Burger King Portugal opens its first 100% vegan restaurant in Lisbon

Read Time:   |  18th November 2022

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Burger King has opened its fully vegan restaurant in Portugal at Rua de Belém in Lisbon - the chain’s first fully vegan restaurant in the Iberian peninsula.

Following the success of its vegan restaurants in Bristol and London, Burger King has opened its first fully vegan location in Lisbon, Portugal.

The vegan pop-up opened on November 4 and will be open for a month. During the trial, the chain will offer customers vegan versions of classics such as the Whopper, Big King, and Long Chicken, created in partnership with The Vegetarian Butcher.

The eatery has eliminated all animal products from the kitchen to ensure there is no risk of cross contamination so veggies can enjoy peace of mind when dining.

Everything on the menu is vegan, including the cheese and bacon, as well as the desserts, the mayonnaise, and even the restaurant materials, such as cups, wipes, packaging, and bags.

The restaurant has also received a makeover to match its green credentials. The walls and ceilings are painted in shades of green and its has even installed a vertical garden.

Jorge Carvalho, general manager of BK Spain & Portugal, said: “With this trial, the idea is to see how the public reacts. Everything will depend on consumers’ responses and, therefore, on sales. 

“If it goes well, we want to replicate the concept in Spain and other Portuguese cities. To reach everyone, we can’t just stay in Lisbon.”

He added: “The choice of Portugal to open the first vegan concept restaurant in the Iberian Peninsula is another example of the importance of the Portuguese market for the brand worldwide.”

Burger King’s plant-based options added to menus permanently

Earlier this month, Burger King announced that it will roll out beef-free patties and vegan chicken nuggets made by local alternative protein producer Meat.The End (MTE) in the coming weeks.

As well as the new Lisbon location, Burger King recently opened an all-vegan site in Bristol. It came after the flagship restaurant in Leicester Square, London, was transformed into a fully vegan outpost for one month in March this year.

In August, Burger King Germany announced that it had started to offer vegan versions of everything on its standard menu – all the meatless menu items feature plant-based meat from the Dutch brand The Vegetarian Butcher.

Similarly in Austria, the chain introduced a promotion that allows customers to choose between “regular or meat-based” when ordering burgers in a bid to normalise plant-based eating.

Burger King has pledged to go 50% plant-based by 2023, but what’s on Burger King’s vegan menu in 2022? Find out here!

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