Burger King has expanded its range of meat-free items, adding a Vegan Royale to its menu. The burger is certified by The Vegan Society and is made with crispy-coated plant-based chicken.

The chain is also able to offer the burger, which has been in development for several years, as part of a vegan meal, as its fries are also Vegan Society certified.

The move to offer a vegan burger follows a wider-industry trend to introduce a greater selection of vegan items to menus in order to meet growing consumer demand for these products.

Deliveroo reported earlier this year that the number of vegan orders it received through its platform increased by 163% during 2020.

Burger King is also now offering a plant-based Whopper – made with a flame-grilled, soy-based patty, and topped with tomatoes, lettuce, vegan mayo, pickles, ketchup, and sliced onions on a sesame seed bun.

The fast-food chain is now promoting ‘meat-free Mondays’ on its app, with those customers ordering through it able to get the new meat-free burger for £1.99.

Soco Nunez, marketing director of Burger King UK, said: “At Burger King UK we’re all about delivering great tasting food for our customers, so we’ve purposefully taken our time with the Vegan Royale to make sure it’s the best on the market. In fact, we would go as far as to say it’s an identical taste experience to the original Chicken Royale.”