Fast food for vegans? Yes! And here are some of the best

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If you’re vegan, you’ve probably had to settle for fries or hash browns when your friends hit the drive-thru lane (well, unless you went to McDonald’s, which are usually not actually vegan in the U.S.).

Luckily, the last few years have brought a wave of new vegan options besides potato-based dishes. With the rise of meat alternatives, avocados and dairy alternatives, there are now more vegan fast food options than ever before.

To help you or your vegan friends on your next trip through the drive-thru, we’ve assembled some of the best vegan fast food options you can get right now that aren’t just french fries or hash browns.

 

We’ve listed common ingredients, like mayo or cheese, that you’ll have to ask to hold or sub out. Note that you should still check with your local fast food restaurants to ensure they’re not cross contaminating or using non-vegan oils for frying. Availability may also vary by location.

Burger King’s Impossible Whopper
Burger King

1. Burger King’s Impossible Whopper

Ingredients you’ll need to hold: Hold the mayo and cheese

Starbucks’ Chickpea Bites & Avocado Protein Box
Starbucks

2. Starbucks’ Chickpea Bites & Avocado Protein Box

Ingredients you’ll need to hold: None

Carl’s Jr.’s Fried Zucchini
Carl’s Jr.

3. Carl’s Jr.’s Fried Zucchini

Ingredients you’ll need to hold: None

Dunkin's Avocado Toast
Dunkin’

4. Dunkins’ Avocado Toast

Ingredients you’ll need to hold: None

Taco Bell’s Cinnamon Twists
Taco Bell

5. Taco Bell’s Cinnamon Twists

Ingredients you’ll need to hold: None

Subway’s Beyond Meatball Marinara sub
Subway

6. Subway’s Beyond Meatball Marinara sub

Ingredients you’ll need to hold: Hold the cheese

Jamba Juice’s Impossible Handwich
Jamba Juice

7. Jamba Juice’s Impossible Handwich

Ingredients you’ll need to hold: Cheese

Del Taco’s Epic Beyond Original Mex Burrito
Del Taco

8. Del Taco’s Epic Beyond Original Mex Burrito

Ingredients you’ll need to hold: The original burrito doesn’t come with cheese, but note that you’ll have to ask to hold the cheese on the eight-layer version!

McDonald’s Southwest Salad
McDonald’s

9. McDonald’s Southwest Salad

Ingredients you’ll need to hold: The cheese and Southwest dressing

Baskin Robbins’ Vegan Coffee Caramel Chunk ice cream
Baskin Robbins

10. Baskin Robbins’ Vegan Coffee Caramel Chunk ice cream

Ingredients you’ll need to hold: None

Johnny Rockets’ Gardein Black Bean Burger
Johnny Rockets

11. Johnny Rockets’ Gardein Black Bean Burger

Ingredients you’ll need to hold: The cheese

Papa Johns’ Breadsticks
Papa Johns

12. Papa Johns’ Breadsticks

Ingredients you’ll need to hold: Order them plain to ensure they’re vegan!

Pizza Hut’s Cinnamon Sticks
Pizza Hut

13. Pizza Hut’s Cinnamon Sticks

Ingredients you’ll need to hold: Skip the icing dip

Chick-fil-A’s Sunflower Multigrain Bagel
Chick-fil-A

14. Chick-fil-A’s Sunflower Multigrain Bagel

Ingredients you’ll need to hold: Cream cheese

Panera’s Baja Grain Bowl
Panera

15. Panera’s Baja Grain Bowl

Ingredients you’ll need to hold: The Greek yogurt and cheese

Wendy’s Plain Baked Potato with Chives
Wendy’s

16. Wendy’s Plain Baked Potato with Chives

Ingredients you’ll need to hold: The butter, cheese and sour cream

Auntie Anne’s Jalapeño Pretzel
Auntie Anne’s

17. Auntie Anne’s Jalapeño Pretzel

Ingredients you’ll need to hold: The cheese, and pass on the dips

Panda Express’ Chow Mein
Panda Express

18. Panda Express’ Chow Mein

Ingredients you’ll need to hold: None

Chipotle Mexican Grill’s bean and rice burrito
Chipotle Mexican Grill

19. Chipotle Mexican Grill’s bean and rice burrito

Ingredients you’ll need to hold: Since this is a build your own burrito, be sure you avoid products with meat and dairy.

White Castle’s Impossible Sliders
White Castle’s

20. White Castle’s Impossible Sliders

Ingredients you’ll need to hold: The cheese

A Starbucks coffee
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Drinks

Starbucks’ Pink Drink
Starbucks

21. Starbucks’ Pink Drink

Ingredients you’ll need to hold: Just make sure you use vegan milk if you order with creamer.

Starbucks’ Caffe Americano
Starbucks

22. Starbucks’ Caffe Americano

Ingredients you’ll need to hold: Be sure to ask for vegan milk or creamer.

Dunkin’s Refreshers
Dunkin’

23. Dunkin’s Refreshers

Ingredients you’ll need to hold: If you’re ordering with milk, make sure you order oat or almond.

Dunkin’s Strawberry Coolatta
Dunkin’

24. Dunkin’s Strawberry Coolatta

Ingredients you’ll need to hold: None

Jamba Juice’s Smooth Talkin' Mango smoothie
Jamba Juice

25. Jamba Juice’s Smooth Talkin’ Mango smoothie

Ingredients you’ll need to hold: None

Baskin Robbins’ Mangonada
Baskin Robbins

26. Baskin Robbins’ Mangonada

Ingredients you’ll need to hold: None

Johnny Rockets’ Vegan milkshake
Johnny Rockets

27. Johnny Rockets’ Vegan milkshake

Ingredients you’ll need to hold: Note that only some locations carry the vegan milkshakes, so be sure to ask ahead of time.

Dairy Queen’s Misty Slushes
Dairy Queen

28. Dairy Queen’s Misty Slushes

Ingredients you’ll need to hold: None

McDonald’s Unsweetened Iced Tea
McDonald’s

29. McDonald’s Unsweetened Iced Tea

Ingredients you’ll need to hold: None

A&W’s Root Beer
A&W
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Fast food for vegans? Yes! And here are some of the best

Constance Brinkley-Badgett

Constance Brinkley-Badgett is MediaFeed’s executive editor. She has more than 20 years of experience in digital, broadcast and print journalism, as well as several years of agency experience in content marketing. She has served as a digital producer at NBC Nightly News, Senior Producer at CNBC, Managing Editor at ICF Next, and as a tax reporter at Bloomberg BNA.

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