IT HAS been the talk of the country for weeks – and now it is here.

McDonald's has released its vegan-friendly and aptly-named McPlant burger.

So naturally, I grabbed myself one, took dozens of photos, and have since told everyone I've seen about my experience.

 

The McPlant burger

The McPlant burger

 

The fast food giant describes the product as a "vegan burger made with a juicy plant-based patty", which is accompanied by sandwich sauce, ketchup, mustard, onion, pickles, lettuce, tomato, and a vegan alternative to cheese.

All of this is tightly gripped in a sesame seed bun.

Now I must confess, I'm not a vegan myself but quite often opt for the veggie/vegan option when out and about, in an attempt to spice up my diet.

 

The McPlant burger

The McPlant burger

 

And you know what? I thoroughly enjoyed every bite of the McPlant.

The patty was delicious! A few other reviewers have said it tastes just like beef, but I would have to disagree.

It was more of a falafel flavour (with the slightest hint of beef), although the patty was moister and softer than the Middle Eastern delicacy.

 

The McPlant burger

The McPlant burger

 

My main concern going into the first bite was the cheese. How can you have a burger without cheese?

The answer is simple – go to McDonald's. In a blind taste test, I wouldn't be able to tell the difference between the vegan alternative and the usual 'plastic cheese' in the other products.

The salad was fresh and juicy which is always a bonus, and the sandwich sauce was tasty, especially being complimented by the ketchup and mustard.

 

The McPlant burger

The McPlant burger

 

Overall I'd recommend the McPlant, but the only issue is that it wasn't too filling.

I found I was hungry again after around half an hour, which isn't usually the case after a similar-sized item like the quarter pounder or the fillet of fish.