For those of you who are considering a meat-free lifestyle or are just curious, veganism is more than just not eating meat. It is the exclusion of all animal products; if it’s got anything that came from an animal (meaning no dairy or gelatin either), a vegan typically won’t want anything to do with it. Obviously, this includes fast-food.
Now getting to the point, be you a newbie vegan or an old hand, you might be on the lookout for some good fast-food. Fair enough, there are days when we’re all itching for a drive-through meal or are just straight up too lazy to cook. Fine. The thing is… where on earth do you go?
Ordering vegan fast-food can be kind of tricky, to say the least, but it really is helpful when the restaurant specifies it’s vegan and doesn’t leave you to do all the leg work. So, without further ado, here are five vegan fast-food places that you can probably hit up for dinner tonight.
Technically, anywhere that serves salad and any kind of food that doesn’t have animal products can be considered as having vegan items on the menu. MacDonald’s, for example, has:
- Fruit and Maple Oatmeal
- Apple slices
- Side Salad
- Minute Maid Slushie
- Southwest Salad
- Apple Pie
One other thing worth mentioning is that MacDonald’s does have a totally vegan burger called the McVegan (yeah, the name isn’t super imaginative, but neither is “BigMac”) and it is indeed absolutely free of any animal products. Unfortunately, it’s only available in Finland and Sweden, but hey, at least the franchise is making an effort. Who knows, the McVegan might become available in the US soon.
Denny’s is more fast-casual – but considering what the main star of this section is, they count. Basically, they have a set up that’s like Build-a-Bear Workshop, but with burgers, They’ve been serving Amy’s Kitchen Burger Patties (which is a brand of veggie burger that can also be found in grocery stores if you decide you actually want to cook) for quite a while now. They’re called “Amy’s Veggie Burger” on the menu and you can customize it to your specific tastes.
If you want a little more variety, there’s also:
- Veggie Skillets – basically their skillets without the animal products – eggs and cheese – think a really nice breakfast stir fry and that’s what this is.
- Oatmeal – have it with some applesauce or perhaps a side of fruit, you won’t regret it.
- Hashbrowns – what makes this a vegan choice is all in how you ask for it. Like the skillets, ask for any veggie toppings, exclude the eggs and cheese and you’re golden.
Sheetz is a 24-hour convenience store chain based out of Pennsylvania that’s gotten quite a bit of attention lately for adding veggie burgers in over 500 locations across the US. To make this happen, they partnered up with the plant-based meat industry leader, Beyond Meat. So, for all you late-night workers or people who don’t mind riding up to your nearest convenience store for a 5:00 am snack, you can have a veggie burger made in 47 different ways whenever you want. Sometimes life is just really awesome that way.
4. Taco Bell
Taco Bell was actually the first fast-food restaurant to offer vegetarian options that are actually certified by the American Vegetarian Association (AVA). While this doesn’t necessarily make them vegan, it’s not very hard to make them more vegan-friendly. You can order their Seven Layer Burrito without sour cream and cheese or turn to the Veggie Power Bowl (sans cheese) for a healthy vegan dinner too. Even the sides – cinnamon twists, chips, pico de gallo and guacamole – are tasty vegan choices.
5. Moe’s Southwest Grill
Coming in last with another fast-casual place, here’s Moe’s Southwest Grill at number five. It’s pretty simple to vegan-ify Moe’s menu. If there’s an entree that has meat on it, you can just have the cooks change the meat with tofu and leave off the cheese. If you want some extra protein, then have them put some extra beans on, and you’re good to go.
That’s the end of our quick rundown of vegan fast-food menu choices and we really hope that these picks are as mouthwatering to you as they are to us. If you’ve ever had any of these or decided to try them after us suggesting them, let us know what you thought of them. Tell us about your experience in the comments, we’ll be keeping our ears open for you guys!