McDonald’s launches a vegan burger – and it tastes just like the real thing

THE first vegan McDonald’s burger offering is finally here, and it lives up to expectations.

It’s been a long time coming – the burger has been in development for three years.


McDonald’s has launched a vegan burger for the first time in the UKCredit: Kevin Dunnett
The McPlant is closest to a McDonald's quarter pounder with cheese in taste


The McPlant is closest to a McDonald’s quarter pounder with cheese in taste

Meanwhile rivals like Greggs and KFC have already been selling plant-based versions of their popular menu items.

McDonalds fans have slammed the chain for its previous attempts at veggie food, including its veggie dippers.

So I was very excited to try out the new menu item ahead of its official launch.

On opening the box, I got the waft of that familiar, mouth-watering Maccies burger smell.

It looked the part, with a juicy patty topped with gherkins, tomato, lettuce, ketchup and a vegan burger sauce in a classic sesame seed bun.

Anyone who’s tried vegan cheese knows it can be disappointing, so I was interested to see whether McDonald’s had managed to perfect that all important element.

The burger cheese – which took the McDonald’s team three years to get right – is a great imitation of the classic American cheese slice, even if it isn’t quite as melty as the diary version.

The McPlant is served up in a special cardboard box.

The patty – designed in partnership with US firm Beyond Meat – is a bit thicker than you’d get in a Big Mac and slightly thinner than a traditional quarter pounder.

But it passes the all important taste test, it’s meaty and salty and has that specific McDonald’s flavour that just can’t be imitated.

Where can you get a McPlant?

THE McPlant will be available in these 10 Coventry restaurants before rolling out across the UK next month…

  • Cross Cheaping
  • Coventry Alvis
  • Coventry Canley
  • West Orchards
  • Gallagher Retail Park
  • Coventry-Binley
  • Nuneaton
  • Nuneaton Asda
  • Coventry Walsgrave
  • Nuneaton DT

Meat-eaters will be able to tell its not a beef burger as it’s slightly drier than the real deal – but that doesn’t make it unpleasant, just a bit different.

In fact, I think it will be popular with vegans, veggies, people trying to cut back on their meat intake and those that want a slightly healthier fast food option.

It comes in at 429 calories, compared to 518 for a beef quarter pounder with cheese.

The McPlant will launch in 10 McDonald’s sites in Coventry from September 29, before rolling out to a further 250 UK restaurants in October.

It will be available in all McDonald’s restaurants from the beginning of 2022, just in time for Veganuary.

The burger will cost £3.49 or £4.89 as part of a meal with chips and a drink, in line with other McDonald’s products. But prices will vary between restaurants.

It’s Vegetarian Society vegan approved – meaning there will be no cross contamination with animal products in the supply chain or the kitchen.

So vegans can order a McPlant without having to worry.

It’s been a long time coming, but I think it’s worth the wait.

And as for whether we should be eagerly anticipating other meat-free attempts at other Maccies menu items, such as its popular chicken nuggets, in the near future, I was told “watch this space”.

Each burger includes one patty, gherkins, salad, vegan cheese, ketchup and burger sauce


Each burger includes one patty, gherkins, salad, vegan cheese, ketchup and burger sauceCredit: Kevin Dunnett
It took McDonald's three years to perfect the recipe


It took McDonald’s three years to perfect the recipeCredit: Kevin Dunnett
I think vegans and meat-eaters will both be impressed with the McPlant burger


I think vegans and meat-eaters will both be impressed with the McPlant burgerCredit: Kevin Dunnett
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