This McPlant burger recipe is a copycat of the brand new vegan and vegetarian burger offered at select McDonald’s stores! A vegan burger filled with all the classic McDonald’s burger trimmings, this homemade version is SO much better!
McPlant Burger Recipe
When it comes to making copycat vegan versions of popular foods, my favorite recipes to make are Levain bakery cookies, Subway cookies, and this McPlant burger.
The World has been begging for more vegan and plant based fast food options and the people have been heard. For the longest of times, Burger King’s Impossible Whopper was the only easily accessible vegan fast food burger. That is, until McDonald’s finally brought out their own offering- The McPlant burger.
What is a McPlant burger?
The McPlant burger is the first vegan burger offered by the popular fast-food chain, McDonald’s. It is most similar to a quarter pounder, with the beef burger patty using Beyond Meat (a vegan ground beef substitute), vegan cheese, and vegan mayonnaise.
Now, as I don’t live in the UK, I had several friends try the burger for me and give me a breakdown of both the taste, texture, and overall flavor. After hearing some mixed reviews, I’ve gone and re-created this new plant based burger but made it so much better.
Homemade Mcplant burger- BETTER than the original!
This homemade McPlant burger recipe is so much better than the original. It uses fewer ingredients and you can assemble an entire burger in less than 10 minutes.
The vegan beef burger patty you get from McDonald’s includes several kinds of protein and oils, including coconut oil. In our homemade version, we mix the vegan ground beef with simple seasonings and two secret ingredients– ketchup and oil. The ketchup enhances the overall flavor and the oil keeps them extra juicy.
What I love about the homemade version is just how much more accessible and affordable it is, coupled with just how much it tastes like an actual Quarter pounder burger. I had some friends over for a barbecue the other day and served them these burgers and NO ONE could tell they weren’t made with meat- They thought it tasted exactly like a burger from McDonald’s.
What you’ll need to make this copycat recipe
For the burger patty
- Beyond meat– McPlant burgers use beyond meat as their vegan meat substitute so we will be doing the same here. Do not opt for the pre-prepared patties and choose their beyond meat ground beef.
- Salt and pepper– To taste.
- Ketchup– Adds extra moisture and enhances the flavor.
- Oil– A pinch of oil gives the patties an extra juicy texture.
To assemble the burger
- Brioche buns– Vegan brioche buns are easily available from mainstream supermarkets or online. I’ve tried both the Fry’s brand and the ‘Make No Bone’s brand. If you can’t find vegan brioche buns, you can use mainstream hamburger buns.
- Vegan American cheese– Tofutti and Follow Your Heart both do fantastic American style cheese slices, but any vegan cheese works.
- Tomato– Thickly sliced, so only one slice is needed per burger.
- Iceberg lettuce– The quintessential McDonald’s lettuce of choice.
- Sliced pickles– Burger pickles or unsweetened cucumber pickle slices.
- Vegan mayonnaise– Optional, but a little bit takes this burger up a notch.
- Ketchup– I like using my homemade ketchup.
- Mustard– American mustard.
- Onion– Very finely chopped.
How do you make a McPlant burger?
Start by preparing the patties. In a large mixing bowl, combine the Beyond Meat ground with other burger patty ingredients and mix well. Using your hands, divide the mixture into four portions and shape it into patties.
Next, add some oil into a non-stick pan and place it over medium heat. Once hot, add the four patties and cook them, covered, for 8 minutes, flipping halfway through.
Now, assemble the burgers. Lightly toast your brioche buns. Add a burger patty onto the bottom of each bun, then add a slice of vegan cheese, followed by the tomato, lettuce, and pickles. On the top side of the buns, spread the vegan mayonnaise, ketchup, and mustard, and sprinkle some of the diced onion, before placing it on top of the rest of the burger.
Tips to make the best recipe
- I’ve only tried this with Beyond meat, but I don’t see why other vegan ground beef wouldn’t work. Just be sure the weight of the ground beef substitute is the same.
- If you don’t follow a vegan diet but follow a vegetarian diet, standard American cheese and mayonnaise can be used.
- Feel free to pan fry the burgers instead of grilling them if you have a grill or barbeque.
Storing and freezing burger patties
These storage tips are for the patties only, not the assembled burgers themselves. Like any good burger, you should always assemble them fresh.
- To store: Leftover McPlant patties can be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 3 days.
- To freeze: Place cooked and cooled patties in a ziplock bag and store them in the freezer for up to 6 months.
What to serve with McPlant burgers
Frequently Asked Questions
The UK version of the McPlant burger has 429 calories. The American version uses different ingredients in their condiments and burger fillings so their nutritional information will differ.
Based on a plethora of reviews, the McPlant burger gets an overall decent rating, however, most consumers argue the patty is lacking in flavor.
The UK McPlant burger is vegan as the cheese and mayonnaise added is vegan friendly. The American version of the burger is NOT vegan friendly as it includes a slice of American cheese.
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McPlant Burger Recipe
For the burger patties
- 1 lb beyond meat or any vegan ground beef substitute * See notes
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
For the burgers
- 4 vegan brioche buns
- 4 slices American cheese vegan American cheese slices
- 1 large tomato thickly sliced
- 1/4 cup lettuce
- 2 tablespoons pickles
- 1/4 large onion finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon ketchup
- 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
- 1 tablespoon vegan mayonnaise optional
- In a mixing bowl, combine the burger patty ingredients and mix well. Using your hands, form four patties.
- Grease a non-stick pan and place it over medium heat. Once hot, add the burger patties and cook for 6 minutes, flipping halfway through. Once cooked, place them on a plate lined with paper towel.
- Assemble the burgers. Split your vegan brioche buns and on the top side, spread the ketchup, mustard, and vegan mayonnaise. On the bottom side, place the vegan beef patty, vegan American cheese, tomato, lettuce, pickles, and chopped onion. Place the top on the bottom and serve immediately.
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