A Burger King Whopper sandwich
A Burger King Whopper sandwich
  • The Whopper was created in 1957 by Burger King co-founder James McLamore and originally sold for 37 US cents. He named it so because he thought it conveyed “imagery of something big”.
  • The Whopper predates the McDonald’s Big Mac by more than ten years, as the Big Mac was introduced in 1968. The Whopper has a quarter-pound patty, while the Big Mac has two smaller patties.
  • The Whopper Jr. was a happy accident that happened in 1963 when a Burger King restaurant in Puerto Rico ran out of the larger buns and used regular-size buns instead. The Whopper Jr. became a permanent menu item and a popular option for smaller appetites.
  • In 1985, the Whopper was increased in size to 4.2 oz (120 g) and the bun was replaced by a Kaiser roll . This was part of a program to improve the product and was accompanied by a US$30 million advertising campaign featuring various celebrities.
  • In 2009, Burger King released a limited-edition burger called the “Angry Whopper” that had spicy crispy onions, pepper jack cheese, jalapeños, and a spicy “angry sauce”. In 2016, they followed up with the “Angriest Burger” that had a red-tinged, hot sauce-infused bun.
  • The Whopper is well known in the fast food industry, with Burger King advertising itself as “the Home of the Whopper” and naming its kiosk stores the BK Whopper Bar. The Whopper is often at the center of advertising promotions, product tie-ins, and corporate practical jokes and hoaxes.
  • The Whopper has several variants that are either seasonal or tailored to local tastes or customs. Some examples are the Texas Double Whopper with bacon and jalapeños, the Canadian Whopper with cheese curds and gravy, and the Japanese Black Ninja Whopper with a black bun and a slice of bacon.
  • The Whopper contains 670 calories, 40 grams of fat, 980 milligrams of sodium, and 28 grams of protein per sandwich. The Whopper with cheese adds 70 calories, 6 grams of fat, 180 milligrams of sodium, and 4 grams of protein.
  • The Whopper is one of the most customizable burgers in the fast food industry, as customers can choose to add or remove any ingredients they want. Burger King’s slogan “Have It Your Way” reflects this option.
  • The Whopper is one of the most popular burgers in the world, selling an average of 2.1 million units per day in the United States alone. The Whopper is also available in more than 100 countries worldwide.

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