We tried McDonald’s new vegan burger, the McPlant: here’s what we think

  • Mcdonalds launched the McPlant burger, made from Beyond Beef with vegan” actualkeyword=”vegan”>vegan cheese and sauce.
  • Insider staff reviewed it, saying it’s good, meaty, but it could be bigger.

Until recently, vegan fast food veggie offerings in the UK were pretty slim.

However, a recent boom in demand for vegan options means it’s pretty easy to be vegan on the go in the UK.

Late on the show, after rival fast food chains – KFC and Burger King already have vegan options on their menu – McDonald’s introduced the McPlant burger.

It launched in 10 UK stores on September 29 before expanding to more than 250 McDonald’s locations on October 13.

The burger is more or less a vegan version of the McDonald’s quarter-pounder with cheese, accompanied by a Beyond Meat patty, a cheese alternative, ketchup, mustard, onion, pickles, lettuce and of a slice of tomato.

The test of taste

I have to admit I’m a fairly new vegan so I haven’t had the same struggle the long-term devotees have when it comes to the historic lack of options. Nonetheless, I was very excited to try the McPlant burger.

After a slight incident with Uber Eats, the Mc Plants arrived at Insider’s UK office. Obviously, with a side dish of fries – vegan in the UK – to get the whole experience.

McDonald’s McPlant burger

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First of all, it looks and smells like any other burger from McDonalds.

The first bite was great. The vegan burger sauce and cheese make up for the fact that the patty itself is quite thin, so you always get a great tasty bite.

All the toppings made this a pretty sloppy deal, so go with it carefully.

I thought it was awesome so slightly smaller and less fat than I expected (clearly basing my thoughts on the pre-vegetarian days of eating Big Macs).

A carnivorous colleague joined for the fun of it and so that we could give a review. “Vegan loves vegan burger” isn’t a shocking take.

We tried McDonald's new vegan burger, the McPlant: here's what we think
McDonald’s McPlant burger

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And they agreed it was good! UK Strategy Fellow Sawdah Bhaimiya said she wouldn’t notice it wasn’t meat if she hadn’t been told it wasn’t in advance.

We agreed that a slightly thicker and more consistent version would be better.

If you’re reading this from the US, wishing you could give it a try, you might be in luck. The insider’s Mary Meisenzahl covered all eight locations across the country, which will see the arrival of the McPlant in November 2021.

What is special about the Beyond Burger?

The McPlant uses Beyond Meat, a vegan beef patty made with pea protein designed to be the same as beef for taste and nutrition, with a slight impact on the environment.

Until now, all of McDonald’s vegan and vegetarian offerings (except fries) have been based on cheese or mashed vegetables. They are fine. Not great, at least in my opinion.

But that’s not the only special feature of the new McPlant burger. According to a study from the University of Michigan, compared to a traditional beef burger, a Beyond Meat burger patty generates 90% less greenhouse gas emissions, requires 46% less energy, at 99% less impact on water scarcity and 93% less impact. on land use.

It’s really exciting when these products come out in a cheap and accessible format that makes veganism an option. For example, if every American replaced beef, chicken and pork in their diet with a vegetarian option, it would save 280 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, roughly the total annual emissions of Ohio. .

Not only that, but they are also better for you.

Sure, no one goes to McDonald’s hoping for a wow-smells-good-for-my-body option, but it’s still worth noting that plant-based meats are healthier for you. than traditional red meats, offering a lower total amount of saturated fat coupled with a greater amount of fiber.

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