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Burger King has actually released its very first plant-based hamburger in the UK – however it is not appropriate for vegetarians and vegans.

The soy-based variation of its Whopper hamburger is prepared on the exact same grill as meat hamburgers.

The junk food chain states the Rebel Whopper is targeted at those who wish to cut meat usage.

But a representative for the Vegan Society called the launch a “missed out on chance”.

Burger King states that the hamburger “patty” itself is plant-based, however since of how it is prepared it will not be identified as appropriate for vegetarians or vegans.

It will likewise be served with mayo, unless the client asks otherwise.

Katie Evans, marketing director for the chain, stated the hamburger was targeted at “flexitarians”. She included it desired the hamburger to duplicate the “flame-grilled taste” as carefully as possible.

Burger King did verify, however, that its vegetarian bean hamburger and its vegetarian choice on the kids’s menu are prepared independently.

Sam Calvert, head of interactions at the Vegan Society, stated that not making the brand-new hamburger completely vegan “appears a missed out on chance”.

She included that vegan mayo was “easily offered” and utilized by other widely known chains, which would likewise make the hamburger appropriate for some spiritual groups that prevent consuming specific animals and eggs.

‘Jumping on the bandwagon’

The Rebel Whopper launch on Monday likewise saw a reaction on social networks. One Twitter user called it “a case of huge corporations following suit of a pattern”.

Lifestyle blog writer Donna Wishart criticised Burger King for stopping working to provide “real vegan items”, when other junk food business do so.

However, Toni Vernelli, worldwide head of interactions and marketing at Veganuary, dismissed claims that Burger King was attempting to “capitalise on the vegan pound”.

She stated that “increasing the accessibility of plant-based alternatives” was the very best method to motivate the decrease of meat intake.

“Don’t let excellence be the opponent of excellent,” she stated.

The Vegan Society explains veganism as a “way of life” that prevents all animal foods such as meat, dairy, eggs and honey, along with animal-based items like leather.