It’s been a long time coming, but the good people at Maccas are finally getting on board with the plant-based burger trend, trying out a new range of meat-free burgers in restaurants around Canada.

The bad news, therefore, is that we here in Australia can’t get our greasy mitts on the new burger known as the P.L.T. – or plant, lettuce and tomato – just yet.

The good news, at least for the hard-working, salt-of-the-earth folks of Southwestern Ontario, is that they’ll be available there for twelve weeks, across 28 different stores.

McDonald’s Canada has confirmed that its plant-based burger is made based on a “special recipe” using patties from the California-based company Beyond Meat.

Beyond Meat makes its burgers using pea protein, canola oil and beetroot juice extract, amongst other ingredients, and you can find out more about them here.

Maccas is currently testing out a new McVeggie burger in South Australia, but have not yet said whether they will be trialling the P.L.T. here as well.

In April of this year, Grill’d went meat-free for a day, serving up plant-based burgers in an attempt to encourage diners to try vege-based alternatives a few times a week.

Australians are currently among the biggest eaters of red meat in the world, although Grill’d founder Simon Crowe reckons that the tide is turning on that.

A recent customer survey found that many of us are eating less than we used to, and chowing down on at least one meat-free meal per week, either for health or environmental reasons.

Source: Daily Telegraph