The infamous fast food chain McDonalds plans to release a new meatless burger option called the McPlant. McDonalds plans to test the McPlant burger in select markets in 2021. McDonald’s representitive Ian Borden states:
In the future, McPlant could extend across a line of plant-based products including burgers, chicken-substitutes and breakfast sandwiches. And, we expect some markets will test the burger next year. We are excited about the opportunity because we believe we have a proven, delicious-tasting product. When customers are ready for it, we are ready for them. (Source)
The McPlant will feature the Beyond Burger patty made by Beyond Meat.
UPDATE – Beyond says it is involved in this.
“Beyond Meat and McDonald’s co-created the plant-based patty which will be available as part of their McPlant platform,” a Beyond Meat spokesperson said.
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When will the McPlant be in restaurants?
Today McDonald’s announced plans to test the new plant-based burger next year in key markets.
Is the default McPlant burger vegan?
Bun options and condiments offered on the default burger are unknown at this time. Also, I have not seen information about available cooking options (separate grills or other heating options).
The default option might not be vegan if the burger resemples the P.L.T. released in Canada late 2019 and early 2020. This burger had mayo and cheese, and grilled on the same surface as meat. When released, you may need to request special adjustments to make this burger vegan.
But is it healthy?
Of course not. The Beyond Burger and most food at McDonalds are not healthy choices. The Beyond Meat patties include a lot of oil and sodium in addition to heavily processed ingredients. However, we welcome a new mainstream plant-based or vegan option that can introduce people to this way of eating and lifestyle.