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    Here's Everything Vegans Can Order At Fast Food Restaurants In 2021

    A handy guide of vegan options at fast food places in 2021.

    an impossible slider and three tacos
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    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!

    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: 🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱

    Starbucks

    breakfast sandwich on a green background
    Starbucks

    🌱 Vegan items on the menu:
    • Impossible Breakfast Sandwich
    • Chickpea Bites & Avocado Protein Box
    • Hearty Blueberry Oatmeal
    • Plain Bagel
    • Sprouted Grain Bagel
    • Cinnamon Raisin Bagel
    • Hot Brewed Coffee
    • Caffe Americano
    • Iced Coffee
    • Cold Brew
    • Green Drink
    • Violet Drink
    • Pink Drink
    • Vanilla, Caramel, and Hazelnut syrups
    • Unflavored lattes and espresso beverages made with soy, almond, or coconut milk

    🌱 Other things to know: Starbucks has a guide to customizing beverages, just in case you're overwhelmed by all of the options. They've also recently added an Impossible Breakfast Sandwich and Chickpea bites that vegans can enjoy, and all of the Starbucks are certified vegan, too.

    Vegan rating: 🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱

    Carl's Jr.

    a beyond meat burger with the carl's jr. logo
    Carl's Jr.

    🌱 Vegan items on the menu:
    • Beyond Famous Star (no mayonnaise, no cheese)
    •  Western Bacon Cheeseburger (made with a Beyond patty, no cheese, no onion rings)
    •  Original Thickburger (made with Beyond patty, no mayonnaise)
    •  Guacamole Bacon Burger (made with a Beyond patty, no bacon, no Santa Fe
    sauce)
    •  Natural Cut Fries
    •  Criss-Cut Fries
    •  Fried Zucchini

    🌱 Other things to know: On Earth Day of 2021, a Los Angeles location of Carl's Jr. went 100% meat-free, which is pretty cool! A representative for Carl's Jr. told BuzzFeed, "Please note that these are all prepared in the same kitchen, surfaces and fryers as our regular products." Check with your local establishment to see if you can request a separate, non-shared fryer.

    Vegan rating: 🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱

    Dunkin'

    a sausage egg and cheese on an english muffin
    Dunkin Donuts

    🌱 Vegan items on the menu:
    • Beyond Sausage Breakfast Sandwich on an English Muffin (without egg and cheese)
    • Bagels – Cinnamon Raisin, Plain, Everything, Sesame
    • English Muffin
    • Hash Browns
    • Oatmeal
    • Avocado Toast
    • Hashbrowns
    • Dunkin’ Energy Punch
    • Dunkin' Refreshers
    • Mocha Swirl
    • Black Coffee, Coffee, Lattes, Matcha, Chai Late, Macchiato, Espresso, Cold Brew, and Americano with almond milk, oat milk, or coconut milk
    • Vanilla, Hazelnut, Toasted Almond, Blueberry, Raspberry, Coconut Flavor Shots
    • Coolatta® Frozen Beverages in Strawberry and Blue Raspberry

    🌱 Other things to know: Dunkin's Beyond Sausage sandwich expanded to all of their stories in 2019, in 2020 they added an avocado toast that vegans seem to love, and in April of 2021 they announced they'll be launching coconut milk nationwide with Dunkin’ Coconut Refreshers and the new Coconutmilk Iced Latte.

    Vegan rating: 🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱 🌱🌱🌱

    Taco Bell

    a crunchwrap supreme with beans, lettuce, and tomato in it
    Taco Bell / Via tacobell.com

    🌱 Vegan items on the menu:
    • Cinnamon Twists
    • Hash Brown
    • Guacamole
    • Sauce packets (Mild, Hot, Fire, Diablo, Breakfast Salsa)

    🌱 Ingredients that are vegan: Black Beans, Chalupa Shell, Gordita Flatbread, Hash Brown, Jalapeno Peppers, Lettuce, Nacho, Chips, Onions, Potato Bites, Premium Guacamole, Red Strips, Seasoned Refried, Beans, Seasoned Rice, Taco Shell, Tomatoes, Tortillas

    🌱 Other things to know: Known as a vegan safe haven for decades, most Taco Bell items can be made vegan with a few substitutions. However, in 2020  they removed potatoes and a bunch of other vegetarian options from their menu (as well as removing the "How To Eat Vegan At Taco Bell" guide from their website). After an uproar from their veggie-minded customers, the company's CEO announced in January that they'd be partnering with Beyond Meat and bringing back potatoes some time in the future. We'll be waiting, Taco Bell! 

    Vegan rating: 🌱🌱🌱🌱

    Subway

    beyond meatballs in a subway sandwich
    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

    🌱  Ingredients that are vegan: 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. At some locations you can find the Beyond Meatball Marinara sub — their first faux-meat, plant-based offering — and Subway tells us that we can expect an "all-new, certified vegan Veggie Patty arriving in restaurants later this summer, at participating locations only.” I'll be keeping an eye out for that one!

    Vegan rating: 🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱

    Jamba Juice

    a breakfast sandwich from above
    Jamba / Via jamba.com

    🌱 Vegan items on the menu:
    • Impossible Handwich (no cheese)
    • Apple 'n Greens smoothie
    • Vanilla Blue Sky smoothie
    • Greens 'n Ginger smoothie
    • Mega Mango smoothie
    • Peach Perfection smoothie
    • Pomegranate Paradise smoothie
    • Smooth Talkin' Mango smoothie
    • Strawberry Whirl smoothie

    🌱 Other things to know: In April of 2021, Jamba added a brand new offering to all of their locations in the US. The "Impossible Handwich" is a breakfast sandwich that comes on a sprouted grain bun and with cheese, which you'll have to ask  not to be included. They do have a section of their website that features all the plant-based smoothies, though!

    Vegan rating: 🌱🌱🌱🌱

    Del Taco

    Del Taco / Via deltaco.com

    🌱 Vegan items on the menu:

    • Epic Beyond Original Mex Burrito
    • Beyond Avocado Taco
    • Avocado Veggie 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: 🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱 🌱

    McDonald's

    the P.L.T. burger
    Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

    🌱 Vegan items on the menu:
    • Garden Salad (no cheese)

    🌱 Other things to know: In 2020, McDonalds stopped testing the P.L.T. — which stands for "Plant. Lettuce. Tomato." and uses Beyond Meat patties — loose nationwide! However, Mickey D's website states that it's "cooked on the same grill as other burgers, meat-based products and eggs." 

    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.

    Vegan rating: 🌱

    Panda Express

    Panda Express

    🌱 Vegan items on the menu:

    • Beyond Chicken (select locations in NYC and Southern California)
    • Chow Mein
    • Eggplant Tofu
    • Super Greens
    • Veggie Spring Rolls
    • Steamed Brown Rice
    • Steamed White Rice

    🌱 Other things to know: The chain is tested a plant-based version of General Tso’s Chicken using cauliflower in certain regions in 2019. 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: 🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱

    Baskin-Robbins

    close-up on ice creams
    Baskin-Robbins

    🌱 Vegan items on the menu:
    • Non-Dairy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
    • Non-Dairy Chocolate Extreme
    • Vegan Coffee Caramel Chunk
    • Mangonada

    🌱 Other things to know: Both the Non-Dairy Chocolate Extreme and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough flavors are made with a base blend of coconut oil and almond butter. In May of 2021, Baskin Robbins is offering a new flavor made with oat milk nationwide!

    Vegan rating: 🌱🌱🌱🌱

    Fatburger

    a burger surrounded by fries and wrapped in a fatburger wrapper
    Fatburger

    🌱 Vegan items on the menu:
    • Impossible Burger
    • Fat fries
    • Skinny fries
    • Sweet Potato fries

    🌱 Other things to know: Fatburger was a leading brand in offering meatless burger options. They first added the Impossible Burger to their menu and in 2019 it expanded to all restaurants nationwide. Now, they've even gone so far as to offer Daiya cheese to go along with it! 

    Vegan rating: 🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱

    Johnny Rockets

    one hand holding a burger with an impossible flag on it and another hand holds a pink milkshake
    Johnny Rockets

    🌱 Vegan items on the menu:

    • Gardein Black Bean Burger

    • Impossible Burger (select locations)

    • Vegan milkshake (select locations)

    • French fries

    • Sweet potato fries

    • Tots

    • Garden salad

    • Side salad

    🌱 Other things to know: Could this be more exciting? Johnny Rockets is now offering brand new vegan options at 80 of its locations! If you're lucky enough to live near one of the participating restaurants, you'll be able to order an Impossible burger with Daiya cheese and a milkshake made with Craig's ice cream and topped with vegan whipped cream. Here's hoping they expand these options nationwide!

    Vegan rating: 🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱

    Papa John's

    sauce being spread onto pizza dough
    Papa John's / Via papajohns.com

    🌱 Vegan items on the menu:
    • Breadsticks (plain)
    • Pizza dough
    • Garlic sauce
    • Buffalo sauce
    • BBQ sauce
    • Red sauce

    🌱 Other things to know: Papa John's has a guide to ordering vegan pizza on their website, which suggests ordering their regular pizza dough with original or BBQ sauces, and then adding a bunch of vegetables to it. Just make sure to ask for your order with no cheese!

    Vegan rating: 🌱🌱🌱🌱

    KFC

    a bucket of chicken that says "it's still finger lickin' good"
    KFC

    🌱 Vegan items on the menu:
    • Sweet Kernel Corn
    • Corn on the Cob
    • Green Beans

    🌱 Other things to know:  KFC was one of the first fast food chains to hop on the plant-based wagon in 2019 when they announced the Beyond Chicken Sandwich (seen above). However, it's quietly disappeared from KFC's menu since. A KFC spokesperson tells BuzzFeed, "KFC's Beyond Fried Chicken was a limited-time offer, we frequently test menu items as part of the brand’s food innovation strategy."

    Vegan rating: 🌱

    Pizza Hut

    Pizza Hut

    🌱 Vegan items on the menu:
    • Thin N’ Crispy, Hand Tossed, and Original Pan® dough
    • Classic Marinara sauce
    • Medium Buffalo sauce
    • Cinnamon Sticks (no icing)
    • Jalapeno Peppers
    • Banana Peppers
    • Diced Tomatoes
    • Green Peppers
    • Black Olives
    • Mushrooms
    • Pineapple
    • Spinach
    • Onions

    🌱 Other things to know: Pizza Hut shared the following warning with BuzzFeed: "All ingredients are handled by Pizza Hut’s employees who prepare or serve its delicious meat-based pizzas and pastas, which may not be acceptable for customers with certain types of vegetarian or vegan diets." In 2019, Pizza Hut launched a limited edition "Garden Specialty Pizza" which included plant-based Italian sausage and in 2020 they offered Beyond Meat Pan Pizzas, but it's no longer offered anywhere that I can tell. They do have a great vegan menu in the UK, though! 

    Vegan rating: 🌱🌱🌱🌱

    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! They also offer a crust option that's vegan and gluten-free.

    Vegan rating: 🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱

    White Castle

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

    Vegan rating: 🌱🌱🌱

    Chick-Fil-A

    waffle fries in a chick-fil-a box
    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. They also have a dedicated portion of their website to explaining their vegan options!

    Vegan rating: 🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱

    Blaze Pizza

    Melissa Barnes / Blaze Pizza

    🌱 Vegan items on the menu:
    • Vegan Life Mode Pizza

    🌱 Other things to know: Blaze released a line of "Life Mode" pizzas in 2019, which include a vegetarian pizza and a vegan pizza (seen above), and two new ingredients: vegan cheese and spicy vegan chorizo. They also launched a vegan cheesy bread soon after, but it's no longer listed on their menu.

    Vegan rating: 🌱🌱🌱🌱

    Hardee's

    a photo of the former beyond meat options at Hardee's
    Hardee's

    🌱 Vegan items on the menu:
    • Side Salad (ask for no cheese)
    • Soft drinks

    🌱 Other things to know: The addition of the Beyond Breakfast Sausage Biscuit to the menu made Hardee's the first U.S. quick service restaurant to offer plant-based options at breakfast, lunch and dinner — but in 2021, they do not offer any Beyond Meat options any more. In fact, you'll be hard-pressed to eat anything at all while you're at Hardee's now. :(

    Vegan rating: 🌱

    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 in 2019. I would love to know if the testing was a success... In July 2021, the brand announced they were adding "Planteroni", a vegan pepperoni offering made by Field Roast.

    Vegan rating: 🌱🌱🌱🌱

    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's line of warm grain bowls include plant-based protein sources like quinoa, black beans and hummus — you just need to order them without yogurt and cheese.

    Vegan rating: 🌱🌱🌱

    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)
    • Mixed Berry Fruit Cup
    • 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: 🌱🌱

    Auntie Anne's

    Auntie Anne's

    🌱 Vegan items on the menu:
    • Original Pretzels and Nuggets
    • Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels and Nuggets
    • Sweet Almond Pretzel
    • Raisin Pretzel
    • Jalapeno 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. Per a rep for Auntie Anne's, "customers can ask for the pretzel to be made without butter or to be made with vegan-friendly butter spray."

    Vegan rating: 🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱

    Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs

    three hot dogs
    Nathan's Hot Dogs / Via nathans-famous.myshopify.com

    🌱 Vegan items on the menu:
    • Meatless Farm Hot Dogs

    🌱 Other things to know: Nathan's, the premier hot dog restaurant on Coney Island and beyond, surprised us this year when they announced a meatless hot dog that would be added to their menu. You can even buy them in six-packs online, but note that their hot dog buns aren't actually vegan.

    Vegan rating: 🌱🌱

    Sonic Drive-In

    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." That said, it seems like many of Sonic's drinks could also be vegan.

    Vegan rating: 🌱

    Dairy Queen

    dairy queen logo
    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." They did not respond to request for updates in 2021.

    Vegan rating: 🌱

    Long John Silvers

    french fries in a bowl
    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: 🌱

    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: 🌱

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

    This post has been updated with the most recent information on May 11, 2021.