McDonald’s first trailed the McPlant in Sweden in 2021 and since then I have eagerly awaited its UK release. Co-developed with vegan meat giant Beyond Meat, the launch is part of the McPlant range.

The McPlant range will feature Beyond Meat. Beyond Meat will also help McDonald’s develop meat alternatives to chicken and pork.

There’s been much talk about vegan McDonald’s burgers since the McVegan in 2017 and then The Big Vegan in 2019.

In the future, McPlant could extend across a line of plant-based products including burgers, chicken-substitutes, and breakfast sandwiches.

Ian Borded, McDonald’s international president

The McPlant

McDonald’s trialled it at a handful of restaurants in London before being rolled out to 250 sites nationwide, sadly none were near me. Then on the 5th Jan 2022 it was eventually available at all outlets in the UK and Ireland.

The McPlant contains a plant-based patty, sandwich sauce, ketchup, mustard, onion, pickles, lettuce, tomato, and cheese in a sesame seed bun. Vegan certified by the Vegetarian Society.

The burger patty is cooked in a separate oven and they don’t use any tools that handle meat either. It’s all done separately to make it totally vegan.

My thoughts

I have had this burger many times since its release in all UK stores last month. I have a 24 hour drive thru dangerously close to my house which was been handy for those late night cravings.

The McPlant patty tastes like a McDonald’s style burger with some beyond meat flair. It’s meaty, with a nice firm texture and delicious taste.

The cheese tastes how I remember the gooey, processed and brightly coloured McDonald’s cheese, they’ve done well with this. The main ingredients are coconut oil and pea protein.

I don’t think it needed sandwich sauce as well as ketchup and mustard so I order mine without that but the other filling of lettuce, tomato, pickles & onion are plentiful and work really well.

Price: I really like that the price is inline with other meat burgers on the menu as vegan products tend to me always priced higher. Which is odd becaus they are usually made of cheaper ingredients.

Overall I think it is a fantastic burger that tastes great, all the flavours work and it brings back that McDonald’s nostalgia with every bite. Tip: If you get 2 burgers and put them together like a big mac it takes it up to a 12/10.

The McPlant is available at all UK & Ireland stores for the same cost as a Big Mac for £3.49.

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