Cheese & gherkin: McDonald's 'worst veggie burger ever'

A furious vegetarian claims he was served the worst ever veggie burger in McDonald's - a single cheese slice and one gherkin in a bun. 

Rish Raniga, 29, attempted to order a meat-free option from his local McDonald's in southern Sydney, Australia, after work last Thursday.

But when the lifelong vegetarian asked staff for a meatless burger, he was horrified to be presented with a paltry option which was missing any sort of burger filling.

A vegetarian customer ordered a McDonald's burger and received a bun, cheese and a gherkin

A vegetarian customer ordered a McDonald's burger and received a bun, cheese and a gherkin

'I even specifically asked the staff member who served me if they could make a vegetarian option and they said "of course we can, sure",' said Mr Raniga, who is a vegetarian for ethical and religious reasons.

'There was no reason to suggest they wouldn't be able to make that for me. After I bought the burger I took it home so didn't realise until I opened it.

'When I saw it I just thought "what the f***?". I'd had a few chips on the way home but I was getting ready for this burger and it was just empty, there was literally just nothing in it.'

Mr Raniga said he had been embarrassed to show people the picture because it looked so bad.

'It's not like I couldn't have got a veggie burger anywhere else, but sometimes you just crave a Maccas.

'But surely you should get more than one piece of cheese and one gherkin. I was really surprised, it is very disappointing.' 

 Rish Raniga (pictured) was disappointed when his vegetarian burger didn't include any filling

 Rish Raniga (pictured) was disappointed when his vegetarian burger didn't include any filling

'At first I thought they'd forgotten the veggie patty, but I think they just couldn't be bothered making it. That's the vibe I got – that they don't know how to make a vegetarian burger.

'Maybe they didn't know or had just had no training in vegetarian options or had not been asked for a vegetarian option before.

'They should really think about catering to their market a bit better – there are a lot of vegetarians in Australia.'

Veggie burgers are offered in some McDonald's restaurants worldwide, but not in Australia

Veggie burgers are offered in some McDonald's restaurants worldwide, but not in Australia

A McDonald's spokesperson said they were sorry that Mr Raniga did not have a good experience but that veggie burgers were not offered in Australia.

In 2016, vegetarian burger patties were temporarily available in five

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