Burger King will sell meatless Impossible Whopper across US this year

It's a veggie patty, but it's made to look and taste like meat.

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The Impossible Whopper left, alongside a traditional Whopper, right. Burger King plans to roll out the Impossible Whopper nationwide this year.


The Impossible Whopper could soon be headed to a Burger King near you.

The fast food chain plans to start selling the plant-based meat substitute, the Impossible Burger, nationwide by the end of the year, Burger King parent Restaurant Brands International said in discussing its quarterly earnings Monday. The Impossible Whopper will first be sold in select cities "in the very near future" before expanding nationally, according to CNN

"Burger fans prayed. Burger gods listened. The #impossiblewhopper will roll out to 7,200 @BurgerKing restaurants nationwide at the end of 2019," tweeted Rachel Konrad, a spokeswoman for Impossible Foods. 

Burger King restaurants in the St. Louis area began selling the Impossible Whopper earlier this month. The plant-based patties are designed to look and taste similar to those made from meat. The Impossible Whopper will include the same bun, cheese and condiments as a regular Whopper.

"This is a significant moment for Impossible Foods, whose mission is to eliminate the need for animals as a food-production technology," Konrad said. "We are scaling up quickly to meet scorching demand for the Impossible Burger."

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First published April 29 at 1:54 p.m. PT.
Update, 2:51 p.m.: Adds comment from Impossible Burger.

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