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McDonald’s has released a vegan burger in Norway called the Veggie McSpice, adding one more location to several countries where the fast food restaurant chain offers veggie burgers. McDonald’s has a veggie burger meal option on its New Zealand menu, although the website clarifies that it’s just available at participating restaurants. Other countries with veggie burgers at the chain eatery include Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia.
This isn’t the first time that McDonald’s has offered veggie options. In fact, McDonald’s formerly had a veggie burger nearly two decades ago in major United States cities, including Manhattan where I used to chow down on it. I also used to eat the McDonald’s veggie burger when I moved to Los Angeles in 2004.
Since I moved and also took a break from eating fast food, I can’t tell you when McDonald’s stopped selling veggie burgers. However, Business Insider reported that McDonald’s investors were told that veggie burgers don’t sell well at McDonald’s in 2011. On the flip side, Darren Tristano of Technomic, pointed out that serving vegetarian options at a fast food restaurant increases the odds of meat-eating customers going to an eatery, too, since groups will go where every member of their party can eat.
Many vegans are hoping that McDonald’s will step up their game in the United States and other countries to offer a veggie burger and other vegan option. Meanwhile, White Castle currently offers two vegan burger options. Also, the Vegan Society recently release a list of U.S. fast food vegan options.
When eating at fast food restaurants in the United States, you can enjoy pizza at Little Caesar’s, a garden burger from Red Robin, a baked potato at Wendy’s, lots of Mexican food from Taco Bell, and dozens of other yummy delights at other convenient eateries. When you are pressed for time, on the road, or just have a hankering for fast food, the vegan options keep getting more plentiful across the country.
Robin Raven is the author of Santa’s First Vegan Christmas. She has written for publications such as The Malibu Times, Alabama Baby & Child Magazine, the official website of Melissa Gilbert, and USAToday.com. She holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and is now furthering her education. Robin often has her nose in a book and her arms around a rescued animal. She’s a vegan foodie who blogs at RobinRaven.com and loves to connect with readers on social media. You can follow her @RobinRaven on Twitter.
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