We recently put together a list of our favorite vegan fast food options, but we noticed that we were being very biased against breakfast items.
There’s a pretty simple reason for that too: It’s currently way, way easier to find lunch and dinner vegan-friendly options at chain restaurants. With faux meats like Beyond and Impossible, it’s made it convenient (and profitable) for many fast food chains to add a vegan option.
But, there are some good vegan fast food breakfast options out there and we’re going to go over our favorites in this article.
Just a few ground rules before we get started. We are considering fast food locations places that generally have a drive through. So, no Panera Bread – although there was heavy discussion because we have seen a Panera Bread with a drive-thru, but I digress.
Bagels and Avocado Toast from Dunkin’
Unfortunately, Dunkin’ discontinued their Beyond Breakfast Sandwich, but they still have some solid vegan breakfast options. 4 different choices of bagel (Plain, Cinnamon Raisin, Everything & Sesame), avocado toast and mini hash browns.
They also have (biased opinion incoming) the best coffee of any coffee chain. There, I said it. They also have pretty much every available non-dairy milk to choose from too. Soy, Almond, Oat (although you have to pay extra for it) and recently Dunkin’ added Coconut Milk as well.
French Toast Sticks & Hash Browns from Burger King
Healthy? Not really. Delicious? Yes. Will you want to immediately go back to bed and take a nap? Absolutely.
Burger King’s French Toast Sticks and Hash Browns are the ultimate combination of fried and sugar (that dipping syrup) that screams fast food. However, whether you need something quick and easy on the way to work or grabbing a guilty pleasure on a road trip, this breakfast combo from Burger King will do the job.
Multigrain Bagel and Hash Browns from Chick Fil-A
Because of the popularity of other Chick Fil-A breakfast items, a lot of people don’t even know Chick Fil-A has a bagel on the menu. The Sunflower Multigrain Bagel is actually pretty good though, and Chick Fil-A’s mini hash browns are some of the best in all of fast food.
Also, don’t forget that Chick Fil-A has coffee to go with your bagel and hash browns!
Smoothies from Jamba Juice
If you wasn’t expecting Jamba Juice on this list, then I suspect you’ve been missing out on one of the best vegan breakfast options available – smoothies. Jamba has 10+ Plant Based Smoothies (check out our Jamba Guide for all of them) and most locations are open at 7AM. What are you waiting for???
In addition to smoothies, Jamba also has PB Banana Toast (order with no honey) and a good variety of vegan-friendly bowls as well.
Everything Plant Based Sandwich from Peet’s
Peet’s has something that almost none of the other popular coffee chains has – a completely plant-based breakfast sandwich that can be ordered directly off the menu as-is! (Dunkin’ was close for a minute but they’ve since discontinued their Beyond Breakfast Sandwich)
The sandwich features seasoned Beyond Sausage, Just Egg AND vegan cheddar! How awesome is that? Pair it up with a coffee and your morning is covered.
Smoothies from Smoothie King
Similar to Jamba Juice, Smoothie King has over a dozen varieties of plant based smoothies to choose from and most locations open up at 7AM. So, if grabbing something healthy in the morning sounds better than something fried and greasy, Smoothie King can be a great option.
Some of our favorites include the Vegan Dark Chocolate Banana, Vegan Mango Kale and the Veggie Lemon Ginger Spinach.
Bagels and Coffee from Starbucks
Starbucks has what feels like a limitless variety of vegan-friendly coffee drinks and multiple bagels to choose from – plain, sprouted grain and multigrain. Look for packaged Organic Avocado Spread, Justin’s Hazelnut Butter or Classic Almond Butter & spread on.
McDonald’s Fruit and Maple Oatmeal
We have to admit though, the oatmeal is delightful! Pair it up with some Mickey D’s coffee which pretty dang good too and you’ve got breakfast covered.
Final Thoughts on Vegan Fast Food Breakfast Options
Vegan options at fast food chains are expanding more and more all the time. While the majority of these new options seem to be going towards lunch and dinner items, breakfast is starting to be getting more attention lately.
Dunkin’ had a Beyond Sausage Breakfast Sandwich on the menu for awhile, Peet’s has one at the moment and rumors about Starbucks adding one to their menu is something we hear about all the time.