Vegan options at Sonic are sparse and deeply depressing for those of us used to seeing plant-based Impossible burgers and Beyond burger options on the menu at many other fast food locations. Even the Sonic Drive-In veggie burger is not vegan. What the heck? Luckily, you do have a some fun summery drinks, slushes, and sides to choose from.
At least you can count on the potato products for vegan food options at Sonic. The french fries and tater tots are must-haves if you want any sort of satisfaction in your stomach. The kiddies might be a bit disappointed by their options, which are basically a bun with veggies, tots, fries, an applesauce, and a drink.
The best plan, if you can, is to visit only when you’re searching for a quick sweet or salty snack. Let your eyes skim past the animal-based burgers and dairy-filled drinks and focus on the flavor of fries, lovely lemonades, sweet slushies, and portable pretzels. With patience and time, there might be more vegan options at Sonic in the future.
It’s no surprise that Sonic is not exactly top of the list when it comes to vegan-friendly diner food. With Sonic veggie options at an all time low, they’re not really luring us in with anything spectacular. But, if you find yourself with no other alternative than vegan food at Sonic, this is what you can do:
Does sonic have vegan options? If you were hoping for a Sonic veggie burger, you’re out of luck. For some strange reason, the veggie burger contains dairy (why?!?) and is swiftly off the menu for us plant-powered folks. They do have some diner foods that are vegan-friendly, but the few they offer are not at all special. So, our answer must be a (very) unenthusiastic ‘yes.’
All of the bread options listed (besides the hoagie bun and pretzel) vary from location to location and some might also include dairy, depending on the bakery. Make sure to ask before ordering. None of these breads are suitable for gluten-sensitive vegans.
Peer at the plant-based packet list below and pour freely over your fries, tots, or veggie-filled sandwich. The sweet sauces might even be tasty on a pretzel or tortilla. Our tip is to be as creative as possible with these condiments. You can do it!
Because there aren’t any separate fryers for animal-products and plant-based fried foods, it’s a personal choice whether you feel okay eating these items. Asking at each location is an option, though. You may get lucky and find a Sonic that will make your crispy fries or tots in oil that’s free of meat miasma.
This is almost the best part of the Sonic vegan menu. If they agree to give you as many toppings as you wish, you could actually make a somewhat satisfying, appetizing sandwich out of these varied veggies.
Slather a sauce (or two!) on each side of a burger bun or on the inside of a tortilla before adding your veggie toppings. At least you’ll have a hint of flavor, since you have to do without an actual vegan hamburger patty.
All of these simple syrups can be added to any slush base for more flavor and fun.
Be brave and ask for a cup filled with fresh bananas. Then, top with any (or all!) of the garnishes listed below that strike your fancy. It won’t beat banana nice cream, but it might come in as a close second. Especially if you added Oreos and a crunchy peanut butter or sweet strawberry topping!
The vegan drinks at Sonic are pretty sweet, but keep in mind that it’s only the liquid gulp-y beverages that are up for grabs. All of the creamy shakes are off-limits since there are no dairy-free milk choices on the menu. Good to know that the slush base is vegan, too.
Note: The Cold Brew Iced Coffee and Hot Chocolate both contain dairy.
We challenged ourselves to come up with the healthiest vegan options at Sonic and it was a serious struggle! Here’s a list of three flavorful creations that may not quite keep your belly full, but could be decent options for the desperate. Which one appeals to you most?
Note: If you know you’ll be going to Sonic ahead of time, think about bringing a cup of cooked beans in a container to add to the salad and some extra fresh (or dried fruit) and nuts to add to the banana dessert. Alternately, you could bring a simple, homemade tortilla to fill with all the veggies and avocado instead.
When you get down to the nitty gritty on the Sonic allergen menu, you’ll find a few interesting things.
Sorry, nope! The french toast sticks include dairy, so they are not vegan.
Yes, the pretzel is vegan-friendly. Just make sure to substitute the side of cheese sauce for a different dairy-free sauce or condiment packet.
The onion rings are a highly questionable vegan option. To be safe, we would say no. Even though their allergen page does not list them as having any milk, previous managers and employees of this diner claim that the rings are dipped in vanilla soft serve mix before frying––making them off limits for vegans. Sonic won’t give a clear answer either way, so it would probably be best to avoid this menu item, just in case.
The signature sauce at Sonic is not vegan. It contains eggs as part of the main ingredients.
Check out the Sonic’s Allergen and Nutrition Information PDFs to make sure that you are purchasing a vegan-friendly item. They also share a helpful sodium guide for items that are a little bit lower sodium than other food options. The menu items offered at Sonic don’t seem to change very often, but you may want to double check before you visit.
Even though Sonic has not yet added any plant-based burgers, dairy-free desserts, or scrumptious shake options to their menu, we can still hope with all our might that our vegan voices will be heard. Because more and more burger joints are adding heavenly vegan hamburger options on the fast food front, we’re pretty sure that Sonic will soon be mighty motivated to include at least one vegan cheese choice and maybe a speciality Sonic drive in veggie burger. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if they added even a small section of their menu to plant-based, dairy-free deliciousness? 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 vegan options at Sonic? Did you find something amazing that we missed? Let us know by tagging #worldofvegan and sharing your favorite vegan-at-sonic creations with all of us!
This sonic vegetarian menu article is not sponsored and we are in no way affiliated with Sonic. At the time of this article, the menu items 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 vegan Sonic options that are not listed or items listed here as vegan, which are no longer vegan. Take care to double-check.