In case you haven’t heard, McDonald’s has a lot of work to do. It’s way behind most of its competitors, not only in offering plant-based options, but also in reducing the cruelty inflicted on chickens raised for its menu items. In fact, more than 100 of the fast food chain’s competitors have committed to eliminating some of the worst farming abuses against chickens, but The Golden Arches is still dragging its feet.

But, not to worry! If you’re craving a quick vegan bite, we’ve compiled a list of fast food places to go to that aren’t McDonald’s:

Carl’s Jr.

Carl’s Jr. was the first major fast food restaurant to offer Beyond Meat. The chain offers a Beyond Famous Star and a Beyond Famous Star Meal —just be sure to omit the mayonnaise and cheese from the sandwich to veganize it. You can also sub the Beyond patty on any menu item for an additional $2 per patty.

I recommend The Big Hamburger if you’re on a budget or don’t want to make any special requests. The natural-cut fries and crisscut fries are also free of animal ingredients.

Carl’s Jr.’s parent company Hardee’s is testing out Beyond Meat, too, in select locations. Fingers crossed they also make it a regular menu item.

Burger King

Burger King recently added the Impossible Whopper to its menu and it has taken the world by storm. This burger tastes so much like real beef it’s a bit shocking. Just order it without mayonnaise and you’re good to go.

Want breakfast? Burger King’s French toast sticks and hash brown rounds are surprisingly vegan and incredibly delicious, too.

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White Castle

White Castle offers Impossible Sliders, which are made with Impossible meat (be sure to ask for these without the cheese) or veggie sliders, which are made from a Dr. Prager’s patty and your choice of sauce.

Be sure to swap out any dairy-based sauces for barbecue sauce, ketchup, and/or mustard. The french fries and hash brown nibblers are also vegan, but may share a fryer with non-vegan items.


Subway just announced that it’s added a new Beyond Meatball Marinara Sub! To veganize it, simply order the sub on Italian bread without cheese, and then add whichever veggie toppings you like. Subway is serving this protein-packed sandwich in 635 restaurants across the country.

If you don’t live in an area with the Beyond Meatball sub, you can still get a vegan sandwich at Subway. Here’s how: 1. For your bread, choose Italian, Hearty Italian, or 9 Grain Wheat bread; 2. Pile up on as many veggies as possible; 3. Add guacamole and any of these sauces: sweet Italian, mustard, oil, vinegar, or vinaigrette.

PRO TIP: if you’re taking the sandwich to go, you can add Torufky deli slices or vegan cheese at home.


Qdoba’s staples like black beans, rice, and tortillas are plant-based, so nearly all of Qdoba’s menu items can be made vegan by making a few adjustments.

Their allergen guide clearly labels all of the vegan ingredients, so ordering is a breeze! For those who want a meat-like protein, you can order the new Impossible Bowl (ask for no queso), or the Impossible Tacos.

Taco Bell

Taco Bell is the original fast food joint for vegans! You can easily swap out beans for meat and omit cheese to make a majority of their items vegan! To make things easier, you can order from their vegetarian menu and ask for anything “fresca style” to take off the cheese and sour cream.

I recommend the 7 Layer Burrito without cheese or sour cream, or the Crunchwrap with beans subbed for beef, add guacamole and omit cheese and sour cream. The cinnamon twists are also vegan.

Del Taco

Del Taco is a West Coast favorite, and if you’re lucky enough to live in a city with a Del Taco, you’ve probably already heard that they recently added Beyond Beef to the menu. You can order the Beyond Avocado Tacos without having to make any special adjustments to veganize them. The other Beyond menu items, like the Epic Beyond Cali Burrito and the Beyond 8 Layer Burrito can easily be made plant-based by removing cheese and sour cream.

Other vegan items at Del Taco include the Avocado Veggie Bowl, French fries, and Hashbrown Sticks. You can also add avocado or fries to any item for an additional fee. I love the Jacked Up Value Bean, Rice, and Cheese Burrito without cheese and with avocado added.


Enjoy and share this guide with your friends to show them that eating plant-based on the go is easier than ever! While you’re at it, please take action and urge McDonald’s to help chickens by eliminating some of the worst farming practices in its supply chain.

Take Action: End McChicken Cruelty Now!