Burger King has launched vegan nuggets across the UK as part of its move to make its menu 50% meat-free by 2030. According to the fast-food chain, the nuggets are made from soy and plant proteins and had been certified by the Vegan Society. Burger King UK chief executive Alasdair Murdoch described the introduction of vegan nuggets as a “significant milestone for the company.” In 2020, Burger King added a plant-based Rebel Whopper to its menu, but it was later decided to be unsuitable for vegans because it was cooked on the same grill as meat. A vegan diet is made up of only plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, soy, legumes, and nuts.

Burger King said its 50% meat-free goal would help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 41%. According to the Vegan Society, there has been a significant increase in the number of vegans between 2014 and 2019 in the UK. Based on a survey conducted by London-based research firm Mintel, more than 1,000 adults in England are willing to eat less meat for health reasons. Fast-food giant Mcdonald’s has also recently launched its vegan McPlant burger in the UK.