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Apr 4, 2012

News: Burger King - New, Expanded Menu

Burger King has undergone a dramatic menu expansion and it looks suspiciously similar to rival McDonald's more recent offerings.

New on tap are: Garden Fresh Salads, Snack Wraps, Crispy Chicken Strips, Real Fruit Smoothies and Frappés.

Most of the new items are of the better-for-you variety as Burger King looks to expand their demo. Apparently, they tested over two dozen menu items and people ended up wanting the same stuff they could order at McDonald's.

Of course, the devil is in the details, and some of Burger King's new offerings do exhibit some differing touches that set them apart.

The Garden Fresh Salads are available in three varieties that vary a bit from say McDonald's or Wendy's but doesn't go to far afield: BLT, Apple and Cranberry, and Caesar and are made fresh-to-order, and topped with a choice of Tendercrisp (fried) or Tendergrill (grilled) chicken and come with a packet of Ken's salad dressing. Suggested retail price on the salads starts at $4.99.

The BLT and Apple Cranberry both start with a base of seven lettuces including romaine, spring mix, and iceberg but end a bit differently.

The BLT adds thick-cut, hardwood-smoked bacon, tomatoes, red onions, a three-cheese blend (cheddar, monterey jack, and mozzarella), and avocado ranch dressing.

Apple and Cranberry gives you apples and cranberries (surprise!) plus bleu cheese and an apple cider vinaigrette.

The Caesar Salad goes with straight Romaine lettuce and tops it off with tomatoes, home-style Parmesan croutons, and shaved Parmesan cheese plus a citrus Caesar vinaigrette.

With most major fast food chains already offering some sort of snack wrap, Burger King is pretty late to the party. Their new Chicken Snack Wraps are offered in two versions: Honey Mustard and Ranch. Both are the same except for their respective salad dressing and feature the same seven lettuce mix and 3-cheese blend used in some of the salads, and a crispy chicken strip.

They carry a suggested retail price of $1.59.

The new Real Fruit Smoothies come in two flavors: Tropical Mango and Strawberry Banana smoothies (McDonald's offers Strawberry Banana and Pineapple Mango... surprise?) They feature low-fat yogurt, real fruit and juices.

While the Strawberry Banana is mostly strawberry and banana puree, Tropical Mango lists a glut of fruit juices and purees including "Grape Juice, Apple Puree Concentrate, Concentrated Pear Juice, Mango Puree Concentrate, Concentrated Pineapple Juice, Concentrated Orange Juice, Concentrated Apple Juice, Concentrated Passion Fruit Juice."

Suggested retail price for the smoothies start at $2.29.

The new Frappés come in Mocha and Caramel flavors and are made-to-order. They each feature a hint of coffee and ice plus their respective flavorings and are finished with whipped topping and a swirl of fudge or caramel respectively.

They start at the same suggested retail price as the smoothies at $2.29.

The new Crispy Chicken Strips are made with white meat tenderloin chicken that is marinated and lightly battered in seasoned home-style breading. They're available in a three- or five-piece order starting at a suggested retail of $2.99.

There are a couple of new sauces to go with including new Kung Pao and Roasted Jalapeño Barbecue sauces. Or you can go with the classic barbecue, ranch, etc.

In addition to the new lunch/dinner menu items, Burger King has added the Sausage Breakfast Burrito and Southwestern Breakfast Burrito to their breakfast menu. These items were previously brought to my attention as a test.

The Sausage Breakfast Burrito is a value menu option and features scrambled eggs, sausage, American cheese, and diced white onions and peppers.

The Southwestern Breakfast Burritos consists of scrambled eggs, sausage, two slices of American cheese, hash browns, diced white onions, and BK's fire-roasted salsa in a flour tortilla.

Nutritional Info - Burger King Garden Fresh BLT Salad with Tendergrill Chicken and dressing (401g)
Calories - 510 (from Fat - 290)
Fat - 33g (Saturated Fat - 9g)
Sodium - 1610mg
Carbs - 13g (Sugar - 6g)
Protein - 42g

Nutritional Info - Burger King Garden Fresh Apple & Cranberry Salad with Tendergrill Chicken and dressing (400g)
Calories - 520 (from Fat - 240)
Fat - 26g (Saturated Fat - 7g)
Sodium - 950mg
Carbs - 35g (Sugar - 35g)
Protein - 35g

Nutritional Info - Burger King Garden Fresh Caesar Salad with Tendergrill Chicken and dressing (386g)
Calories - 490 (from Fat - 250)
Fat - 28g (Saturated Fat - 4.5g)
Sodium - 1620mg
Carbs - 22g (Sugar - 7g)
Protein - 41g

Nutritional Info - Burger King Honey Mustard Chicken Snack Wrap (137g)
Calories - 390 (from Fat - 190)
Fat - 21g (Saturated Fat - 6g)
Sodium - 990mg
Carbs - 37g (Sugar - 6g)
Protein - 12g

Nutritional Info - Burger King Ranch Chicken Snack Wrap (137g)
Calories - 370 (from Fat - 190)
Fat - 21g (Saturated Fat - 6g)
Sodium - 1060mg
Carbs - 33g (Sugar - 1g)
Protein - 12g

Nutritional Info - Burger King Strawberry Banana Smoothie - medium (16 fl oz)
Calories - 310 (from Fat - 5)
Fat - .5g (Saturated Fat - 0g)
Sodium - 35mg
Carbs - 73g (Sugar - 60g)
Protein - 2g

Nutritional Info - Burger King Tropical Mango Smoothie - medium (16 fl oz)
Calories - 310 (from Fat - 10)
Fat - 1g (Saturated Fat - 0g)
Sodium - 65mg
Carbs - 78g (Sugar - 63g)
Protein - 3g

Nutritional Info - Burger King Caramel Frappé - medium (16 fl oz)
Calories - 510 (from Fat - 200)
Fat - 22g (Saturated Fat - 12g)
Sodium - 300mg
Carbs - 72g (Sugar - 49g)
Protein - 4g

Nutritional Info - Burger King Mocha Frappé - medium (16 fl oz)
Calories - 510 (from Fat - 200)
Fat - 22g (Saturated Fat - 12g)
Sodium - 300mg
Carbs - 72g (Sugar - 49g)
Protein - 4g

Nutritional Info - Burger King Crispy Chicken Strips - 3 piece (135g)
Calories - 360 (from Fat - 170)
Fat - 19g (Saturated Fat - 3.5g)
Sodium - 1400mg
Carbs - 34g (Sugar - 0g)
Protein - 14g

Nutritional Info - Burger King Sausage Breakfast Burrito (123g)
Calories - 290 (from Fat - 150)
Fat - 17g (Saturated Fat - 7g)
Sodium - 830mg
Carbs - 21g (Sugar - 2g)
Protein - 14g

Nutritional Info - Burger King Southwestern Breakfast Burrito (243g)
Calories - 620 (from Fat - 330)
Fat - 37g (Saturated Fat - 14g)
Sodium - 1740mg
Carbs - 47g (Sugar - 4g)
Protein - 24g


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