Burger King adding Ghost Pepper Chicken Nuggets nationwide, starting Impossible Nuggets test
Burger King is making some changes to its chicken nuggets.
Ahead of Halloween, the fast-food chain said it is rolling out new Ghost Pepper Chicken Nuggets nationwide and also testing a chicken-free nugget.
Burger King said Wednesday it will be the first global quick-service restaurant brand to test the plant-based nuggets from Impossible Foods, which also developed the chain's Impossible Whopper that debuted in 2019.
The Impossible Nuggets will be tested for a limited time at select restaurants in three markets – Des Moines, Iowa; Boston; and Miami – starting Monday and available in an eight-piece order with a choice of a dipping sauce.
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“This isn’t the first time we’ve teamed up with Impossible to make waves in the industry,” Ellie Doty, Burger King North America chief marketing officer, said in a statement. “So, it’s only fitting we’re the first global QSR (quick-service restaurant) to test the Impossible Nuggets. We’re excited to hear what our guests in the test markets think of this latest innovation.”
Burger King notes the nuggets are made from plants but "cooked in the same oil as meat and cheese products."
Burger King is not the first chain to test a plant-based chicken. In 2019, KFC tested Beyond Fried Chicken at one of its Atlanta restaurants, which sold out in five hours.
In early September, Impossible Foods announced its new nuggets would be carried by Walmart, Kroger, Albertsons, Safeway and other stores by the end of September and at more than 10,000 grocery stores by the end of 2021.
How to try Burger King's spicy nuggets
The Ghost Pepper Chicken Nuggets are another limited item but this item will be available at Burger King restaurants nationwide. The nuggets are made with white meat chicken and spiced with fiery ghost peppers.
Members of the chain’s Royal Perks loyalty program get access to the spicy nuggets in the BK app starting Wednesday before it debuts on Monday.
Burger King says it’s the first time it’s giving its members “an exclusive first look to a brand-new menu item, and it won’t be the last.”
Members earn 10 Crowns for each $1 spent on their purchases at participating restaurants. Sign up at Bk.com/signup.