veggie Burger
The veggie burger uses 'MorningStar Farms Garden Veggie Patties' and it is topped with fresh lettuce, juicy tomatoes, creamy mayonnaise, and ketchup on a toasted sesame seed bun. The nutritional value is as follows:
Calories - 410 calories
Protein - 22g
Fat - 16g

Now obviously, compared to the Whopper (which contains 630 calories, 25g of protein, and 35g of fat), these two beef-less burgers sound relatively good. I have not tasted them, so I can't tell you if they taste amazing. 

If you are looking to go the healthy route though, and the veggie burger is not for you, I would probably not do the turkey burger. Burger King already has a chicken burger that is pretty low in calories and fat, and has more protein than the veggie burger - The Tendergrill chicken sandwich. The Tendergrill chicken sandwich has 470 calories, 37g of protein, and 18g of fat. That sounds way better than the turkey burger to me.

So, if I walked into Burger King, I know what I'll be having. Any thoughts on these burgers from someone who has tried them?

Cheers Eights & Weights!

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