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A Guide to Ordering Vegan at Your Favorite Fast Food Restaurants


Until recently, ordering vegan at fast food restaurants posed major challenges. But with plant-based diets becoming mainstream, fast food chains are racing each other to add vegan options to their menus. Let’s see what different ones have to offer.


Chipotle Mexican Grill

Eating vegan at Chipotle is very easy! According to their website: “Vegans should avoid our meats, shredded Monterey Jack cheese, queso, sour cream, and chipotle-honey vinaigrette.” That’s all there is to it! Build a delicious bowl, burrito, or taco to your heart's content.


Taco Bell

Given that the majority of their ingredients are vegan, you can order a great many Taco Bell menu items vegan. Tell them you want an item al-fresco and they’ll leave off the cheese and/or sour cream and replace it with their pretty good chunky vegan salsa. This a vegan safe haven!

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

Del Taco

Unlike many fast food Mexican restaurants, Del Taco offers Beyond Meat. And like Taco Bell, they maintain a helpful page of vegan and vegetarian menu items.

  • Avocado Slices

  • Crinkle Cut Fries

  • Fresh House-Made Guacamole

  • Hashbrown Sticks

  • Homemade Tortilla Chips

  • Beyond Guacamole Taco (no cheese)

  • Beyond Taco (no cheese)


Qdoba

It’s easy to eat vegan at Qdoba since all beans, tortillas, rice varieties, and salsas are vegan. Their guacamole is vegan too. Just avoid the obvious like meat and cheese and you're golden.


Burger King

Burger King stands to be one of the most vegan-friendly fast-food burger joints in the USA! It’s the first fast food establishment to offer the Impossible Burger, which is hands down one of the best vegan burgers out there. At Burger King, you can order:

  • Impossible Whopper (without creamy mayo or cheese) - If you don’t want it grilled on the same surface that cooks meat, they will microwave it upon request.

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

  • Apple Pie

  • French Fries

  • Hashbrowns.


Dunkin’

For decades, Dunkin’ was one of the least vegan-friendly chains in existence, although they’ve always been famous for their excellent coffee. But in 2019 they introduced Beyond Meat Sausage at all USA locations! Also, a ton of their drinks can be made vegan!

  • Beyond Sausage Breakfast Sandwich on an English Muffin (no egg and cheese)

  • Bagels – Cinnamon Raisin, Plain, Everything, Sesame

  • English Muffin

  • Hash Browns

  • Oatmeal

  • Avocado Toast

  • 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


Panda Express

In recent years, Panda Express has become increasingly vegan-friendly, especially with the rollout of Beyond chicken in recent years.

  • Beyond The Original Orange Chicken

  • Chow Mein

  • Eggplant Tofu

  • Super Greens

  • Veggie Spring Rolls

  • Steamed Brown or White Rice


Panera Bread

On their website, Panera offers a filter so that you can find vegan options! There is surprising quite a lot here!

  • Steel Cut Oatmeal with Strawberries & Pecans

  • Seasonal Fruit Cup

  • Peach & Blueberry Smoothie with Almondmilk

  • Green Passion Smoothie

  • Bagels… Plain, Everything, Blueberry & Sesame

  • Citrus Asian Crunch Salad. Order with NO chicken

  • Strawberry Poppyseed Salad. Order with NO chicken

  • Greek Salad. Order with NO feta

  • Fuji Apple Salad. Order with NO chicken or gorgonzola

  • Asian Sesame Salad. Order with NO chicken or wontons.

  • Mediterranean Bowl. Order with NO feta or Greek yogurt

  • Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich. Order with NO feta and on regular baguette)

  • Baja Bowl. Order with NO feta or Greek yogurt

  • Ten veggie soup


Starbucks

When it comes to vegan offerings, Starbucks has quite a variety! A ton of their drinks can be made vegan by swapping in some plant-based milk! Please note, however, there is a slight upcharge for plant milk. There are also some food options.

  • 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


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