“Where’s The Beef?” BK Goes Vegan With Meatless Whopper

Burger King’s new ‘Impossible Whopper’ — it’s impossible to find any beef. IMAGE: Mike Mozart, CC BY 2.0

How do you improve Burger King’s legendary Whopper?

According to some dietitians, you place the 100% USDA beef with yummy ‘soy protein concentrate’

| Abbey Hatfield, Apr 29, 2019

| Food Educator – Big news for Burger King fans: After doing testing in select markets, the fast-food chain plans to roll out its new plant-based Whopper nationwide by the end of the year.

The burger is called an Impossible Whopper, and it’s made with heme, a protein from the roots of soy plants that creates a meaty flavor.

The Impossible Whopper started testing in St. Louis four weeks ago, and Burger King plans to “quickly test in additional markets with the intention of nationwide distribution by end of year,” the chain told USA Today.

The new burger showed “encouraging results,” the company added.

What is the Impossible Whopper made of?

The Impossible Whopper was developed by Silicon Valley-based Impossible Foods. The burger itself is made with a soy protein concentrate, several oils (including coconut and sunflower oil), and various additives, according to the Impossible Foods website.

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Impossible Whopper nutrition

As for nutrition, the burgers (not including the buns, sauces, and seasonings), contain the following per 4-ounce patty:

  • Calories: 240
  • Fat: 14 grams
  • Saturated fat: 8 grams
  • Sodium: 370 milligrams
  • Carbohydrates: 9 grams
  • Fiber: 3 grams
  • Protein: 19 grams

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Is the Impossible Whopper healthy?

For starters, nutritionists are all about having a plant-based option on the menu. “With many consumers trying to follow a more plant-based diet, I applaud Burger King for providing a meatless burger option,” says Keri Gans, RDN, author of The Small Change Diet.

As for whether it’s actually “healthy,” well, that kind of depends on what you compare it to.

If you’re talking about some of Burger King’s other burger options, then yes, it’s healthy. “This burger is definitely one of the healthier ‘burger’ options available,” Gans says.

However, she points out, the amount of saturated fat in the burger isn’t great … Read more.

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