A long-known fact: Fast-food restaurants aren’t usually a vegan or health-conscious eater’s first option when getting food, even when they’re short of time.
It’s because these food establishments rarely have items on their menu that they can consume since most fast-food chains carry meaty burgers and other dishes that may be using animal products or by-products. Vegans and non-meat eaters would then choose to buy their meals from relatively more expensive establishments that also have a longer wait time. (Read: How do you eat healthy while in quarantine? We asked a nutritionist-dietician!)
But now, fast-food establishments are looking into adding a plant-based option to their menu in the coming months. The fast-food giants McDonald’s and Burger King—both popular for their mouthwatering, hefty burgers that people of all ages love—recently announced that they have plant-based burgers in the works that will soon be added to their menus.
World-famous brand Burger King is now finally launching their meatless Whopper in the Philippines after a successful launch in the United States in 2019. (Read: Burger King Is Asking You to Buy at McDonald’s – Here’s Why!)
Their flame-grilled, meatless burger, called “Rebel Whopper” in the UK and “Impossible Whopper” in the US, is now available in Metro Manila and Luzon stores for everyone to try. The Philippine version is aptly called the Plant-Based Whopper, and has 100% plant-based, soy protein beef patty from V2Food—an Australian plant-based company.
Starting November 26, the Plant-Based Whopper will be available nationwide from Luzon to Mindanao. A junior size burger will cost P89 and you can get it via dine-in, take out, drive-thru, and delivery (both through Burger King’s own delivery service and third-party delivery services).
The McPlant Burger
On the other hand, McDonald’s, known for their Big Mac and Quarter Pounder, announced that they have already developed their own plant-based burger which will be called the “McPlant.” The patties will be made using meatless patties made by Beyond Meat, a company that specializes in meatless, plant-based products. (LIST: Fruits and Vegetables You Can Re-Grow From Leftovers)
And if you’re worried that this might change the taste of the well-loved McDonald’s burgers, you don’t have to fret. “There are other plant-based burgers out there, but the McPlant delivers our iconic taste in a sink-your-teeth-in (and wipe-your-mouth) kind of sandwich. It’s made with a juicy, plant-based patty and served on a warm, sesame seed bun with all the classic toppings,” the fast-food giant said.
In addition, the company says that the McPlant is just the first item off of their McPlant line of plant-based fast-food items. “In the future, McPlant could extend across a line of plant-based products including burgers, chicken substitutes, and breakfast sandwiches,” said Ian Borden, McDonald’s international president.