Burger King may have only opened its first restaurant on the Isle of Wight last month – but after launching a new plant-based burger, the chain has come under fire.
The new burger that was launched today (Monday) claims to have “no beef” content although it is not suitable for vegans and vegetarians, it has been discovered.
Rebel Whopper® burger (as pictured), is a soy-based alternative to its famous WHOPPER® burger, although it is cooked on the same grill as their other meat-based products.
Burger King has said the new burger is aimed at people who wish to cut out meat consumption – and not aimed at vegans or vegetarians as first thought.
The fast-food chain has said the patty itself is made from a plant-based substance but is not cooked separately from their meat alternatives.
However, it is said that its vegetarian bean burger and its vegetarian option on the children’s menu are cooked separately.
The description of the Rebel Whopper® burger can be found on their website which states:
“The indulgent Rebel Whopper® consists of a juicy flame-grilled, 100% plant-based*, sustainably sources soy patty topped with freshly sliced tomatoes, fresh lettuce, creamy mayonnaise, ketchup, crunchy pickles, and sliced white onions on a toasted sesame seed bun.
“*The Rebel Whopper® is plant-based; however, it is cooked on the same broiler as our original WHOPPER® to deliver the same unique flame-grilled taste.
“Due to shared cooking equipment it may not be suitable for vegetarians.”
The new burger is available exclusively on the Burger King App from today 6th and 7th January and then will be available nationwide from the 8th January.
Burger King on the Isle of Wight is currently open from 11:00 until 18:00 but is expected to be extended later in the year.
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