Expect more turmoil in the drive-thru line at fast-food restaurants this week. As if sitting in the drive-thru lane isn’t stressful enough, finally getting to the half-illuminated menu that you can barely read, Burger King has introduced new items to the menu that will make your decision even harder.
Fast-food joints are gradually shifting gears to healthier offerings and adapting to the changing tastes of America. As the Republican Party tries to grasp on to changing values in the US, fast-food is trying to stay one step ahead as well. No word yet on Burger King’s position on same-sex marriage or immigration reform.
The fast-food giant announced plans to unveil a turkey burger in the ever changing landscape of eat and go dining. A few years ago Hardee’s introduced turkey burgers to its line-up with some success, although experts disagree as to whether the success was due to the actual turkey burger or the big-breasted women who at them on the TV advertisements.
The move is seen as a response to younger customers who are mindful of their diets and intake of calories. The new turkey burger puts out 530 calories compared to the Whopper at 630 calories, so you may need to order an extra shake to make up for it.
At the same time, Burger King is unveiling a Chipotle Whopper with thick-cut bacon, pepper jack cheese, chipotle mayo and grilled onions. No word yet on calories, they’re still being totaled up back at the lab.
They are also rolling out a new and improved version of the veggie burger, consisting of a Morningstar Farms veggie patty with tomato, lettuce, ketchup and mayo. The burger itself contains mushrooms, peppers, black olives, water chestnuts, carrots and rice.
The new veggie burger has 410 calories and 16 grams of fat. Seems like a lot of calories for something out of the garden. Here’s one you can easily make at home with about half the calories and fat. (225 calories and 3 grams of fat).
1 15 Oz. Can Black Beans, Drained
1 Tbs. Ranch Dressing
¼ Cup Scallions, Chopped
¼ Cup Green Pepper, Chopped
1 Cup Panko Breadcrumbs
Place all ingredients in a bowl and mash with a potato masher. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. When ready to grill, form mixture in to patties. Brush each patty with olive oil before grilling.
So when you finally pull up to the drive-thru window to place your order and the pressure is on, there is only one decision to make to avoid calories and fat.
Stay home and eat.