Burger King Experiments With Apples in Burgers

Tomato-less burgers seem to be going over well in Japan

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 11, 2014 11:50 AM CST

(Newser) USA Today picks up on an odd food story out of Japan, where the burgers at Burger King tend to taste like apple pie. The reason? The new BK Ringo and the NY Whopper ditch tomatoes for slices of grilled apple. It also helps that the mayo is infused with cinnamon, notes food blogger Casey Baseel at Rocket News 24. And he's a fan of the combination, which "produces an almost Middle Eastern effect," he writes in what may be the most earnest fast-food review ever.

"There's a short burst of cinnamon flavor that comes just before you wrap your mouth around the sandwich, but once you bite in, the initial [flavor] on the tongue is mayonnaise, followed by the juicy meat and slight char." No word on whether the chain plans to bring the concoction to the US, but Doug Barry at Jezebel notes that fast-food tomatoes are generally "sad, tasteless little testaments of humanity's defiance of the seasons," so why not? Of course, more people might be more interested in Baseel's observation that BKs in Japan also offer beer and cocktails.

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Employees of Tokyo Burger King celebrate the opening of a store in this file photo.
Employees of Tokyo Burger King celebrate the opening of a store in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
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