Burger King is the first UK fast food chain to launch vegan chicken nuggets

Burger King is the first UK fast food chain to launch vegan chicken nuggets

On January 5, Burger King locations across the UK will launch vegan chicken nuggets. The new menu item is available in boxes of six, nine, or 20 pieces along with sweet chili sauce.

The vegan chicken nuggets were developed by Dutch brand The Vegetarian Butcher, which was acquired by multinational conglomerate Unilever in 2018, and are made from a blend of soy and vegetable protein and topped with a crunchy batter. And, like many other items on the UK restaurant menu, the new vegan option is certified by the Vegan Society.

The fast food chain says it is the first UK fast food restaurant brand to launch vegan chicken nuggets after years of development. “Adapting to customer preferences is a key focus at Burger King,” said Alasdair Murdoch, CEO of Burger King UK, in a statement. “We are committed to helping our guests make good decisions about what they eat and drink and providing them with informed choices.”

The new menu item arrives just in time for Veganuary, an annual campaign encouraging consumers to go vegan during the month of January. The launch is also part of Burger King’s goal to make half its menu meat-free by 2030 in an effort to achieve its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 41 percent.VegNews.BurgerKingVeganRoyale

Vegan nuggets join other plant-based options at UK Burger King restaurants, including the Vegan Royale Burger, a vegan version of their traditional chicken burger. Consisting of a crispy and coated vegetable chicken patty developed by The Vegetarian Butcher, the Vegan Royale is topped with iceberg lettuce, vegan mayo, and served on a toasted sesame seed bun.

The chain also previously offered a plant-based Whopper, but it was made with egg-based mayo. After a brief hiatus during the pandemic, Burger King UK relaunched the Plant Based Whopper with Vegan Mayonnaise which is also served with tomatoes, lettuce, pickles, tomato sauce and sliced ​​onions on a sesame seed bun.

Burger King UK’s New Vegan Chicken Nuggets Join Other Plant-Based Options

The Vegetarian Butcher has been working with Burger King in recent years to expand its plant-based options in 25 countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The partnership has resulted in product launches such as the Vegetal Whopper in Mexico, the Herbal Whopper in China, and the Vegan Chicken Nuggets in Germany, with more to come. Last year, the chain also expanded its Vegan Royale and vegan chicken nuggets to Africa, becoming the first fast food chain to offer vegan certified meat throughout Africa.VegNews.BurgerKing Spain

In addition to offering vegan options, Burger King has been experimenting with totally meatless outposts. Last year, the chain transformed a place in Spain into a meatless paradise for a full month. The Madrid outpost served vegetarian dishes, made in association with The Vegetarian Butcher, including Long Vegetal (a plant-based version of Long Chicken, also known as “Chicken Royale”); a plant-based Whopper; and vegan chicken nuggets. The sandwiches contain non-vegan mayonnaise that can be omitted for a completely vegan option. A similar trial was conducted in Germany, where a completely meatless Burger King location opened for a limited time in Cologne serving items developed by The Vegetarian Butcher.

In other markets such as South Korea and Japan, Burger King is working with Australian brand v2food to add plant-based burgers to its menu. In the United States, Burger King continues to move in the plant-based direction following the 2019 launch of the Impossible Whopper at its more than 7,000 locations in the United States.

For more information on vegan options at Burger King, read:
A Burger King in Spain is going totally meatless
Burger King is the first fast food chain in Africa to serve vegan meat
World’s first meatless Burger King opens in Germany

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