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Burger King is selling a 'burger' stuffed with nothing but french fries

The Whopper chain's latest sandwich ditches a meaty middle for crispy, crunchy fries.
Burger King New Zealand
/ Source: TODAY

A burger with a side of fries is a classic combination, integral to the fast-food experience.

But what happens when a major chain decides to leave the hamburger out?

Enter: Burger King. The chain is currently selling a sandwich topped with french fries, mayo and ketchup called the Chip Butty.

The burger — if you can call it that — is available only at locations in New Zealand and goes for $2 New Zealand dollars (or about US $1.30).

While the Chip Butty is new to Burger King, it’s not all that new to our friends across the pond. In fact, the dish is often found at fish and chips shops. It's made with chips (aka fries) on bread or a roll, often with condiments like ketchup, mayonnaise or malt vinegar on top. The Burger King version sounds strikingly similar to the familiar classic.

So, why take a British sandwich and launch it in New Zealand? Between Brexit and losing Harry and Meghan, haven’t the Brits had enough taken away from them?

Social media already has some rather strong feelings about this new release and most commenters say if you are going to mess with a classic, do it right.

Some people were horrified.

But many fry enthusiasts were nothing short of delighted by the creation.

Many pointed out the idea of stuffing fries into a sandwich is nothing new.

Even the notoriously sassy fast-food frenemy Wendy's got in on the fun.

The reviews of those who actually got to try Burger King's creation aren't much better.

“I thought this would spoil my lunch but instead it spoiled my day,” Josie Adams of New Zealand-based The Spinoff wrote. “From the picture, I thought the butty would be too wet. Instead, it was too dry, which is less repulsive but more disappointing, somehow. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but it’s not even worth $2.”

TODAY's Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager tried a homemade version of the sandwich on Wednesday.

"I'm not usually a mayo person," Jenna said. "I like putting chips on a sandwich, but french fries might be a step too far."

Interestingly, this isn’t the first time that Burger King has experimented with french fries in a sandwich. The company released a limited edition, fry-topped burger in 2013. However, this time around, the sandwich doesn't have a burger patty.

For now, the sandwich is limited to Burger King locations in New Zealand, and there's no word if it will ever expand beyond that.

However, Burger King is famously all about having it your way so there’s really nothing stopping anyone from ordering any sandwich, taking out the protein and adding fries!

Then, Chip Butty for everyone!