Followers of halal diets require that the meat they consume is slaughtered by a Muslim who blesses it with a particular Islamic prayer.
There are only a handful of mainstream restaurants that cater to Islamic halal diets in this manner. So, is Burger King among them? Here is what I discovered!
Is Burger King Halal In 2023?
Burger King does serve halal-certified foods in different Middle-Eastern, European, and Asian countries; however, Burger King USA does not provide a full Halal menu. Additionally, Burger King partnered with Impossible Foods in 2019 in an effort to create a halal-certified, plant-based Whopper; a start to a broader Muslim-inspired menu.
To learn more about Burger King’s current and future halal policies, and more, continue reading below!
Why Doesn’t Burger King USA Offer a Full Halal Menu?
Because Burger King is such a large food chain, they have to comply with USDA standards regarding how their meats are processed. In the traditional method of halal, animals are slaughtered and left to bleed out.
This creates health and safety concerns that make it difficult for Burger King to mass-produce blessed halal beef for all of their restaurants.
As a workaround, Burger King partnered with Impossible Foods, a plant-based faux meat manufacturer, to create a beef-like patty.
Additionally, the major food chain is also working on developing meatless offerings for their nuggets and chicken patties to expand their certified halal menu.
Will Burger King USA Offer Full a Halal Menu?
Burger King plans to open a full vegan, kosher, and halal-certified restaurant in Cologne, Germany, for a limited time. During the trial run, they will work with a Dutch plant-based meat company, The Vegetarian Butcher.
The mainstream restaurant may use the Cologne store’s success as a template for similar specialty Burger King’s worldwide.
What Other Countries Provide Halal at Burger King?
Burger King was among the first major food chains to tap into a growing consumer market, offering halal meat at many of its international locations in the early 2000s.
Burger King France, for instance, has catered to the 5 million Muslim and growing consumers in their country since 2013. The development made France one of the largest markets for Burger King worldwide.
Additionally, Burger King has also established halal-certified eateries in France, Belgium, Luxemburg, and markets outside of Europe, leading the market in these areas.
Does Burger King India Serve Halal Meats?
According to the official Burger King India Twitter account, the restaurant does offer halal-certified options, including Whoppers.
It also appears that, just as in America, BK India has to comply with local safety and health measures.
For this reason, not every option on the menu is fully halal as many items are cooked alongside Haram (non-halal compliant) foods.
Do Middle-Eastern Burger King Restaurants Serve Halal Foods?
As a general rule, many Middle-Eastern restaurants offer certified-halal menus; Burger King is no exception.
Still, Islamic patrons are advised to ask about halal certifications before purchasing anything from a Burger King menu, no matter what area of the world they are in.
As an added measure, you can also inquire if halal meats are grilled with non-halal-compliant food products.
This fact could significantly impact the parameters of a halal strict diet.
Does Burger King Mix Haram and Halal Foods?
According to Islamic food orthodoxy, halal foods have to be prepared in accordance with the edicts of the Koran.
Primarily applicable to meats, this often means the animal has to be alive and healthy before slaughter.
A Muslim meat processor then allows the blood to drain from the beast’s carcass and blesses it with prayer.
Halal food must also be:
- Free of animal fats, lard, or meat broth
- Contain nothing from pigs — this includes bacon or ham
- Have no birds of prey animal byproducts
- Not soaked in alcohol or other intoxicants
Many Burger King establishments mix haram (non-halal foods) with halal and may not be fully halal-compliant for this reason. When in doubt, ask if any menu items are cooked alongside forbidden foods.
Does the Islamic Food Council Recognize Burger King Halal?
With the vegan-friendly promotion of the Impossible Whopper, Burger King has opened the door for Muslim-Americans seeking halal food products from national food chains.
According to Impossible Foods’ website, their Impossible Burger and the 14 oz rolls of Impossible Sausage are Halal certified by the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA).
The fact indicates a plan to mimic the successful mix of haram and halal offerings in American Burger King food chains in the near future.
What American Companies Beside Burger King Serve Halal?
A growing number of American restaurants do serve halal foods as the market has significantly grown. They include, but are not limited to:
- Texas Chicken — Texas chicken has franchises all over the world, including the US. Every restaurant serves halal food.
- Pizza Hut — some branches of Pizza Hut offer halal, call your local franchise to ask.
- Crown/Kennedy Fried Chicken — A competitor to KFC, Crown and Kennedy Fried Chicken has 120 outlets that serve halal foods.
- Krispy Krunch Chicken — the Islamic Society of Washington certifies the chicken of Krispy Krunch as Halal.
- The Halal Guys — Based in New York City they claim that 37 of their locations offer 100 percent halal food.
- Subway — Subway is outpacing McDonald’s in franchises and currently offers halal foods to their customers at over 120 restaurants.
- KFC — Kentucky Fried chicken officially provides halal food at 78 locations.
Some fast-food restaurants may not be fully halal but lean towards halal friendly. Check to ensure the restaurant of your choice carefully separates halal from haram foods.
Burger King has long offered kosher and halal menu items in a variety of countries; however, there is a slow but newly emerging demand for halal-certified foods in America.
The internationally recognized food chain currently offers Halal foods, which includes the Impossible Whopper, in the US and abroad. Even so, locating one near you can still prove to be a challenge in the US.
Anyone looking to adhere to the tenants of the Koran and eat foods in compliance with Sharia law should seek out a halal-specific food in a local Burger King that proudly offers such products.