10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Burger King’s Whopper

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Who doesn’t enjoy the flame-broiled goodness of a Burger King Whopper? But, how much do you really know about this sandwich–other than the fact that it’s cooked over an open flame? Here are 10 things you probably didn’t know about the Whopper.

10. It Was Created to Compete with Other Restaurants

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The Whopper was introduced in Miami in 1957 to compete with rival restaurants who were selling big burgers. According to The Washington Post, author Josh Ozersky said in his book, The Hamburger: A History, that Jim McLamore, the creator of the Whopper, came up with the name because “he noticed that people liked a big hamburger they were eating at a rival restaurant.” “I suggested that we call our product a Whopper, knowing that this would convey imagery of something big,” McLamore explained in his autobiography, The Burger King.

-The Whopper originally sold for 37 cents.
-The Big Mac was NOT one of the burgers the Whopper was created to compete with. The Big Mac actually wasn’t introduced until 1968.

9. You Could Get One for Breakfast

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Back in 2014, Burger King added Whoppers to its breakfast menu at 5,000 of its locations in a program called Burgers for Breakfast. “Selling burgers at breakfast at Burger King restaurants allows our guests to start their day their way — either with the great flame broiled taste of our signature burgers and sandwiches or with our delicious suite of breakfast offerings,” a spokeswoman said in a statement to Ad Age, Fox News reported. Other items they were offering at breakfast included cheeseburgers, chicken sandwiches, French fries, and apple pies.

8. You Can Build Your Own Whopper

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At Universal Orlando Resort’s entertainment complex, that is. The complex, known as Universal CityWalk, is home to the world’s first Whopper Bar, a build-your-own sandwich bar with over 20 toppings to choose from, including bacon, crispy onions, barbecue sauce, and even guacamole. And, your sandwich is assembled right there on the spot.

According to an article published by Orlando Weekly, the BK Whopper Bar, as it’s officially called, is less than stellar. Online reviews included terms and phrases like “awful” and “not worth the wait.” TripAdvisor user Robert G. agreed. They are are “edible, hot and fill a hole… If you are expecting more you will be disappointed,” he was quoted as saying in the article.