Food on the Run: New Burger King Menu Review


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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
Sausage Breakfast Burrito
Calories – 290
Fat – 17 grams
Sodium – 830 mg
Carbohydrate – 21 grams
Fiber – 1 gram
Protein – 14 grams
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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  • 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
  • 38
    I think they're late coming to the table - Wendy's has offered that type of salad for years. It's going to take celebrity ads to get customers who've long since given up on them as having nothing to offer. So good for them for at least giving me some sort of option.

    As for how good... I, too, am dismayed by the huge fat and sodium content but I've long since learned to cut the dressing with ice water and use less of it. I did have their mango smoothy. It was nice. The strawberry banana one was pretty flavorless. so. Eh. that's my reaction but thanks for the nutritional info. - 4/10/2012   6:37:08 AM
  • 37
    They added healthy sounding items with no attempt what so ever in actually making them healthy. Huge levels of fat in most all of these. The dressings are terrible. Only 1 is lite and it has 170 calories. Get a side salad with 40 calories and then add a dressing with 220 calories? Most people probably think they are doing themselves a favor. The worst thing about BK is their service is so terribly slow! - 4/10/2012   2:27:41 AM
  • 36
    Horrified by the sodium & calorie counts! But rather late than never, and broiling still beats frying, both in taste & fat count. Hope someone at BK sees these comments. - 4/10/2012   1:27:37 AM
  • 35
    Better late than never! I sure wish our Burger King had not shut down by us. I have always preferred their hamburgers. - 4/10/2012   12:45:57 AM
  • 34
    I highly doubt that any of these new items will be anything I'll be choosing to eat - 4/9/2012   11:11:50 PM
  • 33
    If Burger King thinks that the options they are putting out with that much salt, calories and sugar are healthy alternatives, then they need to hire new meal planners! Maybe people that actually care if the food is good for you or not and not about how much money they will make instead. Yes, they are trying to keep up with the times and what a convenient time to try to revamp their menu right around the time that Wendy's beat them out for sales. Just saying. - 4/9/2012   9:31:27 PM
  • 32
    I don't go to BK up here any more since they got rid of the original (up here anyway) Canadian chain. - 4/9/2012   8:51:02 PM
  • ANDREE1985
    This 600 calorie salad can give me a plate of chicken broccoli at the Chinese restaurant which will feed me at lunch and dinner. It is bad enough I have to try to eat leaves while i watch my weight, but the fact it will cost me 600 calories in my calorie budget for the day is just downright insulting. - 4/9/2012   8:23:19 PM
  • 30
    OMG - look at the sodium content of all those items. Way off my diet for sure! - 4/9/2012   8:08:56 PM
  • 29
    Good to know. We go to BK maybe once every 6 months, so if I splurge on something it doesn't bother me. - 4/9/2012   7:18:46 PM
    Wow, the calorie counts alone are more than I usually have at lunchtime and sometimes dinner! As stated by many others here the sodium is sky high as is the fat content. I wish they would all just "get it" and put some truly healthy items on their menu. These still won't give me a reason to stop......thank you for the great article.... - 4/9/2012   4:56:16 PM
  • 27
    Oh my! These aren't really healthy salads at all! I mean, the salt content alone is more than what is required in a healthy diet. YIKES! I think drinking half a cup of the smoothies are better. - 4/9/2012   2:59:25 PM
  • 26
    You neglected to add the sugar content on everything, but especially on all the smoothie. My grandson works there and and he told me the strawberry banana drink has 40 grams of sugar to go with the carb overload....and alot of us are diabetic. The sugar content is important....and yes, I know it's counted in the carbs, but most people don't count it that way and need to see what the actually sugar content any rate, no matter how you see it...that's way to much. - 4/9/2012   2:33:34 PM
  • 25
    Thankfully, fast food has never had much appeal for me, even when I'm not paying attention to my weight or health. If I have to, I'd rather go to Subways. - 4/9/2012   2:03:22 PM
  • 24
    Good grief, Burger King thinks this is healthy? 500 calorie salads are hardly healthy, and 1,200 mg of sodium in a small portion of chicken fingers barely constitutes edible in my book. I might stop by for a smoothie out of sheer desperation, as 200 calories for 12 oz isn't terrible, but any actual food aside from a naked side salad is right out. I can't believe the 200 calorie salad dressing, either, that's ridiculous.

    Healthy food isn't hard to manage even for fast food companies, if they would simply omit a lot of the sodium and preservatives. The food is made on the spot, it doesn't require heaps and heaps of sodium. Ugh! I confess I give into fast food sometimes, usually when I'm on the run, no more than once a week. Getting away from it actually alleviated any cravings I had. I have to work at making better snack/meals to take on the go, like wraps. - 4/9/2012   2:00:16 PM
  • 23
    I still prefer Macs if I want really fast food in a clean environment. BK has been way over my budget for ten years.. got a bogo(coupon) whopper with no mayo or catsup and it was almost $6!!!!
    Cannot beat McD's freshly brewed iced tea for $1!!! Add Side salad and a parfait.. all for a total of $3!! - 4/9/2012   1:58:59 PM
  • 22
    I bring lunch from home Most days...but once a week I splurge on take-out lunch, & very often it's the McDonald's garden salad with bacon & grilled chicken.

    It's only 250 for the salad, & 170 for the additional ranch dressing~ which I usually only use half.
    So, 335 calories for a treat is fine by me! It's filling & delicious~ & packed with veg & protein.

    That said, it seems like Burger King has to catch up to the healthy lo-cal options McD's has.
    - 4/9/2012   1:55:32 PM
    I don't think is is enough. Why can't fast food places reduce calories and salt ? They reduce the calories but the salt is so high. Why not make the food healthy and good. - 4/9/2012   1:51:58 PM
    Just starting this new life style so I think I'll keep it simple, for now, and pass on any Burger Kings, McD's, etc. - 4/9/2012   1:23:07 PM
  • 19
    yeah, i stay away from fast food places now - 4/9/2012   1:21:30 PM
  • 18
    Thank you so much for the nutritional information! I think it is a good idea to have restaurants list their calories, sodium and fat grams for items, information is the only way we can made better choices and turn the obesity epidemic around.
    Salads are certainly not low fat - the dressings add a low of calories. - 4/9/2012   1:08:49 PM
  • 17
    Looks like just another reason to avoid most fast food places period! A 600+ calorie salad? No thanks! - 4/9/2012   1:03:01 PM
  • SFOLEY812
    There are way too many grams of fat in almost everything. Having one salad almost completes the amount of allowed fat I can haver per day. Its not worth it. I would rather have a turkey burger from Carls Jr and get the same amount of calories and same amount of fat. I think that if you are going to eat a salad, you are doing it because you are trying to cut out some of the calories. What is the point if you are going to have the same amount of calories and fat as a burger? No fast food for me. - 4/9/2012   12:31:55 PM
  • 15
    I'll pass! More bang and fewer dumb calorie ideas for the buck at home. - 4/9/2012   12:29:25 PM
  • 14
    We very seldom eat out. We both have to watch our sodium and, nowdays, most fast food places are loaded with sodium. When we cook our own food at home at least I know what's going into it and I can determine how much or how little fat, sodium, etc. - 4/9/2012   12:28:39 PM
  • 13
    Like Michelle_391, I haven't eaten at either McDonalds or Burger King for ages; however, it is not because I am vegetarian. I don't feel the offerings at either place fit into my food plan. DH and I would rather spend our restaurant $ elsewhere. - 4/9/2012   12:07:54 PM
  • 12
    I've had the Strawberry Banana Smoothie and it was acttualy pretty good. I thought it would be more caloires than just 200... so thats good!

    Perfect for a mid afternoon snack! - 4/9/2012   12:06:29 PM
  • 11
    Too similar!! They should have come up with new healthy choices, not just copied what their competition is doing. Still a no go for me. - 4/9/2012   11:47:21 AM
  • JJACKS77
    I think Burger King is late to the party when looking at their number one competitor. What I would have like to see is a push for more vegetables and fruit. From time to time we all eat at fast food restaurants, it would be great if we could do so without all the unwanted calories. - 4/9/2012   11:28:08 AM
  • 9
    I haven't eaten McDonald's or Burger King's food in ages. Being a vegetarian, there are limited options for me, and their so-called food is bad for the ecosystem and bad for the heart. I agree with the post above, that they could at least try and have more vegetarian options, particularly if they are trying to "go with the times."

    While I believe the smoothies are a step in the right direction, who needs a 410-calorie coffee? (Mocha Frappe) Empty calories with the calorie count of a meal.

    - 4/9/2012   11:26:43 AM
  • 8
    As always, very limited VEG options. I wonder why fast food chains don't offer their normally chicken-topped salads plain, as an alternative to (what I'm sure many of us do) having to order two side salads. Sure, you can order without or ditch it, and either way it doesn't impact the restaurant's bottom line even though you're paying more for less, but if they knocked a buck off the price and held the animal carcass, I think it'd be a win-win, as more than enough veggies would "upgrade" to the special salad than necessary to make up for those who ordered it before but didn't get everything they paid for. - 4/9/2012   11:16:45 AM
    I think I would buy from a company that is more responsible about the environment, no matter what. - 4/9/2012   11:15:01 AM
  • 6
    I'll admit that I do eat fast food on occasion and I do try to look for better options when I'm there. I actually did have the chicken, apple, and cranberry salad and I thought it was pretty good. I don't have an issue with sodium, though, and as someone mentioned earlier, these things are loaded with it. - 4/9/2012   11:08:28 AM
  • 5
    It doesn't really matter to me as I hardly ever eat fast food any more. But I did enjoy the David Beckham commercial. - 4/9/2012   11:04:10 AM
  • 4
    Burger King? YOu must be joking.
    This is a mark of desperation to me. Their sales are slipping, not because McDonald's is better, but because people has wised up to the dangerous food they sell. Amping up a menu with semi-healthy choices is too little too late.
    I haven't had fast food since I joined SparkPeople in July of 2010.
    I rarely miss it, but take my lunch and/or dinner with me to work, etc.
    My health and weight loss is too hard fought, and took too long for me
    to risk losing it by falling prey to fast food, no matter how engineered to
    look 'healthy.'

    Sorry Burger King. - 4/9/2012   11:02:56 AM
  • 3
    These items are not very good for anyone on a low sodium diet! Why put so much sodium in everything. It doesn't matter how good they do on everything else and leave so much sodium in. We still can't eat it! - 4/9/2012   10:39:17 AM
    I agree with LAKOTALADY concerning the competing for fast food dollars. It may seem silly but I take the mindset that if I am eating out then I am eating a non-optimized meal. What does that mean? Well, very few restaurants seem to offer full meals for between 200-300 calories which is what I aim for and allow me to successfully stay within ranges on fats and sodium. My best option would be the side salad with dressing and taking it home to add my own chicken breast or fish or getting a strawberry smoothie and again taking it home to add my own proteins.

    So, take it this way - I eat out and it is a treat to myself on a cheat day. I don't rely on their advertising as healthy alternatives. - 4/9/2012   10:30:24 AM
  • 1
    This is why I avoid eating out. My opinion....right on track to compete for fast food dollars! - 4/9/2012   10:12:22 AM

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