Fast Food Review: The BK Veggie Burger from Burger King
So I’m on Burger King’s website trying to decide what I want for lunch…something that hasn’t yet been covered on GrubGrade. As I come across a Veggie Burger on their menu, I think of all of the people out there that don’t eat meat and I figured I’d give it a try. Now I’ve never really been into Veggie Burgers, but in the spirit of watching my calories/fat intake, I think, hmmm, maybe I should taste what I’ve been missing. A trip to the drive-thru menu board at my local BK presents me with the dilemma that this Veggie Burger isn’t listed among the choices. I’m a little disappointed, but before I give up, I figure I should ask them if they have it. Sure enough, they do have it, so here’s my review of the BK Veggie Burger from Burger King.
Now as I stated previously, I have never really liked veggie burgers. I think I have only ever had them 2 or 3 times in my entire life. So, with a little apprehension, I order one and hope I don’t go away disappointed. As I head back to work, my biggest concern is that I’m hoping this meal doesn’t leave me still hungry.
BK describes their Veggie Burger like this:
BK VEGGIE® Burger
A Morningstar Farms® Garden Veggie Patty, garden crisp vegetables,whole grains, and spices–all topped with lettuce, red ripe tomatoes, ketchup, creamy mayo, and served on a sesame seed bun. If there’s one thing we know, it’s burgers. Even Veggie burgers. No, especially… the BK VEGGIE® Burger.
Sounds pretty good, right? Well, I still don’t really know what to expect, so I unwrap it and dive in. The first thing I notice is that the patty totally covers the bun. Upon first bite I taste the decent mildly spiced flavor and moistness of the patty. The veggie patty was surprisingly not dried out. The bun is your standard sesame seed BK bun, but it’s fresh, sturdy and holds everything together well. I also notice that they put a little too much mayo on the sandwich and I don’t really notice the ketchup. Honestly, there is enough flavor coming from the Veggie patty itself that some of the condiments probably don’t even need to be included. It all comes down to textures, not taste, with most of the extra ingredients. The BK lettuce, wilted as usual, has a lot left to be desired. Unfortunately, it’s causing me to take points off of this sandwich. The tomatoes are OK, not the freshest in the bunch, but edible. Also, a points deduction.
The BK Veggie Burger is approximately the same size as a BK Whopper, so whether it’s fair or not, we are going to compare the nutritional values of the two. It’s not really much of a surprise to show how this Veggie Burger is obviously the better-for-you choice but let’s check it out anyways. The traditional BK Whopper (w/o cheese) has 670 calories and 40 grams of fat while the BK Veggie Burger only has 420 calories and 16 grams of fat. Both sandwich figures are with mayo included so asking to hold the mayo will bring your totals down to 520 calories and 23 grams of fat for the Whopper…340 calories and 8 grams of fat for the Veggie Burger. What a difference a little mayo makes right?
Altogether, I was taken aback that a Veggie Burger could impress me as much as this one did. I think the theme of this review would be “pleasantly surprised”, so much so that I won’t hesitate to get another one at some point. The Veggie Burger just might be my new item of choice at BK, who knows??? If you take nothing else away from this post, just remember, if you don’t see it on the menu, just ask for it. They just might have what you are looking for.
Pros: Surprisingly good flavor, Morningstar Farms makes good stuff. Decent price. Filling sandwich. Healthier alternative to the Whopper.
Cons: BK lettuce-limp, not fresh. Too much mayo and the tomatoes weren't the best. Still a little shocked on how well I enjoyed this that I might be in for a let down the next time.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.75/10
Overall GrubGrade: 8.00/10
More Info: BurgerKing.com
Calories – 420
Total Fat - 16 grams
Carbs – grams
Saturated Fat – 2.5 grams
Trans Fat – 0 grams
Cholesterol – 10 milligrams
Sodium – 1090 milligrams
Protein – 23 grams