McDonald’s McPlant is Arriving in the United States, But Only in Eight Locations

Nearly a year after McDonald’s revealed plans for its long-awaited plant-based burger, the McPlant, the product is finally due to launch in the United States, but only at eight locations. And it will not happen for another three weeks.

Beginning November 3, the burger giant announced that eight locations would serve a limited-time test run of the burger, which was developed in collaboration with Beyond Meat but is exclusive to McDonald’s. Expect to see the McPlant in Cedar Falls, Iowa; Irving and Carrollton, Texas; El Segundo and Manhattan Beach, California; and Jennings and Lake Charles, Louisiana, all with the caveat that they will be available “while supplies last.”

“We’re always testing new items and flavors, and this particular test will help us understand how offering a burger with a plant-based patty impacts the kitchens in our restaurants,” the chain noted in an announcement.

The McPlant is topped with tomato, lettuce, pickles, onions, mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, and a slice of American cheese on a sesame seed bun. “It has the iconic taste of a McDonald’s burger because it is one,” the chain claims.

The chain also points out that diners will need to request a vegan burger without cheese and mayonnaise, although the patties are grilled on the same grill as meat and eggs.

 

The test represents a significant step forward in the long and winding route toward a plant-based McDonald’s burger. The chain has not been reluctant to experiment with plant-based alternatives outside the United States. In 2017, the brand introduced Sweden’s first vegan burger. In 2019, Canada received the P.L.T.; a distinct plant-based burger made using Beyond Meat.

The McPlant, on the other hand, looks to be a completely distinct plant-based patty and has already been tested worldwide, having launched in the United Kingdom and Ireland last month. McDonald’s reports that the burger was also released this year in Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Austria.

According to the chain, the patty is the same everywhere; however, in the United Kingdom and Ireland, the McPlant is available only as a vegan burger with vegan cheese and vegan sauce.