March 16, 2011

From the Annals of Disgusting Food: BK’s Stuffed Steakhouse Burger

The annals of disgusting (and fake) food are long and sad.  Food marketing and innovation is a massive industry and unfortunately many of us eat this crap.

Take baconnaise.  Ingredients include soybean oil, gluconic acid, smoke flavor, eggs, and calcium disodium edta.  That’s right.  No bacon in baconnaise.  For some amusing Daily Show segments on baconnaise click here.

Another one is the crab meat you buy in cans for cheap and use in all those crab dips.  It’s not crab, but white fish paste that is frozen, shaved into flakes, ground in a vat with eggs and flavorings to make it taste crab-like, then cooked and finally formed into crab-like appearance.  Check to see if the crab meat you buy is real before you purchase it.  See how the fake stuff is made below (sorry for the awful music).

The latest food innovation is Burger King’s much-hyped Jalapeno & Cheddar Stuffed Steakhouse Burger.  BK says it is the first of its kind menu addition.  Press release here.

Now I’ve seen worse items in the annals of disgusting food, but the pictures of this “stuffed” burger make me vomit.  See if you can tell which is the BK photo using some food photography tricks.

Burger or nasty meatloaf?
Something you would eat?

Nice job BK photographers
Inspiration for the burger?

And as you can see, this burger isn’t even stuffed.  Apparently the food innovators could not figure out how to actually mass produce a stuffed burger so they just chopped up the jalapenos and cheese and added them to the beef to make it look like a nasty pimento loaf.  (Inspirational pimento loaf at right.)

Check out the nutritional information for the Stuffed Steakhouse Burger - a whopping 600 calories and 34 grams of fat.

Now, I am not one to avoid fatty foods, but when I do eat them I’ll try to actually eat a stuffed burger without super processed ingredients.  I’ve been searching for the ingredient from Burger King list to no avail.

Eating real food and most importantly making, cooking and sharing your food with friends is a simple concept leading to healthier eating and happier people.  Here is a novel idea: make your own stuffed jalapeno n' cheese burger. A few recipes below. Give one a try.


The Food Hunter said...

I'm with you all the way: Just imagine you can make your own and it will taste so much can also control what goes into it and in turn into your body. I'm not sure why so many people don't get this concept. And I hate when they use the excuse I don't have time...It's not that hard and it really doesn't take that much time.

Unknown said...

So now its the Burger King, who is actually being targeted by saying that the food is not much healthier. People can’t see anyone’s success.