Vegan Options at Steak n’ Shake (Updated 2023)

Vegan Options at Steak 'n Shake

With no plant-based burger and no non-dairy milkshakes, the vegan options at Steak n’ Shake become pretty scarce. If you’re vegan at Steak n’ Shake you’re going to be choosing between a side salad or a random collection of sides.

Here’s to hoping Steak n’ Shake jumps on the plant-based burger bandwagon that is becoming more and more popular.

We wouldn’t be mad about a non-dairy milkshake either 😉

Vegan Options at Steak n’ Shake


  • Garden Fresh Salad. Order with Light Italian Dressing and NO cheese or croutons … comes with lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, and red cabbage. 
  • Oyster or Saltine Crackers could be a topping to replace the croutons. 

Vegan Dressings

  • Light Italian


  • Garden Salad. Order with Light Italian Dressing and NO croutons.
  • Spaghetti. Order plain. 
  • Baked Beans (doesn’t appear to be available at all locations)
  • Thin ‘n Crispy Fries*
  • Cajun Fries*
  • Applesauce

Vegan on the Kid’s Menu

  • Applesauce
  • Baked Beans
  • Fresh Banana
  • Honest Kids Organic Appley Ever After (Apple Juice)

Vegan Breakfast Options

I honestly did not know until researching for this guide that Steak n’ Shake served Breakfast. Not a ton of options here either though.

  • Hash Brown, Crispy Patty
  • Hash Browns, Shredded
  • Bagel – The Bagel Sandwich is fairly obviously not vegan, but the bagel itself is.

Steak n’ Shake’s official statement regarding cross-contamination:

While a particular ingredient statement for an individual product may not list one of these allergens, our products may be prepared in an environment that is shared with products containing one or more of these allergens.
Accordingly, Steak ’n Shake cannot assure that any menu item will be “allergen free.”

While we can’t confirm this (yet), based on experience we would imagine this would be especially true for the fries and hash browns in the fryer. Make sure to check with your server if this may be an issue for you.

Steak n’ Shake FAQ

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Are Steak n’ Shake’s Onion Rings Vegan?

According to Steak n’ Shake’s ingredients list, their onion rings contain whey. This means they are not vegan. Whey is also the last ingredient listed meaning it’s the smallest amount of any ingredient in the onion rings.

So close Steak n’ Shake. So close.

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Our Picks

Jen & Ryan’s Pick: Have not been to a Steak n’ Shake in a long time, definitely not since going vegan. We will update here if we do.

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