With more than 350 locations in California and the Northwest, In-N-Out is a popular destination for burger lovers. But what can you get that’s vegan at In-N-Out? Is the In-N-Out veggie burger vegan? Are the In-N-Out fries vegan? What about the grilled cheese and lettuce wraps? In this article we share everything that’s vegetarian, dairy-free, and vegan on the In-N-Out menu. Warning: there’s not much!
One thing that’s clear at this red-and-white themed restaurant is that big burgers and fists full of fries rule. But, are all of their entrees made at the expense of animals? Do they offer anything vegan at In-N-Out?
It’s a good and bad thing that In-N-Out Burger has such a simple menu. ‘Good’ because it would be an easy act to add in a plant-based burger. And ‘bad’ because, at the moment, there is no vegan-friendly burger to buy. (Unless you count their Veggie “Burger” which is more like a bun filled with flacid toppings.)
If you find yourself at an In-N-Out while you’re out and about, what should you do? Do you have any real options when you’re ravenous? Keep reading and we’ll share everything you need to know.
Although this Pacific Coast burger restaurant has a small step above McDonald’s, the step is seriously tiny. You have three vegan menu options at In-N-Out for banishing your belly hunger and that includes the beverage.
Here’s what we suggest:
NOTE: If you know that you’ll be visiting In-N-Out ahead of time, you can bring along your own prepared vegan burger (wrapped in foil) and slip it between the buns. BYOB takes on a whole new meaning when you’re vegan!
They do and they don’t. In-N-Out offers an item (not actually on the menu) that they call a “veggie burger” but, as usual, it’s only a bun filled with burger toppings. And, the worst part is that it’s not even vegan! They add a special sauce on top that is made with mayo, so this veggie “no-burger” must be ordered without the sauce.
If you order this, you’ll have a bun with lettuce, tomato, and onion. So, basically, it’s a bun with tomatoes, lettuce, and a few onions. You even have to add your own ketchup and mustard.
Finally! Fully vegan fries at a fast food restaurant! Lucky for us, In-N-Out only offers one menu item that is deep fried—the fries. According to the In-N-Out informants, the fries are “Fresh, hand-cut potatoes prepared in 100% sunflower oil.”
I bet you didn’t know that there are two other ways to request your fries. We have to admit that this is kinda cool. You can ask for:
Just two condiments? Yup. Not much more to say about that, except for sighing deeply (and with slight disgust).
In-N-Out offers Coca-Cola products at all of their locations.
Pretty much any choice you make at this burger joint is beef-centered or has a dairy derivative, so be prepared for disappointment.
We suppose that it’s highly unlikely that In-N-Out will offer a plant-based burger or vegan grilled cheese in the future, but if Burger King and KFC can come up with vegan-friendly food, we’ll still keep hoping! There’s nothing stopping this bold, burger-centric fast food bistro from featuring an animal-free option for us, is there? In the meantime, we can always write to, call, or contact the managers of any location to make our requests.
Have you found any other In-N-Out options to be veganizable? Did you find something amazing that we missed? Let us know by tagging #worldofvegan and sharing your favorite vegan-at-In-N-Out creations with all of us!
This article is not sponsored and we are in no way affiliated with In-N-Out Burger. At the time of this article, the foods mentioned above are vegan. Since restaurants constantly update their menus and add or take away items, please keep this in mind when ordering your food. There may be new items that are vegan at In-N-Out Burger and not listed or items listed here as vegan, which are no longer vegan. Take care to double-check.
This vegan In-N-Out guide was written by Gina House and edited by Michelle Cehn and Amanda Meth. Please note that this article may contain affiliate links which means shopping through them really helps to support World of Vegan!