Food on the Run: New Burger King Menu Review

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4/9/2012 10:00 AM   :  88 comments   :  25,100 Views

Perhaps you have seen one of the new Burger King ads with David Beckham, Jay Leno, or Salma Hayek  or heard about the controversy related to the pulled one for Mary J Blige. In either case, more than likely you have heard the company has added new menu items. With the first major food expansion since the chain launched in 1954, we thought it was important to take a closer look.
 
Critics suggest the new menu additions like frappes, fruit smoothies, specialty salads, and snack wraps are very similar to the menus items of their top-rated competitors. While the 10 new menu items do match McDonald's offerings rather closely, perhaps the new updates are also a sign of the times. With a saturated fast-food market, maybe offering nutrition conscious options is a necessity just to stay competitive. Regardless of the reason for the new menu items, here are the nutrition details for the new choices to help you decide if they are right for you and your family.

Salads & Wraps
 
Chicken, Apple & Cranberry Garden Fresh Salad with Ken's Apple Cider Vinaigrette Dressing
Calories – 520 (TENDERGRILL chicken)/ 700 (TENDERCRISP Chicken)
Fat – 26 grams (TENDERGRILL chicken)/ 41 grams (TENDERCRISP Chicken)
Sodium – 950 mg (TENDERGRILL chicken)/ 1,090 mg (TENDERCRISP Chicken)
Carbohydrate – 35 grams (TENDERGRILL chicken)/ 54 grams (TENDERCRISP Chicken)
Fiber – 4 grams (TENDERGRILL chicken)/ 5 grams (TENDERCRISP Chicken)
Protein – 35 grams (TENDERGRILL chicken)/ 28 grams (TENDERCRISP Chicken)
 
Chicken BLT Garden Fresh Salad with Ken's Avocado Ranch Dressing
Calories - 510 (TENDERGRILL chicken)/ 690 (TENDERCRISP Chicken)
Fat – 33 grams (TENDERGRILL chicken)/ 48 grams (TENDERCRISP Chicken)
Sodium – 1,610 mg (TENDERGRILL chicken)/ 1,750 mg (TENDERCRISP Chicken)
Carbohydrate – 13 grams (TENDERGRILL chicken)/ 31 grams (TENDERCRISP Chicken)
Fiber – 3 grams (TENDERGRILL chicken)/ 4 grams (TENDERCRISP Chicken)
Protein – 42 grams (TENDERGRILL chicken)/ 35 grams (TENDERCRISP Chicken)
 
Chicken Caesar Garden Fresh Salad with Ken's Citrus Caesar Vinaigrette
Calories - 490 (TENDERGRILL chicken)/ 670 (TENDERCRISP Chicken)
Fat – 28 grams (TENDERGRILL chicken)/ 43 grams (TENDERCRISP Chicken)
Sodium – 1,620 mg (TENDERGRILL chicken)/ 1,760 mg (TENDERCRISP Chicken)
Carbohydrate – 22 grams (TENDERGRILL chicken)/ 40 grams (TENDERCRISP Chicken)
Fiber – 3 grams (TENDERGRILL chicken)/ 5 grams (TENDERCRISP Chicken)
Protein – 41 grams (TENDERGRILL chicken)/ 34 grams (TENDERCRISP Chicken)
 
Garden Side Salad with choice of Ken's salad dressing
Calories – 40
Fat – 2 grams
Sodium – 45 mg
Carbohydrate – 3 grams
Fiber – 2 gram
Protein – 3 grams
 
Ken's Citrus Caesar Dressing (one packet)
Calories – 180
Fat – 18 grams
Sodium – 460 mg
Carbohydrate – 4 grams
Fiber – 0 grams
Protein – 2 grams
 
Ken's Honey Mustard Dressing (one packet)
Calories – 220
Fat – 18 grams
Sodium – 270 mg
Carbohydrate – 13 grams
Fiber – 1 gram
Protein – 1 gram
 
Ken's Lite Honey Balsamic (one packet)
Calories – 120
Fat – 7 grams
Sodium – 220 mg
Carbohydrate – 14 grams
Fiber – 0 grams
Protein – 0 grams
 
Ken's Avocado Ranch Dressing (one packet)
Calories – 170
Fat – 17 grams
Sodium – 420 mg
Carbohydrate – 4 grams
Fiber – 0 grams
Protein – 1 gram

Ken's Ranch Dressing (one packet)
Calories – 170
Fat – 18 grams
Sodium – 440 mg
Carbohydrate – 2 grams
Fiber – 0 grams
Protein – 1 gram
 
Ken's Apple Cider Vinaigrette (one packet)
Calorie – 210
Fat – 18 grams
Sodium – 115 mg
Carbohydrate – 10 grams
Fiber – 0 grams
Protein – 0 grams
 
Crispy Chicken Snack Wrap
Calories – 370 (Ranch)/ 390 (Honey Mustard)
Fat – 21 grams
Sodium – 1,060 mg (Ranch)/ 990 mg (Honey Mustard)
Carbohydrate – 33 grams (Ranch)/ 37 grams (Honey Mustard)
Fiber – 1 gram (Ranch)/ 2 grams (Honey Mustard)
Protein – 12 grams
 
Breakfast
 
Sausage Breakfast Burrito
Calories – 290
Fat – 17 grams
Sodium – 830 mg
Carbohydrate – 21 grams
Fiber – 1 gram
Protein – 14 grams
 
Chicken
 
Chicken Strips
Calories – 360 (3 piece)/ 610 (5 piece)
Fat – 19 grams (3 piece)/ 32 grams (5 piece)
Sodium – 1,400 mg (3 piece)/ 2,340 mg (5 piece)
Carbohydrate – 34 grams (3 piece)/ 57 grams (5 piece)
Fiber – 1 gram
Protein – 14 grams (3 piece)/ 23 grams (5 piece)
 
Smoothies & Frappes
 
BK Strawberry Banana Smoothie
Calories – 200 (12 oz)/ 310 (16 oz)/ 410 (20 oz)
Fat – 0 grams (12 oz)/ .5 grams (16 oz)/ 1 gram (20 oz)
Sodium – 20 mg (12 oz)/ 35 mg (16 oz)/ 50 mg (20 oz)
Carbohydrate – 48 grams (12 oz)/ 78 grams (16 oz)/ 97 grams (20 oz)
Fiber – 2 grams (12 oz)/ 2 grams (16 oz)/ 3 grams (20 oz)
Protein – 1 gram (12 oz)/ 2 grams (16 oz)/ 3 grams (20 oz)
 
BK Tropical Mango Smoothie
Calories – 210 (12 oz)/ 330 (16 oz)/ 450 (20 oz)
Fat – 0.5 grams (12 oz)/ 1 gram (16 oz)/ 1.5 grams (20 oz)
Sodium – 40 mg (12 oz)/ 65 mg (16 oz)/ 95 mg (20 oz)
Carbohydrate – 51 grams (12 oz)/ 78 grams (16 oz)/ 104 grams (20 oz)
Fiber – 1 gram (12 oz)/ 2 grams (16 oz)/ 2 grams (20 oz)
Protein – 2 grams (12 oz)/ 3 grams (16 oz)/ 4 grams (20 oz)
 
Mocha Frappe'
Calories – 410 (12 oz)/ 510 (16 oz)/ 600 (20 oz)
Fat – 11 grams (12 oz)/ 12 grams (16 oz)/ 14 gram (20 oz)
Sodium – 230 mg (12 oz)/ 300 mg (16 oz)/ 360 mg (20 oz)
Carbohydrate – 58 grams (12 oz)/ 72 grams (16 oz)/ 87 grams (20 oz)
Fiber – 0 grams (12 oz)/ 0 grams (16 oz)/ 0 grams (20 oz)
Protein – 3 gram (12 oz)/ 4 grams (16 oz)/ 5 grams (20 oz)
 
Caramel Frappe'
Calories – 410 (12 oz)/ 510 (16 oz)/ 600 (20 oz)
Fat – 11 grams (12 oz)/ 12 grams (16 oz)/ 13 gram (20 oz)
Sodium – 230 mg (12 oz)/ 300 mg (16 oz)/ 360 mg (20 oz)
Carbohydrate – 58 grams (12 oz)/ 72 grams (16 oz)/ 87 grams (20 oz)
Fiber – 0 grams (12 oz)/ 0 grams (16 oz)/ 0 grams (20 oz)
Protein – 3 gram (12 oz)/ 4 grams (16 oz)/ 5 grams (20 oz)
 
 
What do you think of the new menu items? Do you think Burger King is late to the party of change or on track to compete for fast food dollars?


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  • 88
    Great alternative if you like to eat burgers at BK, Mac, etc. - 8/26/2012   9:50:10 PM
  • 87
    Great alternative if you like to eat burgers at BK, Mac, etc. - 8/26/2012   9:50:10 PM
  • 86
    According to their own nutritional information, their basic flame-broiled hamburger (not the whopper) is 260 calories, 10 grams of fat, 4 g. of which is saturated, but 0 g. trans fat. This seems like a way better option to me than any of their so-called healthy options-- with the exception of the side salad or perhaps any of the salads if you can get them without dressing and have your own healthier dressing. I can't figure out what they are thinking if they consider these new options better.

    - 4/29/2012   2:45:09 PM
  • MBW209
    85
    Hmmm...well, this blog makes my life easier because I clearly do NOT have to consider BK when looking for a drive-thru option. - 4/29/2012   6:58:43 AM
  • 84
    This is an example of why I take food with me if I know I am going to be gone thru lunch. I don't have to settle for something with too much sodium or fat.
    I know sometimes one has to eat out for lunch, but Burger King would not be where I would go.
    Sometimes I take a spritzer of salad dressing with me to use on my salads. Saves lots of calories. - 4/21/2012   9:31:04 PM
  • 83
    Way too much sodium. The salads are a better "go-to" option than the burgers. I typically use only half the dressing which helps the calorie count. I noticed some pretty harsh comments. No one is forcing anyone to eat there or anywhere else for that matter. The choice is yours. I will stick to my packed lunches or Subway. - 4/14/2012   3:41:51 PM
  • 123ELAINE456
    82
    The calorie count is what kills it for me. Tha fat and salt is way up there too. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. - 4/14/2012   5:51:36 AM
  • 81
    *IMPORTANT* The nutritional information for the mocha frappe is incorrect! The total fat content for the small is 19 g of fat, not 11 g!! It has 19 g of total fat & 11 g of saturated fats. I'm not sure if whoever edited this article didn't double check, but I know this because I had the small mocha frappe a week or so ago and checked the nutrition facts on the BK website. It makes mathematical sense too-- (19g of fat x 9 calories/g)+(58g of carb x 4 cal/g) + (3 g of protein x 4 cal/g) = 415 (close to 410 advertised)..whereas this article claims only 11 g of fat, which would add up to a total of only 343 calories, which is wrong. Someone should fix this! - 4/13/2012   2:29:02 PM
  • 80
    Garbage relabeled. - 4/13/2012   1:34:44 AM
  • 79
    All the items are way too high in calories for my meal plan. The smoothies are the only reasonable calorie wise but are missing a key ingredient protein. So I will pass on BK.
    - 4/12/2012   11:19:26 PM
  • 78
    I just had the grilled Chicken, Apple, Cranberry, blue cheese, without dressing. It was OK. A little salty. & yes! Calories were high! But better than burgers! I like Wendy's salads better. I was traveling & Burger King was the only fast food available in remote area of NV. - 4/12/2012   8:01:38 PM
  • 77
    I'm very surprised that the Sausage Breakfast Burrito appears one of the healthiest offerings on the new menu. I'd have thought sausage would be a poor choice. The garden salad is the only item that beats it! I don't do fast foods, but would consider the burrito if I was ever in the mood. - 4/12/2012   6:17:27 PM
  • 76
    It'll be nice to have another option the next time I travel... - 4/12/2012   10:45:28 AM
  • 75
    I love the fact that you are continuously teaching about new foods, restaurants, etc. - 4/11/2012   5:34:56 PM
  • 74
    I love the fact that you are continuously teaching about new foods, restaurants, etc. - 4/11/2012   5:34:56 PM
  • 73
    I love the fact that you are continuously teaching about new foods, restaurants, etc. - 4/11/2012   5:34:55 PM
  • 72

    I think a calorie count for a salad WITHOUT the dressing of 500+ is WAY WAY too much! What are they putting in them??? Yikes! I make my own lunches//// salads w/ dressing comes in at about 150 calories!
    - 4/11/2012   2:19:19 PM
  • KMAKEY
    71
    The strawberry banana smoothie & the side salad are the only things listed that are somewhat healthy choices. Everything else is way to high in Fat grams & the sodium levels are ridiculous. - 4/11/2012   1:19:12 PM
  • 70
    You could leave off the 200 calorie salad dressing Ask for the Lite Honey Balsamic (120 calories, 7g fat -- PointsPlus® value 3*), and only use half the packet; it's WAY more dressing than you need. That would make the salad less than 300 calories. Sodium levels would be a lot better to. - 4/11/2012   11:18:28 AM
  • 69
    Wow, I'm really shocked at how harsh these responses are! I agree that snack wraps and fancy shakes are not healthy, but the salads caught my interest. I would never buy them just to buy them, but if I'm traveling, it's good to know that Burger King offers a few options that I could eat.

    I would have to explore this further, though, because the ingredients are what I am more concerned about. Are those walnuts candied? I remember Wendy's had four really tasty-sounding salads, except that everything was candied or had crispy things like croutons and noodles on them, so I never ate their salads. The same might hold true for Burger King.

    I like Chil-fil-A salads if I'm in a pinch, but it's not always open or easy to find! - 4/11/2012   6:52:06 AM
  • NEW2ME2012
    68
    Wow the sodium alone would blow me up like a ballon as much as the rest of it.I personally feel if they truly wanted to sell a healthy option they would bring in a qualified person to actually teach them how to sell and PREPARE a HEALTHIER CHOICE.Its 2012 burger king get with the HEALTHIER TIMES! - 4/11/2012   6:25:15 AM
  • 67
    This isn't meaningful to me, because I don't care about the nutrition facts. What is key to me is the ingredients. Ingredients mean everything. I never eat fast food, because it tends to be not very cost-efficient and also it's nearly impossible to find an item with only whole real ingredients. Paying attention to that is more important to me. - 4/11/2012   2:41:49 AM
  • 66
    I'd rather starve than eat any of their food. - 4/11/2012   12:24:30 AM
  • 65
    I'm not amused by BK's late coming new menu. They are usually behind, but not as much as Arby's. While I really try to avoid fast food, or eating out in general, I will not complain if I am out of town and the only place I find is a Burger King. At least they will have more options for me! - 4/10/2012   11:03:27 PM
  • FLABBALICIOUS
    64
    The slap on the word "healthy" to full the public but you really have to look at the ingredients. It's better to just make it at home. It will taste much better. - 4/10/2012   10:28:00 PM
  • DIYBRIDE
    63
    If it's not what you're looking for or if it's not in your diet...then don't eat it. - 4/10/2012   10:24:31 PM
  • 62
    Better is always good...they are late but have showed up! - 4/10/2012   10:23:25 PM
  • 61
    Actually, if you take the dressing off of the salads they aren't awful choices. - 4/10/2012   5:38:21 PM
  • 60
    I'll stick to home made as much as I can :-) - 4/10/2012   5:07:12 PM
  • 59
    Nope nope....

    Too much fat in this for me....

    I say It's easier to make our own meals and
    that way we'll know what is in them and not feel guilty later.
    Besides cooking is fun, specially if you cook w your loved ones =) - 4/10/2012   4:59:37 PM
  • ONECALMMOM
    58
    Fast food just doesn't meet my nutritional requirements. They're generally loaded with fat & sodium, even when they claim they're healthy choices. I have yet to understand why it's necessary to turn a healthy salad into a calorie collision. I could handle the side salad and eat that plain. The lite salad dressing isn't a terrible choice if you wanted some added flavor. The rest of the menu is unappealing. - 4/10/2012   4:02:18 PM
  • 57
    I really do try to avoid fast food places--and BK is just not providing anything helpful!! - 4/10/2012   3:19:44 PM
  • ELECTRALYTE
    56
    I have to smile reading these comments. Not the best place for a fast food restaurant to advertise SPeople are just too wise. I almost feel sorry for them. (fast food peeps, not SP peeps) Almost. - 4/10/2012   1:17:34 PM
  • 55
    That chicken, apple cranberry salad certainly has a lot of calories.... then I discovered there are 210 calories in the dressing... I got it without dressing, but was amazed to find bleu cheese on it.... not mentioned on the menu board.... plus I had to go online on my phone to discover the calories since the BK we went to had no nutritional data on hand. Isn't it the law that they must have nutrition info available? - 4/10/2012   12:53:47 PM
  • BAMAJAM
    54
    Sorry Burger King... Try again at a really healthy offering.
    My family patronizes local, independent restaurants where the service is also fast yet better for ones health. (actually can be cheaper too) - 4/10/2012   12:50:32 PM
  • 53
    I tried the new menu chicken-cranberry salad because I don't like what they've done to my tendergrill sandwich. It is no different than salads other places. Hey, BK, why don't you look at what used to work for healthier choices? The broiled chicken sandwich before the Chicken Whopper was perfect for me. The tender grill on corn dusted bun was good. - 4/10/2012   12:46:28 PM
  • 52
    Seconding RHEYNKLAW. If they are concerned about healthy offerings, how about a few more veggie options? So many of those could be made without chicken. If they want to compete with other chains, how about offering something they don't, instead of trying to play catch-up? - 4/10/2012   12:41:14 PM
  • SHEDON13
    51
    there was a time when soda, ice cream and restaurants were considered treats you gave yourself, once or twice a year. They were not intended for daily consumption, as they were not healthy choices to begin with. Every woman learned to cook or hired someone to do it for her. We will our own laziness have created the get it now obesity between a bun. If you are a diabetic the new choices are not really any better for you than the old choices. If you don't want to cook marry some one who does. - 4/10/2012   11:57:35 AM
  • 50
    It depends on location. The chances might help in some places where they have less competition. In the small town where I currently live we don't have McDonald's or Wendy's. Have to drive an hour to get to one. We have Arby's, Burger King, Subway and Taco Johns. Never have been a fan of Burger King, except for the cini-minis. mmm And I get those once every umm 3 years or so. - 4/10/2012   11:50:47 AM
  • 49
    A good start, I suppose. But look at the sodium content. Many of them have my total sodium allowance for the day!! Still not a healthy choice for me, even on a cheat day. Eating out is a treat for me and I usually choose a local restaurant that offers more healthy options. - 4/10/2012   11:37:40 AM
  • SENIOR62
    48
    Am not real impressed with the new items I am diabetic and all of them have way too many carbs that would really raise my blood sugar. Guess they'
    re not for me. - 4/10/2012   11:15:56 AM
  • AUNTIESJD1
    47
    It all sounds good but - check the nutrition. It shows it's fast-foot with lots of fat and sodium. McDonald's isn't any better. They also have the sodium and fat. There is very little that is healthy in any of them. If I'm going to eat at McDonald's or Burger King, I'm certainally not going to look at as being "nutritious" or "good for you" or "healthy". I'm going to look at as a once-a-month "treat day" and have a Big Mac or Whopper! - 4/10/2012   10:44:10 AM
  • 46
    Having read all the comments, I have to agree with everyone regarding the sodium content. Fast food places are only out to make as much money as possible without having to serve healthy foods. It seems to me that the people hired by these places to come up with "healthy" alternatives have eaten at fast food joints far too often. My idea of fast food is a bag of baby carrots, celery sticks and julienned peppers, much tastier and way healthier. Subway is my go to place for eating out. - 4/10/2012   10:40:52 AM
  • 45
    Great info! Thank you for sharing all of the nutritional information. I was at Burger King just last week and could have really used this before choosing my salad! I think I'll stick to a side salad next time. - 4/10/2012   9:51:05 AM
  • 44
    I think 520 calories and 26 grams of fat (some higher, some with sodium levels in excess of 1000 mg!) is far from a "healthy" menu. The only thing I'd consider getting from this menu is a small (12 oz) Strawberry Banana Smoothie...and that would be as a last ditch option. - 4/10/2012   9:46:01 AM
  • SHADOW82003
    43
    The new Burger King Menu Items are still way too high in sodium content. Yes they are way behind in my opinion. All the other fast food chains around here have had new healthy menus for quite sometime. - 4/10/2012   9:20:12 AM
  • 42
    I agree with most of the comments already made; Burger King is late, their so called health foods are not that good for me, and I don't go to fast food drive troughs. Some of the salad dressings, avocado ranch, looked OK. - 4/10/2012   8:09:24 AM
  • 41
    I go on long driving trips during the summer and need to stop every once in a while for something cold. Hopefully the smoothie described above would be all right. I usually get McDonalds parfaits because they are cold, small, and not excessive in calories. But I need to identify items in different fast food chains because I stop at whatever is around when I need to... - 4/10/2012   7:57:17 AM
  • 40
    Meh - I can make every single one of these items at home - more healthful AND more cheaply! - 4/10/2012   7:54:51 AM
  • 39
    Burger King is late, and it's all JUNK! I'm tired of WHITE BREAD ROLLS. They get "gummy" in my mouth, and it's all lousy! There's hardly any fiber to counteract the carbohydrates. Eating the wrapper might have more fiber. The sodium content and sugar content of these items is So High that just "looking" at the menu can make someone sick, no less eating it. Their "taste testers" should come from a better cross-section of the population, representing those with high blood pressure and diabetes! - 4/10/2012   7:15:43 AM

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