Burger King is making major cuts to its menu. The company has already confirmed the reduction of several low-selling items like sundaes and chocolate milk, as well as a reduction in the number of offers and promotions. But while the fast-food giant hasn’t officially confirmed this, customers and employees are starting to notice that salads are among the items missing from its menu.
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Social media users and several Burger King restaurant managers say all the salads seem to be part of the chain’s history. As late as January, a chicken garden salad and side salad were available.
All four New York-area restaurant managers we spoke to confirmed that the salads were “gone” and “not coming back.” One even joked, “Now water is the healthiest thing on our menu.” The employees wished to remain anonymous.
We also noticed that several Burger King locations we visited in Queens and Long Island have already removed salads, of all kinds, from their menus.
A spokesperson for Burger King’s parent company, Restaurant Brands International (RBI), did not respond to repeated requests for confirmation of the possible removal of salads at Burger King’s 7,000 U.S. locations.
Speaking of unfortunate cuts at Burger King, Carrols Restaurant Group recently announced that it was reducing the number of chicken nuggets in its meals from 10 pieces to 8 pieces, without offering consumers a lower price. Carrols, which operates more than 1,000 restaurants and is the nation’s largest Burger King franchisee, said the move was a response to inflation and an alternative to rising prices.
Burger King’s signature Whopper will also be removed from the chain’s base discount menu and will no longer feature in Two for $5 or Two for $6 specials. RBI CEO Jose Cil recently said on an earnings call that the burger has been on the discount menu “for too long.”
Burger King said it plans to market the Whopper as an “iconic” premium product in the future. The Big King has largely replaced the Whopper in Two for $5 promotions.
Other reductions, as reported by pop-culturemay include the elimination of single, double, and triple Whoppers as separate items, as well as changes to the original chicken sandwich, as the new Ch’King sandwich may become the chain’s standard offering.