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(Last Updated: January 19th, 2021)

Lucky you—you’re living in the gilded age of plant-based protein!

Seems like every week, another food business announces plans to add plant-based options to their menu. Not only is this a major win for you and the accessibility of healthier food, but a slam dunk for farmed animals and the planet.

While the plant-based progress over the past few months has left our jaw on the ground, not every fast food chain has yet to take the plunge. So if you’re in the mood for a greasy, late night, post-party snack we don’t want you to waste your time driving to a plant-unfriendly drive-thru.

To get you to that romantic moment between you and your plant-based fast food faster, we’ve created the Ultimate Plant-Based Fast Food Guide:

Burger King

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What seemed impossible a year ago is now yesterday’s news: Burger King is rolling out another meat-free option after their mega-hit Impossible Whopper last year, the Impossible Croissan'wich made with the all-new Impossible Pork! The sausage breakfast sandwich is now available nationwide.

Options:

  • Impossible Whopper (order without cheese or mayo to make your meal fully plant-based)
  • Impossible Croissan'wich (while the sausage patty is fully plant-based, the sandwich comes with egg and cheese on a non-plant-based croissant)
  • Veggie Burger*
  • French Fries
  • Hash Browns

(Note*: MorningStar Farms has recently committed to transitioning all products to 100% plant-based protein by 2021; currently the product contains eggs and dairy.)

White Castle

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We have to give props to White Castle for being one of the first on the ground when it came to offering plant-based meats. The company added the well-known Impossible Slider to their menu back in the beginning of 2018—way before any of their competitors. They’re still researching a plant-based cheese to bring to their menu, but in the meantime their limited-time fried pickles are also fully plant-based!

Options:

  • Impossible Slider (order without cheese to make your meal fully plant-based)
  • BBQ Impossible Slider (again, drop the cheese to go above and beyond!)
  • Veggie Slider
  • French Fries
  • Fried Pickles

Carl’s Jr.

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Carl’s Jr. is trying to make plant-based burgers famous with their Beyond Famous Star burger. Not only has the food business launched their meatless patty nationwide, but they made the bold move to advertise it during Super Bowl Sunday—when viewers are eating a LOT of meat.

Options:

  • Beyond Famous Star (order without cheese or mayo to make your meal fully plant-based)
  • Beyond BBQ Cheeseburger (order without cheese or onion rings to make your meal fully plant-based)
  • Natural-Cut or Crisscut French Fries

Hardee's

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Sibling chain to Carl's Jr., Hardee's released their new Beyond Meat Breakfast Sausage Biscuit & Original Beyond Thickburger in all locations!

Options:

  • Beyond Meat Breakfast Sausage Biscuit (order on sourdough bread or lettuce wrap to make your meal fully plant-based)
  • Original Beyond Thickburger (order on sourdough bread or lettuce wrap to make your meal fully plant-based)
  • Hashrounds
  • Natural Cut French Fries or Crispy Curls

Chipotle

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Those who’ve been following a plant-based diet for a while now will already know the magic that is Chipotle’s buffet of delicious vegetables, grains, and legumes. But did you know they also serve tofu as a protein option? The chain’s Sofritas filling packs crumbled tofu with miles of flavor that kicks any bowl, burrito, or salad up a notch. (Yes, we know guac is extra.)

Options:

  • Vegan or Vegetarian Lifestyle Bowl (Vegetarian Bowl contains both cheese and sour cream)
  • Sofritas or Veggie Bowl, Burrito, Taco, or Salad
  • Chips and Guac
  • Sauces: Fresh Salsa, Roasted Chili-Corn Salsa, Tomatillo-Green Chili Salsa, or Tomatillo-Red Chili Salsa

Qdoba

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Mexican food chains in the US have consistently served plant-based eaters for years now, but Qdoba just added yet another reason to grab a taco. (As if we needed one…) As of May 2019, the fast-casual joint is serving Impossible Meat at all locations! Move aside beans–and thank you for your service—plant-based meat is here to stay. Select Impossible Meat as the protein on any menu item you’d like to plantify, and don't forget the chips and guac!

Options:

  • Impossible Bowl (order without cheese or sour cream to make your meal fully plant-based)
  • Impossible Taco
  • Grilled Fajita Vegan Bowl
  • Tortilla Soup
  • Chips and Guac

Del Taco

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The new Beyond Meat Taco and dairy-free Beyond Avocado Taco hit “all the important benchmarks” according to Business Insider, and we couldn’t agree more. By utilizing the delicious pea protein of Beyond Meat, the two new menu items have quickly become among the most successful to ever launch at the chain. But the food wizards at Del Taco don’t want you to feel limited by those two tacos, so go loco and add Beyond Meat to any meal.

Options:

  • Beyond Taco
  • Beyond Avocado Taco
  • Epic Beyond Cali Burrito (order without sour cream for a fully plant-based meal)
  • Beyond 8-Layer Burrito (order without cheese and sour cream for a fully plant-based meal)
  • Avocado Veggie Bowl
  • Crinkle Cut Fries

Taco Bell

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Taco Bell has been a long-time go-to for plant-based eaters thanks to the ease of which you can customize a quick meal, but it just got even easier. The Mexican fast-food joint launched a vegetarian menu that features a variety of meatless options which can be made fully plant-based by order the items “Fresco style.” More excitingly, Taco Bell's CEO recently stated that potatoes are coming back in March 2021 and that Beyond Meat will hit the the menu later this year!

Options:

  • Most menu items with beans, ordered Fresco style
  • Black Beans and Rice
  • Hashbrowns
  • Chips and Guac
  • Cinnamon Twists

Subway

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Looking for something less processed? Get your greens in with a vegetable sub with oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, and oregano or slather it in marinara sauce. Or if you want something a little more hearty try out the new Beyond Meatball Marinara launching for a limited time in select locations across US and Canada!

Options:

  • Veggie Delite (order with your preferred vegetables, and eliminate the cheese for a fully plant-based meal)
  • Beyond Meatball Marina* (order without cheese for fully plant-based meal)
  • Breads: Italian or 9-Grain Wheat (more options available by region)
  • Sauces: Herb Garlic Oil, Vinaigrette, Sweet Onion, any mustard, or guacamole

(*Note: This menu item will be available for a limited time in the following cities: Jackson, Mississippi; South Bend, Indiana; Fresno, California; Louisville, Kentucky and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.)

Quiznos

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On November 15th, Quiznos will debut their plant-based corned beef sandwich made with Mrs. Goldfarb’s Unreal Deli corned beef! They certainly get points from those that love sauerkraut.

Options:

  • Plant-Based Corned Beef sandwich or salad (order without cheese or honey French dressing on white, wheat, or grilled flatbread for a fully plant-based meal)
  • Veggie Guacamole sandwich or salad (order without cheese on white, wheat, or grilled flatbread for a fully plant-based meal)
  • Variety of chips
  • Sauces: marinara, herb oil, four pepper chili, zesty grill or guacamole

Dunkin'

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After leaving us biting our nails for a long, couple months, Dunkin' launched their plant-based partnership with Beyond Meat in Summer 2019. Since then, they've alluded that a plant-based donut may be coming in the future. 

Options:

  • Beyond Sausage Breakfast Sandwich (order without egg and cheese—and add some hash browns and ketchup—for a fully plant-based) on a bagel or English muffin
  • Southwest Veggie Power Breakfast Sandwich (order without egg and cheese—and add some hash browns and ketchup—for a fully plant-based)
  • Plain, multigrain, cinnamon raisin, everything, or sesame seed bagel with peanut butter
  • Hash Browns
  • Oatmeal

Pret A Manger

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The UK company is bringing a host of their popular plant-based items across the pond with their new Veggies For All menu. There's no shortage of options to get your plant-based cuppa and breakfast/lunch fix anymore!

Options:

  • Harissa Carrot & Hummus Sandwich
  • Avo, Olives, & Tom Baquette
  • Falafel & Hummus Wrap
  • Super Veggie Sandwich
  • Avocado Tartine
  • Turmeric Cauliflower & Lentil Salad
  • Mediterranean Mezze Salad
  • Moroccan Hummus Pot
  • Winter Citrus Pot
  • Dark Chocolate & Almond Butter Cookie
  • And more! (The above items are fully plant-based, but the restaurant features many other vegetarian options.)

Sheetz

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The 24 hour convenience chain just got a bit more plant-y. As of December 9th, the chain added Beyond Meat Burgers to their menus across all 500+ restaurants⁠—meaning your burger and fry fix can be addressed well past midnight. 

Options:

  • Beyond Burger on a burger bun, English muffin, sourdough bread, bagel, ciabatta bread, pretzel roll, or flour tortilla
  • Southwest Veggie Sub (order without cheese for a fully plant-based meal) on bread options above
  • Mexican black beans and rice burrito
  • French fires and sweet potato fries
  • Fried pickles
  • Mini hashbrowns and tater tots

Starbucks

They might be a coffee chain, but that’s certainly not all they have to offer: Starbucks has been feeding consumers with quick meals and easy-to-grab snacks for years. In recent month, they’ve been embracing more plant-based options on their food and drink menu—including Impossible Sausage! (Is a fully plant-based sandwich coming soon? Maybe.)

Options:

  • Impossible Breakfast Sandwich (these are not made-to-order so the sausage will have been in contact with egg, cheese, and bread (containing dairy) even if ordered without)
  • Plain, blueberry, cinnamon raison, and sprouted grain bagel with Avocado Spread
  • Blueberry Oat Cake
  • Hippeas
  • Rhythm Super Foods Kale Chips
  • Kettle Potato Chips
  • Kind Bars
  • Justin's Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Baskin-Robbins

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In August 2019, Baskin-Robbins started serving plant-based ice cream options nationwide. Made with a coconut oil and almond butter base, this decadent frozen treat will surely please cookie dough lovers! Since then, they have added and removed additional plant-based flavors. We hope to see them return soon!

Options:

  • Non-Dairy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
  • Watermelon Splash Ice
  • Daiquiri Ice

(Note: Both dipped and non-dipped cake cones are fully plant-based, however, the company's sugar cone does contain honey.)

Pizza Hut

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In November 2020, Pizza Hut announced it was following the lead of US consumers interested in more plant-based food by launching the Beyond Italian Sausage Pizza nationwide! No word on plant-based cheese options.

Options:

  • Beyond Italian Sausage Pizza (order with no cheese)
  • Crusts: Hand Tossed, Original Pan, Thin 'N Crispy 
  • Sauces: Classic Marinara, Buffalo, and Barbeque
  • French Fries
  • Cinnamon Sticks

Panda Express

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Asian fast food just got plant-y! Recently, Panda Express announced updates to its menu, including a selection of menu items that are now fully plant-based. We won’t complain about that!

Options:

  • Eggplant Tofu
  • Chow Mein
  • Super Greens
  • Vegetable Spring Rolls
  • White and Brown Rice

 

Not finding your favorite chain on this list? Fret not. If trends continue, we’ll soon see plant-based protein at every major fast-food chain in the country! (Or most of them, anyway.) Though we know for sure the following food businesses have something up their sleeves:

  • KFC is testing plant-based chicken from Beyond Meat in select US and Canada markets.
  • McDonald's has announced a new plant-based line called McPlant, which will feature a burger at launch with the possibility of plant-based chicken and breakfast sandwiches down the line.
  • Wendy's has expressed they're "taking a hard look" at plant-based options.
  • Five Guys said there's an "open door" for adding plant-based menu items in the future.
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