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    Updated on Oct 23, 2019. Posted on Oct 10, 2019

    Here's Everything Vegans Can Order At Fast Food Restaurants

    From KFC's Beyond Chicken to Burger King's Impossible Whopper, here's a handy guide for what you can order at fast food places as a vegan.

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    It's 2019 and vegan options are everywhere you look: you can buy Beyond Meat and Impossible Burgers in your grocery store, order a drink with a milk alternative in your local coffee shop, and depending on where you live, you can even order vegan food in a fast food joint. But which chains are actually accommodating to the vegan lifestyle? I decided to find out.

    I reached out to the most popular American fast food chains to learn about their vegan offerings, the process by which they make their foods, and gave them all a rating (out of 10) below. Please note that everything here is about the food itself, and does not consider any health benefits or environmental impacts of each company. I hope you'll find this resource helpful!

    Taco Bell

    Taco Bell / Via tacobell.com

    🌱 Vegan items on the menu:

    • Black Bean Crunchwrap Supreme (order “Fresco Style” to remove nacho cheese sauce and sour cream)

    • Black Bean Quesarito (order “Fresco Style” to remove cheddar cheese, nacho cheese sauce, sour cream and creamy chipotle sauce)

    • 7-Layer Burrito (order “Fresco Style” to remove three-cheese blend and sour cream)

    • Bean Burrito (order “Fresco Style” to remove cheddar cheese)

    • Sauce packets (Mild, Hot, Fire, Diablo, Breakfast Salsa)

    • Guacamole

    🌱 Other things to know: Known as a vegan safe haven for decades, most Taco Bell items can be made vegan with a few substitutions, or by ordering "Fresco Style." Earlier this month, the chain launched an all-vegetarian menu. All of their sauce packets are in the clear, and their Guacamole is AVA-certified vegan! They even have an area of their website called "How To Eat Vegan At Taco Bell." Super helpful, Taco Bell!

    Vegan rating: 🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱

    (Thank you for being a friend...to vegans.)

    Burger King

    Burger King / Via bk.com

    🌱 Vegan items on the menu:

    • Impossible Whopper (without creamy mayo or cheese)

    • Garden salad (without cheese and with non-dairy dressing)

    • Apple Pie

    • French Fries

    • Hashbrowns

    🌱 Other things to know: A couple of notes about the Impossible Whopper: make sure to order it without the cheese or creamy mayonnaise and ask for it to be made in a separate area. The fine print on BK's website states, "for guests looking for a meat-free option, a non-broiler method of preparation is available upon request." So don't forget that!

    Wondering about their vegan-ish french toast sticks? Burger King told BuzzFeed that they "do not contain any animal-derived ingredients, but are prepared using equipment that is shared with other products that could contain dairy, meat, or fish."

    Vegan rating: 🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱

    (Separate broilers always, please.)

    Subway

    Subway

    🌱 Vegan items on the menu:

    • Beyond Meatball Marinara sub

    • Veggie patty (not available at all locations)

    • Veggie Delite sub (without cheese)

    • 9-grain Wheat bread

    • Italian Bread

    • Signature Wrap

    • Subway Vinaigrette

    • Sweet Onion Sauce

    • Red Wine Vinegar

    • Olive Oil Blend

    • Banana Peppers

    • Sweet Peppers

    • Green Peppers

    • Black Olives

    • Red Onions

    • Cucumbers

    • Guacamole

    • Jalapeños

    • Tomatoes

    • Avocado

    • Spinach

    • Lettuce

    • Pickles

    • Carrots

    • Mustard

    🌱 Other things to know: Ask any vegetarian, and they'll tell you that Subway is pretty much a godsend. At the very least, they've been happily serving up subs filled with all of their vegetable toppings for as long as I can remember. And yet, they're giving vegans a treat with their newly-announced Beyond Meatball Marinara sub — their first faux-meat, plant-based offering.

    Vegan rating: 🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱

    (Thanks for always being there.)

    Del Taco

    Del Taco / Via deltaco.com

    🌱 Vegan items on the menu:

    • Beyond Avocado Taco

    • Avocado Veggie Fresca Bowl

    • Hashbrown Sticks

    • Crinkle Cut Fries

    🌱 Other things to know: The beauty of being vegan or vegetarian at Del Taco is that their entire menu is made-to-order *and* you can substitute Beyond Meat protein into any item on their menu. (Just remember to ask for it without dairy products to make it vegan). Also, Del Taco has a separate vegetarian and vegan menu on their website, which is truly handy!

    Vegan rating: 🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱

    (Thank you for letting us sub in Beyond Meat in anything.)

    Carl's Jr.

    Carl's Jr.

    🌱 Vegan items on the menu:

    • The Beyond Famous Star burger (without cheese)

    • Beyond BBQ Cheeseburger (without cheese)

    • Fried Zucchini (ask for a separate fryer)

    • Side salad (without cheese)

    🌱 Other things to know: A representative for Carl's Jr. told BuzzFeed, "both burgers are prepared and assembled in kitchens that also prepare animal-based proteins and byproducts, so our burgers are not certified vegan." Check with your local establishment to see if you can request a separate, non-shared fryer.

    Vegan rating: 🌱🌱🌱🌱

    (Here's hoping for separate fryers.)

    Hardee's

    Hardee's

    🌱 Vegan items on the menu:

    • The Original Beyond Thickburger (without mayo or cheese)

    • The Beyond Breakfast Sausage Biscuit

    🌱 Other things to know: The addition of the Beyond Breakfast Sausage Biscuit to the menu makes Hardee's the first U.S. quick service restaurant to offer plant-based options at breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Vegan rating: 🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱

    (Thanks for letting us eat vegan all day long.)

    White Castle

    White Castle / Via whitecastle.com

    🌱 Vegan items on the menu:

    • The Impossible Slider

    • Nashville-Inspired Hot Sauce

    • Smokey BBQ Sauce

    • Sweet Chili Sauce

    • Yellow Mustard

    • Hot Sauce

    • Mild Salsa

    • Ketchup

    • Onions

    • Pickles

    🌱 Other things to know: Beyond the Impossible Slider, there's not a lot for you at White Castle. But, they have a lot of vegan sauces. In 2018, White Castle debuted the Impossible Slider for just $1.99. White Castle's buns became vegan when they removed l-cystine back in 2015.

    Vegan rating: 🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱

    (The Impossible Slider is really freakin' cute.)

    Starbucks

    Starbucks / Via starbucks.com

    🌱 Vegan items on the menu:

    • Plain Bagel

    • Sprouted Grain Bagel

    • Cinnamon Raisin Bagel

    • Hot Brewed Coffee

    • Caffe Americano

    • Iced Coffee

    • Cold Brew

    • Green Drink

    • Violet Drink

    • Pink Drink

    • Unflavored lattes made with soy, almond, or coconut milk

    • Unflavored espresso beverages made with soy, almond, or coconut milk

    🌱 Other things to know: You probably don't want to come here for a full meal as a vegan, but there are a plethora of coffee and tea drinks you can drink! Starbucks has a guide to customizing beverages, just in case you're overwhelmed by all of the options.

    Vegan rating: 🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱

    (Three — count 'em, THREE — different alternative milk options.)

    McDonald's

    Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

    🌱 Vegan items on the menu:

    • Garden Salad (no cheese)

    🌱 Other things to know: Don't shoot the messenger, but in the United States, McDonald's french fries are NOT considered to be vegan. They're made with a "natural beef flavor" aka milk and wheat derivatives. As for everything else on the menu, McDonalds told BuzzFeed that that they will make you a meat-free, dairy-free salad upon request.

    If you live in Canada, you have a few more weeks to take advantage of McDonald's brand-new plant-based offering. It's called the P.L.T. — which stands for "Plant. Lettuce. Tomato." — and is made with a Beyond Meat patty. You'll have to order it without cheese or special sauce to make it vegan. Apparently the fries are not made with milk and beef flavoring there, so Canadian vegans can "go ham" on the Mickey D french fries.

    Vegan rating: 🌱🌱

    (P.L.T. worldwide, please.)

    Chick-Fil-A

    Chick-Fil-A

    🌱 Vegan items on the menu:

    • Hash Browns

    • Waffle Potato Fries

    • Sunflower Multigrain Bagel

    • Spicy Southwest Salad (without cheese and chicken)

    • Grilled Market Salad (without blue cheese and chicken)

    • Grilled Chicken Cool Wrap (without the chicken)

    • Light Balsamic Vinaigrette

    • Light Italian Dressing

    • Chili Lime Vinaigrette

    • Polynesian Sauce

    • Fruit Cup

    🌱 Other things to know: Surprisingly, a bunch of Chick-Fil-A's regular menu items can be modified to be vegan. For example, the Grilled Chicken Cool Wrap comes on a vegan flaxseed flatbread with red cabbage and carrots and is basically a veggie wrap without the chicken. Plus, they have fries and hash browns that are vegan-approved.

    Vegan rating: 🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱

    (A surprising amount of options.)

    Little Caesars

    Little Caesars

    🌱 Vegan items on the menu:

    • Red sauce

    • Regular crust

    • Veggie toppings

    🌱 Other things to know: Little Caesars began testing a vegan pizza called the Impossible Supreme Pizza in three markets earlier this year. I would love to know if the testing was a success...

    Vegan rating: 🌱🌱🌱

    (For testing the Impossible Pizza.)

    KFC

    KFC

    🌱 Vegan items on the menu:

    • Beyond Chicken Sandwich (where available)

    • Sweet Kernel Corn

    • Corn on the Cob

    • Green Beans

    🌱 Other things to know: Traditionally not exactly known for being vegetarian-friendly, KFC was one of the first fast food chains to hop on the plant-based wagon earlier this year when they began testing these faux chicken nuggets. However, when the Beyond Chicken Sandwich made its debut, it sold out in five hours and had a line around the block.

    Vegan rating: 🌱🌱🌱🌱

    (Vegan chicken at KFC in 2019? The future is awesome.)

    Papa John's

    Papa John's, Papa John's / Via papajohns.com

    🌱 Vegan items on the menu:

    • Breadsticks (plain)

    • Pizza dough

    • Garlic sauce

    • BBQ sauce

    • Red sauce

    🌱 Other things to know: Papa John's just launched plant-based cheese in the UK as a test. Here's hoping it comes over to the states!

    Vegan rating: 🌱🌱🌱

    (Three cheers for breadsticks, I guess?)

    Blaze Pizza

    Melissa Barnes / Blaze Pizza

    🌱 Vegan items on the menu:

    • Vegan Life Mode Pizza

    🌱 Other things to know: Blaze recently released a line of "Life Mode" pizzas, which include a vegetarian pizza and a vegan pizza (seen above), and two new ingredients: vegan cheese and spicy vegan chorizo.

    Vegan rating: 🌱🌱🌱🌱

    (Thank you for adding the pizza, but still it's only one pizza.)

    Dunkin' Donuts

    Dunkin Donuts

    🌱 Vegan items on the menu:

    • Beyond Sausage Breakfast Sandwich on an English Muffin (without egg and cheese)

    • Coffee and espresso beverages made with Almond Milk

    • Hashbrowns

    🌱 Other things to know: Dunkin's Beyond Sausage sandwich was just announced that it will expand from Manhattan into 9,000 of their stores. However, you can celebrate their recent addition of almond milk ~nationwide.~

    Vegan rating: 🌱🌱🌱🌱 🌱 🌱

    (The Beyond Sausage sandwich has expanded nationwide!)

    Wendy's

    Wendy's, Wendy's / Via menu.wendys.com

    🌱 Vegan items on the menu:

    • Plain Baked Potato with Chives (no butter, cheese, and sour cream)

    • Garden Side Salad (dressing on the side, no croutons)

    • Apple Slices

    🌱 Other things to know: There are not a lot of vegan options at Wendy's, unfortunately. The french fries seem vegan as they're cooked in vegetable oil, but their website clearly states that they're "cooked in the same oil as menu items that contain wheat, milk, and fish." I've read online that people have apparently been able to order the Asian Cashew Chicken Salad without the chicken, but I would probably ask some questions before ordering. Their croutons are made with non-vegan, natural butter flavoring.

    Vegan rating: 🌱🌱

    (Please don't ever get rid of the baked potato.)

    Domino's Pizza

    Jetcityimage / Getty Images

    🌱 Vegan items on the menu:

    • Red sauce

    • Thin crust

    • Gluten-free crust

    • Roasted Red Peppers

    • Jalapeno Peppers

    • Banana Peppers

    • Diced Tomatoes

    • Green Peppers

    • Black Olives

    • Mushrooms

    • Pineapple

    • Spinach

    • Onions

    🌱 Other things to know: The chain is an excellent choice for vegetarians, but vegans will need to order their pizzas on either the thin or gluten-free crust and with the red sauce. Luckily, there are a lot of veggie toppings to choose from!

    Vegan rating: 🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱

    (For making a crust option that's vegan and gluten-free.)

    Sonic Drive-In

    Sonic Drive-In / Via sonicdrivein.com, Sonic Drive In / Via sonicdrivein.com

    🌱 Vegan items on the menu:

    • Apple Slices

    • Frito's Corn Chips

    🌱 Other things to know: A quick online search suggests that Sonic's fries and tater tots are vegan, but Sonic could not confirm that. They provided BuzzFeed with an official statement about their vegan options: "SONIC Drive-In is all about choice, and guests can customize items on the menu for their dietary needs. Many vegetarian guests enjoy customized breakfast burritos for a variety of meal occasions since SONIC’s full menu is available all day, or a grilled cheese with additional produce if they eat eggs or dairy. No menu items have been certified as vegetarian or vegan."

    Vegan rating: 🌱

    (Some of the drinks seem vegan?)

    Baskin-Robbins

    Baskin-Robbins

    🌱 Vegan items on the menu:

    • Non-Dairy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

    • Non-Dairy Chocolate Extreme

    🌱 Other things to know: Both the Non-Dairy Chocolate Extreme and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough flavors are considered to be vegan takes on classic fan-favorites. They're made with a base blend of coconut oil and almond butter.

    Vegan rating: 🌱🌱🌱🌱

    (Yay for plant-based ice cream.)

    Long John Silvers

    Long John Silvers

    🌱 Vegan items on the menu:

    • Cut corn

    • French fries

    🌱 Other things to know: Obviously, Long John Silver's is a seafood-themed restaurant and doesn't offer much in the way of vegan options. They did send over these photos of their two vegan options, though!

    Vegan rating: 🌱

    (Just corn and fries?!)

    Panda Express

    Panda Express / Via pandaexpress.com, Panda Express / Via pandaexpress.com

    🌱 Vegan items on the menu:

    • Chow Mein

    • Eggplant Tofu

    • Super Greens

    • Veggie Spring Rolls

    • Steamed Brown Rice

    • Steamed White Rice

    🌱 Other things to know: The chain is currently testing a plant-based version of General Tso’s Chicken using cauliflower in certain regions. A representative for Panda Express wanted to stress the following: "all items at Panda are cooked and prepped in the same kitchen with shared facilities and equipment, for those with any allergies or dietary preferences when it comes to eating vegan or vegetarian."

    Vegan rating: 🌱🌱🌱

    (We want General Tso's Cauliflower and we want it now.)

    Dairy Queen

    Dairy Queen

    🌱 Vegan items on the menu:

    • Nothing

    🌱 Other things to know: A representative for Dairy Queen confirmed to BuzzFeed that "DQ does not currently have any menu items that are plant based nor does it have any plant-based additions slated for this year or 2020."

    Vegan rating:

    (Fingers crossed for 2021.)

    Panera

    Panera / Via panerabread.com

    🌱 Vegan items on the menu:

    • Baja Grain Bowl (without greek yogurt and cheese)

    • Mediterranean Grain Bowl (without greek yogurt and cheese)

    🌱 Other things to know: Panera just launched a new line of warm grain bowls which include plant-based protein sources like quinoa, black beans and hummus — you just need to order them without yogurt and cheese.

    Vegan rating: 🌱🌱🌱🌱

    (Looks like I gotta try the warm bowls.)

    Pizza Hut

    Pizza Hut

    🌱 Vegan items on the menu:

    • Red Sauce

    • Thin Crust Dough

    • Hand Tossed Dough

    • Pan Pizza Dough

    • Buffalo Medium Sauce

    • Incogmeato sausage

    • Cinnamon Sticks

    • Jalapeno Peppers

    • Banana Peppers

    • Diced Tomatoes

    • Green Peppers

    • Black Olives

    • Mushrooms

    • Pineapple

    • Spinach

    • Onions

    🌱 Other things to know: In October, Pizza Hut launched a new, limited edition "Garden Specialty Pizza" which includes plant-based Italian sausage from Incogmeato and also launched a round, compostable pizza box made entirely from plants. However, it was only for one day at a store in Phoenix....

    Apparently our friends across the pond have a fully vegan menu to choose from! A rep for the Hut told BuzzFeed, "We’re proud of our dedicated vegan menu in the UK." Here's hoping their British vegan menu makes the trip across the Atlantic ocean to the states soon!

    Vegan rating: 🌱🌱🌱🌱

    (Extreme British envy.)

    Auntie Anne's

    Auntie Anne's

    🌱 Vegan items on the menu:

    • Original Pretzel

    • Sweet Almond Pretzel

    • Jalapeno Pretzel

    • Raisin Pretzel

    🌱 Other things to know: For the pretzels to be 100% vegan and dairy-free, ask for them to be handled without butter. The the pretzel mix itself does not contain dairy, but there is a chance for cross-contamination with the tongs used to serve the pretzels.

    Vegan rating: 🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱

    (Heck yeah, vegan pretzels.)

    Arby's

    Arby's

    🌱 Vegan items on the menu:

    • Apple slices (without the strawberry yogurt)

    • Side-salad (without cheese)

    🌱 Other things to know: Well, it shouldn't come as a huge surprise that a chain whose tag line is "Arbys: we have the meats!" doesn't have a lot for vegans.

    Vegan rating: 🌱

    (They "have the meats.")

    Do you have a go-to vegan meal that we missed? Let us know in the comments!

    Updated on 10/23/19 with the latest additions from Pizza Hut and Dunkin Donuts.