It really doesn’t seem that long ago that Burger King introduced the Impossible Whopper and since then the entire plant-based meat sector has exploded and found it’s way onto dozens of fast food menus.
The two dominant names right now in the industry are Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods.
It feels like every week we get news of another fast-food chain either adding a vegan meat substitute or at least testing one on their menus.
It’s been so hard to keep up with that we thought it would be beneficial to go through all of our guides, find all the fast-food restaurants serving up the Impossible Burger and put them all together in one list.
One final note before we get started – we are a vegan website run by a husband and wife team who are both vegans themselves so we’ll also include notes on how to order each burger vegan. We get that you don’t need to be vegan to order Impossible Burgers so we wanted to make that note so there’s no confusion!
Fast Food Restaurants with Impossible Burger
The Impossible Whopper was one of the first plant-based burgers to be offered at a fast-food chain. Burger King 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 do we think it’s one of the best plant-based burgers you can get, it’s one of the best vegan fast food menu options at any fast-food chain, period.
Burger King doubled down on their Impossible success with the addition of Impossible Croissan’wich to their breakfast menu, although this sandwich is not quite so vegan-friendly.
Bareburger has a whole heap of plant-based burgers on its menu. Impossible Burgers, Beyond Burgers, a black bean burger and even a Good Catch Fish Sandwich is on the menu now.
The two Impossible Burgers currently on the menu are the Forager Burger (truffle frizzled onions, organic wild mushrooms, organic baby kale, smoke sauce, sprout bun) and the Original Vegan Impossible Burger (vegan American cheese, caramelized onions, dill pickles, organic garlic aioli, sprout bun).
The Impossible Burger has been around at The Cheesecake Factory for a lot longer than you may have realized. They rolled it out on their menus in the fall of 2018 and it’s been on there ever since.
There’s actually a really good selection of vegan-friendly items on Cheesecake Factory’s menu which makes sense when you think about it because, well, what isn’t on their menu?!?
While Burger King often gets credit for it, Fatburger was actually the first national chain to add the Impossible Burger back in 2018. It’s hard to believe that now only 3 years later, you can find Impossible at so many chains.
FatBurger is also one of the vegan-friendliest fast-food chains in the US. Not only can you get an Impossible Burger there (order with NO mayo), but you can add Daiya Dairy-Free Cheese to your burger as well.
Finally, to top it all off, you can wash down your burger and fries with your choice of FOUR different vegan milkshakes. Choose from vanilla, strawberry, chocolate and maui-banana!
Hard Rock Cafe
We don’t have a lot of info on Hard Rock Cafe (we’ve yet to do a complete vegan guide on Hard Rock Cafe, but it is on our list!)
What we do know though is that they do have an Impossible Burger on their menu. It appears that it will need at least a few modifications – according to their online menu the burger comes with cheddar cheese and an onion ring which are generally not vegan at restaurants.
If you thought this list would be all burgers, surprise!
Qdoba added Impossible Meat Crumbles to their menu in 2019. You can add the Impossible Crumbles to bowls, burritos and tacos.
We have to say that it’s an absolute game-changer for ordering vegan at Qdoba. Who knows, maybe we’ll even get a plant-based Qdoba Queso one day!
Some people might be surprised to find out that Red Robin is one of the friendliest fast food places for a vegan burger of any fast food restaurant, but it’s true!
Red Robin’s Impossible Burger does need a couple of modifications – Order with NO cheese or mayo. It’s served with an impossible patty, red pickle relish, onions, pickles, lettuce and tomatoes on a classic sesame bun.
What makes Red Robin so plant-burger friendly is that they also have a veggie burger made out of ancient grain and quinoa. That’s right, vegans have two burger options at Red Robin! And, don’t forget to grab an order of Red Robin’s famous steak fries with your burger!
Perhaps the youngest chain on our list is Umami Burger (founded in 2009). Umami Burger has locations in California, Miami, Chicago, New York and even one spot in the Bahamas.
They’ve been serving up Impossible Burgers since all the way back in 2017, but there’s a catch. Umami’s Impossible Burger is not necessarily vegan, including even the bun itself.
We’ve reached out to Umami to try to get more details on how to order their Impossible Burger vegan, but we’ve not been able to get an answer yet – we’ll update here when we do.
White Castle has been serving up Impossible Sliders since 2018. They’re a plant-based version of their regular sliders, served with pickles and onions on those delicious steamed buns.
The only mod you need to make to the Impossible Sliders is to order them with no cheese. If you’re really lucky, there are select White Castle locations that carry Daiya dairy-free cheese – just ask and cross your fingers!
White Castle also serves up a vegan-friendly Veggie Burger that is made with Dr. Praeger’s Veggie Patty, so vegans have multiple options for those late-night burger runs.
Fast Food Places Testing Impossible Burger?
You may have heard that Starbucks has an Impossible Breakfast Sandwich featuring the Impossible Breakfast Sausage.
However, they’re not quite vegan. Actually, they’re not even close.
The sandwich comes pre-packaged with egg and cheese on the sandwich. Then, to top it off, the Ciabatta Bread that the Sausage is served on contains egg.
Literally, the only thing vegan on the sandwich is the Impossible Sausage itself.
There is some good news on the horizon though. Starbucks has been testing a fully vegan version of the breakfast sandwich at a few locations (one in Seattle and one in Texas last we checked). Here’s to hoping this version finds its way onto menus nationwide soon!
There were reports back in 2018 that Applebee’s was carrying the Impossible Burger at select New York City locations.
Not sure if those locations are still carrying the burger or not, but it’s definitely not found its way to locations nationwide.
Johnny Rockets was serving up an Impossible Burger in the summer of 2021 at 80 select locations across the country. You could even get a vegan milkshake to go with your burger.
It did come with its share of issues. For example, Johnny Rockets does not carry a vegan-friendly bun so the burger had to be ordered on a lettuce wrap or just sans bun.
However, it appears that the Impossible Burger (and the shakes) are no longer on the menu.
Back in 2019 Little Caesars rolled out the Impossible Supreme Pizza onto select menus across the country.
The pizza featured Impossible Foods Impossible Sausage along with mushrooms, caramelized onions and green peppers.
Unfortunately, the Impossible Supreme finished its test run and hasn’t been added back to any Little Caesars menu that we’re aware of.
As someone who used to pick up a $5 Hot n Ready pizza on an almost weekly basis, I for one, hope to see Impossible Sausage back on the menu at Little Caesars at some point in the future.
Baja Fresh recently added Impossible Meat to their menu and featured it in three new menu items.
Unfortunately for our vegan audience, we’ve never had more trouble finding vegan options at any fast food restaurant more than we did at Baja Fresh. To see the full back and forth we had with Baja Fresh, we list all of it on our Baja Fresh Vegan Guide.
Burgers aren’t the only Impossible products that you can now find at popular chain restaurants. Cracker Barrel tested out Impossible Sausages early in 2022 and then in July rolled them out to all of their locations in the US.
We gave them a try and they’re not only delicious but a much-needed plant-based addition to the Cracker Barrel menu.
Impossible Burgers, along with Impossible Sausage and all the Impossible varieties have been blowing up over the past few years. Fast food restaurants have been adding, or at least testing, Impossible featured menu items so often that it’s often hard to keep track.
This also doesn’t even include all the fast food places that have added Beyond Meat to their menus.
Jen and I have loved watching this supply meeting demand unfold recently. Whether it’s aimed at vegans, or just people wanting to reduce their meat consumption for whatever reason – it’s all steps in the right direction as far as we’re concerned.
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