When I asked the girl at the Burger King Counter if the Veggie Burger on the menu was any good I never expected this cute, young girl working the counter at a burger joint to reply:
“I’m a vegetarian. I love it. It’s better with cheese.”
A vegetarian working at Burger King seems like an oxymoron, but it’s okay. There’s no such thing as Tofu King yet.
Since I became a vegetarian a month ago, I have been doing well with finding options at every place we dine. I have been avoiding fast food as much as possible anyway, but one late night we were starving. I was expecting to get a fish sandwich (I didn’t rule that out of my diet yet), but when I saw that Burger King offered a BK Veggie Burger from Morningstar, I was thrilled! McDonalds, which has many options to healthy eating, has not yet added a veggie burger to their grilled selection, and Wendy’s does not even offer a fish sandwich anymore.
So, I was very delighted to learn that Burger King now offers something exclusively for vegetarians. When Dave and I got to our booth and unwrapped our sandwiches, I realized that my BK Veggie Burger didn’t look that much different than his Whopper. They both were on the same bun, topped with lettuce, tomato, onions and mayo. Only, his patty was made of meat and mine with a slew of yummy vegetables.
The BK Veggie Burger had visible veggies, and was just fabulous. My favorite veggie burger by far is Morningstar’s Black Bean Burgers, however this version at Burger King was great. On the side, I had an order of Burger King’s brand new cheese filled tater tots, which were to die for. They were oozing with melted cheese and the chunky potato filling was tasty. I topped off my quick meal with a caramel swirl cheesecake. I forgot how great Burger King’s cheesecakes were!
While I can’t give claim to Burger King for actually making a great tasting burger (those kudos go to the company, Morningstar), I give them credit for adding this item to their menu. Vegetarianism is on the rise, as is general healthy eating, so offering a veggie burger is not only great for vegans (hold the mayo, though) and vegetarians who still wish to grab fast food, but also for people who may just want a chance of pace from burgers.
Burger King is the first and only national fast food chain to introduce a veggie burger to its line up-perhaps they paved a new direction for fast food. And heck, they can still themselves Burger King-Veggie Burger King, that is.
According to a CNN Money story, Burger King introduced to Veggie Burger in March. While the maker of the burger is vegetarian favorite, Morningstar, these burgers are made specifically for Burger King. So, you can’t buy the same burgers in stores. The difference is that the burgers for Burger King do not contain soy. The CNN story also states that Burger King is maintaining its slogan, “Your way, right away” by preparing the burger in the microwave or away from other hamburger products. So, vegan who want to order can get it without cheese and mayo (which contains egg), however the product was not developed with vegans in mind.
Burger King’s BK Veggie Burger is 330 calories.