McDonald's Vegan McPlant Burger Finally Arrives In All UK Outlets

McDonald’s Vegan McPlant Burger Finally Arrives In All UK Outlets

Upwards of 1,200 McDonald's restaurants in the UK now offer the vegan McPlant burger


(updated 7th October 2022)

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A vegan McPlant next to some McDonald's fries The McPlant features a vegan beef patty and dairy-free cheese - Media Credit: McDonald's

McDonald’s is bringing the McPlant — its first-ever vegan Beyond Meat burger — to all of its UK and Ireland locations.

It came after a handful of restaurants trialed the product, prompting major anticipation. The McPlant was released in 10 McDonald’s eateries in Coventry on September 29, 2021. Then, from October 13, an additional 250+ locations started serving the vegan burger.

But as of today (January 5), all of McDonald’s roughly 1,270 sites across the UK will offer the meat-free option.

Is the McPlant burger really vegan?

McDonald’s teamed up with plant-based meat producer Beyond Meat to craft the burger, which features a vegan beef patty made from pea protein.

It’s topped with ketchup, mustard, and vegan sandwich sauce, as well as onion, pickles, lettuce, tomato, and dairy-free cheese (made from coconut oil and pea protein). The bun used for the burger is also vegan-friendly.

McDonald’s confirmed the McPlant is cooked separately from meat products, using “dedicated” equipment, including oven trays and tongs.

The McPlant — which is certified vegan by the Vegetarian Society — is available for £3.49, the same cost as a Big Mac.

The McPlant burger was debuted at an exclusive event today (Credit: Plant Based News)

Vegan food at McDonald’s

The nationwide launch was motivated by a “remarkable response” to the McPlant trial. That’s according to Michelle Graham-Clare, the chief marketing officer at McDonald’s UK and Ireland.

In a statement sent to Plant Based News, they said: “We’re so pleased that our McPlant is now officially ‘everywhere’ and available for more of our customers to taste and enjoy … [The] McPlant is on the high-street, in retail parks and service stations all over the UK and Ireland. So, all of our customers will be able to try it.”

Graham-Clare maintains that the McPlant offers the “same iconic taste” consumers have come to expect from McDonald’s. And, that the titan fast-food producer is “proud” of the creation.

“We are always looking for different ways to innovate and meet our customers’ needs, and with McPlant we have a delicious plant-based burger that will appeal to everyone,” they added.

“Whether you’re vegan or just fancy a plant-based patty, we’re confident you will enjoy the McPlant.”

The McPlant is not McDonald’s first vegan-friendly option in the UK. Its Veggie Dippers, Spicy Veggie Wrap, and fries are vegan-friendly. And so are some drinks with the Vegetarian Society’s vegan logo.

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