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Trick or Treat: Owen & Engine Trolls Burger King With Black Bun Burger

The special Halloween burger debuted Tuesday and lasts until Saturday.

Owen & Engine's Halloween Burger
Owen & Engine's Halloween Burger
Ashok Selvam is the editor of Eater Chicago and a native Chicagoan armed with more than two decades of award-winning journalism. Now covering the world of restaurants and food, his nut graphs are super nutty.

Owen & Engine, home of one of Chicago's best burgers and a late-night culinary paradise, unveiled a colorful Halloween special on Tuesday night that trolls Burger King, including the chain's location across the street on Western Avenue in Logan Square. The venerable British-inspired gastropub is offering guests a special burger served between a black bun.

"We just wanted to do something to be silly and poke a little fun at ourselves and BK of course," O & E's owner Bo Fowler emailed.

It's Burger Tuesday at Owen & Engine! The black bun Halloween burger is available until Saturday! #inyourfaceburgerking #thereisanewkingintown #owenandengine #logansquare

Posted by Owen and Engine on Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Burger King brought its black-dyed hamburger buns —popular in Japan— to America when it unveiled its A.1. Halloween Whopper. The sandwich has brought on colorful rumors of digestive impropriety.

Owen & Engine debuted its burger on Tuesday for its popular weekly bourbon and burger special. Fowler asked her bread bakers —Erik Szurek and Megan Gissing— to create the buns using house ketchup and squid ink, a more natural avenue compared to BK's chemical route. While fast-food restaurants have employed dyed buns, including this pink version from KFC in China and Burger King's red job in Japan, other restaurants have avoided the practice. Fowler reports that Owen & Engine "sold a lot of them," on Tuesday night. The burger is available until Saturday.

Owen & Engine

2700 North Western Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 235-2930 Visit Website