The class action lawsuit, filed Monday in the Southern District of Florida, claimsthat although the burger chain advertises its vegan option as meat-free, it is contaminated by meat by-product because it’s cooked on the same grill as meat products.
Burger King declined to comment to several media outlets.
Burger King’s website describes the Impossible Whopper as “100% Whopper, 0% Beef.”
“For guests looking for a meat-free option, a non-broiler method of preparation is available upon request,” the site notes.
Phillip Williams, the plaintiff in the case, is a vegan who does not eat or drink anything that uses animal by-products.
The lawsuit alleges that if he had known the burger would be cooked in such a manner, he would have not purchased it.
The Burger King that Williams visited did not have signage at the drive-thru indicating that theplant-based burger would be cooked on the same grill as meat, the suit says.
Williams “suffered monetary damages in the amount that he paid to purchase” the Impossible Whopper, according to the suit.
The lawsuit indicates that several other consumers have made similar complaints online about the chain’s practice surrounding the sale of the Impossible Whopper.