Shake Shack Vegan Menu Options

What's vegan at Shake Shack? We've done the research and outlined all the vegan, vegetarian, and dairy-free menu options at Shake Shack to make ordering as easy-as-fries. (Because let's face it, there is no vegan pie.)
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An assortment of vegan burgers from Shake Shack.
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With more than 260 fast food locations around the world, Shake Shack keeps us on our toes teasing us with vegan-friendly options. While none of them have landed a permanent place on this big-time burger and shake menu, we’re hoping one day to see a Shake Shack vegan burger boldly on display.

We’re sure that this fast-casual restaurant is not your first choice when it comes to dining out. But, we all know that (sooner or later) we’re in a position where we have to figure out what the plant-based options are and make a decision with lightning speed. No worries, friends, we did all the work so you can relax and enjoy (what little there is) when in need.

Is there a veggie burger at Shake Shack? Any chance of dairy-free ice cream? Keep reading and we’ll share all you need to know.

We also have a whole series of fantastic vegan fast food guides to help you find the best (and most appealing) options at each location. Take a peek if you’re in need of a quick vegan meal on a road trip or with fast food-loving friends! We’ve covered Arby’s, Burger King, Carl Jr.’s, In-N-Out Burger, McDonald’s, and more!

Vegan Options at Shake Shack

What’s vegan at Shake Shack? There are some vegan-friendly options, but you’ll need to make alterations for some.

Buns

  • Gluten-Free Bun
  • Lettuce Wrap
  • Wheat Bun (where available)

Burgers

  • Veggie Shack – Order without cheese, crispy onions, or ShackSauce and select one of the vegan bun options above. Add lettuce, sliced onions, and tomatoes if desired. For an extra cost you can also add avocado and cherry peppers.

Sauces

  • BBQ Sauce
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Vegan Mayo (where available)

Sides

  • French Fries

Note: Keep in mind that Shake Shack cooks its fries in the same oil as other animal-based foods. It’s a personal choice whether or not you feel comfortable with that.

A hand holding a white paper tray filled with Shake Shack crinkle fries against a blue and green patterned background.
Shake Shack Crinkle Fries (Source: @shakeshack on IG)

Veggie Toppings

Go for the gold and add them all to a gluten-free bun or lettuce wrap!

  • Avocado
  • Caramelized Onions
  • Celery Salt
  • Cherry Peppers
  • Lettuce
  • Mustard
  • Onion
  • Tomato
Many slices of Shake Shack avocado piled on top of each other with a post that reads, "We believe that almost everything tastes better when you add avocado." written across the center.
Sliced Avocado at Shake Shack (Source: @shakeshack on IG)

Vegan-Friendly Beverages

  • Coca-Cola Fountain Sodas
  • Half Lemonade/Half Iced Tea
  • Juices (Orange and Apple)
  • Organic Iced Tea (Unsweetened or Sweetened)
  • Shake20 Water (Original and Sparkling)
  • Shack-Made Lemonade (Original Lemon)
  • Shack-Made Fruit Lemonades (Cherry Hibiscus, Mango Passionade, Strawberry Lemonade, or half & half)

NOTE: Shake Shack also offers a small assortment of alcoholic beverages, but the options differ from one location to the next and also from state to state. Though some of the mainstream beer and wine brands are vegan (like Bud, Coors, Heineken, etc.), there are some varieties that are not vegan-friendly within each brand. Please double-check your options on Barnivore.com–the vegan beer, wine, and liquor guide.

Two hands each holding a clear plastic cup filled with Shake Shack iced tea in front of a neon green Shake Shake sign.
Shake Shack Iced Teas (Source: @shakeshack on IG)

Dessert

While you can only get one flavor of custard or shake, the fact that there is even a vegan option is a reason to rejoice! These are both now available nationwide:

  • Non-Dairy Chocolate Custard – Shake Shack recently collaborated with NotCo to make dairy-free custard using their dairy-identical vegan milk, called Not Milk.
  • Non-Dairy Chocolate Shake – You can now enjoy a tasty chocolate shake too! This is also made with Not Milk for a realistic shake experience without the need for dairy.

Frozen Custard Mix-ins:

Take advantage of the delicious vegan toppings that you can add in for more appetizing flavor. All of the mix-ins below are vegan-friendly. Some are even healthy, too!

  • Fruit: Bananas, Cherries, Raspberries
  • Jam: Strawberry
  • Nuts: Almonds, Pecans, Pistachios, Walnuts
  • Purees: Strawberry and White Peach
  • Other: Cacao Nibs, Cinnamon Sugar, Coffee Beans, Graham Crackers, Matcha Green Tea Powder, Route 11 Potato Chips
Three rows of colorful fruits, each ending in a Shake Shack fruity lemonade served in a clear plastic cup with ice.
Shake Shack Fruity Lemonades along with fruit and veggie toppings. (Source: @shakeshack on IG)

NOT Vegan at Shake Shack

A couple of these menu items may be a surprise, so take a careful look before ordering.

  • Buns – The hot dog bun and potato buns both include milk and/or eggs in the ingredients.
  • Crispy Shallots – This topping is made with milk.
  • Floats – All floats contain dairy milk and eggs.
  • Frozen Custard – This frozen dessert is made with dairy and eggs unless ordering the non-dairy option.
  • Garden Dog – Sadly, this is made with milk.
  • Sauces – Buffalo (contains milk), mayo (has dairy and eggs in it), honey mustard (contains both honey and eggs)
  • Shack Sauce – Contains eggs.
  • Shakes – All flavors include milk and eggs except for the Non-Dairy Chocolate Shake.
  • ‘Shroom Burger – Vegetarian, but not vegan. The mushroom patty itself contains two kinds of cheese before deep fried. The bun also contains dairy and eggs.

Shake Shack Vegan Q&A

Is the Shake Shack Shroom Burger Vegan?

The Shroom Burger is not vegan. The patty is made with a mixture of two kinds of cheese and mushrooms before it is deep-fried. If you are vegetarian, this burger would be a good choice.

What are the Shake Shack Halal Options?

For non-vegans, there are no halal options in the United States. But, there are a couple of options if you live in the UK, Turkey, the Middle East, or South Korea.

Best Way To Find Out Shake Shack Menu Prices?

If you’d rather know the prices of Shake Shack’s menu items before taking a visit, there are a number of blogs that publish the most recent pricing information, such as Real Menu Prices. Another option is to call the location you’d like to visit and ask the manager or start an online menu order to get an idea how much it would cost for the meal you are considering.

Does Shake Shack have dairy-free custard and shakes?

Yes, in May of 2023, they rolled out their Non-Dairy Chocolate Shake and Non-Dairy Frozen Custard to all U.S. locations!

Helpful Hints When Ordering Vegan at Shake Shack

  • Browse the Shake Shack menu before ordering.
  • If ordering Shake Shack online or through a delivery service, make sure you clearly specify any substitutions you would like. Especially concerning sauces and meats. If you’re worried that your request may not be honored (or seen by the server at Shake Shack), it might be a better idea to go there directly to order.
  • Check out the Nutrition and Allergen Information page to make sure that you are purchasing a vegan-friendly item. The menu items offered at Shake Shack do change and the informational charts seem to be updated regularly.
  • Be careful when new and exciting seasonal products are offered at Shake Shack. Double-check the allergens and ingredients PDFs to make sure the item is vegan before purchasing.
Three hands each holding a Shake Shack vegan-friendly fruit lemonade (Cherry Hibiscus, Mango Passionade, and Strawberry Lemonade) with a green straw against a beige wall.
Shake Shack Lemonades in Cherry Hibiscus, Mango Passionade, and Strawberry Lemonade. (Source: @shakeshack on IG)

Creating a Kinder and More Accessible Shake Shack

Shake Shack has been making strides to offer vegan options such as veggie burgers and dairy-free shakes to its menu. Will they ever become full-time food items? We’ll have to wait and see.

Since more and more popular fast food restaurants are bringing out plant-based foods, the competition is getting hotter. It’s high time that all restaurants have at least one vegan-friendly meal offered that’s not just french fries. You may not think it’s true, but your voice matters! We hope this inspires you to use your voice to make a difference!

You can always write to, call, or contact the managers of any location to make our requests.

What are your favorite items on the new vegan menu at Shake Shack? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Have you found any other options to be veganizable? Did you find something amazing that we missed? Let us know by tagging #worldofvegan and sharing your favorite vegan-at-Shake-Shack creations with all of us!

This Shake Shack vegan menu article is not sponsored and we are in no way affiliated with Shake Shack. At the time of this Shake Shack vegetarian 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 Shake Shack and not listed or items listed here as vegan, which are no longer vegan. Take care to double-check.

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6 comments
  1. Love the various options they have very versatile

  2. Andrea White says:

    It’s been so long! Thanks for this great guide!

  3. I really hope that Shake Shack will offer their Veggie Burger at all locations asap. With all of the veggie add-ons, sweet drinks and yummy fries, you could actually have a decent fast food lunch if you could have a vegan burger to go with it. Let’s keep our fingers crossed!

  4. Beatriz Buono-Core says:

    I’ve never ventured into Shake Shack for fear of not finding anything vegan but now I’m fully prepared 🙂

  5. Thanks for this comprehensive guide! I will be using this next time I go to a shake shack!

  6. This was so helpful as I haven’t been to a shake shack in a long time! Hope they roll out more vegan options soon!

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