5 Vegan Fast Food Meals You Never Knew Existed

Usually if you find yourself looking for vegan fast food you will be disappointed. But here are 5 fast food meals that will surprise you!

I hate fast food. How can something be good for you when it is so processed and prepared by people who are generally unhappy and underpaid? I don’t think it can be. But sometimes you find yourself looking for vegan choices. This can happen accidentally when you are traveling or when you have a craving you can’t control. Yes, I occasionally have fast food cravings, I admit it.

Looking for vegan fast food is like looking for ethics in congress. It’s there somewhere but it’s really hard to find. I can tell you that your breakfast options will be nearly impossible. It will depend on what restaurant options you have near you. Finding a vegan fast food meal for lunch is much easier. Allow me to be your guide and share with you 5 vegan fast food options you may not have know existed.

5 Vegan Fast Food Meals

I’m sure there are other options out there at different fast food restaurants. But these 5 choices come from personal experience. If you are interested in more we did an article a couple of months back that detailed 11 fast food recommendations for vegans. It was based more on which places are easier to order vegan options from. This article is about specific vegan fast food meals. You can read the other article here.

1. Pizza Hut Veggie Lovers Pizza This is a simple, straight from the menu vegan meal. Just make sure they don't put cheese on it and you are good to go. I should also mention Dominos also has a veggie pizza and they offer a gluten free crust as well. (I researched the Dominos gluten free crust when they first came out with it and it was vegan. I see now they have added honey to the ingredient list. Since I know a ton of vegans that eat honey I am leaving it in this article)

1. Pizza Hut Veggie Lovers Pizza

This is a simple, straight from the menu vegan meal. Just make sure they don’t put cheese or butter on it and you are good to go. I should also mention Domino’s Pizza also has a veggie pizza and they offer a gluten free crust as well. (I researched the Domino’s gluten free crust when they first came out with it and it was vegan. I see now they have added honey to the ingredient list. Since I know a ton of vegans that eat honey I am leaving it in this article. But technically it is not vegan)

5 Vegan Fast Food Meals

1A. Papa John’s Veggie Pizza

papa johns veggie pizza

The original hand tossed crust at Papa John’s is vegan and so is their sauce. Just order your pizza without any cheese and you should be good to go. Their veggie options are ok but not amazing. I always put them all on mine with double mushrooms and double pineapple. As a bonus, their garlic dipping sauce is also vegan. No, it isn’t healthy for you but it is vegan. And it makes the pizza even more delicious in my opinion.

On the next page we get into some Mexican and Chinese fast food options. There are some really good ones out there since Mexican and Chinese are the easiest foods to make vegan to begin with. Find out how to eat vegan fast food at more places on the next page below.

Chipotle has been on the cutting edge of fast food for years. They even went non-gmo which made a lot of people happy. The a lot of negative reports about their non-gmo practices started coming out and the public went negative on them. And of course that had some recall issues as well. All I can say is this is fast food. It’s going to happen. So if you are going to eat fast food just consider it part of the process.

The great thing about Chpotle is not only do they have several menu items you can make vegan with a couple of changes, they also have a vegan menu item you can order ‘as is.’ When the Chipotle Sofrita news came out that they were vegan a lot of people lost their minds. Vegans everywhere were flooding Chipotle. I’ll admit I had a few of them myself.

2. Chipotle's Sofritas When Chipotle's added this to their menu earlier in the year the internet exploded so you have probably already heard of it. I can tell you it is quite delicious if you haven't tried it yet.

2. Chipotle’s Sofritas

When Chipotle’s added this to their menu earlier in the year the internet exploded so you have probably already heard of it. I can tell you it is quite delicious if you haven’t tried it yet. It’s also very large and very filling. I know some of my friends can’t eat a whole one so it’s two meals for them.

You can find Chinese restaurants in nearly every town in America. Even small towns of 2000 people will often have a Chinese restaurant. This is really good for vegans because there are a lot of dishes you can make vegan at the Chinese restaurant. This applies to most chains and independent restaurants.

3. P.F. Chang's Entire Vegetarian Menu You have a ton of vegan choices here. Just remember to tell them NO CHEESE and no butter! If you do that then you will be very pleased here. It's one of my favorites.

3. Chinese Restaurants Like P.F Changs or others

You have a ton of vegan choices here. Veggie Spring Rolls, Veggie Dumplings, Tofu Dishes like Tofu ‘pork’ or ‘chicken, Vegetable Soup, Tofu Vegetable Soup, Vegetable Fried Rice, Steamed Rice, General Tso’s Tofu, Moo Shu Vegetables, Sweet and Sour Tofu, Orange Tofu, Kung Pao Tofu, Veggie Chow Mein. You just need to ask some questions before ordering.

  • What is in the soup stock or soup broth
  • Are there any eggs in it
  • Does it contain milk or butter
  • Is it cooked in the same oil as meat products

Jamba Juice is a well recognized brand, especially on the west coast. I will throw in to this one that other parts of the country have similar kinds of restaurants. I know in the south we have a smoothie store called Tropical Smoothie. You can get a ton of vegan smoothies if you order them right, and they even have Beyond Meat vegan chicken for their wraps. You can substitute it in several of their menu options. And remember to ask for no cheese.

This choice isn’t really a healthy one either but man is it delicious. This vegan menu item is so good you will want to eat even more of it. But just try to contain yourself. Have you ever tried the Apple Cinnamon Pretzel?

4. Apple Cinnamon Pretzel at Jamba Juice You probably already love the vegan smoothies at Jamba Juice. You may not know the the mind blowing Apple Cinnamon Pretzel is vegan. If you have a sweet tooth craving to satisfy, this is a good choice.

4. Apple Cinnamon Pretzel at Jamba Juice

You probably already love the vegan smoothies at Jamba Juice. You may not know the the mind blowing Apple Cinnamon Pretzel is vegan. If you have a sweet tooth craving to satisfy, this is a good choice.

Vegan Fast Food For Truckers is on the next page below.

126 thoughts on “5 Vegan Fast Food Meals You Never Knew Existed”

  1. Ericka Kofkin via Facebook

    Moe’s has a lot of options too. We have a great big vegan festival in the park every year and they always have a booth.

  2. PLEASE TELL ME HOW BUYING FROM MCDONALD’S IS STILL VEGAN??? THEIR WHOLE PROFIT IS ANIMAL ABUSE???

    *even if McDonald’s wasn’t mentioned you’re still going to a company where meant/dairy are their main products and profits. No difference. You’re still funding animal cruelty. You might as well buy meat and dairy if you’re eating out at places like these. It’s like going to a Butcher shop but buying veggie patties.
    You’re still supporting the butcher

    1. By that same standard, patronizing any store or person that sells any animal product is a no go. So you can’t visit any grocery stores, restaurants (save for strictly vegan ones) or buy direct from most farmers (who are generally not vegan). Every grocery store I’ve been to also sells meat and/or other animal products, though…huh. Maybe there are some vegan food Co-op places and you’re lucky enough to live nearby, but a whole lot of people aren’t.

  3. Laura Sefue via Facebook

    Perfect example of why people are turned away from becoming vegetarians or vegans. All the judgement and complaining like you’re not doing enough. Thanks for the post. Sad it’s hard to appreciate things sometimes.

  4. Laura Beth Simon via Facebook

    Sure are a lot of complainers here. Geez, it’s options for when you might find yourself in a bind…thank you for the info!
    There are also lots of things you can get at Taco Bell that are vegan if you leave off cheese and in some cases the sauce! 🙂

  5. I can’t say enough good things about Native Food Cafe!! It’s a no brainer for vegans…entire restaurant is vegan and you order at the counter and the waitstaff brings it out to you so I consider it pretty close to “fast food”. If you have one in your area I highly recommend it!

  6. James Robert Furiosi via Facebook

    I go to Moes on occasion and say no dairy products. And they usually let me have free guacamole as a result.

  7. Jelani DaMystic via Facebook

    Maoz Vegetarian and Chipotle are really the only chains I can give even a fraction of trust to at this point.

  8. Eryn Swissdorf via Facebook

    My favorite fast vegan foods on the road when I tour with my band are organic apples and bananas, you don’t need anything else and you will be satisfied full and still able to poop. I have so much energy from eating this way. We always bring our nutri bullet, pull into the grocery, buy fruit and whip up smoothies as well. Pure energy food.

  9. Mattnew Dana via Facebook

    I remember going to Burger King and asking for a vegan Whopper when I was a teen. Took them 45 minutes to try and figure out how to take the meat and stuff off lol

  10. Jennifer Gayle Bly via Facebook

    Subway’s veggie delight on Italian bread. The Italian white bread is vegan..others are not. I put spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, onions, and vinegar and oil on it..very tasty

  11. Robin Clenard via Facebook

    I get a Mediterranean pita sandwich, no chicken no cheese whenever I go to Potbelly. Potbelly is a chain of “artisan” sandwiches, but I’m not sure how widespread they are– I know they are in Cincinnati and Baltimore. The sandwich comes with hummus, onions, lettuce, artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, and whatever other veggies you want that they have. Mmmm mmm good!

  12. Astra Sapientia via Facebook

    thanks for this, people often mistake why i went vegan but i didn’t go vegan because of taste of meat, i guess with.some but things like lamb (which is one of the cleaner meats if not the most!) & wild Alaskan salmon is amazing but no i went vegan because all the things that are going on in these industries & lets face it, what the powers that be do to our food, especially animal buy products, now i G.M.O.s are in veggies too but thats a easy fix, & its also kinda spiritual for me as well, if your not part of the hunt & the kill don’t eat it, when you eat these animals that have been basically tortured, your taking in all that negative energy, so there’s a few reasons why i went vegan & its not really just one answers! !!

  13. Amanda Pearl via Facebook

    Except for the fact it’s made on porous surfaces full of animal product. That tortilla they used? Probably got beef and sour cream on it. That lettuce? Yeah it’s got chicken juice in it. And don’t fool yourself, they never change their gloves between your vegan food and that last guys chalupa. This is ridiculous.

  14. Please remove PF Chang’s from this list – I can tell you based on a recent experience and long talk with servers and kitchen staff that the Vegetable Fried Rice is made with chicken stock, among other inconsistencies.

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