Impossible Whopper: Can you tell the difference between real meat and the new plant-based burger? (video, poll)


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Last week, Burger King released its new Impossible Whopper nationwide. The plant-based meat-free burger was designed to taste just like the real deal.

So does the Impossible Whopper taste like a classic Whopper? The two taste pretty much alike. No, seriously, they do.

If you put these two fast-food sandwiches side by side, it’s hard to tell which one is made from a cow and which one has soy and potato protein as main ingredients.

Both savory patties are topped with tomatoes, lettuce, mayonnaise, ketchup, pickles and sliced white onions. Both have the signature grill marks, and both are served on a soft sesame-seed bun.

Don’t just take our word for it. We bought five regular Whoppers and five Impossible Whoppers and asked random members of the community to be the judge. They were all duped.

Stan Banazek, 80, of Westvale was leaving the Burnet Park golf course in Syracuse on Wednesday when we asked him to try the two. As luck would have it, he was on his way to Burger King to grab lunch.

Both sandwiches, he said, looked the same, and they were both delicious. So which one was the real hamburger? He picked the Impossible Whopper.

“I couldn’t tell the difference,” he said. “Burger King is going to make a lot of money with these for health reasons alone. People 10 years from now, people will still be eating these. I know I will.”

An employee at the Burger King at 955 W. Genesee St. where we bought the 10 sandwiches said the Impossible Whopper is a big seller, not just because of vegetarian customers but from meat eaters looking for a healthier option. She’s tried it and loves it, she said.

Note: The Impossible burger is cooked on the same grill as the traditional beef burgers, so if you want a totally plant-based experience, ask for the burger to not be prepared on the broiler—and to hold the mayo.

While the Impossible Whopper is far from a health food, it is a bit better for you than the traditional burger.

  • Impossible Whopper has 630 calories; the beef Whopper has 660.
  • Impossible Whopper has 34 grams of fat; the beef Whopper has 40.
  • Impossible Whopper has zero trans fats; the beef Whopper has 1.5 grams.
  • Impossible Whopper has 10 mg of cholesterol; the beef Whopper has 90.
  • Impossible Whopper has 1,080 mg of sodium; the beef Whopper has 980.
  • Impossible Whopper has 58 grams of carbs; the beef Whopper has 49.
  • Impossible Whopper has 25 grams of protein; the beef Whopper has 28.

Would you every try one of these? Take our poll below.

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