Vegan options at fast food restaurants have come a long way in the past few years. I remember not too long ago when we’d go through a fast food drive-thru, Jen would be lucky just to be able to order some fries.
Now, with Beyond Burgers, Sofritas, Impossible Burgers and even Good Catch Crab Cakes (we see you Long John Silver’s) there are vegan friendly options almost everywhere you look with more and more being introduced what seems like monthly.
If you’re playing catch up on the vegan fast food options that are currently out there, or maybe you just want to make sure you’re not missing out on something, Jen and I put together a list of our favorite fast food orders.
Before we get started, a couple ground rules on what is allowed on this list. First, we’re going to classify fast food as a chain that typically has a drive-thru so you won’t see Chipotle or Blaze Pizza here. Second, these are fast food options at otherwise non-vegan chains so a vegan chain won’t be included here either (different list for a different article).
Third, yes we know that cross-contamination is likely at most of these locations – if you’d like to read more on our philosophy in that regard, please look at our Disclaimers page.
So, with those two ground rules in place, here we go!
- 1 The 7 Best Vegan Fast Food Options
- 2 Final Thoughts on the Best Vegan Fast Food Options
The 7 Best Vegan Fast Food Options
Bean Burrito ‘Fresco Style’ from Taco Bell
We thought it was fitting for this to go first on the list because it sort of feels like the OG when it comes to vegan fast food options. It’s delicious and easy to order without complicated substitutions. It’s also easy to eat in the car which makes it a great choice for road trips.
Speaking of substitutions, lately I’ve been adding potatoes and seasoned rice to mine. It bulks up the burrito while keeping it cheap and adds more layers of flavor. Taco Bell also has Cinnamon Twists too which is one of, if not the best fast food dessert that’s also vegan.
Del Taco’s Epic Beyond Fresh Guacamole Burrito
While that might be a mouthful to say, it’s also a mouthful to eat! Del Taco has had Beyond Meat on their menu for awhile now and they’ve had numerous iterations of burritos and tacos featuring Beyond Meat since then.
One of their newest burritos is the Epic Beyond Fresh Guacamole Burrito. It’s made up of Beyond Meat, slow-cooked beans, cilantro lime rice, pico de gallo and guacamole.
There’s a reason it’s called Epic. One of these burritos will be more than enough for almost anyone – it is packed to the brim with deliciousness. Finally, absolutely no modifications needed. You can order it directly as it’s listed on the menu.
Impossible Whopper at Burger King
When Burger King first rolled out the Impossible Whopper (order with no mayo!), I probably got it five times that week. Why? It’s amazing. Jen actually hesitates ordering them because they taste too much like the original thing that it’s hard for her to tell the difference. So much so that she gets weirded out and doesn’t finish it half the time. (Don’t worry, I do)
Like the previous two selections on our list, part of the reason the Impossible Whopper is such a great option is that it requires barely any modifications. No mayo, that’s it. Pair it up with an order of fries and you’re good to go.
The Beyond Famous Star Burger at Carl’s Jr
The Beyond Burger makes it’s second appearance on our list with Carl Jr’s Beyond Famous Star Burger. It requires a couple modifications (no cheese and no mayo) but not much. It’s thicker than the Impossible Whopper and has a similar flame grilled taste.
The burger, in combination with the pickles, onions and special sauce makes for a symphony of flavors that is spot on. Plus, you can add in an order of fries to round everything out perfectly.
Dairy Queen’s Dilly Bar
This vegan option is a little, ok a lot, different than the others, but that doesn’t make it any less great. Dairy Queen‘s Dilly Bar is an exact replica of the ice cream popsicles we used to eat as kids. It’s the kind of treat that even if you had a freezer full of them, they wouldn’t last long – at least not in our house.
You can pair it up with one of Dairy Queen’s pretzel for a perfect combination of salty and sweet.
If you’re really feeling nostalgic, you can go with the Star Kiss (also featured in the image above). We’re pretty sure it’s just ice, sugar and food coloring but it’s still pretty good on a hot summer day.
The Chow Mein at Panda Express
Panda Express’s Chow Mein is the kind of thing I could eat every single day and never get tired of it. The noodles are always well cooked and packed full of flavor. Pair it up with a couple spring rolls and you have one of the best vegan fast food options you could ever hope for. (From a non-vegan chain at least)
Also, we chose the Chow Mein because although we’ve heard from people that it not only exists, it’s amazing – we’ve never actually come across the Eggplant Tofu ourselves. If you are lucky enough to have Eggplant Tofu at a Panda Express near you, we’d recommend giving that a shot as well.
Dunkin’s Iced Coffee with Oat Milk and a Mocha Swirl
Not a food option, but considering this is the fast food menu item that I order more than any other it didn’t seem fair to leave it off the list. Dunkin’s Iced Coffee was my favorite back when Almond Milk was the only non-dairy option, but Oat Milk has taken this drink to another level.
The Mocha Swirl is the icing on the cake. All of the other swirl options at Dunkin’ contain dairy, but the Mocha is dairy-free and perfection in an iced coffee. Pair your drink with a bagel and breakfast is in the bag. Literally.
Final Thoughts on the Best Vegan Fast Food Options
The coolest thing we both noticed as we were finishing up this list is the fact that we were actually choosing our favorite options for this list. Not too long ago we would have been just trying to scrape together as many as we could find just to make a list. That’s definitely progress.
For instance, we didn’t even include the following options:
- White Castle’s Impossible Sliders – good but White Castle was never really either of our thing.
- Jason’s Deli has a really good Spinach Veggie Wrap that you can combo with their Organic Vegetable Soup. It’s a great pair when for a hearty and healthy lunch.
- El Pollo Loco’s Chickenless Burrito – we’ve heard great things, but with no El Pollo Loco anywhere in our vicinity, we haven’t had a chance to try it.
- Any of the dozens of vegan options at Starbucks.
We could keep going on which is also a pretty cool thing. And with vegan options at popular chain restaurants being added all the time, pretty soon it’s going to be even harder to narrow all the choices down to make a single list. We’re here for all of it.