Fast Food With No Meat

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As a vegetarian, I have found that it is very easy to find fast food with no meat when out and about. There are many restaurants that have dedicated vegetarian sections of the menu, such as Chipotle and Panera. But one thing I have consistently had trouble with is finding fast food options that have no meat in them.

Many people who eat vegetarian also eat vegan or some other type of plant-based diet. This means they do not eat any products that come from animals, including dairy. Many fast food restaurants offer salads but this often times does not help if you are vegan because there is dairy in most dressings. So here are the best options for vegans (and vegetarians) when looking for fast food.

Fast Food With No Meat

Whether you’re a die-hard vegetarian or just trying to eat more meatless meals, it’s not always easy to find a nutritious vegetarian fast food meal at popular chain restaurants. While more and more restaurants are offering vegetarian fast food options, others are still stuck in the meaty past.

The next time you’re looking for vegetarian options at a fast food joint, check out the list below for the healthiest orders.

What is considered vegetarian?

A vegetarian diet is based on plant foods including fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds, and grains. Some vegetarians add milk and dairy products, eggs, or fish, while vegans strictly eat plants only. According to a 2016 nationwide poll, only about 3.3 percent of American adults are vegetarian or vegan and about 46 percent of vegetarians are vegan.

Research shows that those following a vegetarian or vegan diet have health benefits including a reduced risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and certain types of cancers.

Nutritionist tips for eating vegetarian when dining out.

When eating fast food, it’s not always easy to find the healthiest vegetarian menus. Here are several tips for finding the best vegetarian fast food option for you:

  • Look at the salads first. Many salads do contain chicken, bacon, or other meats, but oftentimes restaurants will offer options to go meatless.
  • Check the sides. Some fast-food joints add random vegetarian fare in their side section of the menu, such as a baked potato, parfait or applesauce.
  • Search for plant-based options. More establishments are offering vegetable sandwiches or meatless burgers. Sometimes they can be hidden in the burger or sandwich section and usually are listed last on the website.
  • Don’t forget the kids’ menu. Sometimes the kids’ menu has the only vegetarian option around. Don’t forget to take a look at those options.
  • Remember cross-contamination. Even though you’re ordering a vegetarian option, the equipment and area your food is prepared usually come in contact with other animal foods. For example, the frying oil that fries French fries (which are vegetarian) may also be used to cook shrimp. The same goes for broilers, microwaves, woks, and other equipment.
  • Ask for modifications. Many restaurants will make modifications for you and remove the chicken or meat. Just remember, what you’re left with should be nutritious and filling.

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What are the best vegetarian fast-food orders?

Some establishments have plenty of options to choose from, while you may struggle to find enough choices at other places. Below are the best vegetarian options at 15 fast-food joints around the country.

1. McDonald’s Fruit and Yogurt Parfait

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PER PARFAIT: 210 calories, 3 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 75 mg sodium, 40 g carbs (1 g fiber, 28 g sugar), 6 g protein

It’s slim pickings at McDonald’s if you’re a vegetarian and want to eat a balanced, healthy meal. Most of the burgers and sandwiches are made from beef or chicken, except the fried fish which is a rather unhealthy choice. The salads are made with bacon or chicken and removing either will leave you with anything but a filling meal. Your best bet is to grab the parfait made with low-fat yogurt, crunchy granola, strawberries, and blueberries. You’ll be getting three food groups and a healthy amount of nutrients to keep you feeling satisfied.

2. Wendy’s Sour Cream and Chive Baked Potato

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PER POTATO: 320 calories, 2.5 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 35 mg sodium, 63 g carbs (7 g fiber, g sugar), 8 g protein

This vegetarian delight is hidden under the “fries & sides” portion of the menu. Potatoes provide an array of nutrients and are an excellent source of vitamin C as well as a good source of both potassium and vitamin B6. They also provide complex carbs and are fat-, sodium-, and cholesterol-free. Don’t forget to eat the skin, which contains half of the fiber!

3. Burger King Impossible Whopper

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PER BURGER: 630 calories, 34 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 1,080 mg sodium, 58 g carbs (4 g fiber, 12 g sugar), 25 g protein

“Whenever I’m searching for vegetarian fast food, I look for a Burger King,” says Stephanie McKercher, MS, RDN, dietitian and plant-based food blogger at Grateful Grazer. “Their soy-based Impossible Whopper has 25 grams of satisfying protein, comes topped with fresh veggies and crunchy pickles, and tastes just as good as the classic beef-based burger they’re known for.” McKercher enjoys her Impossible Whopper with a small order of fries, but also recommends swapping in a side salad to get in some extra greens. But the best tip of all from McKercher? “Ask for the non-broiler method of preparation to keep it totally meat-free.”

4. Chick-Fil-A Spicy Southwest Salad with No Chicken

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PER SALAD: 350 calories, 17 g fat (4.5 g saturated fat), 210 mg sodium, 37 g carbs (8 g fiber, 8 g sugar), 14 g protein

Chick-Fil-A offers several salads without chicken, making it a vegetarian fast food hero. This salad starts with a fresh bed of greens, topped with grape tomatoes, a blend of Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheeses, a mixture of poblano chiles, red bell peppers, roasted corn, and black beans. It is served with seasoned tortilla strips, Chili Lime Pepitas, and creamy salad dressing or 2 packets of Jalapeno salsa. This salad provides four food groups including vegetables, dairy, carbs, and protein (from the beans) which makes it a well-balanced meal.

5. Panera Modern Greek Salad with Quinoa

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PER FULL ORDER: 550 calories, 44 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 820 mg sodium, 30 g carbs (7 g fiber, 5 g sugar), 12 g protein

“I like how they updated the classic Greek salad to incorporate quinoa, which has some protein and fiber,” says NYC-based registered dietitian Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD. The calories and protein are pretty decent for a vegetarian main and it will keep you full for hours. “The only thing to watch out for is this salad has 830 milligrams of sodium, which is quite high. To cut back on the salt while eating fast food, ask them to omit the feta cheese.”

6. Taco Bell Veggie Power Bowl

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PER BOWL: 430 calories, 18 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 850 mg sodium, 57 g carbs (10 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 12 g protein

Taco Bell is a great place for vegetarians because you can customize any order to have it as you like it. For example, “the Power Bowl usually comes with chicken, but you can ask them to leave it off and have the black beans as a plant-based protein source,” says Rizzo. “Make this a well-balanced meal with rice, black beans, lettuce, salsa, and guacamole. You will get a combination of protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats, all of which will help keep you full.”

7. Subway Veggie Delight

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PER 6-INCH SUB: 200 calories, 2 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 280 mg sodium, 39 g carbs (5 g fiber, 5 g sugar), 9 g protein

This sandwich has been on Subway’s menu for quite some time. Choose the veggies you want to pile on, and add some cheese for protein and calcium. To get more fiber, opt for the 9-grain bread.

8. Starbucks Hearty Blueberry Oatmeal

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PER OATMEAL CUP (90 G): 220 calories, 2.5 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 125 mg sodium, 43 g carbs (5 g fiber, 13 g sugar), 5 g protein

Starbucks serves all-day breakfast, so you can have this for breakfast or a snack. It’s made from whole-grain oats, blueberries, and a fruit-nut-and-seed medley that contains dried figs, pepitas, dried cranberries, and almonds. “For 220 calories, you get a good source of both protein (5 grams) and fiber (5 grams), which help keep you satiated,” says Amy Gorin, MS, RDN, a registered dietitian nutritionist in the New York City area. “I recommend ordering it without the agave syrup to cut back on added sugar. Instead, add a dash of nutmeg or cinnamon for a subtle sweetness.” Gorin also recommends pairing the oatmeal bowl with a healthy Starbucks order, like a tall unsweetened soy latte, for additional plant-based protein.

9. Sonic Kid’s Grilled Cheese

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PER SANDWICH: 430 calories, 19 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 1,090 mg sodium, 51 g carbs (2 g fiber, 7 g sugar), 14 g protein

There really nothing vegetarian to choose from on this menu, except the mainly fried snacks and sides. Take a peek at the kid’s menu, and you’ll find a standard grilled cheese sandwich. Pair it with a small fries and 100% apple juice or 1% milk and you’ve got a meal.

10. KFC Caesar Side Salad

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PER SALAD (WITHOUT DRESSING AND CROUTONS): 40 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 90 mg sodium, 2 g carbs (1 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 3 g protein

This side salad is made with lettuce and shaved Parmesan cheese. Add fat-free ranch dressing for an extra 35 calories and Parmesan garlic croutons for 60 calories more. Supplement the salad with another individual side order of BBQ Baked Beans, Corn on the Cob, Green Beans, Potato Wedges, or Sweet Kernel Corn. All of these options are fiber-rich and will add more vegetables to your meal.

Vegetarian Meals to Try at Major Fast Food Chains

It’s a carnivore’s world, and we’re just eating in it. In a fast-food landscape with mountains of burgers and fryers full of chicken, it’s tough for a vegetarian to grab quick eats on the cheap. Thankfully, all the major fast-food players, from McDonald’s to Bojangles, have enough worthy meat-free offerings to make up a full meal, and we’ve been kind enough to offer up a suggested order. We sure hope you like sides.

Important note: Many of the selections on this list are fried, which means there’s no guarantee that they’re not cooked in the same oil as non-veg items. If you’re ordering at a fast-food spot, this is probably a risk you’re already willing to take, but just know that if you are conscious of contamination, many of these suggestions will not work for you. You should probably just ask. Or say “screw it,” because you’re hungry and the smell of fries is calling to you.

Arby’s

Best order: Mozzarella sticks and curly fries
The Arby’s slogan is literally “We have the meats.” Unfortunately for you, that’s almost all it has. Go straight to the sides here. You might even be able to trick yourself into thinking you’re ordering some greasy bar food, considering the mozzarella sticks and curly fries are as good as what you might find at your local happy hour. Both stay golden and crunchy and pair ridiculously well with zesty Horsey sauce. 

A&W

Best order: Cheese curds, fries with spicy Papa sauce, and a root beer float
I hate root beer, but alas, I am not so selfish as to deny you, reader, what A&W is most famous for. You will get a root beer float here (hopefully) in a frosty mug and you will enjoy it, because apparently most people do. The proprietary Papa sauce is a mayo-relish concoction reminiscent of Thousand Island that plays well with the fries, and the cheese curds are like baby mozz sticks with less breading.

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Bojangles’

Best order: Cheddar Bo, mac & cheese, seasoned fries, legendary iced tea (sweet)
As the majority of the menu at Bojangles’ is chicken-based, and even many of the unassuming sides have some sort of meat in them, your best bet is to buy a ticket and ride that carb-and-cheese train all the way home. The Cheddar Bo is a simple, sacred union of cheese and biscuit; the mac & cheese is as creamy as the best of ’em; the seasoned fries are generously Cajun-spiced; and the sweet tea speaks for itself once you take your first saccharine sip. This place is in itself an argument for moving to the South, because anything can be bearable when biscuits this good are involved.Thrillist TV

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Burger King

Best order: Impossible Whopper, fries, and a fountain soda
Occasionally you need to fill the classic burger-and-fries meal void as a veg eater. So I love the fact that Burger King offers the Impossible Whopper, which might actually be better than a regular whopper. The patty comes charbroiled like a regular whopper and has all the same toppings: lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, mayonnaise, and cheese if you want it. I won’t sit here and pretend these fries have a leg up on McDonald’s, but they do have a notable lack of beef flavoring and a thick yet crispy texture that holds up well. This is the type of meal that begs for a fountain soda, so do the right thing and oblige.

Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s

Best order (Carl’s): Beyond Famous Star with fried zucchini and a side of CrissCut fries
Best order (Hardee’s): Beyond Thickburger and a side of crispy curls
Both Carl’s and Hardee’s offer Beyond Meat patties that you can swap out for most of your favorite burgers. We like the classic Famous Star, which comes topped with red onions, dill pickles, ketchup, mustard, mayo, lettuce, and tomato. Unfortunately, Hardee’s doesn’t have the zucchini option, instead favoring a patty-less Thickburger bursting with veggies and melty American. The fry options slightly vary as well: go for the waffle-esque CrissCuts at Carl’s and the curly fries at Hardee’s.

Chick-fil-A

Best order: Waffle fries with Chick-fil-A sauce, Superfood Side, and lemonade
When a place has chicken in its name, you know your vegetarian self is in for a bit of a tough time. However, should you be dragged here by selfish friends fiending for chicken sandwiches, your best bet is the go-to side of fries, though they’re not just any fries. These are waffle fries, and they are crispy and wonderful, especially when dipped in the chain’s eponymous smoky sauce. But fries do not make a whole meal, so get some greens with the Superfood Side, which involves broccolini, kale, dried cherries, and nuts. Wash everything down with a cold lemonade, and then make your friends pay for your meal for being rude.

Church’s Chicken

Best order: Honey butter biscuit, jalapeño cheese bombers, and fried okra
You will worship at the Church after biting into one of its made-from-scratch biscuits drizzled with luscious honey butter, even if you can’t eat 90% of the menu. Points must be awarded for serving fried okra, a divisive vegetable that’s made almost impossible to dislike when fried up by the good folks of Church’s. Though jalapeño poppers are a more common offering, Church’s goes the alternative route here too, with bombers that achieve a somehow thick-yet-light breading and involve legitimately spicy jalapeño bits balanced out by liquid-gold cheese.

Culver’s

Best order: Cheese curds, coleslaw, and a concrete mixer of choice
Culver’s was born in Wisconsin, the home of the curd. Which means the ones served here are pretty damn famous and remain a huge draw even for hardcore carnivores ordering the similarly renowned ButterBurgers. In fact, they paved the way for most fast-food curds to come. Made with both yellow and white Cheddar and deep fried to crispy, golden perfection, it’s difficult to stop shoveling these curds hand over fist into your mouth. Don’t stop there, though. The coleslaw is cool, crunchy, and dotted with visible bits of black pepper, which will set you up well for the decadent concrete mixer to follow. These are another sought-after Culver’s creation, as they feature fresh, house-made frozen custard and can be filled with everything from salted caramel to cookie dough bites.

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Dairy Queen

Best order: Pretzel sticks with zesty queso, cheese curds, and a Butterfinger Blizzard
Does anyone really go to Dairy Queen for anything but dessert? This is a legitimate question, but I suppose it’s best to be prepared for anything. So, should you find yourself at DQ needing something more than ice cream for sustenance, you’ll be relegated to a place you’re well-acquainted with: the snacks and sides menus. The pretzel sticks are ballpark-level good and pair perfectly with the jalapeño-flecked white queso, while the cheese curds are fried just right and—controversial take—are said to be even better than Culver’s. Once you’ve had your well-balanced meal, move on to the belle of the ball: a Blizzard. I am of the mind that Butterfinger reigns supreme, but it’s impossible to make a wrong choice in this scenario.

Del Taco

Best order: Epic Beyond Fresh Guacamole Burrito and a mini cheddar quesadilla
Mexican fast-food joints really do cater to vegetarians best. Del Taco rolled out Beyond Meat tacos and burritos in 2019 and have not looked back. Again, your decision-making skills will be put to the test here, but you will take the challenge on with aplomb. The Epic Beyond Fresh Guacamole Burrito is loaded with rice, beans, guacamole, pica de gallo, and crumbles of Beyond Meat and is surprisingly filling. Not only is it vegetarian, it’s actually certified vegan and boasts 44 grams of protein per burrito. Also, the guacamole is just perfectly fresh and zippy with lime. The cheese quesadilla is an old reliable and exactly what you’d expect; plus, you can order a full-sizer if you’re feeling particularly famished.

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In-N-Out

Best order: Grilled cheese and Animal Style fries
If you’re fortunate enough to hit up an In-N-Out, it is your responsibility as a contributing member of society to order something Animal Style. In your case, dear herbivore, that means fries. While some people aren’t so stoked on these fries on their own, when you get them jazzed up with melted cheese, grilled onions, and a gluttonous pour of special sauce, that opinion becomes flat-out false. And if you really want to take the fries to the next level, order them well done for maximum crispiness. These honestly could probably constitute a whole meal, but just to be safe, also spring for a grilled cheese made up of American, lettuce, tomato, and that same sauce on a toasty bun.


The Best Vegetarian Meals to Try at Major Fast Food Chains

It’s a carnivore’s world, and we’re just eating in it. In a fast-food landscape with mountains of burgers and fryers full of chicken, it’s tough for a vegetarian to grab quick eats on the cheap. Thankfully, all the major fast-food players, from McDonald’s to Bojangles, have enough worthy meat-free offerings to make up a full meal, and we’ve been kind enough to offer up a suggested order. We sure hope you like sides.

Important note: Many of the selections on this list are fried, which means there’s no guarantee that they’re not cooked in the same oil as non-veg items. If you’re ordering at a fast-food spot, this is probably a risk you’re already willing to take, but just know that if you are conscious of contamination, many of these suggestions will not work for you. You should probably just ask. Or say “screw it,” because you’re hungry and the smell of fries is calling to you.

Arby’s

Best order: Mozzarella sticks and curly fries
The Arby’s slogan is literally “We have the meats.” Unfortunately for you, that’s almost all it has. Go straight to the sides here. You might even be able to trick yourself into thinking you’re ordering some greasy bar food, considering the mozzarella sticks and curly fries are as good as what you might find at your local happy hour. Both stay golden and crunchy and pair ridiculously well with zesty Horsey sauce. 

A&W

Best order: Cheese curds, fries with spicy Papa sauce, and a root beer float
I hate root beer, but alas, I am not so selfish as to deny you, reader, what A&W is most famous for. You will get a root beer float here (hopefully) in a frosty mug and you will enjoy it, because apparently most people do. The proprietary Papa sauce is a mayo-relish concoction reminiscent of Thousand Island that plays well with the fries, and the cheese curds are like baby mozz sticks with less breading.

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Bojangles’

Best order: Cheddar Bo, mac & cheese, seasoned fries, legendary iced tea (sweet)
As the majority of the menu at Bojangles’ is chicken-based, and even many of the unassuming sides have some sort of meat in them, your best bet is to buy a ticket and ride that carb-and-cheese train all the way home. The Cheddar Bo is a simple, sacred union of cheese and biscuit; the mac & cheese is as creamy as the best of ’em; the seasoned fries are generously Cajun-spiced; and the sweet tea speaks for itself once you take your first saccharine sip. This place is in itself an argument for moving to the South, because anything can be bearable when biscuits this good are involved.

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Burger King

Best order: Impossible Whopper, fries, and a fountain soda
Occasionally you need to fill the classic burger-and-fries meal void as a veg eater. So I love the fact that Burger King offers the Impossible Whopper, which might actually be better than a regular whopper. The patty comes charbroiled like a regular whopper and has all the same toppings: lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, mayonnaise, and cheese if you want it. I won’t sit here and pretend these fries have a leg up on McDonald’s, but they do have a notable lack of beef flavoring and a thick yet crispy texture that holds up well. This is the type of meal that begs for a fountain soda, so do the right thing and oblige.

Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s

Best order (Carl’s): Beyond Famous Star with fried zucchini and a side of CrissCut fries
Best order (Hardee’s): Beyond Thickburger and a side of crispy curls
Both Carl’s and Hardee’s offer Beyond Meat patties that you can swap out for most of your favorite burgers. We like the classic Famous Star, which comes topped with red onions, dill pickles, ketchup, mustard, mayo, lettuce, and tomato. Unfortunately, Hardee’s doesn’t have the zucchini option, instead favoring a patty-less Thickburger bursting with veggies and melty American. The fry options slightly vary as well: go for the waffle-esque CrissCuts at Carl’s and the curly fries at Hardee’s.

Chick-fil-A

Best order: Waffle fries with Chick-fil-A sauce, Superfood Side, and lemonade
When a place has chicken in its name, you know your vegetarian self is in for a bit of a tough time. However, should you be dragged here by selfish friends fiending for chicken sandwiches, your best bet is the go-to side of fries, though they’re not just any fries. These are waffle fries, and they are crispy and wonderful, especially when dipped in the chain’s eponymous smoky sauce. But fries do not make a whole meal, so get some greens with the Superfood Side, which involves broccolini, kale, dried cherries, and nuts. Wash everything down with a cold lemonade, and then make your friends pay for your meal for being rude.

Church’s Chicken

Best order: Honey butter biscuit, jalapeño cheese bombers, and fried okra
You will worship at the Church after biting into one of its made-from-scratch biscuits drizzled with luscious honey butter, even if you can’t eat 90% of the menu. Points must be awarded for serving fried okra, a divisive vegetable that’s made almost impossible to dislike when fried up by the good folks of Church’s. Though jalapeño poppers are a more common offering, Church’s goes the alternative route here too, with bombers that achieve a somehow thick-yet-light breading and involve legitimately spicy jalapeño bits balanced out by liquid-gold cheese.

Culver’s

Best order: Cheese curds, coleslaw, and a concrete mixer of choice
Culver’s was born in Wisconsin, the home of the curd. Which means the ones served here are pretty damn famous and remain a huge draw even for hardcore carnivores ordering the similarly renowned ButterBurgers. In fact, they paved the way for most fast-food curds to come. Made with both yellow and white Cheddar and deep fried to crispy, golden perfection, it’s difficult to stop shoveling these curds hand over fist into your mouth. Don’t stop there, though. The coleslaw is cool, crunchy, and dotted with visible bits of black pepper, which will set you up well for the decadent concrete mixer to follow. These are another sought-after Culver’s creation, as they feature fresh, house-made frozen custard and can be filled with everything from salted caramel to cookie dough bites.

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Dairy Queen

Best order: Pretzel sticks with zesty queso, cheese curds, and a Butterfinger Blizzard
Does anyone really go to Dairy Queen for anything but dessert? This is a legitimate question, but I suppose it’s best to be prepared for anything. So, should you find yourself at DQ needing something more than ice cream for sustenance, you’ll be relegated to a place you’re well-acquainted with: the snacks and sides menus. The pretzel sticks are ballpark-level good and pair perfectly with the jalapeño-flecked white queso, while the cheese curds are fried just right and—controversial take—are said to be even better than Culver’s. Once you’ve had your well-balanced meal, move on to the belle of the ball: a Blizzard. I am of the mind that Butterfinger reigns supreme, but it’s impossible to make a wrong choice in this scenario.

Del Taco

Best order: Epic Beyond Fresh Guacamole Burrito and a mini cheddar quesadilla
Mexican fast-food joints really do cater to vegetarians best. Del Taco rolled out Beyond Meat tacos and burritos in 2019 and have not looked back. Again, your decision-making skills will be put to the test here, but you will take the challenge on with aplomb. The Epic Beyond Fresh Guacamole Burrito is loaded with rice, beans, guacamole, pica de gallo, and crumbles of Beyond Meat and is surprisingly filling. Not only is it vegetarian, it’s actually certified vegan and boasts 44 grams of protein per burrito. Also, the guacamole is just perfectly fresh and zippy with lime. The cheese quesadilla is an old reliable and exactly what you’d expect; plus, you can order a full-sizer if you’re feeling particularly famished.

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In-N-Out

Best order: Grilled cheese and Animal Style fries
If you’re fortunate enough to hit up an In-N-Out, it is your responsibility as a contributing member of society to order something Animal Style. In your case, dear herbivore, that means fries. While some people aren’t so stoked on these fries on their own, when you get them jazzed up with melted cheese, grilled onions, and a gluttonous pour of special sauce, that opinion becomes flat-out false. And if you really want to take the fries to the next level, order them well done for maximum crispiness. These honestly could probably constitute a whole meal, but just to be safe, also spring for a grilled cheese made up of American, lettuce, tomato, and that same sauce on a toasty bun.

Jack in the Box

Best order: Stuffed jalapeños, onion rings, and mini pancakes
Hit up the trusty sides section and go to town on some Cheddar-stuffed jalapeños that actually pack a little punch (there’s a buttermilk ranch sauce for the spice-averse) and panko-breaded onion rings that could actually pass for ones served at a sit-down fast-casual chain. If you’re part of Jack’s target audience (the “Munchie Meal” that’s only served between 9pm and 5am says it all), these will surely satisfy while you watch the latest Planet Earth and slowly become one with your couch. And if you swing by during breakfast hours, get the mini pancakes and drown them in maple syrup.

Jollibee

Best order: Mashed potatoes & gravy, peach mango pie, and pineapple quencher
In the land of Chicken Joys and sweet, Filipino-style spaghetti sprinkled with hot dogs, finding a vegetarian-friendly option at Jollibee may feel impossible. Thankfully, it’s not. The gravy here is vegetarian-friendly, so go ahead and order a large mashed potatoes with the stuff. Then opt for a peach mango pie—arguably the best fast food pie out there—that boasts an ultra flaky fried crust with molten peaches and mangoes inside. Finish it off with a refreshing pineapple quencher for a vegetarian meal unlike any other fast food spot.

KFC

Best order: Beyond Fried Chicken Nuggets, mac & cheese, and a biscuit
After years of trials and tests, KFC has finally launched vegetarian-friendly chicken nuggets at locations nationwide, crafted in partnership with Beyond Meat. It was worth the wait—the chicken nuggets definitely satisfy the craving for chicken while being vegetarian-friendly. It’s challenging to make plant-based chicken resemble the real deal but KFC was done it. Pair the “chicken” with macaroni and cheese and a biscuit for a full meal. 

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McDonald’s

Best order: Egg and cheese McMuffin, hash browns, Oreo McFlurry
When I first learned that McDonald’s fries were made with beef flavoring, I wasn’t sure I could ever go back. Then McDonald’s introduced all-day breakfast, and it was one of the greatest gifts the fast-food world has ever bestowed upon vegetarians. At the risk of sounding off on an unpopular opinion, a fluffy egg and cheese McMuffin with a good squeeze of ketchup is as satisfying as your average egg sandwich, and even more so when accompanied by a crispy hash brown patty. The creamy-crunchy Oreo McFlurry may seem out of place in this order, but please remember that anything pairs with breakfast food if you simply order it with breakfast food. McDonald’s has a bunch of vegetarian burger options globally, so hopefully those make their way to the U.S. at some point. 

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Nathan’s

Best order: Crinkle-cut cheese fries, beer-battered onion rings, and old-fashioned lemonade
Obviously you’re not going to be pulling a Joey Chestnut here and eating your weight in hot dogs, or even one hot dog for that matter. Your choices here are few and far between but most definitely solid. Aside from the hot dogs, Nathan’s really is famous for its platonic ideal of a crinkle-cut fry. There’s a reason you can purchase frozen bags of these, but of course, it’s best to get them straight from the source and covered in bright Cheddar cheese sauce. The onion rings work well as a supplement with their perfect thickness and breading-to-onion ratio, while the lemonade is a sweet refresher that goes down smooth year-round, but especially in the summer.

Popeyes

Best order: Cajun fries, mac & cheese, two biscuits
Popeyes is essentially Bojangles but available in places like New York, hence why the recommendations are almost identical at both. Like Bo’s, Popeyes deals in fried bird (pescatarians can go the risky route of popcorn shrimp) and sides of red beans and dirty rice with pork and sausage. Lucky for you, the biscuits are so buttery that you’d be content to go here just to get your hands on at least a couple. The Cajun fries have a nice crisp to them along with a healthy coating of a special spice blend, and springing for the alarmingly cheesy mac is a solid enough way to make a real meal out of it.

Raising Cane’s

Best order: Texas toast, coleslaw, crinkle-cut fries with Cane’s sauce, sweet tea
Raising Cane’s is a chicken finger-based establishment, so prepare to get literally one of every side to constitute your meal. There’s a fairly mayo-y rendition of coleslaw, the creaminess of which works surprisingly well, some perfectly good crinkle-cut fries that reach a whole other level when dipped in the chain’s tangy, shrouded-in-secrecy sauce, and the star of the show in the form of a slice of thick, buttery, grilled toast that’s pillowy soft on the inside. Sweet tea is the move at most Southern spots, and Cane’s is absolutely no exception.

Roy Rogers

Best order: Mac & cheese, side salad, and apple crisp
A salad had to go in here somewhere, and Roy’s sides just aren’t as worthy of your stomach space as some of the others. Sorry, Roy. It’s nothing personal. Having said that, the mac & cheese is of the white Cheddar persuasion and is creamy as hell. And that aforementioned side salad will set you up to feel slightly less guilt upon digging into a cinnamon-baked apple crisp, arguably one of the finest not-totally-ice-cream-based desserts in the fast-food arena.

Sonic

Best order: Cheese tots, Ched ‘R’ Peppers, and a Reese’s Sonic Blast
While my pre-veg days of going to town on a burger with Ched ‘R’ Peppers on top of it are behind me, Ched ‘R’ Peppers certainly are not. These are some of the gooiest, cheesiest poppers in fast food, plus the flavor is enhanced when paired with crispy yet fluffy tots covered with a warm blanket of cheese sauce. If you dare try to forego an extremely decadent Sonic Blast (Reese’s recommended), I will feel extremely disrespected.

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Taco Bell

Best order: Anything and everything with approximately 10 packets of Fire Sauce
When you’re used to having to go straight for the sides menu, entering a Taco Bell feels like an alternate reality, one in which your options are exactly the same as everyone else’s and suddenly your wallet’s $30 lighter and everything’s a bit of a blur. You can substitute most meat options with potatoes, beans, or rice (or a combination of the three). Therein lies the conundrum of too many choices, a welcome problem for a veghead patronizing a fast-food establishment. My personal favorites are the Cheesy Gordita Crunch and classic Crunchwrap Supreme, both getting in the necessary textural crunch when relying on mushy but tasty black beans. Also, a minimum of two packets of Fire Sauce per item should be employed for best results.

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Wendy’s

Best order: Large fries, a chocolate Frosty, and sour cream and chives baked potato
Original sin originated with the first guy who consumed Wendy’s fries on their own. This is a little-known historical fact. These hand-cut, skin-on taters are just meant to be dipped in a cold, creamy, chocolatey Frosty, especially when you’re not snagging a burger. The salty-plus-sweet combo is one of the greatest and most powerful partnerships this world has ever seen, one that has mended the broken hearts of many a left-out vegetarian. And if that isn’t enough for you, snag a baked potato topped with fluffy sour cream and chives, too.

Whataburger

Best order: Jalapeño cheddar egg and cheese biscuit sandwich and hash brown sticks
Similar to Chick-fil-A, we’ve got burger in the name here, and, indeed, Whataburger, for the most part, sticks to what it advertises. But don’t count it out just yet. This spot is well-known for its breakfast, particularly its flaky buttermilk biscuits. You could go classic here, but when jalapeño cheddar is an option, is there really another option at all? An egg and cheese on said biscuit will satisfy at any early hour (breakfast is served from 11pm to 11am) and the hash brown sticks are a perfectly dippable accompaniment. The honey butter is potentially life-changing, if you’re willing to take your taste buds on that sweet-spicy-savory adventure.

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It used to be that if you were a plant-based eater, you had to resort to a lame salad when you found yourself at a fast-food restaurant. You may have paired it with French fries, apple slices, or a drink and hoped you wouldn’t be starving in an hour. But fast-food restaurants have finally got the memo that their customer base isn’t just coming through for a burger, fried chicken, or a beef taco.

Many fast-food restaurants now have vegan options and are coming up with creative, delicious ways to get more greens on the menu. Some of the ways they are vegan and vegetarian fast food options are through the companies providing them with the products: mainly Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods. Here, Jessica Cording, RD, author of The Little Book of Game Changers, shares her thoughts on some of the newest developments you’ll see on national fast food restaurant menus as well as what to skip and what to try.

“I think it’s great that there are more of these options available for people who want to eat a more plant-based diet – especially for people who travel a lot for work or live in areas where there may not be a lot of options other than fast food establishments,” says Cording. Just keep in mind with all of these menu items that just because something is vegan, doesn’t mean it’s healthy, she adds.

How to Order Vegan at Fast Food Chains

1. Burger King

Turns out there’s a lot more to rely on than a salad if you’re eating vegan.

  • Veggie Burger: This meat alternative burger is made with a Morningstar Farms Garden Veggie Patty, topped with vegetables, and served on a toasted sesame seed bun.
  • Impossible Whopper: The Impossible Whopper is just like the classic Whopper® but made with an Impossible™ patty. That “meaty” plant-based patty is made with soy protein, potato protein, coconut oil, sunflower oil, and heme (a form of iron). Make sure to remove the mayo for a dairy-free meal.

“You still want to be thinking about having a balanced meal because one thing that is really important for promoting overall health is having stable blood sugar,” says Cording. “So if you’re eating French fries and hash browns, they’re vegetarian, they’re plant-based, but you’re not really giving your body a whole lot besides carbs to work with.” With a MorningStar Farms burger, you’re getting protein from the burger and carbohydrates from the bun, so you probably don’t need fries, suggests Cording. Stick with a side salad instead.

2. White Castle

Known for its mini square-shaped sliders, this hamburger chain jumped on the vegan bandwagon at some participating locations.

  • Impossible Slider: These look the same as the original sliders but are made from Impossible Foods burgers and clock in at 11 grams of protein. White Castle informs customers that “The Impossible Slider does not taste like our Original Slider and that wasn’t its intent. Its purpose is to offer our customers a vegan slider that replicates the taste of beef, but it does not taste like our core White Castle slider.” You could also make this meal vegan by holding the cheese.

“I think the brands like Impossible Meat and Beyond Meat are a step in the right direction,” says Cording. “The fact that they’re becoming more widely available is good. I think the people who like to eat those products at home will like that they can find them in more establishments. And in terms of taste, texture, I think that they’re definitely a step above some of the older generation of veggie burgers.”

3. Taco Bell

This fast-food restaurant may have been one of the first you frequented while transitioning to vegan eating. That’s because Taco Bell has eight million vegetarian combinations and sells 350 million vegetarian items a year through menu substitutions or ordering off their vegetarian menu. In fact, they were the first quick-service restaurant to offer American Vegetarian Association (AVA) certified food options.

  • Black Bean Burrito: You knew a bean burrito was going to make this list. This wrap consists of seasoned rice, a three-cheese blend, black beans, and sauce. Remove the cheese and sub guacamole for a vegan meal.
  • Veggie Power Menu Bowl: This hearty bowl consists of guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo, a double portion of seasoned black beans, and lettuce with a side of avocado ranch sauce. Remove sour cream and avocado ranch sauce.
  • Spicy Tostada: Enjoy a snack with a kick when you order this open-faced menu item on a crispy shell topped with refried beans, real cheddar cheese, tomatoes and lettuce, red sauce, and chipotle sauce.
  • Cinnamon Twists: This certified-vegan dessert is just puffed wheat, corn, and rice rolled in cinnamon sugar. It only rings in at $1 so it’s a great add-on to any order if you’re craving something sweet.

Be wary of vegetarian menu items that consist of a lot of cheese and rice, says Cording. “I usually tell clients that if they are eating vegan at Taco Bell to create a power bowl with black beans and doctor it up with some guacamole, lettuce, tomatoes, and salsa for a good combo of protein, fat, and carbs.”

4. Carl’s Jr.

Another brand synonymous with beef burgers, Carl’s Jr. offers several vegan options for veggie and plant lovers.

  • Beyond Famous Star Burger: Made with Beyond Meat, the team at Carl’s Jr. says it tastes “beyond belief.” This burger packs 30 grams of protein with 20 of those coming from the plant-based patty. You can make any burger or sandwich on their menu “Go Beyond” by substituting this Beyond Burger patty for $2 more.
  • Guacamole Thickburger: More like a guacamole sandwich than a burger, this is like eating a burger with all the toppings—but the main protein fell off the bun. Instead of meat, it’s made with guacamole, Pepper Jack cheese, and veggies on a bun. Remove the Pepper Jack for a dairy-free option.

“I think having an option of all the fixings without the burger like in their Guacamole Thickburger is a good workaround, especially if someone doesn’t want to eat a soy-based burger,” says Cording. “I’m not saying it’s a healthy option necessarily, because it’s still a very caloric meal and high in sodium, but that said if someone wants to skip the burger but they still want to have that burger experience and all of those flavors, this is a creative option.”

5. Del Taco

This was the first national Mexican fast-food chain to offer Beyond Meat at the company’s 580 restaurants across the country.

  • Beyond Avocado Taco (vegan): This is made up of Del Taco seasoned Beyond Meat vegan crumbles, topped with avocado, lettuce, and tomatoes in a crunchy shell.
  • Epic Beyond Original Mex Burrito: Loaded with Beyond Meat, slow-cooked beans made from scratch, cilantro-lime rice, fresh guacamole, and handmade pico de gallo in a flour tortilla, this burrito is 100 percent vegan.
  • Avocado Veggie Bowl: If you’re looking for a lower-carb option, this bowl features sliced avocado, seasoned black beans, diced onions, fresh diced tomatoes, and fresh romaine and iceberg lettuce blend, served over cilantro lime rice.

“With any of these menu items, know that you’re getting a very high sodium meal,” says Cording. “So, see where you can be mindful of reducing your sodium intake the rest of the day.”

6. Starbucks

From the time it started offering breakfast sandwiches in 2006, the coffee conglomerate became a competitor in the fast-food space. You can get your favorite hot and cold beverages made with almond, coconut, or oat milk but there are also plant-based food options available.

  • Baja Black Bean Veggie Wrap: This cold menu item makes for a hearty lunch with seasoned black beans, salsa slaw, and mixed veggies, wrapped in a spinach tortilla wrap with paired jalapeño cream-cheese spread.
  • Chickpea Bites & Avocado Protein Box: The box is a quick, easy, and filling to-go meal. The pre-packaged meal brings a nutritious and protein-heavy option for any Starbucks patron. The meal box is the perfect purchase if you need a cheap lunch or a mid-afternoon snack.
  • Bagel with Miyoko’s Non-Dairy Cream Cheese: If you’re lucky enough to live in the Washington area, you may be near a Starbucks that is testing Miyoko’s non-dairy cream cheese in the flavors Cinnamon Raisin and Everything. Hopefully, this will become a permanent menu item available nationwide in the coming months.
  • Impossible Breakfast Sandwich: Although this breakfast sandwich could be veganized by only getting the Impossible patty on the ciabatta bread and adding ketchup, this sandwich does have a not-so-plant-based egg and sharp cheddar slice of cheese.

“I don’t think [any] of these fast food plant-based products should be the backbone of your diet and they shouldn’t be part of a daily diet because they are processed foods,” says Cording. In general, Cording says you’re better off basing your plant-based diet on natural, whole foods but when you’re in a rush or have limited options on the go, these menu items can help you stick to your plant-based lifestyle when you’re running limited on time or healthy eating options around you.

7. Chick-Fil-A

With a name that includes chicken in the title, you’re not going to find an overwhelming amount of vegan options on the menu, but if you’re in a pinch, there are a few ways to satisfy your vegan cravings.

  • Grilled Cool Wrap: The Cool Wrap can be made vegan easily when you remove the chicken and cheese. The light lunch option comes packed with green leaf lettuce, carrots, and red cabbage within a rolled flour flatbread. The cool wrap can be dressed with either vegan vinaigrette or Light Italian Dressing.  For a little extra flavor, you can throw in some signature Polynesian or Barbecue sauce.
  • Grilled Market Salad: The Market Salad can be made vegan friendly by removing the blue cheese and the chicken. The salad blends sweet and savory flavors with a delicious variety of fruit including strawberries, blueberries, and apples on a bed of chopped romaine lettuce and baby greens. The salad is best eaten with Light Balsamic Vinaigrette or Light Italian Dressing.
  • Spicy Southwest Salad: Recommended by Chick-Fil-A for either lunch or dinner, the Spicy Southwest Salad is stacked with grape tomatoes, roasted corn, poblano chiles, red bell peppers, and black beans. The toppings sit on top of a bed of mixed greens and Chick-Fil-A finishes the salad with Seasoned Tortilla Strops and Chili Lime Pepitas. We recommended getting the Chili Lime Vinaigrette to substitute the Creamy Salsa dressing, and make sure you remove both the cheese blend and the chicken.

8. Chipotle

It’s no surprise that Chipotle makes this list of vegan-friendly fast-food spots. With a super customizable menu, it’s easy to see how you could effortlessly put together unlimited plant-based menu options.

  • Burrito: The Chiptole Burrito is the heaviest and the greatest option on the menu. The soft, warmed flour tortilla can be filled with any number of ingredients, making it one of the most filling quick-vegan meals on the market. One of the greatest things about Chipotle is that it serves tofu sofritas, setting the company above its competitors. The restaurant chain offers black beans alongside tofu as a protein substitute, but Chipotle is the only quick-service Mexican-inspired restaurant to provide customers with tofu sofritas for their burritos. From guacamole to cilantro rice, the Chipotle burrito holds all the flavor you can ask for and more.
  • Tacos: The three taco meal is the less conventional option at Chipotle, but it hits all the marks necessary to leave more than satisfied. The tacos come packed into soft flour tortillas or crispy corn taco shells. You can customize your tacos to include any of the vegan fillings. The best part is that the three tacos do not need to hold the same contents, making customization a key drawing factor for the three taco meals. Our suggestion is to take one taco for tofu, one for black beans, and one for pinto beans, and then topped to preference.
  • Burrito Bowls: The only meal more filling than the burrito is Chipotle’s burrito bowl. Even though this option nixes the tortilla, it’s possible to make two full meals out of the burrito bowl. Typically served with a rice base, you can order any of the vegan ingredients to cover the burrito bowl. The lower-carb option is definitely for those who want to either save leftovers easier or would rather sit down and eat unrushed with a fork. Pro Tip: Order a tortilla (or two) on the side to get even more mileage out of your bowl.
  • Salads: For the healthiest option, Chipotle’s salads are a perfect choice. The salad comes served on romaine lettuce thatcher than the burrito bowl’s rice base. The salad is an easy, healthy, low-carb option that will still give any customer the full Chipotle experience. You can order any of the normal ingredients on top of your salad, including the sofritas tofu and fajita veggies to get the full burrito experience without as much of the heaviness.

9. Subway

Due to Subway’s lack of vegan and plant-based protein options, you’ll have to puzzle together a veggie-filled sandwich, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done!

  • Meatless Meatball Marinara: Across the U.S. and Canada, Subways partnered with Beyond Meat to concoct one of the most beloved plant-based subs: The meatball sub. The sandwich can be found at select locations and it contains plant-based meatballs and Subway’s marinara sauce on your bread of choice. The sandwich comes with parmesan cheese, but it can be left off the sandwich to make a delectable vegan meatball sub. If the meatballs are on the menu, it is possible to get a salad that includes the plant-based meatballs, which is a protein-packed substitute for customers avoiding the bread.
  • Falafel: The falafel sandwich filling is often shown accompanied by a dairy tzatziki sauce, but if you’re lucky enough to find a Subway location that offers the sandwich, the falafel is paired nicely with a number of plant-based sauces. The vegan-friendly option can be found at a select amount of stores.  The protein substitute consists of fried chickpeas flavored with a selection of Mediterranean herbs and acts as the perfect protein for either a salad or a sandwich.

10. Qdoba

With a highly-customizable menu like Chipotle, Qdoba also has a wealth of vegan options, although the Tex-Mex chain is lacking when it comes to plant-based dairy alternatives, it does offer Impossible Meat for an easy protein swap. Here is everything they do offer:

  • Impossible Fajita Bowl: The featured plant-based staple offers an easy option for all vegan customers. The signature bowl comes complete with plant-based Impossible protein, fajita veggies, corn salsa, salsa, Verde, and black beans over cilantro lime rice. The vegan bowl is the perfect option for something quick and filling. The bowl can also be customized to include any other vegan sauces or ingredients that you want to add on. The Qdoba bowls work perfectly for leftovers as well. Pop the leftovers in the fridge and take the portable lunch with you the next day.
  • Impossible Fajita Burrito: The impossible Fajita Bowl can be easily turned into a delicious burrito. Everyone loves the personalized fast-casual Mexican restaurants for the huge, affordable burrito options. The Impossible Fajita Burrito gives the customer everything they want from the plant-based protein to the delicious vegetable medley into a jam-packed, filling tortilla. Add whatever plant-based ingredient you desire into the burrito to make it delicious to your satisfaction.
  • Impossible Bowl or Impossible Burrito: Beyond the Fajita options, it is possible to go choose to just add the Impossible protein. The fully customizable bowl or burrito can be topped with any of the plant-based ingredients listed below to make a tasty, filling meal to meet any craving. From salsa Roja to guacamole, the customer can complete either entree style with whatever they please. The customer can choose between cilantro lime rice or brown rice and black beans or pinto beans as their base. The same thing can be done with the Fajita veggies by ordering the Veggie Burrito Bowl or Veggie Fajita Burrito.

11. Panda Express

In the last year, Panda Express has branched out into plant-based dishes, partnering with Beyond Meat to make more vegan dishes. Here are some of the chain’s greatest plant-based hits:

  • Vegetable Spring Rolls: You can never go wrong with the Vegetable Spring Rolls at Panda Express. The crispy wonton exterior is stuffed with cabbage, green onions, carrots, celery, and Chinese noodles.
  • Eggplant Tofu: When plant-based diners originally struggled to find a proper vegan entree, Panda Express debuted the Eggplant Tofu. The entree uses a glazy soy-based sauce to flavor its eggplant and tofu mixture, creating an addictively delicious plant-based option. Before the company’s plant-based protein development, the Eggplant Tofu has been the go-to item to order and beyond its taste, the entree is a cheap and delicious lunch or dinner option.
  • Beyond the Original Orange Chicken: The vegan orange chicken will use a completely vegan breading and sauce on Beyond Meat’s newly released plant-based chicken.

12. Fatburger

Visit the All-American eatery Fatburger for decadent burgers, crispy fries, and milkshakes that even plant-based eaters can enjoy. In recent years, the chain has upped its plant-based offerings and now boasts a healthy amount of menu options for vegetarians or vegans.

  • Impossible Burger: The classic burger is served with “The Works” which includes relish, mustard, onions, pickles, tomatoes, and lettuce. Make sure that you ask for no mayo to ensure that the juicy burger is 100 percent plant-based. The burger can be ordered with a slice of Daiya cheese that brings it all home with a timeless cheeseburger.
  • Impossible Chicken Nuggets: A perfect option for kids or picky eaters, Fatburger recently added Impossible Foods’ chicken nuggets to its menus nationwide.
  • Vegan Shakes: From the classic Vanilla shake to the more exciting Maui Banana shake, the company is working to provide customers with a full, classic LA burger joint experience within a plant-based diet. Fatburger’s shake selection makes this restaurant chain one of the few that offer vegan ice cream. The shakes come sourced from Hollywood-based Craig’s vegan ice cream, providing a delicious vegan base for the shakes. Instead of a soft drink, complete the Impossible Burger meal with one of the four shake options.

13. Panera Bread

Although vegetarians will have an easy time finding a meal at Panera Bread, it’s a bit trickier for those who avoid dairy, as every meatless menu option tends to include cheese. Here’s how you can eat vegan at Panera.

  • Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich: The sandwich comes with feta but can be made vegan easily by requesting no cheese. The sandwich is filled with piquant peppers, cucumbers, emerald greens, tomatoes, and hummus. The sandwich is delicious and can be paired with a side salad to make an extremely delicious and filling lunch. It is possible to add avocado to the sandwich as a substitute for the feta, but the sandwich contains enough delicious ingredients without it.
  • Baja Bowl: Typically served with a french baguette, the Baja Bowl is an extremely nutritious and filling menu item. The bowl contains cilantro line brown rice and quinoa topped with black bean and corn salsa, salsa verde, red grape tomatoes, and avocado. The bowl usually comes with feta and Greek Yogurt, but just ask to remove the dairy products to make the Baja Bowl completely vegan.
  • Fuji Apple Salad without Chicken: The Fuji Apple Salad is a perfect salad for a sweeter, lighter craving. The salad comes on a mixed base of arugula, romaine, kale, and a red leaf blend with grape tomatoes, red onions, toasted pecan pieces, and apple chips all tossed in a sweet white balsamic vinaigrette. Ask for the salad without gorgonzola and chicken to make it fully vegan.

14. Dunkin

Dunkin Donuts has been on a plant-based roll lately, adding several food items to its menu that are filling options when you’re in a pinch. Besides all of its dairy-free drink options, here’s what you can eat at Dunkin as a plant-based diner.

  • Avocado Toast: This consists of an avocado spread made with avocado, lemon juice, salt, and pepper, served on Dunkin’s toasted Sourdough Bread, and topped with everything bagel seasoning. The quick-service take on the indescribably popular breakfast and brunch item hit menus at only $2.99.
  • Hummus Toast: If avocados aren’t your thing, load up on protein with Dunkin’s hummus toast, topped with roasted tomatoes and za’atar spices.
  • Hashbrowns: Dunkin Donuts flavors its potato snack with a special spice blend. Other than the quick-to-order coffee, the hashbrowns remain one of the main reasons to love Dunkin Donuts in the morning.
  • Beyond Sausage Sandwich: The sandwich may not come fully plant-based, but when you ask for the sandwich without eggs and cheese, it will be fully vegan. Although without the cheese and egg the sandwich is only the muffin and Beyond Sausage, at most stores you can easily order it with the new avocado spread or top it off with some ketchup and hashbrowns.

15. McDonald’s

McDonald’s has received criticism in recent years for its lack of meatless options (even its fries are cooked in animal fat!) but has answered critics by debuting the McPlant. Here’s what else is vegan at McDonald’s

  • McPlant: The meatless burger features a Beyond Meat patty made from potatoes, rice, and peas, topped with tomato, lettuce, pickles, onions, ketchup, and mustard. The McPlant also comes with dairy-based American cheese and mayo, but customers can easily ask to remove the animal-based ingredients.
  • Fruit & Maple Oatmeal: In a pinch for breakfast? This fruity oatmeal should do the trick. Just ensure you remove the cream when ordering to make it fully dairy-free.
  • Side Salad: Need to load up on some nutrients? Add a side salad to your order. For your dressing, order the Newmann’s Own Creamy French or Balsamic Vinaigrette to ensure the dressing is vegan.

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