Whether you eat from Burger King or not, chances are you probably know of this big name fast food company. But how much do you really know? There are tons of interesting facts to unearth and learn about Burger King as well as its history. Here are some of the most interesting and sometimes surprising facts you may not already know about Burger King.
Origin Of The Whopper
While the Whopper is Burger King’s staple sandwich now, it actually did not occur until the company was bought out and renamed due to losses bringing it down. The original Burger King, called Insta-Burger-King, had gone under within its first year and was bought by a franchise that then named it the classic Burger King as well as introduced The Whopper to its menu.
First To Team With A Movie
Burger King was the first to work with a movie publishing, which gives it the rights to be considered the leader or father of publicity stunts. The first movie Burger King ever worked with in publicity was Star Wars, and as you know many companies and movies later followed suit in the years to come.
You may not know Burger King has actually exchanged hands and companies multiple times in its history to climb to the top. From its first franchise purchase in the first year of running to in 1967 when Pillsbury bought out the company again, this place is certainly not new to exchanged ownership (the list doesn’t end just there).
Unintentional Celebrity Talk
Sara Michelle Gellar, Ellen, and many other celebrities have been known to discuss Burger King outside of publicity stunts or paid advertising. Sara in fact once said Burger King’s burgers were much better than McDonald’s, which resulted in McDonald’s suing Burger King for publicity stunts. Ellen also ate a meal from Burger King before her first successful show.
Most of Burger King is actually separated into individual franchisees, meaning that there are multiple areas of control within different franchises that are a part of Burger King’s namesake as a whole. This made it possible for Burger King to be renamed Hungry Jack’s in Australia as well as other changes made by individual franchisees across the globe.
Some Burger King’s have a secret menu that you can order from, including the so-called “Suicide Burger”. This burger was given its name due to the extremely high-calorie count compared to many other burgers both by Burger King and other fast food places. Give it a try next time you go into a Burger King.
A few big actors actually receive free burgers from this establishment for the rest of their lifetime. These include Jennifer Hudson and Jay Leno. For those that love Burger King, this is quite a high achievement. Free burgers from a burger place for life? Guess that’s some good incentive for those aspiring to be famous in life.
Did you find these intriguing? It’s neat to know some of the thoughts and secrets behind such a popular staple of the fast food industry, and these can be great to share with friends or family to show them too. Be sure to let us know what facts surprised you the most or what information you liked best in this!