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 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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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 be 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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approveds
approveds
1 year ago

Very good news.

Vanessa Roe
Vanessa Roe
1 year ago

FINALLY!! CAN’T WAIT!! ??

gary fair
gary fair
1 year ago

& no clogged arteries!

DJ
DJ
11 months ago
Reply to  gary fair

Actually Beyond meat clogs your arteries as badly and often worse than the meat its trying to replace, and this McDonalds version is no exception. If you’re trying to avoid clogged arteries, avoid Beyond Meat.

Lawrence Selly
Lawrence Selly
8 months ago
Reply to  DJ

If you’re going to make a claim like that, please back it up with evidence.

Like this fact checked, peer reviewed article in a medical journal: https://bjsm.bmj.com/content/51/15/1111

Which states:

Saturated fat does not clog the arteries: coronary heart disease is a chronic inflammatory condition, the risk of which can be effectively reduced from healthy lifestyle interventions

Healthy lifestyle decisions like; eating less red meat and more plant based foods.

Michael D
Michael D
4 months ago
Reply to  DJ
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Plant Based News Admin
3 months ago
Reply to  Michael D

That article does not support the most up-to-date research.
1. “The Cochrane Review (https://www.cochranelibrary.com/cdsr/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD011737.pub2/full) demonstrated unequivocally that reducing dietary saturated fat lowered the risk of combined CVD events by 21 percent, and the greater the reduction in dietary saturated fat, the greater the drop in the risk of CVD events. This was true both for people who had no prior history of heart events, and those who had.
2. The findings of another study (doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5796 ) by Harvard researchers published in the BMJ, reviewing over two decades of data from more than 115,000 people, suggests that replacing major saturated fatty acids found in red meat, dairy fat, butter, lard, and palm oil, with healthier fats, whole grains, and plant proteins may reduce coronary heart disease risk, and higher intakes of saturated fat were associated with up to an 18% increased risk for heart disease.

Aida
Aida
1 year ago

Ok but please bring it to CANADA!! ????

DJ
DJ
11 months ago
Reply to  Aida

I’d stay away from it wherever it is, because it’s full of heart disease causing saturated fats, just like the burgers they’re trying to replace.

sneed
sneed
11 months ago

We have had a McVegan burger for a long time here in sweden and its pretty good. McDonalds also sells a few more plant based burgers here but none of them are vegan as they are either cooked in animal fat, use non-vegan dressing or cooked together with non-vegan products. Only the McVegan is 100% vegan.
When buying a plant based burger, make sure that its actually 100% vegan.
Usually if its vegan it says its vegan, otherwise it will say its plant based.

DJ
DJ
11 months ago
Reply to  sneed

More importantly check the saturated fat content of the burgers you are eating. That’s what causes heart disease regardless of its origin. Beyond uses coconut oil, which is full of artery clogging saturated fats, so it’s as bad and often worse than the meat it’s trying to replace. Until people figure this out and start complaining about it, Beyond won’t do anythig about it.

DJ
DJ
11 months ago

This burger has almost twice the calories and the same saturated fat content of a quarter pounder from McDonalds. I’m amazed how many people don’t know that the saturated fat content of beyond meat is as high, and often higher, than the meat it’s trying to replace and that almost no one writing articles about it mentions this critically important fact. This is due to the coconut oil they use. Eating saturated fats will cause plaque to build up in the arteries, which then harden, and ultimately leads to coronary heart disease. Once I found this out, I contacted Beyond with my concerns and virtually stopped eating their products. They’ve made no changes. Their meat is as unhealthful and often more unhealthful than normal meat. I stay away from Beyond meat, because I don’t need increased risk of heart disease.

Jamie Whitham
Jamie Whitham
8 months ago
Reply to  DJ

No it doesn’t why would you make up such nonsense? It has less calories, less fat, less saturated fat and less salt. Nutrition Info

McPlant
Energy (kcal):Energy in kcal 429
Fat (g):Fat in grams 20
of which saturated (g):of which saturated in grams 6.6
Carbohydrate (g):Carbohydrate in grams 40
of which sugars (g):of which sugars in grams 10
Fibre (g):Fibre in grams 4.6
Protein (g):Protein in grams 19
Salt (g):Salt in grams 2.2

Quarter Pounder
Energy (kcal):Energy in kcal 518
Fat (g):Fat in grams 27
of which saturated (g):of which saturated in grams 13
Carbohydrate (g):Carbohydrate in grams 37
of which sugars (g):of which sugars in grams 10
Fibre (g):Fibre in grams 2.5
Protein (g):Protein in grams 31
Salt (g):Salt in grams 2.5

Lawrence Selly
Lawrence Selly
8 months ago
Reply to  DJ

Read my comment above.

What are these people trying to do? Do they think the vegetarians will just read their one comment and go back to eating meat. Like he’s solved all their problems by pointing out that food contains saturated fat.

Jasmine Opal Eacret
Jasmine Opal Eacret
11 months ago

What is bespoke vegan cheese?

Georgie
Georgie
4 months ago

Hi Jasmine. Google ‘bespoke vegan cheese’ and read huge article about it. Very enlightening..

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