Vegan suing Burger King after cooking Impossible Whopper on meat grill
A vegan has filed a lawsuit against Burger King, alleging that the fast-food restaurant cooks its meatless Impossible Burgers on the same grill as its beef patties, TMZ reports.
Phillip Williams, the plaintiff in the case, argued that Burger King advertises its Impossible Burgers as a vegan alternative to its meat options despite being cooked on the same grill.
According to the lawsuit, which was filed on Monday, "Burger King has no disclosures on its menu that would notify a consumer prior to the purchase of the Impossible Whopper that it was cooked in a manner that would result in meat by-products on the burger".
The lawsuit also cites a number of online complaints from other vegans, who say that their supposedly vegan burgers were cooked alongside regular beef patties. Williams' own meal is thought to have been purchased at a franchise in Atlanta, Georgia.
On the fast-food chain's website, the Impossible Whopper is described as "100% Whopper, 0% beef".
It adds: "Our Impossible Whopper Sandwich features a savory flame-grilled patty made from plants topped with juicy tomatoes, fresh lettuce, creamy mayonnaise, ketchup, crunchy pickles, and sliced white onions on a soft sesame seed bun."
"For guests looking for a meat-free option, a non-broiler method of preparation is available upon request," the site notes.
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Williams is seeking an unspecified amount of compensation in damages and is also urging the chain to reform their cooking methods to better accommodate vegans. Although the burger has not been marketed as either vegetarian or vegan, the chain has referred to the item as containing "0 per cent beef" in its promotional content.