This can only hurt animals. I wish these people had not filed this lawsuit.
If BK wants to cater to the vegan market, it's on them not to do it half - ***.
Surely setting up a small separate broiler for the tiny amount of vegans and vegan-curious asking for impossible whoppers is not a big ask when a company is trying to cater to a small market.
I don't think BK is necessarily trying to cater to the vegan market because the Impossible Whopper does not come sans mayonaise by default. The McDonald's PLT is the same way, not vegan by default as far as ingredients. And fake meat is made to appeal to omnivores, not vegans. Maybe they are testing plant based patties to see if they can replace real beef entirely. That would be good, if they did that.
My best friend works at a BK here in town and her boss instructed all of them to never use the word "vegan" when referring to the Impossible Whopper.
I had the impossible whopper for the first time last weekend and it was excellent. As for asking for it with “no mayo”, apparently it comes with cheese, too? I was grateful that the cashier said, “and no cheese” because based on everything I’ve seen online I didn’t know it came with cheese by default. I brought it home and added daiya cheddar and vegan mayo. I was never a burger fan so I won’t be having this often. But it was good.
So .. I was feeling inquisitive today and only had 30 minutes to get my lunch, so I visited the BurgerKing in walking distance of my office.
Very good news - in Germany they are not allowed to use the kind of broiler conveyors they have in the US as it must be possible to clean the conveyor between preparing two dishes. For that reason, the German version uses little metal pans that are moved through the oven. The store manager assured me that these pans are washed between different batches and that they do not use the same pans for meat and veggie patties, so the risk of cross contamination should be much smaller.
With that assurance, I gave it a try (without the mayo), and lo and behold, it is much better than the McDonalds Big Vegan.
Except for the statement "fake meat is made to appeal to omnis." No it's not. Meat analogs were introduced by 7th Day Adventists in the 1920s. It's not some new thing that was invented to combat climate change, although the aggressive fast food marketing is due to that. Vegans or vegetarians who act like vegan meat is some appalling omni crutch are the worst kind of pretentious. Chris from the Vegan Zombie has been vegan 25 years and still prepares vegan meat products. If you don't like it, that's fine, but acting like real vegans only eat salad all day just reinforces stupid stereotypes and eating disorders. Food is psychological as well as physical and people usually enjoy foods similar to those they grew up with, at least as comfort food.
This makes good business sense, since 92% of all plant-based meals were eaten by people who aren’t vegan, according to the market research company Kantar Insights. It’s a much more lucrative market to tap into than the approximately 8% of Americans who are vegan or vegetarian.
I was wondering what the off broiler alternative was. I never liked Burger King so I have not tried an Impossible Whopper, but when I was vegetarian I used to get their microwaved garden burger if I was in a hurry, especially in LA when I was working. I'm like, are they seriously nuking an expensive Impossible Burger. I'm at least relieved that's not the case.
I was told it was plant based but technically not vegan as it was cooked on the same grill as meat. To me this doesn't even make it plant based, as I see "plant based" as an all inclusive term, not one based on percentage as some suggest.
Unfortunately, you can’t always tell if dark chocolate contains milk by reading the ingredients list. FDA researchers found that of 94 dark chocolate bars tested, only six listed milk as an ingredient. When testing the remaining 88 bars that did not list milk as an ingredient, FDA found that 51 of them actually did contain milk. In fact, the FDA study found milk in 61 percent of all bars tested.
There’s quite a variety of advisory messages, such as:
“may contain milk”
“may contain dairy”
“may contain traces of milk”
“made on equipment shared with milk”
“processed in a plant that processes dairy”
“manufactured in a facility that uses milk”
FDA found that milk was present in 3 out of every 4 dark chocolate products with one of these advisory statements. Some products had milk levels as high as those found in products that declared the presence of milk.
In America, the off broiler method is to cook the Impossible Burger from raw and frozen in the microwave. They gave me one cooked this way when I went through the drive-thru one day and it looked terrible so I brought it back and they made me a flame broiled one. I didn't ask for the off broiler method but the person making the sandwich was new or something and did it anyway.
In Germany, no off broiler method is necessary due the little pans they put the patties on before sending them through the conveyor belt grill that BK uses. Those metal pans aren't used in the U.S., they just put the frozen patties right on the grill here.