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


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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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