7 Best Vegan Fast Food Options

Will Kreznick

There sure is a lot of hoopla out there these days about “plant-based” fast food products—plant-based Whoppers, plant-based breakfast sandwiches, plant-based french fries. Oh, wait, french fries are plant-based. They just are advertised that way … yet. Because “plant-based” is such a loosely defined phrase, it may have even led […]

There sure is a lot of hoopla out there these days about “plant-based” fast food products—plant-based Whoppers, plant-based breakfast sandwiches, plant-based french fries. Oh, wait, french fries are plant-based. They just are advertised that way … yet.

Because “plant-based” is such a loosely defined phrase, it may have even led to some confusion around what, exactly, is the difference between vegan and plant-based. To clear things up, some vegans use the term “plant-based” so that they don’t have to use the word “vegan,” which has been stigmatized, they believe.

And while plant-based can mean many things (including products that contain honey or cheese, neither of which is vegan), “vegan” means one thing: no animal products were used in the creation of the item at hand. So, for the purposes of this article, consider “plant-based” struck from the vocabulary.

With all that out of the way, know that while it’s still challenging to find nutritionally solid vegan fast food options, it’s not impossible. Just as if you were eating meat, you want a meal that will deliver at least 30 grams of muscle-building protein and 10 grams of stomach-filling fiber.

Do all these options provide those exact nutrients? Well, it’s tough to tell. While some fast food chains do offer vegan options, and others allow for customization so that you can create vegan options, their online nutrition information isn’t always clear. So this list contains vegan options that are loaded with protein from beans and tofu and also chocked with vegetables.

Plus, they taste awesome—which you can’t say about most of those “plant-based” options.

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1

Panera’s Greek Salad (hold the feta)

To vegan-ify most fast-food salads, you have to strip the dish down to its bare minimum. Here, you only skip the feta, which is totally okay because you still get a salty pop from the kalamata olives.

2

Chipotle Sofritos Tacos

Chipotle is a vegan dream. Their highly customizable menu, stocked with vegan options, allows you to mix and match flavor combinations. But their sofritos, which are basically shredded Hodo tofu mixed with spices, are a clutch meat-like option. Their savory, they’re slightly spicy, and they’re amazing.

3

Taco Bell’s Black Bean Crunchwrap Supreme (no cheese, no sour cream)

Like Chipotle, the Bell has a slew of vegan options—and you can vegan-ize most of its menu options. While Taco Bell doesn’t have sofritos, they do have black beans, and most of their vegan options deploy them as the primary protein.

4

Moe’s Homewrecker Burrito (with tofu, no cheese, no sour cream)

At Moe’s, they actually have tofu! You can swap it in for any menu option that otherwise includes meat, but the Homewrecker is the most formidable option. Plus, comes with guac.

5

P.F. Chang’s Buddhas Feast

Tofu, green beans, broccoli, mushrooms, and carrots—all in a brown sauce. Order it stir fried and you’re looking at 27 grams of protein and nine grams of fiber for 380 calories.

6

Red Robin’s Vegan Burger

Where the majority of chains follow-the-leader when it comes to so-called “plant-based” burgers, Red Robin (of all places!) comes through with a patty made of quinoa. Stacked with salsa, avocado, and lettuce—and then enveloped in more lettuce—this thing is the handheld salad you didn’t know you needed.

7

Starbucks’ Chickpea Bites & Avocado Protein Box

There are 15 grams of protein and a whopping 13 grams of fiber inside this snack tray of chickpea bites, carrots, snap peas, guacamole, and a nut mix.

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