19 Best Vegan Fast Food Chains

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Serious burger cravings? Check out these amazing vegan fast food chains and their best plant-based options.

Over the past few years, the vegan movement has been growing fast! There is an abundance of vegan fast food options at common chains and fully vegan restaurants.

Over are the days of having to choose the salad or fries when going out with friends — instead, you can make everyone curious and even jealous with the mouth-watering vegan fast food options laid out in this article. 

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From plant-based drive-thrus to multi-location eateries and vegan options at classic fast food restaurants, you’ll be amazed by this selection!

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100% Vegan Fast Food Chains

Native Foods

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What started as a small concept in Palm Springs, California, has now grown to multiple outlets sprinkled across The Golden State, Colorado, and Illinois.

Native Foods is a 100% plant-based fast food chain! The restaurant prides itself on making all recipes from scratch and carefully selecting environmentally sustainable ingredients.

Walking into Native Foods hungry is the best way to get your fill of their complex menu with more than 50 items!

The menu items are a fusion of Tex-Mex and classic American comfort foods. Burgers are stacked high with layers of melted cheese, savory meatless patties, and all the fixings. 

Order a side of mac and cheese or garlic parmesan fries to make it a hearty meal, and don’t forget about dessert, because it’s not a complete Native Foods experience without their Frozen Peanut Butter Parfait!

Native Foods

Plant Power Fast Food

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Plant Power Fast Food is the holy grail of guilty fast food pleasure. It’s everything you want from a fast food joint, including chicken nuggets, fish filet sandwiches, and mouth-watering fast food burgers on pillowy bread buns.

But, shockingly, everything is 100% vegan!

Plant Power Fast Foods proudly promotes menu items that are 100% cholesterol-free, with no hydrogenated oils, no artificial flavors, no artificial colors, and no high fructose corn syrup. So you can enjoy all of your comforting, fast food favorites with peace of mind. 

Plant Power Fast Food

Next Level Burger

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The name speaks for itself! Next Level Burger is dishing out meals that are anything but average. With a focus on loaded, layered, and “next-level burgers,” it claims to be America’s First 100% plant-based burger joint. 

Their Mile High Green Chile burger comes loaded with two Beyond Burger patties packed with green chilies, tempeh bacon, pepper jack cheese, sauteed organic green chilies, onions, green chile mayo, lettuce, and tomato on a soft white bun. It doesn’t get more delicious than that!

If their skyscraper burgers don’t get your attention, then maybe the loaded Beyond Meat bratwursts do.

The menu hosts a variety of meat-free sausages with fun toppings, including Chili Chz Brat, Beerchz brat, and of course, a spin on the classic, Spicy Kraut Brat. If you think their savory dishes are next level, make sure to try their thick & creamy vegan milkshakes!

Next Level Burger

Slutty Vegan

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When you are in the Greater Atlanta area, make sure to stop into the Slutty Vegan for a quick bite or, as they put it, “the best vegan food, period”!

Loud yellow branding with fun bubble font marks the walls of their restaurants, and menu items take on brash names. But if there is one thing Slutty Vegan knows how to do right, it’s comfort food! 

Juicy burgers that come with fries will have you rolling up your sleeves and diving into fusion sauces like blackberry mayo and agave mustard sauce.

Making you lick your lips is what they do best! From the moment you order your Slut Burger to when you slurp down the last sips of a slutty slushy, it sure will be a memorable and delicious adventure.

Slutty Vegan

Hip City Veg

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Hip City Veg gives sustainability a whole new meaning. The restaurant chain is 100% vegan and focuses on implementing sustainable practices, including exclusively using biodegradable packaging.

At Hip City Veg, the main focus is treading lightly on the planet and providing food that is both delicious and nourishing. 

The menu is a fun fusion of fast food classics and health-focused dishes. In addition to mock chicken and beef patties, tempeh and tofu make the menu innovative.

If you are not already a tofu lover, the curry tofu wrap made with sprouts, spinach, tomato, cucumber, and cumin raita is sure to win your taste buds over!

Slutty Vegan

Burgerlords

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Burgerlords stands out from other fast food chains because they are an entirely vegan restaurant and make their in-house burger patty from whole food ingredients!

In addition, the chain offers two patty styles, the original veggie patty, made from fresh vegetables, cashews, miso, and spices, and an in-house gluten-free option, the plant-based “beefy” patty, made from non-GMO soy.

The menu is carefully crafted with select items. At first glance, what might seem like a limited menu turns out to be a perfectly crafted variety of burgers. From “Classics” to “New Classics,” there is something for everyone’s preferences and dietary restrictions. 

Next time you are in Los Angeles, check out one of their two spots, in Highland Park and China Town. Burgerlords must make your list of the best vegan spots to get a delicious meat-free burger!

Make sure to order a side of the “Lord of the Fries,” loaded golden fried potatoes topped with signature 2,000 island sauce, grilled onions, and American cheese – outrageously delicious!

Burgerlords

PLNT Burger

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If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to eat like a celebrity, head to PLNT Burger, located throughout the East Coast of the United States!

Celebrity Chef and Co-founder Spike Mendelson brings his years of culinary training and passion for sustainability together under one roof, dishing out incredibly delicious fast-casual food.

At PLNT Burger, the menus are 100% plant-based, kosher, and tasty! They serve comfort food like warm bowls of loaded PLNT Chili and juicy “meaty” burgers that will make your mouth water with every bite.

With its bold and colorful branding, the whole experience will be fun and memorable! 

PLNT Burger

META BURGER

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Are you heading to Colorado sometime soon? Check out the all-vegan fast-casual restaurant, META BURGER.

With a combined 13+ years of plant-based dining experience, cofounders Michael Reeves and Mathew Coates put their knowledge towards creating an innovative fast food experience.

Voted the number one plant-based restaurant in the world by Happy Cow, their goal is to bring delicious vegan options to the midwest and beyond, one burger at a time.

META BURGER differs from other plant-based restaurants because of their advant-garde plant-based meat recipe.

Their in-house META patty has significantly fewer calories and fat than Beyond Meat, Impossible meat, and ground beef. For how few calories their patty has, it does not lack flavor!

Their menu contains tasty choices, with seven crafted burgers and six vegan chicken sandwiches.

If you want something different, try their Aloha Burger, layered with tangy Hawaiian BBQ sauce, hash browns, onions, and pineapple, or go classic with their meta sauce, cheese, pickle, and tomato. Either way, their food will have you licking your lips!

META BURGER

Odd Burger

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Follow your cravings to Canada! Odd Burger is a well-known fast-casual restaurant with seven locations and more coming soon! What started as a vegan meal kit delivery business quickly turned into the world’s first 24-hour vegan fast food restaurant. 

What you can expect from Odd Burger is all the comforts of a standard fast food spot wrapped up in a loving vegan package.

Serving breakfast, burgers, salads, sides, and desserts, Odd Burger is perfect any time of the day! If you are craving a quick breakfast, try their BacUn Breakfast Sandwich and a side of crispy fried hash browns. 

If you are heading there for lunch and want to adventure off the burger menu, try an all vegan Gyro with house-made gyro “meat,” tzatziki sauce, and crunchy vegetables wrapped up in a warm, soft flatbread – so delicious!

Odd Burger

Honeybee Burger

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Another 100% plant-based restaurant chain, Honeybee Burger, is committed to feeding customers with tasty meals that are gentle on our planet. With a focus on reducing co2 emissions and natural resources, this restaurant treads lightly on the earth. 

Voted the best vegan burger in Los Angeles, Honeybee Burger offers customers the choice between an Impossible patty and a Beyond Meat patty.

The Honeybee signature burger is a guaranteed favorite, with the patty of choice loaded with house sauce, house-made onion jam, lettuce, tomato, vegan cheese, thin ribbon onion, and classic house-made pickles!

In addition to their tasty award-winning burgers, Honeybee Burger serves American favorites with a vegan twist. Options include the Chick-a-Bee Buffalo-style sandwich, the Fish-a-Bee, and oat-based creamy Milk Shakes! This restaurant truly offers something for everyone.

Honeybee Burger

Project Pollo

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Knowing that a global shift to following a plant-based diet is inevitable, Project Pollo set out to pave the way toward a delicious and sustainable future.

The restaurant chain hosts special projects, including their “Pay What You Can” menu that makes vegan eating accessible to everyone, regardless of income.

With a focus on satiating juicy vegan chicken, the menu has options for sandwiches, nuggets, wings, and more. At an affordable price, a 20-piece bucket of Popcorn Chikn and signature birdy sauce is only $6.50!

If spicy wings are more your style, try their Spicy Garlic Buffalo Sauce!

This specialty buffalo-style dish is made by bathing crispy vegan wings in a spicy sauce of garlic, butter, dried pepper, cayenne, vinegar, and crushed pepper! Fried “real” chicken is a thing of the past, and Project Pollo vegan Chikn is here to stay. 

Project Pollo

Veggie Grill

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Veggie Grill is one of the largest and most well-known restaurant chains in the USA. Restaurants are located in major cities across North America, including California, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, and Washington.

You can expect menu items that are carefully created to be delicious, nutritious, and exciting. With fusion flavors like Japanese Katsu-Style Sliders, southwest nachos, and loaded salad bowls, there is something for everyone.

For a fresh and healthy meal, try their Harvest Bowl, bursting with flavorful roasted vegetables, tamari grilled mushrooms, turmeric cauliflower, and chipotle marinated power greens. 

Veggie Grill

Mas Veggies Taqueria

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Mas Veggies Taqueria, part of the Veggie Grill family, was born to satisfy the cravings of conscious Mexican food lovers.

With a focus on Mexican-inspired dishes and 100% plant-based ingredients, this restaurant chain serves up delicious tacos, nachos, burritos, and bowls.

If you love hearty burritos, you need to try the Loaded Burrito, which, as the name suggests, is packed full of rice, sauces, vegetables, and vegan cheese.

Or if you are after a “meaty” meal, the Carne Asada is full of perfectly seasoned vegan Carne and flavorful vegetables. 

But it wouldn’t be a complete meal without a side of chips and house-made guacamole! Mas Veggies Taqueria is a great place to stop in and get your Mexican fix with bi-coastal locations. 

Mas Veggies Taqueria

Nationwide Chains — Not 100% Vegan

Blaze Pizza 

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Are you craving vegan pizza? A well-known nationwide chain with locations across North America, Blaze Pizza offers a wide selection of vegan cheese and toppings. Although not exclusively vegan, this restaurant chain makes it easy to custom-create the perfect vegan pizza.

With over 15 fresh veggie toppings, specialty items like vegan chorizo, and five doughs to choose from (including an option for a gluten-free crust), the variations are endless.

The best part is every pizza is made to order in only a few minutes – pizza perfection!

Blaze Pizza

Chipotle

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Chipotle, a well-known fast food chain across North America, offers customizable and casual Tex-Mex-style food. Easy to find at many truck stops across America, Chipotle is really vegan-friendly!

Customers can choose between a burrito, salad, or rice bowl and load up on Mexican toppings, including stewed black beans, spicy tofu, grilled corn, and cilantro rice.

Once your dish is high, top it off with a variety of salsas, house-made guacamole, and some lime tortilla chips. 

This restaurant has vegan options but is not 100% plant-based, so make sure to ask about ingredients and avoid meat, cheese, and sour cream!

Chipotle

Burger King

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Everyone knows of Burger King, but did you know Burger King (USA) is serving up many vegan-friendly options? Burger King has been in the fast food business for more than 50 years, but gone are the days when the only option for vegans was a side salad.

Now you can choose from a list of delicious meals, including the Impossible whopper, french toast sticks, hash browns, and fries.

Burger King sells more than a billion burgers every year, and in 2019, they came out with its plant-based Impossible Whopper, single-handedly changing the fast food industry forever.

When ordering from Burger King, remember that this is not a vegan restaurant, so some cross-contamination may happen. 

However, if you are comfortable with your Impossible patty hitting the same grill as the standard patty, then all you need to do is order the Impossible Whopper without mayonnaise!

Burger King

Carl’s Jr

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Carl’s Jr may not have many vegan options, but what they do have is good. Their Beyond Burger (order no cheese and no mayo) is downright delicious — with the same pillowy soft bun, crisp lettuce, tangy tomato, onion, and signature pickles!

You can create a fast food masterpiece by customizing it with additional toppings like jalapeños, bbq sauce, and an extra Beyond patty.

The Beyond Burger is available at over 1,500 locations, making it a good stop for any vegan-friendly road trip.

In addition to their burger, they also have breakfast hash browns, french fries, vegan dressings, and sauces. So next time you pass the Smiling Star on the highway, make sure to stop and try it out yourself!

Carl’s Jr

Taco Bell

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Hitting a fast food drive-through is a rite of passage for many Americans. Nothing is as satisfying as ordering a few quick crunchy tacos or burritos and pulling up to watch the sunset from your car.

In 2020, Taco Bell began adding special items to their new plant-based menu. Menu items have been certified through the American Vegetarian Association (AVA) so you can order comfortably. 

The code word for ordering vegan at taco bell is for your food to be made “fresco-style.” Any item on the menu will be made without dairy or mayo when you order this. Also, creamy sauces will be swapped for tomato-based sauce instead!

In addition to ordering fresco-style, make sure to ask for the meat to be changed with black beans! With these easy swaps, you can order off the menu and get yourself a delicious vegan Crunch Taco Supreme fresco-style in minutes.

Taco Bell

McDonald’s

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Did you know the iconic golden arches are vegan-friendly? McDonald’s has been an American favorite since 1955, and since its inception has paved its way to being the most famous fast food restaurant in the world!

Now with a dedicated vegan section on their website that marks what options are plant-based, eating at Mcdonald’s has never been easier. 

Vegan dishes include the McPlant burger, Veggie Dippers, fries, hash browns, and their spicy veggie wrap.

Elevate your burger order with layers of crispy and salty golden fries to complete your delicious and comforting vegan meal! McDonald’s also offers snacks like fresh baby carrots and cut apples.

McDonald’s

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Hi, I'm Alena Schowalter — a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with my husband, I founded nutriciously in 2015 and have been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages toward a healthy plant-based diet. I enjoy discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature, and creating new recipes. Read more about us here.

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    • Thanks, Nas! How lovely of you to let us know. We were actually looking for information on that ourselves and decided to write up this guide because it was just so useful and handy :)

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  1. This was awesome! I am only 2 months into my Vegan life and really was wondering how to navigate these types of restaurants in social situations. Thanks so much!

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    • Hey Jo,
      I’m very glad I could help out :) We’ve been wondering the same thing actually in the past and therefore came up with this resource. Eating a healthy diet at come can be hard enough, and most people struggle so much once they eat out. Sometimes, this even becomes the reason why they don’t even try to make healthier choices – just because they wouldn’t know what to do at restaurants. Now this excuse is off the table!
      Have a great week,
      Alena

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  2. At Taco Bell they have the option to substitute guac for sour cream for no extra charge. Just make sure they enter it as “sub sc->guac.” A lot of the workers aren’t aware that the button is even there, but if you push for it they will do it. You can also ask for “easy guac” which is free but isn’t as large a quantity.

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    • Hey Beth,
      thanks for the insider information! That’s very helpful. I love how easy it is to get vegan options anywhere these days.

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  3. Are you sure on the Dominos sauce? The crust is ok if you do the gluten free but Online ingredients it shows dairy in the sauce. We found out because my daughter is allergic and she did have a reaction after eating it.

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  4. this is incredibly helpful and I will come back to this whenever I go out! THANK YOU so much for putting work into this for us.

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    • You’re very welcome, Megan! Anything to help out fellow vegans :)
      Let us know if you need anything else, we reply to any email x

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  5. Ugh! Been eating Pancheros burritos just ignorantly assuming/hoping their tortillas were vegan. Girlfriend is not going to take this well, don’t know how I’m going to break it to her haha. Also they do have tofu which I didn’t see mentioned and it’s usually pretty good. Thank you for all the info!

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    • Thanks for the comment! Recipes can change pretty often in the different restaurants across the country, so asking there won’t hurt :)

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    • Yes, true (in most places!)… thanks for sharing. Although, peta2 said that it’s vegan, so not sure. I would just ask before ordering, they should have the list of ingredients there :)

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  6. Thank you so much for this list! At least I won’t have to cook every night! Lol

    I’m new to the vegan lifestyle. My son was recently diagnosed with an allergy to mammal meat a week ago… crazy I know. I’ve been researching safe foods and learned white normal sugar has bone char in it which can cause an allergic reaction. Do you happen to know if these items take things like that into account?

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    • Hey Savannah,
      glad you like the article! Sorry to hear about your son… I’m not sure whether any of these meals contain white sugar that has been processed with bone char. Most of the time, regular sugar is being considered vegan and you will have to ask the chef in the restaurant about it. Sorry this isn’t too helpful! I used websites like peta for my research on this topic, so they might have looked out for the sugar issue.
      Best wishes,
      Alena

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  7. Jimmy John’s may have vegan options but the owner of the company is a game hunter. I don’t go to JJ to support that :(

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    • Hi Megan,
      I understand that you want to draw the line here. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a vegan world and most any supermarket you’ll go to will sell animal products, have non-vegan owners etc. For us, it seems very impractical to consider all of these factors – we would like to make following a vegan diet easier without having to think of all these layers.
      Great that you follow your ethics to this point :)
      All my best,
      Alena

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  8. I choose the vegan options in a restaurant. The vegeburger tastes like chicken but I know the patty is soft and crunchy. I eat for the environment. Even though we’re eating vegetables which is so yummy. I’m a pesco-vegan and I eat fish, there’s nothing like a caviar and a bottle of vegan champagne.

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  9. Hey, please beware of the skinnylicious veggie burger from the Cheesecake Factory, the beans are made with chicken stock !!

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  10. I can confirm for my previous Burger King, that fries and hash browns have their own fryer. The Veggie Whopper has a button, but make sure they’re not giving you a veggie burger if you’re vegan. It can be confusing even to people who’ve been working there for months. You will have to ask for no mayonnaise if you do this. Otherwise, you’ll receive everything on a normal Whopper besides the patty.

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    • thanks for pointing this out – love the insider’s perspective on that :) Need to be super clear everywhere, I guess.

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  11. if your with a non-vegan, Subway will also take thier foot longs and half them in half, give you both a 6 inch sandwich, and put the meat all on the non-vegans side and not charge extra. Tada, one side vegan, the other well dare we say.

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  12. Subway is NOT vegan. Unles u get a salad with no chicken of course. But if you try to het any bread there it is made with milk so you are limites as to what to get! Just putting that out there

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  13. Wow, this was very enlightening. As a new transitioning vegan, it was good to watch you look at fast food in a way I never have. I usually opt for Wendy’s when on the road because I can always get a baked potato [although in the past I always had it with cheese!]. I never even thought about pizza without cheese, so just that suggestion was and eye-opener. And I never would have thought Taco Bell or Denny’s were options. New way to look at the world of food. Thanks.

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