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Thu Aug 1, 2019, 01:11 PM

'Impossible Whopper' goes nationwide at Burger King

Burger King will begin selling the plant-based Impossible Whopper nationwide next week after a successful test run in seven markets. From next Thursday until September, Burger King will offer delivery and mobile customers two sandwiches — an original Whopper and an Impossible Whopper — for $7 so they can compare them.

The rollout to 7,000 U.S. locations will be for a limited time, a typical practice in the fast food industry for new products. The chain won’t say how many of the soy-based burgers it’s sold since first introducing them in April, but did say it’s enticing more people to enter its stores.

Impossible Foods, which makes the burgers for Burger King, White Castle and other chains, has been struggling to meet surging demand. The Redwood City, California, company recently doubled the number of workers at its Oakland plant and produced a record number of burgers in June, but demand is still outpacing production.

On Thursday Impossible Foods announced a new manufacturing partnership with Illinois’ OSI Group, one of the world’s largest food producers. Impossible Foods says that partnership will help quadruple production of the Impossible Burger by the end of this year.

https://apnews.com/918bb9de33c54eaba0a15789b65258ed

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Reply 'Impossible Whopper' goes nationwide at Burger King (Original post)
left-of-center2012 Aug 2019 OP
smirkymonkey Aug 2019 #1
dalton99a Aug 2019 #11
WhiskeyGrinder Aug 2019 #2
MLAA Aug 2019 #14
hunter Aug 2019 #18
Pachamama Aug 2019 #26
mainer Aug 2019 #29
Pachamama Aug 2019 #30
mainer Aug 2019 #32
Chellee Aug 2019 #38
LuvNewcastle Aug 2019 #33
IcyPeas Aug 2019 #3
customerserviceguy Aug 2019 #6
Codeine Aug 2019 #19
Blue_true Aug 2019 #35
Joe941 Aug 2019 #4
qazplm135 Aug 2019 #5
customerserviceguy Aug 2019 #7
qazplm135 Aug 2019 #8
customerserviceguy Aug 2019 #10
qazplm135 Aug 2019 #12
MLAA Aug 2019 #17
left-of-center2012 Aug 2019 #22
JudyM Aug 2019 #25
MLAA Aug 2019 #28
MicaelS Aug 2019 #16
left-of-center2012 Aug 2019 #21
GulfCoast66 Aug 2019 #23
Bettie Aug 2019 #9
GulfCoast66 Aug 2019 #24
MLAA Aug 2019 #13
MLAA Aug 2019 #15
Codeine Aug 2019 #20
UniteFightBack Aug 2019 #27
Tarc Aug 2019 #31
blaze Aug 2019 #34
Blue_true Aug 2019 #37
912gdm Aug 2019 #36
Chellee Aug 2019 #39

Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Thu Aug 1, 2019, 01:14 PM

1. "Every lie I tell is an Impossible Whopper!"

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Response to smirkymonkey (Reply #1)

Thu Aug 1, 2019, 01:58 PM

11. +1. "The best. Nobody does it better than Donald Trump!"

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Thu Aug 1, 2019, 01:18 PM

2. I've been impressed with the Beyond Burger and am looking forward to trying the Impossible.

I'd love to see a model where local/humane raising/slaughtering/processing for meat is available but is treated as a luxury, and the "everyday" "meat" market is plant-based or lab-grown. I mean, you can't beat a good steak or filet. But for "everyday" eating and large-scale production, I'm really interested in what plant-based or lab-grown could do.

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Reply #2)

Thu Aug 1, 2019, 02:42 PM

14. Great idea about treating meat like a luxury

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Reply #2)

Thu Aug 1, 2019, 05:38 PM

18. I don't have anything nice to say about factory farm meat.

But I'm not any kind of militant vegan. I've eaten a few ounces of fish this past week, and a bit of sausage.

I grew up eating fish my dad caught himself and other meat family members had killed themselves. That's why we had a freezer. My parent's freezer was full of meat, ten cent loaves of bread returned past grocery store shelf life, and government surplus cheese. Why else would anyone have a freezer?

I've killed and turned animals into dinner.

My great grandmas were all steely eyed women of the Wild West, like lions, the ones who did most of the hunting for their prides. Their husbands were dreamers fascinated by useless shit like radios or airplanes or religion or literature.

As a little kid I used to watch in wide eyed astonishment as my great grandmas cut up fish, birds, and small mammals I'd seen living for dinner, knives in their hands moving faster than I could follow.

It's just bizarre to me when the carnivore cult gets all excited about grocery store bacon.

As I write this the Inspector Jacques Clouseau of California pig hunting dogs is resting her head against my foot. Chaos follows this dog in her enthusiastic wake, which is probably how she ended up in the animal shelter from which she was adopted. She's the sort who could destroy a house chasing a mouse, or destroy a yard pursuing a gopher. God save us all when she smells a pig. She's the second dog like that we've had.

https://www.democraticunderground.com/112721453

I haven't gone hunting in the twenty first century. The world just seems too small for that now, too many people and not enough nature.

About half my family is vegan or vegetarian these days, including my wife. I've taken to keeping Beyond Meat in our freezer just in case I have to whip up something fast like spaghetti that everyone will eat. My primary food indulgence is olive oil, which easily wins out over any animal fats such as butter or lard.

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Reply #2)

Thu Aug 1, 2019, 06:32 PM

26. In my opinion - Impossible Burgers taste better than Beyond Beef Burgers

They are offered at multiple restaurants here locally in the Bay Area...they are wonderful.

Only thing is that they shouldn't be cooked more than Medium Rare or they don't taste well.

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Response to Pachamama (Reply #26)

Thu Aug 1, 2019, 09:10 PM

29. Thanks for the tip

I’ve tried Beyond Meat and didn’t think it was all that good. Hoping the Impossible Burger will be more to my taste

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Response to mainer (Reply #29)

Thu Aug 1, 2019, 10:10 PM

30. Did you try the Beyond Burger elsewhere or cooking it yourself?

Just curious and wondering if you cooked it yourself what you thought.

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Response to Pachamama (Reply #30)

Fri Aug 2, 2019, 06:09 PM

32. I cooked it myself at home

and put it on a hamburger bun and all the trimmings. It was just sort of ... too pea-y. I think, with some beet juice "blood," it might have been better.

I also tried a veggie burger recipe with brown rice and edamame and it was atrocious. It's just so hard to reproduce the satisfaction factor of real meat.

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Response to mainer (Reply #32)

Fri Aug 2, 2019, 09:25 PM

38. Beyond 2.0 is better than the original.

But I still think Impossible is better.

The Beyond sausages, however, are great.

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Reply #2)

Fri Aug 2, 2019, 06:23 PM

33. Yeah, I think we need to drastically reduce the number of farm-raised

animals. Plant-based and lab-grown meat could help us do that without going through the withdrawal pains. I think I could be a vegetarian most of the time, but would enjoy my steak and seafood on occasion. If we all were mostly vegetarian, we might just be able to feed our burgeoning population.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Thu Aug 1, 2019, 01:21 PM

3. but are they cooked on the same grill as the meat?

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Response to IcyPeas (Reply #3)

Thu Aug 1, 2019, 01:46 PM

6. Probably

I used to work as a manager in a BK, and they don't have room for two broilers.

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Response to IcyPeas (Reply #3)

Thu Aug 1, 2019, 05:48 PM

19. I'm vegan but I've never let that bother me.

It’s not really about ensuring that no molecule of beef ever enters my body, but rather doing my best not to contribute to animal consumption personally. A bit of leftover grill gunk is of no consequence as long as I’m putting my money toward (what I view as) the humane alternative. Demanding that I get a special grill and a glove change or whatever will only discourage places from adding vegan items to their menus.

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Response to Codeine (Reply #19)

Fri Aug 2, 2019, 06:45 PM

35. The cooking staff can be trained to use designated sides of a broiler.

Should be doable, just takes discipline.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Thu Aug 1, 2019, 01:26 PM

4. This is important!

 

Meat must be given up to save the environment. I know most don't like to hear it, but it is the absolute truth. The amount of natural resources needed to produce 1lb of meat is vastly more than equivalent plant based food.

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Response to Joe941 (Reply #4)

Thu Aug 1, 2019, 01:28 PM

5. There's like ten things we have to do

And giving up meat isn't going to be one of them.

Cutting back? Sure. But saying stuff like this facilitates otherwise persuadable people from doing anything.

We need to give up cars too, but guess what that's not happening either.

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Response to qazplm135 (Reply #5)

Thu Aug 1, 2019, 01:48 PM

7. Thank you

I hesitate to even go on any threads about fake burgers because they're full of nonsense from those who would ban meat.

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Response to customerserviceguy (Reply #7)

Thu Aug 1, 2019, 01:52 PM

8. I'll say this

I've had the Impossible Burger...it's good!

I will eat it more. It really doesn't taste much different from beef, especially once the fixins are on.

I applaud and support the idea...this is something that will help to reduce meat consumption which is a good thing.

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Response to qazplm135 (Reply #8)

Thu Aug 1, 2019, 01:56 PM

10. If my only choice

is a White Castle, I'll try the IB, it has to be better than what WC calls meat. That stuff tears me up inside!

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Response to customerserviceguy (Reply #10)

Thu Aug 1, 2019, 02:04 PM

12. I am a steak and burger lover

the impossible burger is a solid burger.

It's not going to win awards, but that's an unrealistic expectation.

If you bought two Whoppers, and mixed them up, and took a bite out of each, I think you'd have to concentrate to tell the difference....if you even could.

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Response to qazplm135 (Reply #12)

Thu Aug 1, 2019, 02:48 PM

17. I like both the Impossible Burger and the Beyond Burger.

You can try the Beyond Burger at Carl’s Jr. or get it at Whole Foods either in pattie form or ground lip in a package.

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Response to MLAA (Reply #17)

Thu Aug 1, 2019, 05:53 PM

22. "ground lip in a package"

"ground lip in a package"

Hmm ~ no. I'll pass, thank you.


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Response to left-of-center2012 (Reply #22)

Thu Aug 1, 2019, 06:31 PM

25. Lol! Isn't that a hot dog?

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Response to JudyM (Reply #25)

Thu Aug 1, 2019, 08:52 PM

28. Good one!!!!

That was a lip of the tongue on my part!

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Response to Joe941 (Reply #4)

Thu Aug 1, 2019, 02:47 PM

16. Giving up meat entirely will never happen.

Vat grown meat will be perfected and the arguments about not eating meat because of harm to animals or the environment will vanish. There will still be the health issues but that will be up to the individual.

Same thing will apply to vat grown leather, skins and fur.

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Response to MicaelS (Reply #16)

Thu Aug 1, 2019, 05:50 PM

21. "vat grown leather, skins and fur"

There already is 'imitation (fake) leather, skins and fur.
Don't know why we'd grow them in a vat?

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Response to Joe941 (Reply #4)

Thu Aug 1, 2019, 06:26 PM

23. I catch or kill a decent portion of my meat.

So actually have less of an impact on the environment than Impossible meat when I consume it.

Back to the thread, impossible burgers. That stuff is damn good. Way better than any other fake meat products I have had. I could tell it from real meat, but that did matter as it was so good.

I will happily add it to me cooking if it ever gets in the market.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Thu Aug 1, 2019, 01:52 PM

9. Good that there are more options for those

who choose not to eat meat.

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Response to Bettie (Reply #9)

Thu Aug 1, 2019, 06:30 PM

24. Hey, I'm a meat eater and I really liked it.

Never hurts to have something to help cut back.

We try to eat meat free days twice a week. More if you count the fish I catch myself or the game I kill. And if you eat meat that you catch or kill yourself is not only better for the environment, but better tasting and healthier to boot.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Thu Aug 1, 2019, 02:37 PM

13. Yipppeeeee

Carl’s Jr. has it now, and I love it!

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Thu Aug 1, 2019, 02:46 PM

15. Another cool option I just tried that just showed up at Whole Foods

Was Beyond Meat ground up rather than already formed patties. You can add seasonings (plant based Worcestershire sauce, Lowry’s Seasoning etc and make them whatever size you want.

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Response to MLAA (Reply #15)

Thu Aug 1, 2019, 05:50 PM

20. Ooooh, sliders!

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Thu Aug 1, 2019, 06:47 PM

27. I am so excited! I encourage everybody to cut back on your meat consumption and I encourage

 

everybody to encourage others!

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Thu Aug 1, 2019, 10:37 PM

31. To each their own, but it will be an easy "pass" from me

As log as they leave the real burgers for the rest of us, it's fine.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Fri Aug 2, 2019, 06:33 PM

34. Here's the nutritional info

NUTRITION INFORMATION:

Calories(Kcal)630
Fat(g)34
Saturated Fat(g)11
Trans Fat(g)0
Cholesterol(mg)10
Sodium(mg)1080
Carbohydrates(g)58
Fiber(g)4
Sugar(g)12
Protein(g)25

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Response to blaze (Reply #34)

Fri Aug 2, 2019, 06:56 PM

37. That is not very healthy. The calories and sodium are high.

But it likely compares well to the meat burgers, which are even less healthy.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Fri Aug 2, 2019, 06:53 PM

36. Ill give it a try next time I goto BK...

I live in the middle of nowhere though so I probably will miss the limited time rollout... The only BK I can think off of the top of my head is in a city that that I would have to take a 40 mile detour to get to..

I did love garden burgers back in the 90's. Are those still around?

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Response to 912gdm (Reply #36)

Fri Aug 2, 2019, 09:30 PM

39. Yes!

Available in a freezer aisle near you.

The black bean chipotle is really good.

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