The Whooper is a signature sandwich from Burger King. First brought out in 1957, it has gone through many changes over the years, mostly related to the bread and the potion sizes. Several variants are also available, customized for local tastes, customs, and the season. Sometimes, Burger King also comes out with limited-time variants.
In fact, the Whooper has become such a big success that Burger King now calls themselves ‘The Home of the Whooper’. Many advertising promotions are released on this iconic sandwich. More than 540 million whoopers are sold every year.
Competitors have naturally tried to emulate the success of the Whooper. For example, Wendy’s and McDonald’s have their own products, nicknamed the Whooper Stopper. But similar products have not been as successful.
Headquartered at Florida in the United States, Burger King is a leading hamburger and fast food restaurant chain. They are best known for their hamburgers, French fries, chicken, milk shakes, soft drinks, desserts, salads, and breakfast menus. Burger King has now become a global chain with outlets in more than 18,000 locations around the world. They employ more than 35,000 people worldwide, making Burger King an iconic brand that is easily recognized because of their logo and foods.
The Burger King Whooper
The Whooper is a flame-broiled hamburger with just 8 simple ingredients. However, it can be customized easily with different additions and combinations. You can have a vegetarian version of this burger as well if you want by replacing beef.
See this copycat Burger King Whooper recipe, just like the one you will find at the popular chain restaurants. You can make it easily at home.
Nutrition Facts Per Serving
Calories 526, Carbohydrates 27g, Cholesterol 86mg, Total Fat 44g, Protein 24g, Sugar 7g, Fiber 1g, Sodium 988mg, Potassium 446mg
You can fry meat in your pan also. But for the original flame-grilled flavor, it is always best that you cook on a BBQ.
Have It Your Way
There are only 8 ingredients in the basic Whooper. But Burger King insists that you can ‘have it your way’, which means that several customizations are possible with this hamburger. Additions and combinations can include bacon, mustard, American cheese, jalapeno peppers, or guacamole.
Tips and Tricks
- Cooking the patties from one side mostly will give you the best crust and browning. It will still be juicy and nice.
- You can also include lettuce and other toppings if you want. Place them below the burger patty. The sandwich will be more structurally sound. The juices will also be absorbed better.
- Slice the onions pole to pole. You will then get a sweeter and milder flavor. This will also prevent them from pulling out when you eat the burger.
The Whooper Junior
This is a modification of the original Burger King Whooper. Everything is the same here. You will still need the same ingredients. The only difference is that the bun and the patty will be of a smaller size. The Junior is for those who want a smaller size – just a hamburger snack.
The Whooper Variations
There has been a number of Whooper variations –
- The Impossible Whopper – A 100% vegetarian burger brought out with a patty from the California based Impossible Foods. Burger King started marketing the Impossible Whooper in 2019 April at Missouri and soon announced plans to sell it across the US.
- The Windows 7 Whopper – It was sold to promote the Windows 7 Operating System of Microsoft in Japan. This burger had 7 beef patties and weighed almost 1 kg. It was 13 cm high. Burger King had planned to sell it for only a week, but it became hugely popular in the country. 6,000 sandwiches were sold in the first 4 days only. So the Windows 7 Whooper was sold for 9 more days.
- The Angry Whopper – This version has jalapenos, bacon, pepper cheese, onions, and a sauce, which is called the ‘angry sauce’. It was released first in Europe and then in the US in 2008. Burger King modified this to release the A1 Halloween Whopper for the Halloween of 2015. It had a smoke-flavored, black-colored bun. And then the Angriest Whooper was released in 2016 with red pepper sauce and a red bun.
The Whooper Bar
Burger King brought out the Whooper Bar in 2009, a semi-circular metal countertop. It is perfect for an open kitchen or a backyard party for special occasions. You can sit on a stool and watch your hamburger or veggie Whooper being prepared. There is provision to add many toppings as well. You will find Whooper Bars at casinos, airports, and other places.
The Burger King Whooper is so popular that many other restaurant chains have tried to emulate its success with mixed results. It has a following throughout the world. You can now prepare this at home easily. Just follow this copycat recipe and your burger will be as good as the one you can buy at the Burger King stores.