Greggs has been selling its vegan sausage roll since January 2019.
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- More and more fast-food chains in the UK are selling plant-based dishes, from burgers to pizzas.
- This includes a lot of new product launches made this month for Veganuary.
- Here are the vegan and plant-based items at some of the chains, including Greggs, Subway, and KFC.
McDonald’sMcDonald’s McPlant is now available at all its UK and Ireland restaurants.
McDonald’s has been selling its vegan burger at 250 UK restaurants since autumn, and rolled it out to all UK and Ireland restaurants on Wednesday.
The McPlant consists of a pea protein-based patty, which McDonald’s co-developed with Beyond Meat, as well as vegan sandwich sauce and a vegan cheese alternative made from pea protein and coconut oil. The burger also comes with ketchup, mustard, onion, pickles, lettuce, and tomato.
The burger has been accredited as vegan by the Vegetarian Society, and PETA UK named it the best vegan burger in 2021.
Other vegan items available from McDonald’s include its Spicy Veggie One wrap, veggie dippers, fries, and hash browns.
SubwaySubway’s new T.L.C. Tikka sandwich uses a soy-based chicken alternative.
Subway already had a number of vegan options available before Veganuary, including its T.L.C. (Tastes. Like. Chicken), Meatless Meatball Marinara, Plant Patty, and Veggie Delite subs.
As well as plant-based meat alternatives, the chain also offers non-dairy cheese and some vegan sauces, and sells a vegan double chocolate cookie, which won PETA’s 2021 award for best vegan cookie.
Subway also unveiled two new vegan sandwiches for Veganuary, which are only available until February 15. One is a fake steak sandwich called the T.L.S. (Tastes. Like. Steak.), which is only sold in 350 stores in southern England, while the other is a tikka version of its T.L.C. and is available elsewhere throughout the UK.
GreggsGreggs has been selling its vegan sausage roll since January 2019.
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Greggs famously has a vegan sausage roll but that’s not all the bakery chain offers.
Greggs launched a Vegan Sausage, Bean & CheeZe Melt this summer, which contains vegan sausage and mozzarella-flavored vegan cheese. It also sells a Vegan Ham & CheeZe Baguette using meat-free ham made by Quorn, which also provided the filling for its vegan sausage rolls.
Some other Greggs items are also vegan, including its southern-fried potato wedges, glazed ring donut, and vegan sausage breakfast sandwich. The chain previously offered a vegan version of its popular Steak Bake, though it appears this has been axed, temporarily at least.
KFCKFC’s vegan burger is now available in more than 900 restaurants in the UK.
KFC UK started selling a vegan burger with a meat-free patty developed by Quorn in early 2020. The burger has been on and off menus ever since, with multiple name changes. It is currently sold as KFC’s “Original Recipe Vegan Burger.” For Veganuary, the chain massively increased its availability by rolling it out to almost all its UK restaurants from 4 January.
KFC says the burger is now on menus permanently, and prices start at £3.99 ($5.40) but vary between locations.
The burger features a large plant-based Quorn fillet, which is cooked in KFC’s famous mix of 11 herbs and spices, served on top of a bed of vegan mayo and lettuce.
PETA UK named the burger the UK’s best vegan chicken in 2020.
Just make sure you don’t get it with fries. KFC doesn’t list them as vegan because it cooks them in the same oil as its popcorn chicken.
Burger KingBurger King classes its meat-free Whopper as plant-based but not vegan.
Burger King UK started selling the Rebel Whopper, a meat-free version of its flagship burger, in early 2020. It’s since rebranded it as the Plant-Based Whopper, and Burger King seems to have doubled down on advertising since McDonald’s launched its McPlant.
The burger weighs in at 290 grams (10 ounces) and is topped with lettuce, onion, ketchup, vegan mayo, tomato, and pickles. You can double up by adding an extra plant-based patty, though you’re not able to add vegan cheese.
Interestingly, Burger King classes its meat-free Whopper as plant-based but not vegan because it’s cooked on the same broiler as its meaty namesake.
Burger King UK also sells a Vegan Royale, which includes a crispy vegan patty topped with iceberg lettuce and vegan mayo. It also launched vegan nuggets made from soy and plant proteins on January 5. Both of these are certified by the Vegan Society.
More vegan dishes could be on the way: Burger King UK has announced plans to make half of its menu meat-free by 2030.
Domino’sDomino’s UK’s vegan menu includes plant-based margherita and vegetable pizzas.
Domino’s rolled out a vegan range in the UK and Ireland in 2020. It’s since expanded the range to four pizzas – plant-based versions of margherita, vegetable, pepperoni, and chicken pizzas – as well as a vegan garlic and herb dip.
The pizzas are only available on its vegan classic crust in medium or its vegan Italian-style crust in large.
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