Burger King's plant-based burger goes on sale... but vegans and vegetarians can't eat it

6 January 2020, 08:51

The Rebel Whopper goes on sale in the UK today
The Rebel Whopper goes on sale in the UK today. Picture: Getty

By Asher McShane

A plant-based version of Burger King's Whopper will be available in UK restaurants from Monday but vegans and vegetarians will not be able it eat.

The Rebel Whopper, which is made from soy, is not suitable non-meat eaters because it is cooked on the same grill as the chain's meat burgers.

The Rebel Whopper is aimed at "flexitarians" - people who eat meat but are trying to cut down.

Burger King marketing director Katie Evans said: "This really is a game changer - we wanted our first plant-based Whopper to replicate the indulgence and flame-grilled taste of the real thing as closely as possible, and we're thrilled with the result.

"We're delighted to satisfy the demand for this highly-anticipated product and finally bring the Rebel to the UK."

The soy patty, made with the Vegetarian Butcher, is served with tomatoes, lettuce, mayonnaise, ketchup, pickles on a seeded bun.

It is not suitable for vegetarians because it is cooked on the same grill as the restaurant's beef burgers, but it is hoped it might encourage some meat eaters to cut down on their meat consumption.

Toni Vernelli, international head of communications and marketing at Veganuary, said: "For all of the important issues that Veganuary - and most vegans - are trying to address through their food choices it makes absolutely no difference whether the plant-based patty is cooked separately or on the same grill as the meat.

"What does make a big difference to animals and the planet is when non-vegans choose a plant-based menu option, enjoy it and then order it again.

"And that's exactly who Burger King's plant-based Whopper is aimed at, flexitarians who want to reduce their meat consumption for health or environmental reasons, or are considering going vegan."

The Rebel Whopper, already available in Ireland, goes on sale to anyone in the UK with the Burger King app from Monday, and to everyone from Wednesday.