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Impossible Whopper Needs Its Own Grill, Lawsuit Says

Vegan customer says Burger King order came with meat residue
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2019 3:30 PM CST
The Impossible Whopper at a Burger King in Alameda, California.   (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

(Newser) – Burger King has been hit with a class-action lawsuit arguing that the chain's Impossible Burger isn't the vegan sandwich it's advertised to be, because it's typically cooked on the same grills as meat. That means the Impossible comes with meat residue, which the menu doesn't mention, in at least some locations. Phillip Williams wants damages after ordering the vegan alternative in Atlanta, TMZ reports, and he wants the chain to cook vegan and meat burgers on separate grills. Burger King had revealed in fine print over the summer that all burgers would be grilled in the same broilers.

The suit was filed Monday in federal court in Florida, per the New York Post, which notes that the chain says in a footnote on its menu online, "For guests looking for a meat-free option, a non-broiler method of preparation is available upon request." A company spokesman declined to comment on the suit, which was filed on behalf of several other vegans. One customer tweeted that she asked for her Impossible Burger to be cooked in its own pan or grill only to be told, "We don't do that here." Another posted that a different location had agreed to cook separately. (McDonald's is testing its own meatless burger.)

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