Vegan taste tests: Putting Burger King, McDonald's and KFC's meat-free burgers through their paces

A green war is raging – in the unlikely battlefields of fast food burger and chicken takeaways.


By James Vukmirovic, Shropshire Star (UK)

Jan 10, 2022


The likes of McDonald’s, Burger King and KFC are no longer the preserve of meat-lovers.


The new hot topic for the conglomerates is ‘plant-based’ food as they strive to replicate the taste and texture of meat for vegans and vegetarians.


The latest weapon to be unleashed across the West Midlands is the vegan nugget, which was put on sale last week in Burger King branches and comes on top of its Vegan Royale.


The fast food chain has pledged to make its menu 50 per cent meat-free by 2030, a response both to the growing health trend towards vegetarian food and the link between the farming of cattle and global warming.


It says the new nuggets, along with the Royale, taste the same as the meat originals despite being made from only soy and plant proteins, and are certified by the Vegan Society.


The new nuggets follow Burger King releasing a plant-based Rebel Whopper burger two years ago, which was later revealed to be unsuitable for vegans because it was cooked on the same grill as meat. Demand for vegan products is soaring, and the chain last year came back with the Vegan Royale burger that is prepared separately from animal products.


It said its 2030 50 per cent meat-free aim would help it achieve a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 41 per cent.


Rival McDonald’s already sells some “accidentally vegan” Veggie Dippers, but also recently launched its vegan McPlant burger in the UK, while the Greggs vegan sausage roll and vegan steak bake have achieved a following amongst vegans and non-vegans alike.


Burger King UK chief executive Alasdair Murdoch said ...


Burger King ...


Plant rating: Taste 8/10, Texture 9/10 ...


McDonald's ...


Plant rating: Taste 8/10, Texture 8/10 ...


KFC ...


Plant rating: Taste 9/10, Texture 9/10