Vegans, rejoice. McDonald’s today released its first plant-based burger, aptly named McPlant.
After a successful trial at its Coventry outpost, the vegan burger, which took three years of research and development, is now available in 250 McDonald’s restaurants across the UK.
The burger has been accredited as vegan by the Vegetarian Society and contains a plant-based patty developed jointly with Beyond Meat and a vegan cheese slice based on pea protein.
It also includes a vegan sauce, vegan sesame bun, mustard, ketchup, onions, pickles, lettuce, and tomatoes – basically everything you can expect from your standard McDonald’s burger.
Of course, when we heard about the release, we had to try it out ourselves. So what’s the verdict?
“The McPlant burger is long overdue – almost every fast food chain has their own vegan options, so I was fascinated to see what they came up with,” Harriet Hall, The independent oneLifestyle Editor (who has been a vegetarian for 17 years) says.
âI’m already a big fan of the Beyond Meat Burger, so I wasn’t blown away by this one because I was so familiar with the taste of this patty. But with the vegan cheese, McDonald’s rolls and mayo, it had those unmistakable Maccy D’s flavors. After not having eaten a meat McDonald’s in over 20 years, I’m thrilled to be able to join the hungover burger club instead of having to be satisfied with a lonely pot of fries as a vegetarian. “
Our travel editor Helen Coffey, who has been a pescatarier for five years, thought the plant-based burger does a “stand-up job” by recreating a classic McDonald’s burger. âThe vegan American cheese was particularly good. If you hadn’t told me it was vegan, I probably wouldn’t have known, âshe adds.
âThe texture of the patty in the McPlant had a pleasant bite, and the burger noticeably lacks the slightly nutty aftertaste that many vegan alternative burgers say have.
Ng adds that while the vegan cheese is “an impressive feat”, it doesn’t appear to have the same melted texture you’d expect from a regular McDonald’s burger, which “takes away” the experience.
As for me (Laura Hampson, assistant lifestyle editor here), I love a sassy Maccas and this burger definitely gives the same post-McDonald’s satisfaction you would get from one of their regular meat burgers. Would i order it again? Probably not – but do a Big Mac version and I’ll be happy to upgrade.