Review: Turkey Burger from Burger King

Harkening back to my days as a Junior High thespian, I recalled that Professor Harold Hill warned us of Trouble, with a capital “T”.  I was already skeptical of trying the Turkey Burger from Burger King, but when it came out with a giant “T” on the wrapper, my spider sense tingled.  Perhaps if I just used “The Think Method” it would be alright.  I’ve successfully used this method to get over my inborn aversion to turkey bacon, turkey jerky and turkey pepperoni, and they all turned out fine.  Not that any of these really tasted so good that I was ready to give up the original, but once in a while when you’re feeling fat but don’t really want to do anything about it, you could make yourself feel better with a quick substitute.I’m not sure why I expected something different, but BK’s Turkey Burger was simply a rubbery, stamped-out-by-a-machine patty of pressed turkey.  Aha! There it was: Trouble, with a capital “T” that rhymes with “P” that stands for…Pressed.  In my head I was thinking it would be more like a traditional burger, with the granular texture of ground beef, only they would use ground turkey.  Am I crazy, or wouldn’t that work?  Anyway, this thing was rubbery beyond rubbery.Turkey Burger BKThe consistency of the meat reminded me of a chicken nugget.  It was rubbery.  Did I mention the Turkey Burger was rubbery?  OK, enough about its consistency, but, man was it rubbery.  After all, texture and consistency isn’t everything and I have to admit it did taste good.  I can’t say it tasted like turkey, but it kind of tasted how you expect pressed turkey to taste.  There are certain foods that people keep trying to recreate in other forms, but just end up with this alternative flavor that we’ve all come to expect.  You know how grape pop doesn’t taste anything like grapes, but it’s still good?  The thing about turkey, in its role as a substitute, is that you really expect that there will be an attempt for it not to taste like turkey, but rather, for it to taste like the item they are trying to mimic.  For instance, you don’t expect turkey bacon to taste like turkey, you expect it to taste like bacon.  Therefore, I was expecting this to taste like a burger.  I guess maybe I’m confused as to the need for a turkey burger.  If you want turkey, go to a place that has a turkey sandwich.  If you want a burger, BK’s not a bad place to get one (as far as fast food burgers go).BK Turkey BurgerI suppose, the usual reason for using turkey as a substitute is to find a lower fat alternative, but at 26 grams of fat (a Whopper has 35g), you’re not going to win any weight loss battle by going all Jared and eating one of these a day for the rest of your life.   As for the rest of the sandwich, the bun was good, not dried-out and actually flavorful – a bit sweet even.  The lettuce, tomato and red onion were better than average, but nothing to write home about.  The website’s description of this sandwich does not include ketchup, but mine came with a generous portion.  I think I would have rather had the mayo.  Again, I think my local BK folks thought this was supposed to be a substitute for a regular burger, thus, the ketchup.Turkey Burger from Burger KingI think, in the end, if you look at this as just a turkey sandwich made with the same grade of pressed turkey you might find on a Subway Cold Cut Combo, you might not be that disappointed, if you’re into that kind of thing.  I rounded my meal out with some onion rings ’cause I just hate BKs fries that much, and a Vanilla Barq’s root beer from their fancy 100-flavor pop machine.

Pros: If you like pressed turkey, this is your sandwich; the rest of the sandwich isn't bad.

Cons: Rubbery, kinda rubbery, pretty rubbery, everybody be cool this is rubbery.

Taste: 6.25/10
Value: 4.00/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.00/10
Price: $3.79 sandwich alone

Overall GrubGrade: 5.25/10

More Info: http://www.BK.com
Nutrition Facts:
Calories 530 Protein 27g Carbohydrates 46g Sugar 11g Fat 26g Saturated Fat 5g Trans Fat 0g Cholesterol 90mg Sodium 1210mg

9 comments on “Review: Turkey Burger from Burger King

  1. Sam says:

    “I think, in the end, if you look at this as just a turkey sandwich made with the same grade of pressed turkey you might find on a Subway Cold Cut Combo, you might not be that disappointed, if you’re into that kind of thing.”

    I would go as far to say this is a turkey sandwich – by definition. According to Wikipedia, a burger is defined as “a sandwich consisting of a cooked patty of ground meat usually placed inside a sliced hamburger bun.” If this turkey isn’t ground, I don’t think they can technically call this a burger.

  2. bungee strap says:

    I don’t think there is anything wrong with being rubbery

  3. BKSX says:

    I wouldn’t expect anything from BK. But considering they had horse meat in their burgers, do you think you really ate turkey, and maybe not pigeon?

  4. Jonathan Wayne says:

    Ketchup on turkey, nasty. That is probably 80% of the reason why you did not like the sandwich.

  5. Sandy says:

    I think it looks pretty tasty, based on the pic you took. The veggies look fresh and the bun isn’t smashed. But, I agree, 26 grams of fat is crazy for something most folks would perceive as a healthy alterntive. Question…was it rubbery? ;-)

  6. OFP says:

    Ketchup on a turkey burger is wrong, would be better with mustard and mayonaise… also no lettuce on any burger….ever. Other than that, I guess I could see trying this, but I would definatly agree with this not being healthy enough to matter at 26 grams of fat.

  7. Nalini says:

    Not a big fan of BK, I rather make myself a home made turkey burger than even try BK’s turkey burger

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