Plant-based eaters rejoice!
The day has finally arrived in which McDonald’s has launched a vegan burger known as the McPlant in more than 250 selected restaurants in the UK. The creation of a meat-free alternative has taken the fast food chain three years of research and development but now it’s here in Birmingham.
McDonald’s says the burger “delivers the same great taste and experience you would expect from a McDonald’s burger, whilst enabling customers to choose a plant-based menu option”. The iconic golden arches has lagged behind some of its competitors with its vegan offerings, with Burger King’s “Impossible Whopper” and KFC’s “Original Recipe Vegan Burger” both released in the UK in 2020.
The McPlant is modelled on a Quarter Pounder Deluxe. It contains vegan patty a produced by the US-based alternative meat brand Beyond Meat, and is served with bespoke vegan cheese made from pea protein created by McDonald’s’ dairy supplier Kerry Foods in Ireland, plant-based sandwich sauce, lettuce, onion, tomato, pickles, ketchup, and mustard.
The new McDonald’s vegan burger will be available from October 13 in the following restaurants:
Birmingham – Chelmsley Wood
Birmingham – Small Heath
Birmingham – Temple Row
Birmingham Bristol Rd
West Bromwich 3
The new vegan burger costs £3.49 on its own and contains 420 calories – around the same as a meat-based double cheeseburger and has been certified by the Vegan Society. The McPlant was made available in 10 restaurants in Coventry from September 29, however from October 13 more than 250 McDonald’s restaurants will feature it on their menu and it will be available nationwide from January 2022. Find the full list of restaurants offering the McPlant burger here.