- Even though vegan food and fast food seem like complete opposites, there are a surprising number of vegan meals you can order at popular fast-food chains with little modification.
- In other words, the food is vegan without your having to change anything besides requesting no cheese.
- Burger King, Taco Bell, and White Castle are among the chains that have vegan meals you can order without having to use any menu hacks.
Vegans in Finland and Sweden rejoiced when McDonald’s launched its first-ever vegan burger, called the McVegan. But as it turns out, many popular fast-food chains have been serving vegan meals all along, whether or not they realised it. To clarify, this refers to meals you can get from popular chains like Burger King and Taco Bell that have absolutely no meat, dairy, egg, or other animal products.
While they may be few and far between, there are a surprising number of fast-food meals that are vegan (although you may have to ask for no cheese).
From french toast sticks to apple pie, here are some unexpectedly vegan meals from popular fast-food chains:
Burger King: French toast sticks
Burger King’s five-piece french toast sticks with maple syrup are the perfect breakfast for when you’re on the go, and are vegan ordered right off the menu.
McDonalds: Fruit and maple oatmeal (no cream) and apple pie
Replace cream with water and you’ve got a simple vegan breakfast from McDonald’s. If you’re craving something sweet, its mini cinnamon apple pie is vegan, too.
White Castle: Veggie sliders
Most fast-food veggie burgers contain eggs, but White Castle’s sliders are safe for vegans, without having to make any changes when you order.
Denny’s: Build your own burger
Denny’s has a surprising amount of vegan-friendly food, including the build your own burger. Get the veggie patty and any toppings (besides cheese), and the build your own burger is easy to make vegan.
Panera: Black bean soup in a bread bowl
Panera Bread lists all of its vegan food on its website. That includes this black bean soup that’s made with onions, red bell pepper, garlic, and cumin.
Subway: Veggie delight (without mayo)
You can order the veggie delight sandwich on roasted garlic bread, sourdough, light wheat English muffin, or hearty Italian bread – just skip the mayo, and it’s vegan.
KFC: Corn on the cob, green beans, baked beans, potato wedges, and a house salad
KFC doesn’t have a vegan meal, but all of its sides are vegan when ordered with no butter. Vegetables, baked beans, potato wedges, and a salad are always safe bets if you’re trying to eat vegan at KFC.
Olive Garden: Minestrone soup, breadsticks, and pasta with marinara sauce
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It’s easy to have a filling vegan meal at Olive Garden, especially with the unlimited breadsticks. Olive Garden uses a soy-butter substitute on its breadsticks, and the pastas are free of egg and butter, too.
Red Robin: Gourmet Veggie Burger with sweet potato fries
Without the sauce and cheese, Red Robin’s gourmet veggie burger is totally vegan-friendly. It’s made with fresh tomato bruschetta salsa, avocado slices, and shredded romaine wrapped in a lettuce bun and served with bottomless broccoli.
Dominos: Thin crust veggie pizza (with extra veggies instead of cheese)
Pizza without cheese sounds pointless to some, but the vegan pie from Dominos is surprisingly great loaded up with just sauce and vegetables.
Pizza Hut: Veggie lovers pizza (no cheese) and cinnamon sticks
Like Dominos, just skip the cheese, and Pizza Hut veggie pizzas are totally vegan. All of the crusts are, too, as well as the cinnamon sticks (including the icing).
Au Bon Pain: Spinach and chickpea ragout or French Moroccan lentil soup
Au Bon Pain is great for vegans, with a few different soup options, bagels, and three different salads. No changes need to be made – just order them straight from the menu.
Taco Bell: Seven-layer burrito fresco-style with cinnamon sticks
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Taco Bell is probably the most vegan-friendly fast-food restaurant there is. Anything with cheese and sour cream can be ordered “fresco style,” and the dairy ingredients will be replaced with pico de gallo salsa. Meat can always be replaced with beans and potatoes, the cinnamon sticks are vegan-friendly, and even the new nacho fries are safe to eat.
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