McDonald's New Menu Item: 'Lettuce' Burger

It's part of new burger-building option
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 5, 2015 4:17 AM CDT
McDonald's New Menu Item: 'Lettuce' Burger
There's a burger in there somewhere.   (McDonald's)

McDonald's has become the latest fast-food chain to offer a bunless burger and the bread replacement is something a lot healthier than the fried chicken in KFC's Double Down: lettuce. The "lettuce burgers" have been introduced as part of the chain's "Create Your Taste" burger-building option—you can create your own here—which has now been rolled out widely in Australia, and has led to some inspired creations using the 31 ingredients available, CNN reports. Customers can order their creations using touch-screen kiosks, picking their own toppings, fillings, and bun.

The burger-building option is also available in some US restaurants, and the chain plans a wider American roll-out this year, according to Business Insider. Robert Sietsema at Eater tried out the "Create Your Taste" menu at a New York City McDonald's yesterday and found that while lettuce wraps were an option—as well as your choice of "guacamole, chili lime tortilla strips, crinkle cut pickle, crisp red onions, crisp green lettuce, fresh sliced tomato, jalapeno sliced, grilled onions, grilled mushroom"—there was no way to build a completely vegetarian lettuce burger. (An Illinois man filed a lawsuit after encountering an "unreasonably dangerous" McNugget.)

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