REVIEW: Plant-Based Burger at Pecos Bill

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Disney World has begun adding plant-based items to menus at both table service and quick service dining venues, and promoting and re-labeling plant-based items that already exist at WDW restaurants. The plant-based items are noted on menus with a small double-leaf symbol. As a reminder, Disney defines “plant-based” as an item that “Does not contain animal meat, dairy, eggs, or honey.”

At Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe in Frontierland at the Magic Kingdom, one of the qualifying items is the “Plant-based Southwest Cheeseburger,” priced at $12.49. The burger is topped with vegan jalapeno jack and vegan avocado aioli on a toasted bun.

The burger itself has a nice weight to it, with a firm bite. It’s moist, but not juicy. The color is an even brown throughout. There’s a general umami flavor, with a bit of mushroom aftertaste. Much to our delight, there was no fake liquid smoke flavor that is prevalent in some of Disney’s other plant burgers. The vegan cheese gets most of its flavor from the jalapeno, which is fine with us. The bun was fresh and substantial enough to hold up to the heft of the burger without getting soggy.

One of the big benefits of dining at Pecos Bill’s is that all meals come with access to the ample toppings bar. This means it’s easy to customize you burger, adding flavor and texture, with condiments, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and more. When we added ketchup and veggies, the experience was very similar to eating a standard beef burger.

We’ll be getting this one again.

Photos: Christina Harrison

Erin Foster

Erin Foster is an original member of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel at DisneyWorldMoms.com, a regular contributor to TouringPlans.com, and co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line. She's been to WDW, DL, DL Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, Aulani, DVC Vero Beach, and DVC Hilton Head. She's a Platinum DCL cruiser and veteran of 10 Adventures by Disney trips. Erin lives near New York City, where she can often be found indulging in her other obsession - Broadway theater. Erin can be reached on Twitter @MsErinFoster.

10 thoughts on “REVIEW: Plant-Based Burger at Pecos Bill

  • October 15, 2019 at 10:50 am
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    Fake news….there is no meat, thus it is not a burger.

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    • October 15, 2019 at 4:18 pm
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      Why quibble what is a “burger”? By definition, a veggie burger IS ALSO a burger:

      https://www.dictionary.com/browse/burger?s=t
      burger
      [ bur-ger ]
      noun
      a. a hamburger.
      b. a food patty, or patty on a bun, containing ingredients other than beef: veggie or turkey burgers.

      Vegans united for Plant Based Burgers!!!

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  • October 15, 2019 at 2:42 pm
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    I like how it’s not even served warm enough to melt the “cheese”

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    • October 15, 2019 at 3:10 pm
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      Does vegan cheese even melt?

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      • October 15, 2019 at 3:31 pm
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        I does, I recently saw it on Good Mythical Morning!

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    • October 15, 2019 at 3:33 pm
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      Our parks reporter, Christina, who purchased and ate the burger tells me, “The burger was plenty warm, though the cheese did not melt or even wilt. I thought that aspect of it was odd, but it tasted delicious.”

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  • November 6, 2019 at 1:06 pm
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    Any idea if these plant based burgers at Disney are soy based?

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