McDonald’s salad burger may seem like a great burger alternative for some, but for others, it’s missing a key component: the patty. This is particularly noteworthy since it’s more expensive than a burger with meat. A salad burger costs around $10, with the value meal priced just over $15. To compare, you can get a double cheeseburger at McDonald’s New Zealand for about $9 and a double cheeseburger value meal for $14. A plain hamburger or cheeseburger will set you back between $5 and $6.
Interestingly, McDonald’s salad burger isn’t the first of its kind. Burger King New Zealand began offering a similar option before McDonald’s, though its salad burger includes onion rings. The McDonald’s salad burger hasn’t made its way to locations outside New Zealand yet, and it’s unclear if it ever will. Since there are so few vegan options at McDonald’s, it may be time for the chain to expand its meat-free menu. Whether the salad burger is the answer depends entirely on how much you like eating burger toppings.