Monday, August 24, 2009

Burger King has a Veggie Burger

(pictured: a homemade veggie burger sandwich)

Before you stop at Burger King on your next drive there are some things you should know. Per the Burger King website here is the nutritional information on the sandwich with the works (lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, ketchup, mayo and mustard):

Calories 430
Fat 17g
Sat Fat 2.5g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 5g
Carbs 48g
Sugar 9g
Protein 23g
Sodium 1530 mg

Those 17 fat grams equate to 153 calories from fat or 36% total calories from fat. The sodium content is 70% of what an adult should have in a day. While I applaud Burger King for adding a veggie burger to the menu, I would like a sandwich with less sodium and no cholesterol and preferably less fat.

I wondered if they offer the veggie burger on a salad. According the website they do not. In fact, they don’t offer a vegan salad option at all. Their garden side salad has 220 mg of sodium without any salad dressing. What? I guess it is in the cheese. Depending on the dressing you choose the sodium can go to 960 mg on a side salad.

At the moment I am almost wish I hadn’t looked at the Burger King website. Apparently I will need to keep looking to find healthy options for my husband when he is traveling.


  1. eeeeeeeewwww.

    this is why i don't eat fast food.

  2. veggievixen,

    We don't typically eat fast food either. However, when my husband was in Tulsa a few weeks ago the closest thing he could find to something healthy was a Subway of all places. I decided to check out other national chains to see if there might be other options. It is not encouraging so far.


  3. i am guilty of eating their veggie burger sans mayo to support it. i think three times in 8 yrs? lol. its kinda fun though....are there fries vegan? i know mcdonalds are not!

  4. Michelle,

    I was hopeful this would be another airport option until I saw the sodium. When you get to be our age sodium and high blood pressure become a concern.

    I don't know about the fries. We don't eat fries unless I make them (which means baked fries) partly because the fat that is used to fry them begins to break down (oxidize) after 2 hours and you know it doesn't get replaced that often.


  5. This burger is not vegan, just so you know-

    BK VEGGIE(R) BURGER PATTY: Supplied by MORNINGSTAR FARMS(R) ‐ Vegetables (Mushrooms, Water Chestnuts, Onions, Carrots, Green Bell Peppers,
    Red Bell Peppers, Black Olives), Textured Vegetable Protein (Soy Protein Concentrate, Wheat Gluten, Water for hydration), Egg Whites, Cooked Brown
    Rice (Water, Brown Rice), Rolled Oats, Corn Oil, Calcium Caseinate, Soy Sauce (Water, Soybeans, Salt, Wheat), Onion Powder, Corn Starch, Salt,
    Hydrolyzed Corn, Soy, and Wheat Protein, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Natural Flavors from non‐meat sources, Sugar, Soy Protein Isolate, Spices, Garlic

  6. Gwendolyn/jaclin,

    We weren't going to eat it the sodium and fat, but thanks for the clarification.



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