The Burger King vegan Whopper is now available in China, the Caribbean, and Latin America.
The Plant-Based Whopper features a vegan patty by Netherlands-based brand The Vegetarian Butcher, which was acquired by Unilever in December 2018.
Burger King launched the vegan patty in 325 locations across Beijing, Shenzhen, Shanghai, and Hangzhou. The fast-food burger chain plans to roll-out the meatless burger in the second quarter of 2021.
The new plant-based burger was also added to the menu in select countries in the Caribbean and Latin America. These include Costa Rica, Colombia, Mexico, the Bahamas, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Suriname, Saint Martin, and Saint Kitts. According to Unilever, the Plant-Based Whopper will launch in more countries throughout next year.
It’s unclear whether the entire burger is vegan. LIVEKINDLY has reached out to Burger King for clarity. The chain typically cooks the plant-based patties on shared equipment with their meat counterparts.
Burger King’s Vegan Patties Go International
The Vegetarian Butcher’s partnership with Burger King has led to vegan patties popping up in countries around the world.
The company designed the meatless burger with flexitarians in mind. According to Unilever, the plant-based patty is for “meat lovers who want to reduce their consumption, without having to sacrifice taste and texture.”
The launch in China and Latin America follows Burger King locations across the Middle East and North Africa adding the new item to the menu.
The Plant-Based Whopper, powered by The Vegetarian Butcher, is now on Burger King’s menu in more than 35 countries in four continents.
Burger King UK launched the Rebel Whopper in January 2020. The burger features The Vegetarian Butcher’s vegan patty. In December, Burger King Mexico debuted the plant-based burger. The Whopper Vegetal, or Vegetable Whopper, is the first plant-based burger on the menu in the country.
In September, Burger King Germany launched vegan chicken nuggets developed by The Vegetarian Butcher. Plant-Based nuggets are also available in other European countries as well as parts of the Middle East and Africa.