Fast food restaurants have been adding Beyond Meat to their menus at such a dizzying pace lately that it feels almost impossible (no pun intended) to keep up.
Jen and I work on keeping up to date with all these menu updates literally every day and even we struggle with keeping up with where new plant based meat options seems to be showing up.
So, we decided put together a one stop resource, a complete list of all the fast food chains that are currently serving Beyond Meat. We’ll also include a few extra places that have tested Beyond Meat and even a couple that did carry it, but no longer do (Looking at you Dunkin’).
Let’s get right to it!
Fast Food Chains That Serve Beyond Meat
A&W Root Beer
A&W first offered the Beyond Burger in their Canadian locations in July of 2018. The launch was enormously successful with many stores breaking sales records the two quarters after the launch. I think it’s very fitting to note the answer of A&W Senior Director Marketing, Brand Communications Tom Newitt, when he was asked by Good Food Institute what he thought was the benefit of offering plant-based options:
There’s a growing consumer need for it, that’s the simple reason for it. We’re very guest-focused and we want to make sure we’re doing an excellent job of meeting their needs. The business need starts with the guest and what they want.
This speaks very simply to the idea of supply and demand. The more we demand restaurants offer plant based meat and then show that those options will be supported and profitable for the restaurant the more vegan options we will continue to see.
As for the burger itself, there seems to be conflicting information on whether all US locations carry the Beyond Burger. Ask your location to find out for sure. If they do offer it, make sure to order WITHOUT Mayo and Burger Sauce (Uncle Sauce).
Also, like almost all fast food restaurants that carry plant based burgers, be aware that the burger is cooked on the same grill as meat products.
Denny’s added the Beyond Burger to their menu at the beginning of 2020. After an enormously successful launch at their Los Angeles locations, Denny’s decided to offer the burger at all 1700 of their locations nationwide.
Denny’s Beyond Burger needs just a couple modifications to be made fully vegan. By default the burger comes with with lettuce, tomato, red onions, pickles, American cheese† and All-American sauce† on a multigrain bun. Served with wavy-cut fries. †Make sure to order without American cheese and All-American sauce. (Denny’s also has a veggie patty that is vegan as well!)
Personally, Denny’s might just be our favorite of all the Beyond Burgers on this list. I’m not sure if it’s how they cook it, the bun or what – but, something about it I really, really enjoy.
Not only does Bareburger have the Beyond Burger, they have multiple vegan burger options. This includes a Beyond Burger, Impossible Burger, a Quinoa based burger and a Black Bean Burger. It’s one of the only places in the country where you may struggle to decide which plant based burger you want.
Their Beyond Burger comes with vegan american cheese (one of only two burgers on this list that also comes with vegan cheese), sweet pickles, red onions, green leaf, vegan mayo, ketchup, sprout bun.
Del Taco was the first Mexican quick serve restaurant to serve Beyond Meat on their menu. One of their original Beyond burritos was the Epic Beyond Cali Burrito that featured not only Beyond Meat but Del Taco’s signature crinkle cut French fries.
They have switched up their featured Beyond burritos and Beyond Tacos over the past couple years to keep things fresh and interesting.
One thing, however, you can always count on when it comes to Del Taco burritos… they’re HUGE! One burrito is more than enough to satisfy almost any appetite.
You can currently order the Epic Beyond Fresh Guacamole Burrito and the Beyond Guacamole Taco as is straight off the menu with no modifications.
Peet’s Coffee has over 300 locations across the US (over half of those located on the west coast) and it also has something that none of the other popular coffee chains does… a 100% plant-based breakfast sandwich.
Peet’s Everything Plant Based Sandwich is made with all plant-based ingredients. Seasoned Beyond Breakfast Sausage is layered with fluffy Just Egg Folded and melty vegan cheddar on a toasted everything bagel thin.
We don’t personally have any Peet’s close to us, but we can’t wait to get a chance to try one of these fully plant based sandwiches out!
In early 2018 TGI Fridays began offering the Beyond Burger in their 350 US locations. The Beyond Meat Cheeseburger at TGI Fridays needs to be ordered with no cheese. Also, choose the Challah Bun (Gluten Free bun is NOT vegan). Fridays plant based patty is seasoned and grilled, lettuce, tomato, red onions, pickles and Fridays™ sauce.
Carl’s Jr serves two different versions of the Beyond Burger at their 1500 locations nationwide, but you do need to be a little careful in how you order it. The Beyond Famous Star needs to be ordered without cheese and mayo. The Beyond BBQ Cheeseburger has to be ordered with no cheese and no onion rings (the onion rings contain egg).
We also want to note that while this may happen at many places, Carl’s Jr also confirms that their plant based burgers are cooked on shared cooking surfaces.
BurgerFi is one of the youngest chains on our list and one of the first to offer the Beyond Burger. Founded in 2011, BurgerFi partnered with Beyond Burger in 2017.
BurgerFi’s Beyond Burger comes with Ketchup, Mustard, Lettuce, Tomato, Pickles, Onions, on a Vegan Multigrain Bun. They also have a ton of other vegan toppings available if you want to get a little more creative with your burger.
Quick Serve Restaurants That Have TESTED Beyond Meat
In 2019, a KFC in Atlanta (Marietta to be more specific) became the first quick service restaurant to offer Beyond Chicken.
The Beyond Chicken came in the form of strips with a flavorful breaded coating.
We got really lucky on this one as this particular KFC just so happened to be about 10 minutes from our house! So, we got to experience the ridiculous demand that the Beyond Chicken received. Cars and people both were lined up around the restaurant and even caused traffic issues at the intersection from all people wanting to try it out.
After seeing this unbelievable demand, Jen and I thought for sure we’d see Beyond Chicken on KFC menus nationwide sooner rather than later, but now roughly 2 years later it hasn’t come to be. (At least not yet)
Panda Express is the hot name in Beyond Meat at the time of this writing because Panda Express very recently began testing Beyond Orange Chicken at around 70 locations nationwide.
Our closest Panda Express, about 3 miles down the road from us, was tapped as one of the testing locations. We’ve had it twice now and it is excellent.
My one criticism is when you pair the Beyond Chicken with Steamed White Rice what you seem to end up with is a very, very dry dish. We both felt they need to add a little extra sauce to the recipe.
Outside of that, I would dare any casual Panda Express eater to try to tell the difference between the Beyond version and the animal version. To me it tastes pretty much identical.
In August of 2021, Pizza Hut announced that it would be offering a Beyond Pepperoni Pizza for a limited time at about a dozen locations.
Yet again we were (the Atlanta area seems to be a great spot for Beyond Meat testing) lucky enough to have a testing location close enough to try it out. I have to be honest here – it was possibly the best Beyond Meat featured product I’ve ever had.
Jen and I were both skeptical at first because this pizza wasn’t going to include any dairy-free cheese and that’s usually a deal-breaker for me when it comes to getting pizza from a pizza place.
Turns out, didn’t even need any vegan cheese, it was AMAZING! There was so much flavor, from the Beyond Meat, the sauce and the crust that it was one of the best pizzas I’ve had since going vegan.
Unfortunately, the trial ended and we haven’t heard yet of when, or even if, Beyond Meat will be making a permanent addition to the Pizza Hut menu.
Fast Food Chains That USED to Serve Beyond Meat
On 9 November 2018, Dunkin’ announced its new partnership with Beyond Meat at national stores nationwide. The Beyond Sausage Breakfast Sandwich wasn’t vegan by default, as it came with egg and cheese off the menu but could easily be modified by just omitting those ingredients.
However, in June 2021 Dunkin’ pulled the Beyond Sausage Breakfast Sandwich from the menu. We have to admit, we didn’t really get the sandwich much ourselves. After you took off the egg and cheese, what you were left with was a pretty overpriced sausage on a muffin.
Maybe if Dunkin’ offered something a little more plant-based friendly, they’d see the demand they were wanting.
Hardee’s joined Carl’s Jr in late 2019 when both chains began offering the plant based burger.
Hardee’s offered a Original Beyond Thickburger (it needed a few substitutions to be made vegan) as well as a Beyond Sausage Burrito.
However, in early 2021, the VeggL community started noticing that Beyond Burgers and Beyond Sausage Burritos were disappearing from menus. Are they gone for good? Will they come back? We’ve not been able to get any straight answers from Hardee’s, but for now it seems that Beyond is not on Hardee’s menus.
If you’ve been reading through this entire article waiting for us to talk about Burger King and the Impossible Whopper, then you have your plant based meats mixed up. The Impossible Burger along with the Beyond Burger has been expanding to multiple locations as well and we’re already working on putting together an Impossible list just like this one.
We truly hope this trend continues of fast food restaurants putting more vegan options on their menus, whether it’s Beyond, Impossible or something else. Bringing plant based meats more mainstream and giving vegans and non-vegans alike the option to go plant-based for their breakfast or lunch is a great thing in our opinion.
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