McDonald's is finally adding a "meaty" plant-based burger to its menu - but only in Germany. The international fast food chain has officially launched a new vegan burger, plainly dubbed the Big Vegan TS, which will replace the current veggie menu option, the Veggie Burger TS, at McDonald's locations throughout Germany.
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In an email to The Daily Meal, a company spokesperson said the new meatless patty is made from soy and wheat. It's topped with lettuce, tomato, pickles, red onion, ketchup and spicy mustard and served on a sesame seed bun. The patty is supplied by Nestle under its Garden Gourmet brand.
So how does it taste? Like McDonald's, apparently. One early German reviewer wrote: "The burger tastes a bit smoky, a bit sweet and a lot like pickles - like McDonald's always tastes. If you ate it with your eyes closed, you probably wouldn't be able to differentiate it from the chain's other burgers."
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Regarding mouthfeel, the same reviewer described the patty as "somewhat crumbly, like something between potato pancakes and eraser shavings that someone pressed into a mold."
Currently, the Golden Arches has no plans to release a similar item in the U.S., although many of the chain's competitors have already done so. For instance, after less than a month of testing its new Impossible Whopper, Burger King recently decided to take it nationwide. The increasing presence of plant-based burgers on menus is certainly one way that fast food has changed since you were in high school.