Vegan Options at Cracker Barrel (Updated 2022)

vegan options at cracker barrel

It’s probably not a big surprise that the vegan options at Cracker Barrel are slim pickin’s. When I think of Cracker Barrel, I envision basically everything covered with either butter or gravy (or both!).

I have to admit in my pre-vegan days I loved their Biscuits and Gravy.

But, even then we stopped going, because I felt awful for Jen who was stuck ordering a plain baked potato, grits or a fruit cup. So, if you end up at the Old Country Store, you have your work cut out for you.

Although, there is some hope on the horizon. Cracker Barrel is currently testing an Impossible Sausage at 50 of it’s locations in the U.S. If you happen to find one of the 50, let us know what you think!

Here’s everything vegan at Cracker Barrel.


Vegan Options at Cracker Barrel


Breakfast Menu

Traditional Favorites

  • Coarse Ground Grits

Side Plates

  • Impossible Sausage* (testing in 50 locations)
  • Fried Apples
  • Fresh Seasonal Fruit
  • Fresh Apple Slices
  • Multigrain Toast
  • English Muffin, Plain (regional)
  • Sweet Peppper n’ Red Skin Hash (regional)

*Impossible Sausage shares a cooking surface with animal products. 

Sweet Toppings

  • 100% Pure Natural Syrup
  • Our Blueberry Syrup
  • Sugar Free Syrup
  • Low-Sugar Fruit Spread

Lunch/Dinner

Country Salads

All salads can be made vegan by omitting cheese, egg and croutons (the sourdough croutons contain milk)

Dressings/Sauces

  • Fat-Free Italian
  • Balsamic Herb Vinaigrette
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Ketchup

Country Vegetables ‘n Sides

  • Steak Fries*
  • Breaded Fried Okra*
  • Fresh Steamed Broccoli
  • Fresh Seasonal Fruit
  • Fresh Apple Slices
  • Fried Apples

Thanks to one of our amazing readers we have become aware that Cracker Barrel cooks an alarming amount of their vegetables in lard. The corn, green beans, carrots, pinto beans & turnip beans are all cooked with lard.

Needless to say, this really limits the already limited amount of available vegan options to you at Cracker Barrel.

*Items share a fryer with non-vegan menu items

Country Side of the Day

  • Boiled Cabbage (Sun, Wed)
  • Lima Beans (Tues, Thurs, Sat)

Extras

  • Baked Sweet Potato, plain
  • Baked Potato, plain

* 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.


Cracker Barrel Vegan FAQ


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Is the Oatmeal at Cracker Barrel vegan?

Unfortunately not. The Apple n’ Cinnamon Oatmeal with pecans at Cracker Barrel contains milk.

Are the Biscuits at Cracker Barrel vegan?

No. The biscuits at Cracker Barrel are buttermilk biscuits and contain milk.

Are the Fried Apples at Cracker Barrel vegan?

Yes! The Fried Apples are vegan. Cracker Barrel also offers Fresh Apple Slices that are vegan as well.

Are the Cracker Barrel pancakes vegan?

No. We wish they were! The pancakes contain both eggs and milk. The French Toast contains egg, so no luck there either.

FYI taken from Cracker Barrel’s Allergen Guide

The information provided in this guide is based upon ingredient statements provided to us by our suppliers and highlights which menu items are prepared without allergen containing ingredients.

Our normal kitchen operations involve shared preparation and cooking areas, including common fryer oil; therefore, cross-contact of all our menu items is possible.

We have identified menu items cooked in our fryer or on our grill that may come in contact with all allergens. We cannot guarantee that the menu items listed are completely free of allergens. Regarding gluten, menu items that do not contain gluten does not necessarily meet the definition of “gluten-free” for those who are highly sensitive.

We recommend our guests with food allergies speak with the restaurant manager prior to placing an order, to make the kitchen aware of your needs.


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Our Picks

Ryan’s Pick: I’ve not been to a Cracker Barrel since going vegan and actually it was a few years even before that.

Jen’s Pick: I have only been to Cracker Barrel once (before VeggL was created) since being vegan.

I ordered a sweet potato and a fruit cup. It worked but honestly was the tiniest portions for the cost when most of the food there is plentiful for cheap prices. Did not make me want to come back but is an option if you need it to be.


More Links and Info

  • All information taken from Cracker Barrel’s Allergen Guide
  • If you’d like to check out Cracker Barrel’s full menu, head over to Cracker Barrel’s Official Menu page
  • Not quite what you’re looking for? We have Vegan Guides for over 175 popular chain restaurants, including other breakfast places like Panera Bread and Starbucks.
  • Disclaimer: We do everything possible at VeggL to make sure all our Vegan Guides are as up to date as possible, but sometimes menus and menu items can change. VeggL is not responsible for incorrect or outdated information. Always check with your location and server to confirm items are vegan when ordering. If you notice something that needs to be corrected – please let us know!

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