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'With my own sauce it's delicious': A vegan takes a bite of Burger King's Impossible Whopper

The patty retains BK's signature smoky flavour, while its texture is a passable replica of its beef counterpart.
Carmela Fernando | Nov 19 2020

Tried Burger King's Impossible Whopper. Per exchanges with them, it's vegan, sans mayo and ketchup. 

So I added my own sauce; it's delicious. 

The patty retains BK's signature smoky flavour, while its texture is a passable replica of its beef counterpart, minus the grit and gristle. It feels clean — no grease, no overpowering oily mouthfeel, just flavour and texture. It's also relatively easy on the pocket. 

The downside is that this is most likely prepared on the same griddle used for standard BK burgers. This may not appeal to purists, but that isn't the point here; it offers a kinder, healthier, and equally tasty burger alternative to non-vegans, and another edible option to vegans. 

Imagine — just 3 years ago, the idea of a plant-based burger in a regular fast food chain was preposterous. And now, popular fast food brands are clamoring to sell their own version of vegan burgers and other products.

We can take this further. 

If a significant enough demand is created for plant-based meals in corporate food establishments, we could eventually help turn the industry into a much more compassionate, healthier, and environmentally sound landscape.

There's no point in paying to nourish ourselves with someone else's suffering.