Tim Hortons puts burgers on the menu for the first time, but they’re not made of meat

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Tim Hortons is taking a turn into the burger sector nationwide, as the iconic Canadian coffee-and-donuts chain is expanding their menu with two new lunch and dinner items. This marks the first time Tim Hortons has put a burger on the menu, but that’s not the only noteworthy aspect: These are plant-based Beyond Meat burgers.

Tim Hortons will offer new Beyond Burgers at nearly 4,000 restaurants nationwide Photo courtesy CNW Group/Tim Hortons

After a brief test-run this spring, Timmies made a trio of new Breakfast Sandwiches made with the Beyond Sausage plant-based patty (customized for Tim Hortons with a unique seasoning blend) permanent additions to their menus nationwide.

Now, says the mega-chain, they’re going “Beyond” again in the plant-based sector.

Tim Hortons says they are able to put the Beyond Meat burger on the menu because it is prepared the same way as the Beyond Sausage patties.

There are two Beyond Burgers hitting menus at Timmies, neither of which are fully plant-based:

  • The Beyond Burger features Beyond Meat’s delicious 100% plant-based patty topped with processed cheese, fresh tomato slices, shredded lettuce, ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise on a sesame seed bun.
  • The BBQ Beyond Burger is a treat for taste buds with Beyond Meat’s delicious 100% plant-based patty topped with processed cheese, fresh tomato slices, shredded lettuce, BBQ sauce and mayonnaise.

It stands to reason that with some customizations, someone seeking a fully plant-based lunch at Tims could wrangle a Beyond Burger to their specifications.

While prices vary by region, the typical retail price for the new burgers are $5.69, making these some of the most affordable Beyond Meat burgers available at restaurants in Canada.

“We’re excited to be able to offer our guests a burger for the very first time. With nearly 4,000 Tim Hortons locations across the country, we are the largest quick service restaurant in Canada to add the Beyond Burger to our menu and at just $5.69, at one of the most affordable price points as well,” says Mike Hancock, Chief Operating Officer, Tim Hortons.

Timmies joins other high-profile Canadian restaurant chains serving Beyond Meat items, including A&W, White Spot, and Quesada, among others.

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom