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Is White Castle’s New Veggie Burger Vegan?

White Castle revealed it’s new Veggie Slider across America today. This comes after testing the product over the summer in some select cities and locations. We have seen other major fast food chains offer “veggie” options recently. It seems like it is a new trend and of course we endorse it! Any steps towards less meat and more vegetable based food is a win/win situation. Burger King has their burger made from Morning Star Patties (we reviewed it here) and Chipotle has had huge success with their Sofrita (story here).

So what are the details on this veggie burger? While I applaud any restaurant that include vegan or ‘veggie’ options on the menu, that doesn’t mean I would eat it. How healthy is this vegan burger? Or is it even vegan? We have seen several menu items that were vegetable based but were definitely not vegan. They were more vegetarian. And in fact, all of these can be made not vegan but putting things like cheese and mayonnaise on them. Let’s take a look at this veggie burger and see what it’s made of.

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What is in the White Castle Veggie Slider?

This new veggie option from White Castle uses a patty made by Dr. Praeger. You can find these products in a lot of grocery stores across the US. There aren’t specifically marketed as being vegan. They are considered vegetarian. Here is the ingredient list for their burger from the Dr. Praeger website.

California Veggie Burgers – White Castle Veggie Burger

OUR INGREDIENTS

Carrots, onions, string beans, oat bran, soybeans, zucchini, peas, broccoli, corn, soy flour, spinach, expeller pressed canola oil, red peppers, arrowroot, corn starch, garlic, corn meal, salt, parsley, black pepper .

Contains: soy

Made in a facility that uses wheat, soy, milk, eggs and fish.

These burgers are making their debut today (December 30th) nationwide. If you try them please comment and let us know what you think. I suspect that they might not be the best tasting burgers ever because they are being sold with your choice of sauces. You can choose from honey mustard, ranch, or sweet Thai. I could be wrong but I’m not sure why you would cover a burger (or slider) up with some kind of sauce unless it didn’t taste good to begin with. I could be wrong though. I won’t be eating these. But if it makes people eat less meat then I’m in favor of it and wish them great success.

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31 Comments

  1. I have been a longtime fan of Dr. Praeger’s veggie burgers. I buy them at Trader Joe’s. They taste good and they have a pretty short ingredient list. I personally like them more than Morning Star and they’re much less processed. Now if only they could do something about the bun-to-patty ratio!

  2. Thanks for this article! I agree with you – prolly not something I’d seek out, but a) it’s great to have choices, and b), my non-vegetarian friends have become
    more of these types of offerings because restaurants are making these items available. Overall I’d consider it a win!

    1. Thanks for the comment Angea! I bet in 3 days time there will be 20 comments by Vegans attacking me for promoting a non vegan fast food place. But I stand by my opinion. And it’s good to see others than see the big picture too. Thanks for visiting the website!

  3. I’ve bought Dr. Praeger outside of White Castle before this slider came out. Their burgers are not bad. I just would not eat a White Castle bun.

  4. Glad they are being more aware…that’s a positive thing…unsure of the buttery white bun however 🙂

  5. I applaud this and other companies offering veggie options – it makes people more aware there are many vegans/vegetarians out there. But, I will not eat these simply because they are probably cooked on the grill right beside the regular burgers which means they are cooked in the fat given off by the regular burgers.

  6. Well you got me all excited but they don’t have them listed on their website. I live in AZ where there are no White Castles so I would have to get them from the grocery store or website, which I now realize is not possible :/

  7. California Veggie Burgers – White Castle Veggie Burger
    OUR INGREDIENTS

    Carrots, onions, string beans, oat bran, soybeans, zucchini, peas, broccoli, corn, soy flour, spinach, expeller pressed canola oil, red peppers, arrowroot, corn starch, garlic, corn meal, salt, parsley, black pepper .

    Contains: soy

    Made in a facility that uses wheat, soy, milk, eggs and fish.

    1. No, you’re wrong. The patty, bun, and thai sauce are vegan, or you can get it without sauce. And they are not cooked on the grill – there’s no contamination.

  8. Ok will someone notify In-n-out they need veggie burgers. It’s aggregating I go with my husband so he can get a hamburger and there is nothing for me to eat.

  9. The question is, if they will be grilling them on the same grill as the meat. Many places don’t even think of this and it’s disgusting.

  10. I had a sliders with sweet Thai and another with honey mustard sauce and found them surprisingly good. If you’re looking for a non-meat alternative and you’re not a strict vegetarian (like me), they’re a wonderful option. Now I’m going in search of their calorie count since that’s the final factor for whether I’ll eat them again.

  11. When these were first introduced, the bun was NOT VEGAN. But White Castle has announced the removal of bun ingredients to make their veggie sliders completely vegan. Honey mustard sauce is obviously not vegan but the thai sauce is vegan friendly.

  12. This is a VEGAN site – when I go to a site like this I’m trusting that the information is related to vegan food, not partial vegan food. Is it vegan – bun included? If it’s not then change the title of this post to clearly state the these are not vegan.

  13. I am neither vegan, nor vegetarian, however I have reduced my meat consumption by a lot, as I have been vegetarian in the past. These veggie sliders are pretty good, and i believe they are actually toasted, rather than cooked on a griddle. They are not greasy at all, and they taste pretty good without sauce or cheese.

  14. Just ate a White Castle veggie burger. I’ve been on a plant based diet for exactly a month now so finding this was like finding treasure. Tastes great and is a cheap meal when out with friends. Gives me something other than a plain salad to eat.

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