It’s finally here, folks. Burger King just released the Impossible Whopper nationwide to its 7200 stores. This is my first time trying out the Impossible burger patty, so let’s see how it holds up to the hype! But first…
What is the Impossible Whopper?
The Impossible Whopper is a burger made with a patty created by Impossible Foods. This patty is 100% plant-based, which means that it contains no animal flesh or animal by-products. For example, some of the key ingredients include soy and potato protein, coconut and sunflower oils, and special ingredient heme. If you’d like to know the nutritional information on the entire Impossible Whopper, Burger King provides that on their page here.
How was it?
The whopper came neatly wrapped in a special green and white paper with black text that reads:
“IMPOSSIBLE WHOPPER flame-grilled to perfection”
I removed the wrapper and found an average looking burger on a sesame seed bun. The patty was dark brown and had the aforementioned grill marks.
I took a bite of the burger. I sensed a fluffy bun, chilled chopped lettuce, raw white onion, tangy pickles, and an Impossible patty cooked well done. It was just how I remembered Whoppers to taste like! Honestly, I would be worried that I accidentally was served an animal-based patty if I didn’t already know this was plant-based. You can definitely serve this to an omnivore with a normal Whopper wrapper and I doubt that they would notice any difference.
On a similar note, Burger King already offers a veggie burger option with a patty created by MorningStar. It’s more of a traditional vegetable patty with chunks of beans, peas, and carrots. The MorningStar patty currently contains eggs and dairy, which eliminates it as an option for vegans. No doubt about it, the Impossible Whopper is a much better option for those seeking a traditional fast food experience.
How to order it Vegan:
Ordering the Impossible Whopper vegan is easy. All you need to do is to ask for no mayo, and also request that they prepare it on a separate grill. The burger by default does not come with cheese, and there aren’t any eggs or dairy used in the bun.
Many people are asking, is it really suitable for vegetarians and vegans?
According to a recent Bloomberg article, BK’s president, Chris Finazzo, stated that “[they will] use the same cooking method [as their meat-based burgers]”, thus creating possible cross-contamination from animal-derived foods.
In my opinion, this is like most things. It all depends on how far you take it. If you’re concerned about contamination, you can request that they cook it on a separate or cleaned grill. Worst-case scenario, they will microwave the burger on a plate instead of grilling it. And if that’s not good enough for you, at this point I gotta ask, why are you even eating at Burger King in the first place?
In conclusion, my final review of the Impossible Whopper is that it is pretty good. It’s a great plant-based burger that is shockingly similar to its animal based counterpart. It reminds me of what I used to eat before I took animals off of my plate. This is a definite plus for vegans and vegetarians who are seeking a nostalgic burger experience. Although I certainly won’t make it a regular part of my diet, I’m glad to have another option around for “emergencies” or simply when I get a craving for a fast food burger.
Ultimately, its a giant leap forward for vegetarians and vegans to have a plant-based burger at one of the leading fast food chains. In addition, it provides another easy option for omnivores and flexitarians who are looking to reduce their animal consumption, regardless of the reason why. For that, the animals say “Thank you”.
What do you think about this release? Will you try the Impossible Whopper anytime soon? Let me know in the comments below!