Fast food chains around the world have been adding plant-based options to their restaurants, but one of the most famous — McDonald’s has been late to join the party. Kentucky Fried Chicken tested out vegan fried chicken made with Beyond Meat. Burger King even tested and expanded a meatless whopper made with the Impossible burger. McDonald’s has only ever added very few vegan options — they launched a vegan happy meal in Sweden and tested a meatless burger named ‘McAloo Tikki‘ in one location in the United States. But this will be the first time they actually launch a plant-based option in North America that may compete with the options appearing on menus at competing fast food chains.
McDonald’s will be testing burgers made with Beyond Meat in Ontario, Canada starting on Monday, September 30th! The burger will be cleverly called the PLT (short for plant, lettuce, and tomato). The patty was exclusively created for McDonald’s by Beyond Meat. The test will last for 10 weeks and will be available in 28 locations in Southwestern Ontario for $6.49 CAD plus tax.
The burger is free of artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. McDonald’s VP of Global Menu Strategy, Ann Wahlgren said in a press release, “McDonald’s has a proud legacy of fun, delicious and craveable food—and now, we’re extending that to a test of a juicy, plant-based burger. We’ve been working on our recipe and now we’re ready to hear feedback from our customers.”
Make Your Own Plant-Based Burgers
It’s great that more people will have the option to eat plant-based options, but we know the more health-conscious may not be too interested in a trip to McDonald’s and might prefer to make a homemade vegan burger from scratch. That’s what the Food Monster App is here for! Check out these three recipes:
1. Easy Black Bean Burger With Tahini Slaw
This Easy Black Bean Burger With Tahini Slaw by Caroline Doucet is a simple veggie burger that’s nutritious, yet delicious! The black bean patty is high in protein thanks to the beans, nuts, and seeds. It’s also filled with fiber due to the beans, vegetables, whole wheat bread, and again, the nuts and seeds. It’s flavored with smoked paprika, garlic and onions to give you a BBQ flavored burger, without any BBQ sauce. Make a few batches and keep them in the freezer for easy weeknight dinners!
2. Foolproof Mega Lentil Burger
Source: Foolproof Mega Lentil Burger
We can assure you that this vegan Foolproof Mega Lentil Burger by Renee Press is indeed foolproof. If you’re tired of mushy veggie burgers that fall apart, dry ones that taste like cardboard, or expensive store-bought ones with too many ingredients, then give this one a shot. You do need a food processor for this, but not much else. This protein-packed vegan lentil burger is made with lentils, brown rice, sweet potato, and onion; it’s basically an entire meal in lentil burger form! They’re so satisfying and nutritious!
3. Black Bean and Mushroom Burgers With Creamy Mustard
Sometimes, to make the best burger, you’ve just got to do it yourself. This Black Bean and Mushroom Burgers With Creamy Mustard by Nadine Horn and Jörg Mayer is one of them you’ve got to make. Smoky, filling, and oh so satisfying, this burger is sure to impress anyone you serve it to, including yourself!
We also highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 15,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!
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