Extreme Foods

Burger King rolls out insanely beefy burgers with chicken and bacon in New Zealand

The fast food giant rolled out three new burgers with extra meaty toppings.

The fast food giant rolled out three new burgers with extra meaty toppings.  (Burger King New Zealand)

Vegans need not apply.

Burger King in New Zealand has announced a new line of meals that may be the meatiest offerings in the fast food chain's history. 

The sandwiches, part of the restaurants new “Meatatarian Range,” all include beef and fried chicken patties, bacon strips, cheese, barbecue sauce and onions, all on a single sesame seed roll. The Full Meaty has two beef patties, a chicken patty, six bacon strips, two slices of cheese, barbecue sauce and onion.  The Half Meaty cuts back on the beef and cheese, while the Chicken Bacon Meaty has two chicken patties, six strips of bacon, two cheese slices and condiments.

Calorie counters look away. The chain doesn't even disclose the full nutrition info of the new sandwiches online but similar meat-heavy options contain almost 1,000 calories per sandwich. 

For now, the Meatatarian Range options are only a limited-time international offering. If you're in the U.S. and can't get your mouth around one of these monstrous creations, you can still check out the restaurant's original Whopperito. The burger-burrito hybrid incorporates seasoned ground beef with onions, tomatoes, lettuce and pickles wrapped up in a flour tortilla. There’s also a unique, creamy queso sauce. 

While Burger King may be beefing up its offerings, McDonald’s is trying to take a healthier tack this summer. In June, candy maker Mars announced that it was contemplating pulling candies like M&M’s and Snickers from the fast food chains offerings-- effectively eliminating the use of the candy in the restaurant’s famous McFlurry desert shakes. Cutting the candy from a large McFlurry would remove almost eight teaspoons of sugar.  

That’s after the U.S. government changed its dietary guidelines, stating that added sugars should constitute no more than 12.5 teaspoons of sugar a day. Or one and a half McFlurries, approximately.

The efforts geared toward healthier living aren’t just taking place in the kitchen, though.  McDonald’s even tried offering fitness tracker toys with their Happy Meals. The bands, which came in a variety of colors and were worn like a wristwatch, counted steps and blinked based on how quickly or slowly the person moved.  But the “Step it! Activity Band” was quickly pulled from rotation following multiple “limited reports of potential skin irritations.”    

McDonald’s is investigating the issue and has since started offering new Happy Meal toys.