Nando’s is launching vegan chicken burgers in Australia.
The Great Pretender burger—which features a pea and wheat protein patty—will initially be available in Nando’s locations across Queensland. In the next few months, the chain could potentially launch the new plant-based option in all of its 270 Australian locations.
While the burger itself is vegan, it is cooked on the same grill as the chain’s Peri-Peri Chicken. The chain said in an Instagram post, “this high-protein, plant-based patty is perfect if you’re experimenting with eating less meat or fancy a day off.”
Last year, a report by independent research company Roy Morgan revealed that 2.5 million Australians no longer eat meat. Hungry Jack’s—the Australian version of Burger King—serves vegan options, and Pizza Hut launched vegan cheese nationwide last year. Domino’s also offers a variety of plant-based options, including vegan ham, pepperoni, and sausage.
Nando’s Australia’s head of food Mario Manabe said the chain’s new meat-free burger caters to growing demand across the country. “Our aim is to make dining at Nando’s as inclusive as possible,” he said in a statement. “This addition will certainly help in catering to Australia’s ever-changing eating habits.”
Fast Food Chains Launch Vegan Chicken
Founded in South Africa, Nando’s now has more than 1,000 locations around the world. The chicken chain is popular in the UK, although it is not confirmed if or when it will launch vegan chicken in the country.
KFC, however, has already launched vegan chicken burgers in the UK. The fast-food chain debuted the Zero Chicken Burger nationwide in January.
“The Colonel was all about welcoming everyone to his table,” said Ira Dubinksky, KFC UK and Ireland’s Innovation Director, in a statement. “Now vegans, flexitarians and our fried chicken fans can all enjoy the taste of our Original Recipe together. We’ve worked hard to perfect the flavor and make a vegan burger the Colonel would be proud of. It’s the flavor of KFC, just with zero chicken.”