Takeaway Truth: KFC Zinger Mozzarella Burger

Takeaway Truth is an occasional Lifehacker feature where we compare marketing images against what you actually get served. Today: KFC’s Zinger Mozzarella Burger. (Plus taste test!)

The KFC Zinger Mozzarella Burger is being marketed as a “burger for grown-ups”. We didn’t realise mozzarella carried an age recommendation, but there you go. The burger comes with a single Zinger chicken fillet, a rasher of bacon, lettuce, mayo, a tomato based sauce and a patty of Zinger-coated mozzarella cheese. Here’s the spiel from KFC’s website:

Love chicken? Love Mozzarella? Take a bite out of our Zinger Mozzarella burger and taste the crispy Zinger chicken fillet, the sizzling slice of bacon, and our Zinger coated mozzarella cheese. That’s rich mozzarella cheese deep fried for that extra crunch. It’s a burger for grown ups.

And here’s the official advert (which, oddly, barely features the product at all):

As you’ve doubtlessly surmised from the copious amounts of cheese in the above advert, the Zinger Mozzarella burger is not a healthy lunch option. But how bad is it? KFC has somewhat cheekily refrained from sharing a complete nutritional breakdown with customers. (The item has yet to make an appearance on the company’s Promotional Nutritional Fact Sheet.)

All we can tell you is that a single burger packs in 3053kJ of energy, with a large combo meal tipping the scales at 5132kJ. Needless to say, the Zinger Mozzarella is meant to be an occasional indulgence.

But you’re presumably not here to judge the fat content. All you really want to know is how the real thing compares to those tasty, tasty photos. Without further ado, here is the side-by-side comparison:

Mi fa cagare!

This clearly isn’t one of KFC’s best efforts. The hero topping shares almost no resemblance to the advert and the whole burger looks like the late, great Luciano Pavarotti sat on it. Either that, or it was the victim of a Mafioso hit. One thing’s for sure, the burger on the left looks vastly more appetising.

Fortunately, what the Zinger Mozzarella Burger lacks in truthful advertising it more than makes up for in taste – this was one of the most delicious burgers we’ve enjoyed from KFC in a long while. The addition of deep-fried cheese might not be good for you, but it really does add something special to the burger, both in terms of texture and flavour. Will eat again.

Truth Rating: 5/10

Taste Verdict: 9/10

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