For 50 years, Burger King has been in the business of burgers. After many decades of listening to mainly meat media, they’ve decided to take part in the plant-based territory. Burger King made history when they launched the Impossible Whopper in 2019—a massive step when you consider that Burger King has more than 17,000 locations and serves over 15 million customers per day. That’s billions of burgers every year.
At least we now have one option for burgers on-the-go across the country—and hopefully, we’ll see even more vegan options in the near future.
So, if you’re wondering what you can eat that’s vegan at Burger King, read on.
What’s Vegan at Burger King?
Vegan Breakfast Options
Breakfast is pretty much the best time to buy at Burger King. You can stuff your belly full of French Toast Sticks (accidentally vegan—woo!), heaps of hash browns and throw in an additional order of oatmeal (made with water). Combine with an ice-cold OJ and you’ve got yourself a very vegan breakfast buffet!
- French Toast Sticks (accidentally vegan)
- Hash browns
- Oatmeal (made with water)
- Maple Syrup (be warned: it’s not real maple syrup but rather flavored corn syrup)
Vegan Lunch & Dinner Options
Lunch and Dinner have the same amount of alternatives but can be brilliantly bulked up with a substantial side of fries (they use vegetable oil for frying), a small garden side salad (with no cheese) or a plain, but pleasant PB&J Jamwich. Invest in the Impossible Whopper on your visit and you can discover what all the hype is all about. Encourage the person with you to try a bite too (bonus points if you record their reaction).
- Impossible Whopper (no mayo)
- Fries (they use vegetable oil for frying)
- Garden side salad (with no cheese)
- PB&J Jamwich
Vegan Dessert Options
Is dessert on the Burger King menu? Why, yes it is! Although it’s only the apple pie, at least there’s a nice, nostalgic choice among the number of dairy-rich desserts available. Urge BK to offer a dairy-free option as soon as possible.
- Apple pie (accidentally vegan)
Beverages are a quick and simple ordering option, keeping in mind that all of the shakes, soft serve, and sundaes are mostly made with milk. The ICEEs are surprisingly vegan (with only ice and sugar syrup as the main ingredients) if you are searching for a cold, sweet treat. The beverages below are all vegan-friendly.
- Capri Sun Apple Juice
- Dr. Pepper
- Frozen Coke ICEE
- Frozen Fanta Wild Cherry ICEE
- Hot Tea
- Iced Tea (sweetened or unsweetened)
- Minute Maid Orange Juice
How to Order the Impossible Whopper Vegan
It’s easy to order the Impossible Whopper vegan—just ask for no mayonnaise!
The patty used in the Impossible Whopper is the “Impossible Burger 2.0” made by Impossible Foods—and it’s completely vegan. The buns at Burger King are also vegan! The other Whopper toppings include tomatoes, lettuce, ketchup, pickles, and onion, which are all vegan.
What’s NOT Vegan at Burger King?
Plea for the Onion Ring
Oh, please, Bold Burger King
Give us our crispy onion ring
Without all that dreaded whey
You don’t need it anyway
We would buy them day or night
To a vegan, it’s our right
To have a crunchy, savory treat
Without the dairy or the meat!
All poor poetry aside, there is no opportunity to buy onion rings at Burger King. Because they are made with whey (a milk derivative) they are not vegan. Also, if you were hoping for a warm breakfast biscuit, puffy pancake, or a fine, flaky croissant, you will be decidedly disappointed. All are made with milk and/or butter with no savory substitute.
If you’re concerned about the high-fat content (coconut and sunflower oil) or soy base of the Impossible Whopper, consider ordering a Whopper Junior with no meat or mayo. Yes, it’s just a bun with lettuce and tomato, but you could also heap some heavenly hash browns in the center accented with a hit of hot sauce or pick up a peanut-y PB&J Jamwich to make your meal more filling.
Although there isn’t a large variety on the main menu of this huge hamburger chain, there seems to be a promise of more plant-based options in the future. As always, the more often we ask, the more these ruling restaurants will become aware of the increasing need for non-meat options.
We hope that Burger King’s “Be Your Way” slogan will spread its branches beyond just the individual Impossible Burger.
Helpful Hints When Ordering Vegan at Burger King
- Browse the restaurant’s website before ordering. Some locations offer different food options.
- When ordering the Impossible Whopper, request that your plant-based patty be cooked on a meat-free surface. It’s possible that they won’t be able to fulfill your request, but it never hurts to ask nicely! Note: it doesn’t make a difference to animals whether your burger is cooked on a grill with other meat or on a meat-free surface.
- Add a garden side salad full of fresh greens (but no cheese!) to any vegan “burger” for a more satisfying supper. Serve with Ken’s Golden Italian or Balsamic dressing and you’re good to go!
How to Order at Other Chains
- Vegan at McDonald’s Guide
- How to Order Vegan at Taco Bell
- Order Vegan at Dominos
- Vegan Menu at El Pollo Loco
Have you found any other options to be veganizable? Did you find something amazing that we missed? Send us a message and let us know and tag #worldofvegan and @vegan on Instagram to share your favorite vegan at Burger King creations with all of us!
Disclaimer: At the time of this article (last updated in July of 2020), all of the foods mentioned above are vegan. Since restaurants constantly update their menus, add or take away items, and reformulate menu items, please keep this in mind when ordering your food. There may be new items that are vegan and not listed above or items listed here as vegan, which are no longer vegan. Take care to double-check. Good luck!