Burger King may be renowned for its tasty meat patties, but it is currently trialling a brand new sandwich that is completely burger free.
The fast food chain is in the process of trying out its own unique take on the UK’s classic chip butty - but it is only available in New Zealand at the moment.
A French fry sandwich
Burger King’s version of the chip butty comprises the chain’s golden french fries, mayonnaise and ketchup, all sandwiched in a soft sesame seed buns.
The sandwiches are currently available at participating New Zealand locations for a price of NZ$2 (around 0.99p), as part of the company’s Change Range menu.
The new menu item has already caused divided opinions, with New Zealand-based outlet The Spinoff praising the new butty as “kind of great”.
Reviewer Alex Casey wrote: “It had a good amount of mayo and sauce and a cross-section revealed an evenly distributed amount of chips.
On the other hand, a fellow review had a different take on the new addition, questioning the chain’s decision to introduce the burgerless dish.
Reviewer Madeline Chapman said: “There’s no such thing as a bad idea unless the idea is to ask people to pay for a few fries inside a bun, with a splash of ketchup and mayonnaise.
“A side (like fries or onion rings) can elevate a burger. But there has to be a burger to elevate.
“Fries in an empty bun is two dry carbs pretending to be something of substance or flavour. Yes, $2 is cheap for a piece of food. But it’s a high price to pay for something that shouldn’t exist.”
Controversial menu items
The French fry sandwich isn’t the only menu item from Burger King that has sparked controversy.
The chain recently launched a new plant-based version of its Whopper burger - but the item is not suitable for vegans.
Named the Rebel Whopper, the new burger is made from soy but due to being cooked on the same grill as the meat burgers, it isn’t suitable for vegans or vegetarians.
Due to this, Burger King is instead aiming the Rebel Whopper at ‘flexitarians’ - people who eat meat, but are cutting down on their consumption and following trends, such as ‘meat-free Mondays’.
Burger King marketing director Katie Evans said: “This really is a game changer – we wanted our first plant-based Whopper to replicate the indulgence and flame-grilled taste of the real thing as closely as possible, and we’re thrilled with the result.
“We’re delighted to satisfy the demand for this highly-anticipated product and finally bring the Rebel to the UK.”