A&W Vegan Options Cheat Sheet (Updated 2021)

Vegan options at A&W

The vegan options at A&W are slim. A&W Canada seems to be getting all of the love when it comes to vegan/plant based meat options. The A&W’s in the U.S. did try out the Beyond Burger but as of 2021, Beyond Burger is no longer an option on their menus. Even when they were, it seemed to not have reached a nationwide rollout. 

What that means is you are not going to have many options. We’ll keep you up to date if that changes. 


Vegan Options at A&W


Sides

  • Fries*
  • Mott’s Applesauce

In you’re wondering about the Onion Rings, they contain whey.

Sweets & Treats

  • Limeade
  • Limeade, Strawberry
  • Limeade, Cherry
  • Slushee, Cherry
  • Slushee, Watermelon
  • Slushee, Lemon
  • Slushee, Lime
  • Slushee, Blue Raspberry

Root Beer

  • A&W Root Beer
  • A&W Diet Root Beer

Notes

*In some restaurants fish, shrimp, chicken, potatoes, and other fried menu items may be prepared in the same oil. Vegan/Vegetarian selections are prepared on common equipment with animal-derived products. – via A&W website


A&W Vegan FAQ


A&W Root Beer

Is A&W seasoning vegan?

Yes! Per the A&W website their seasoning is vegan. In fact, here is what A&W’s seasoning consists of:
Salt, sugar, spices, paprika, dextrose, onion powder, corn starch, garlic powder, hydrolyzed cornprotein, extractive of paprika, disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate, silicon dioxide (anti-caking agent).

Does A&W have vegan burgers?

They did. As of 2021, the Beyond Burger is no longer on A&W’s menus in the United States. Canada does seem to have Beyond products but the U.S. did not keep their Beyond Burger on the menu and honestly, we’re not sure why. 

Is A&W Root Beer Dairy Free?

Yes! A&W’s Root Beer and Diet Root Beer are both dairy free and 100% vegan.

Can I eat WFPB (Whole Food Plant Based) at A&W?

The best you can do at A&W is their Mott’s Applesauce and that depends on what your stance is on high fructose corn syrup because it does contain that. Of course if you consider the HFCS to be reasonable then you might be ok with a Limeade. It is labeled as vegan but does contain not what I would call healthy WFPB ingredients. 


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Ryan’s Pick: We got lucky to happen to be in Canada shortly after A&W released their Beyond Burgers. Burger was solid, fries are good and when you go to A&W you have to get a root beer, am I right?

Jen’s Pick: Yes, the Beyond Burger was solid but as we know, it is no longer available so I doubt A&W will be on my list of restaurants to stop at any time soon. 


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