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Is Sonic's New Blended Burger About to Set a New Fast-Food Trend?

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Sonic is testing a first-of-its-kind blended burger recipe that makes fast food a little healthier

For anyone who's ever tricked their kids into eating their broccoli by topping it with cheese or concealed some chopped carrots in their meatballs, you'll probably appreciate the new first-of-its-kind burger concept being explored by one fast-food chain. Sonic is testing a new blended burger, which consists of a mix of mushrooms and beef. Perfect if you don’t intend to give up meat altogether, but know you need to cut back.

The mushroom and beef burger will have fewer calories and less fat than a traditional burger, comprised of 25 to 30 percent mushrooms and served on a brioche bun with traditional toppings such as mayo, lettuce, tomatoes and cheese. Sounds good to us — and like a smart option for those who are trying to be careful about their heart health, cholesterol levels or weight.

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“We wanted to offer a flavorful and juicy blended mushroom burger, the first of its kind for a major [quick service restaurant] brand, that offers improved sustainability,” Scott Uehlein, vice president of product innovation and development at Sonic, told Fast Company. “Because it is still mostly beef, this burger has a broader appeal versus a completely vegetarian burger patty,” says Uehlein.

Chances are, you won’t even taste a difference, and you'll get to feel a little less guilty about your lunch choice. Let's hope other fast-food chains follow suit. What’s next? Parsnip-potato fries? We’re into it.

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