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Burger King Takes a Swing at "Healthy" Turkey, Veggie Burgers

Burger King -- healthified.
Burger King -- healthified.
Photos by Christina Uticone

"Being lazy" and "eating healthy" do not exactly go together like peanut butter and jelly. So imagine my excitement when I saw Burger King advertising both a turkey and a veggie burger. Huzzah! I can exert zero effort and enjoy healthy-ish fast food? Sounds too good to be true!*

I'm not one of those "grumble, grumble, burgers are beef!" people. I enjoy veggie and turkey burgers and order them often in restaurants. (Natachee's makes a mean version of both, and if you haven't tried the house veggie burger at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, you are really missing out.) So I didn't mind skipping over BK's new Chipotle Whopper, or their new Bacon Cheddar stuffed burger, to give these other two ("healthy!") options a whirl.

I think we all see where this is going.

*Foreshadowing

I'm coming off a trip to the East Coast that included two weddings, one Bridezilla and a countless number of cocktails that accompanied rich, delicious meals. I'm officially in my "I hate food" mode, so fast-food turkey and veggie burgers really should have hit the spot.

They did not.

Turkey burger easily identified -- by its bun.
Turkey burger easily identified -- by its bun.

First, when I pulled the two burgers from the paper bag, I couldn't tell which was the turkey burger and which was the veggie burger; not a good sign, especially when the veggie burger is just a MorningStar Veggie patty, which I eat all the time at home.

Next, there was a copious amount of mayonnaise on the sandwiches. I know I'm not the world's biggest fan of mayo, so I'm biased, but usually I can just scrape off the excess and dive in. Even my husband -- who will never understand my mayo aversion -- did a double take when he saw the heavy application of my least-favorite condiment. "Uh, that's an awful lot of mayonnaise, babe. I'll eat what you can't finish." My knight in shining armor.

A four-pack of MorningStar Veggie burgers at the grocery store costs as much as this one burger -- make yours at home.
A four-pack of MorningStar Veggie burgers at the grocery store costs as much as this one burger -- make yours at home.

Bland, unpleasant, dry, processed turkey on a bun -- that's about all I can say about the BK turkey burger. Okay, I'll give credit to the bun, which was pretty tasty -- "artisan" rather than sesame seed. And as for the veggie burger? I mean, it's a MorningStar patty on a bun with some tomato, lettuce and onion, for chrissakes -- I could do it at home, with less effort than it takes to go to Burger King. The two sandwiches together cost about eight bucks, plus an afternoon full of regret and cold cereal.

Run screaming, or at least order a real burger.

Nutrition Info:

Turkey burger: 530 calories, 27 g protein, 1210 mg sodium, 26 g fat

Veggie burger: 410 calories, 21 g protein, 960 mg sodium, 16 g fat



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