Rosy, red hair, and bright blue bows always seem to bring on an appetite for plant-based burgers and fries. But, just because we’re hankering for vegan hamburgers doesn’t mean we can have them at this animal-heavy fast food restaurant. Is there anything vegan at Wendy’s?
We took on the challenge of finding out for you. What did we learn? Most importantly, you should be aware that ordering from Wendy’s might result in a rumbling belly. If you’re careful and follow our suggestions, it’s possible that you can leave without too much disappointment. As long as you don’t mind fruit as a dessert.
Above all, be prepared. It’s probably not the best idea to go to Wendy’s after a long day at work or when you’re so stressed, you can hardly make a healthy decisions. Stick with our guide and you’ll be good to go!
When you walk into a Wendy’s restaurant, it’s safe to say that you may be overwhelmed by what’s being offered. Stick to this plan and we’re positive you’ll make the best plant-based purchases. Here’s what we suggest:
NOTE: If you are worried about cross-contamination with any animal-based foods, you might want to skip the fries. Unfortunately, they are cooked in the same oil as everything else (including fish and dairy).
Yes, vegans can enjoy Wendy’s fries, but only if you are comfortable with cross-contamination. Both Wendy’s Natural Cut fries and seasoned potatoes are made without any animal products, but they are fried in the same oil as the animal-based menu items. It’s totally up to you — it doesn’t make a lick of difference to animals. No judgement here.
While we would not recommend choosing Wendy’s to build your breakfast, here are a few menu items that might appeal to you. Keep in mind that breakfast is served from 6:30-10:30 am, so some items may not be available after that time.
Although we’re listing this as a veggie “burger” option, it is just so sad to suggest. Order a Jr. Cheeseburger Deluxe and request no meat, no mayo, and no cheese. Ask for extra veggies and avocado and you’ll get their premium bun filled with lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and raw onion.
If you really want to go all wild and crazy at Wendy’s, add a small order of fries smack dab in the middle of this burger-less-bun-blob. Not at all healthy, but it will probably satisfy your savory cravings, especially if you douse it with plenty of tangy ketchup and zesty mustard.
Yes, the Premium buns at this burger joint do not contain any dairy or eggs. Bunderful!
Saved by the salad! This option is hardly worth the price with so many ingredients taken out, but at least you can add some extra veggies to your day. Which selection would you choose?
We wish that we could say yes to this. We think it would be a pretty easy swap to make with a dairy-free milk and ice cream, but it seems that Wendy’s isn’t ready yet. For now, Frosty beverages are frightfully full of dairy.
Yes, Wendy’s fries are vegan! They are made without any animal products. Just note that they are fried in the same oil as Wendy’s other food, which makes it a no-go for some vegans. But this is completely up to personal preference.
You’d think that this would be a healthy, plant-based breakfast option, but it has both eggs and honey as ingredients. Sadly, it’s a no-go.
Wendy’s, you need to get with it. Wake up and get a whiff of the plant-based burgers offered at other restaurants! Since there are many mainstream burger chains catching the train to Veganville, you could totally take the lead with your very own vegan burger and bust out on top. It’s time to leave the bun-only-burger behind! (Please don’t get me started with puns about buns…). In the meantime (while we wait for Wendy’s to wise up), we can always write to, call, or contact the managers of any location to make our requests.
Have you found any other Wendy’s options to be veganizable? Did you find something amazing that we missed? Let us know by tagging #worldofvegan and sharing your favorite vegan-at-wendys creations with all of us!
Our vegan at Wendy’s article is not sponsored and we are in no way affiliated with Wendy’s. 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 items that are vegan at Wendy’s and not listed or items listed here as vegan, which are no longer vegan. Take care to double-check.