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Burger King adding turkey burger

NEW YORK — If you think a Whopper’s too indulgent but are sick of chicken sandwiches, Burger King is offering a turkey burger for the first time.

The Miami-based company is rolling out the new sandwich this week as part of its limited-time offers for spring, marking the latest fast-food effort­ to cater to health-conscious diners. Last week, McDonald’s said it plans to offer a lower-calorie version of its Egg McMuffin made with egg whites. McDonald’s chain said the egg whites will be available for any other breakfast sandwich on its menu, as well.

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McDonald’s and Wendy’s said they have no records indicating they ever offered a turkey burger, meaning Burger King would be the biggest fast-food chain to do so. But it’s not the first. Sister chains Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s launched a trio of turkey burgers as limited-time offers in late 2010; they were so popular that they’re now a permanent part of the menus.

Burger King said its turkey burger could be added to the permanent lineup if sales are strong enough.

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