McDonald's Ireland has announced the launch date for its first plant-based burger - the McPlant.

The new burger, available in Ireland from January 2022, will enable customers to choose a plant-based menu option.

According to McDonald's, three years was spent on research and development to bring the plant-based offering to customers.

The burger includes a plant-based patty, co-developed with Beyond Meat, vegan cheese and a new vegan sauce.

Ireland will be the latest market to introduce the McPlant burger since McDonald’s officially unveiled its global McPlant platform in 2020.

The Irish version of the McPlant is fully accredited as vegan by the Vegetarian Society to ensure it meets the highest vegan standards.

The McPlant features a vegan sesame bun, mustard, ketchup, vegan sauce, fresh onion, pickles, lettuce, tomato and vegan cheese.

McDonald’s said the McPlant is cooked separately from other burgers and sandwiched using dedicated utensils.

Michelle Graham-Clare, Chief Marketing Officer of McDonald’s UK and Ireland, said: "We are always looking for different ways to innovate and meet our customers’ needs, and with McPlant we have a delicious plant-based burger that will appeal to everyone."