6 Vegan Fast Food Burgers You Need to Try (Updated 2024)

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Over the past few years, vegan fast-food burgers have been added to (and taken away) from menus so fast that it’s been hard to keep track of them all.

If that’s how you feel, don’t worry, in this article we’re going to get you all caught up on which fast food chains you can currently order a plant-based burger and any modifications you may need to make when ordering.

In case you have a favorite vegan burger whether it’s Beyond, Impossible or maybe a black bean burger, we’ll also let you who has what.

Basically, in the next few minutes, you’ll become a vegan fast-food burger* expert!

A few ground rules before we get started. To qualify as “fast food” you needed to generally have a drive through at your locations. This means that fast-casual restaurants and diner chains like Bareburger,Opens in a new tab. BurgerFi,Opens in a new tab. Denny’s, Ruby TuesdayOpens in a new tab. and Red RobinOpens in a new tab. didn’t make the list.

Not because they don’t have great vegan burgers (they do!), but because we didn’t consider them “fast food”.

Vegan Fast Food Burgers You Need to Try

Burger King’s Impossible Whopper

Vegan at Burger King
Burger King’s Impossible Whopper*

The Impossible Whopper was one of the first plant-based burgers to be offered at a fast food chain. Burger KingOpens in a new tab. rolled out the Impossible Whopper on August 8th, 2019. That’s over two years ago! It’s crazy to think how fast other fast-food chains have joined in on the vegan movement.

We love the Impossible Whopper so much that not only we think it’s one of the best plant-based burgers you can get, it’s also one of the best vegan fast food menu optionsOpens in a new tab. at any fast food chain, period.

The Impossible Whopper does need a slight modification when ordering. Make sure to order with NO MAYO – I also usually order with no cheese as well (even though the burger isn’t supposed to come with it by default) just to be sure.

Carl Jr’s Beyond Famous Star Burger

While Burger King was one of the early adopters of plant-based meat, the real OG is the Beyond Star Burger from Carl’s Jr. They added the Beyond Burger to the menu in December of 2018. Looking back, it’s crazy to see just how much earlier Carl’s Jr was compared to everyone else.

Like the Impossible Whopper, the Beyond Famous Star Burger does need a couple of slight modifications when ordering. Simply order the burger with NO cheese or mayo. That’s it though, no complicated order is needed.

White Castle’s Impossible Slider

Vegan Options at White Castle
White Castle’s Impossible Burgers, Crinkle Fries and Veggie Burger

One of the plant-based burgers that I feel goes under the radar is the Impossible Slider from White CastleOpens in a new tab..

These burgers only need to be ordered with NO CHEESE to make them vegan-friendly and some locations even carry dairy-free cheddar slices (always ask and see if you get lucky!). What you end up getting is something that tastes exactly like a White Castle slider.

Steamed bun, pickles, onions and an Impossible Burger that is a perfect replicate of the original.

Now, if you didn’t know White Castle had Impossible Sliders, then this is really going to blow your mind. They also carry a Veggie Burger that is made with a Dr. Praeger’s Veggie Patty. Forego the ranch and/or honey mustard and you have a second vegan burger option at White Castle.

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers Veggie Burger

Vegan Freddy's Custard Steakburger
Freddy’s Veggie Burger with modifications


The majority of the burgers on this list will be one of the big names within the plant-based burger space – Beyond, Impossible, etc. However, this is not the case with Freddy’s. Their burger is more ‘in-house’ and is made with a textured soy protein concentrate and black beans.

Some modifications are needed when ordering the veggie burger from Freddy’s. Order with NO cheese or thousand island dressing.

Also, we want to note that as far as we know some Freddy’s chains in Texas actually have a patty that is made with egg. We find this a little odd, but regardless, always ask a server at your location if the patty is made with 100% vegan ingredients.

Shake Shack’s Veggie Shack

Vegan Options at Shake Shack
Shake Shack’s Veggie Shack (with modifications), Fries and Vegan Shake

We went back and forth on whether Shake ShackOpens in a new tab. counted as ‘fast food’ because of the drive-thru rule that we were using; however, we learned that some Shake Shack’s have drive-thru’s so they made the list.

Shake Shack offers the Veggie Shack. It is a delicious veggie-based burger made with sweet potatoes, carrots, farro & quinoa.  Where Shake Shack didn’t get it completely right is that you have to order your burger with NO bun or with the gluten-free bun, which costs more. You also have to order it with NO cheese, crispy onions or shake sauce.

What makes Shake Shack stand out though is that you can feel very 50’s America Diner here since you can order a burger, fries & shake. Shake Shack offers non-dairy chocolate shakes. 🙂

the Habit Burger’s Veggie Burger

Most of the burgers on this list still require small order modifications, but that’s not the case with the Veggie Burger from the Habit BurgerOpens in a new tab.. The Veggie Burger comes with a Vegan veggie patty (Morningstar Farms Vegan Patty) on a toasted wheat bun, green leaf lettuce, fresh tomatoes, cucumbers & onions with sweet mustard dressing.

No need to order with no cheese or omit a sauce, you can order it exactly as is.

They also offer an Impossible Burger but you have to order it with NO mayo or caramelized onion. We do suggest asking if the toasted seeded bun has butter added to the top. If so, ask to SUB with a toasted wheat bun or lettuce wrap.

What About…

Were you expecting to see a particular chain on this list and they’re not there? Here are a few of the chains we get asked about the most:


The Root Beer chain carries a Beyond Burger in their Canadian A&WOpens in a new tab. locations and actually did try out the Beyond Burger on their menus in the US, but as of 2021 it is no longer on the menu here in the states.


Hardee’s had a Beyond Thickburger on their menu for over a year, then out-of-blue discontinued it from their menu. People only found out about the burger no longer being offered when they tried to order it and was told it was no longer available.


There has been A LOT of talk of the McPlant Burger coming to the USOpens in a new tab.. You may have heard it being available in other countries, and it is, it just hasn’t found it’s way to US menus (yet).


You would think that a burger spot that has six different varieties of their black bean burger would have a fully plant-based version, but unfortunately SmashBurgerOpens in a new tab. does not. All of their black bean burgers contain milk and eggs.

*As with any restaurant that is not 100% vegan or does not offer a designated cooking space for their vegan options, cross contamination can occur and fryers/grills may be shared with animal products. You can choose what your level of comfort is with these potential issues For more information on how we consider what counts as vegan, please see our VeggL Disclaimers Page.

Final Thoughts on Vegan Fast Food Burgers

We have a feeling that this list is going to need constant updating over the years and that’s hopefully going to be a great problem to have. While it seems like forever ago, the first vegan burger debuted at Carl’s Jr but it was only in 2019. Since then, the entire fast food landscaped has changed dramatically; with many highs and some lows.

Not too long ago most fast food chains had zero vegan options unless it was by shear accident. Now we have vegan-friendly menu options being added all the time.

It’s an exciting time to be a vegan and Jen and I, here with VeggL, are doing our best to help you navigate all these changing and updating menus.

We currently have over 400 vegan guides for popular chain restaurantsOpens in a new tab., airportsOpens in a new tab., sports venuesOpens in a new tab. and some amusment parksOpens in a new tab.. We even have an AppOpens in a new tab.! The free version allows you to have access to all of our web-based guides all in one place. Or choose VeggL Pro and have streamlined guides with NO ads, pictures or extra writing–just clean vegan info.




If you notice any changes that need to be made, or we need to add a vegan burger to the list, please let us knowOpens in a new tab.!

VeggL (Jen and Ryan)

VeggL is the passion project of Jen & Ryan. Both vegan (Jen since 2012, Ryan since 2018), they wanted to help other vegans & plant based folks through an incredibly frustrating process--trying to figure out what you can eat & where in the US. Pictured w/ our pups, Mia & Chompers.

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