The reaction might be, “That’s impossible!”
That’s exactly what it is – Impossible Meat. That’s actually the name of the cut of plant-based meat Burger King is putting in its new Impossible Whopper.
Also, McDonald’s will make a Beyond Meat burger available this week, although you’ll have to cross the border to Canada and visit one of the 28 Golden Arches locations in and around Toronto, its test market.
The Impossible Whopper (trademarked, of course) is just like the classic Whopper, but made with a patty made from plants. What’s in it? Mostly soy protein, potato protein, coconut oil, sunflower oil, and heme.
And according to the website for Impossible Food, the company bringing us the meatless meat, the Impossible Whopper is available at the two 13th Street locations in St. Cloud, the U.S. 192 Kissimmee spots near Osceola Heritage Park, John Young Parkway and Old Vineland Road, and the Vineland Road location near West 192.
The full version, with lettuce, tomato, onions, pickle and mayonnaise on a sesame seed bun comes in at 630 calories, with 34 grams of fat, 58 grams of carbohydrates, 10 milligrams of cholesterol and 25 grams of protein. And with over 1,000 milligrams of sodium, it’s actually higher than the traditional Whopper.
While the burger itself contains no meat, Burger King acknowledges the patties are cooked on the same flame broilers as its regular beef and chicken products, so they could come in contact with regular meat. It also says it’s not planning to sell the Impossible Whopper forever, and it will only be available for a limited time.
Impossible meat is also available in the freezer aisle at select health food and specialty stores (think Lucky’s or Whole Foods) but reportedly costs almost three times per pound ($9) than traditional ground beef ($3-5). It’s actually been in quite the demand, and NBC’s Today Show reported there was a brief shortage of it in August.