Tzu Chi USA’s Very Veggie Movement: 10 Fast-Food Venues With Vegetarian Options

National Headquarters  |  April 9, 2020

Forgot your lunch on the table in the morning rush? When you’ve only just begun to try making the switch to a vegetarian diet, grabbing a bite to eat on the go can seem quite the conundrum. 

In light of our Very Veggie Movement, which was launched as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve put together a helpful list of fast food venues to ease your endeavor!

1. Chipotle

Our Sofritas are vegan and vegetarian approved. Vegans should avoid our meats, shredded Monterey Jack cheese, queso, sour cream, and chipotle-honey vinaigrette. Our tortillas, vegetables, rice, beans, salsas, chips, and guacamole, are vegetarian and vegan. If you eat dairy, our shredded Monterey Jack cheese and queso are made with vegetable-based rennet and our sour cream is 100% cultured cream.

Chipotle has loads of great vegetarian and vegan options, all equally gratifying. Customizable bowls, burritos, and tacos are excellent for vegetarians looking for quick, inexpensive, and balanced meals.

2. Panera Bread

From soup to salad, and sandwiches, Panera Bread boasts a variety of comforting and tasty vegetarian menu options. Their Autumn Squash, Creamy Tomato, and Ten Vegetable soups are all meatless, as is their Mediterranean Veggie sandwich.

3. Starbucks

With 28,218 locations, Starbucks is another popular venue that can keep you satisfied on your great vegetarian venture. Try their tomato and mozzarella sandwich or a vegetarian protein box

4. Taco Bell

Introducing Veggie Mode. Now with just a tap of a button on our in-restaurant kiosks, nearly the entire Taco Bell menu goes into full Veggie Mode, revealing close to 50 of your Taco Bell favorites made certified vegetarian - like a Black Bean Chalupa. Want even more? Our 41 vegetarian ingredients (30 of which are also vegan) can be customized more than 20 million ways - that’s enough to customize a new meal every day for more than 50,000 years!

Taco Bell’s brand new “Veggie Mode” menu will make ordering vegetarian lunch a total breeze as of its unveiling on March 12, 2020, at participating locations nationwide. The ingredients and vegetarian menu items are all American Vegetarian Association (AVA) certified as well! 

5. Five Guys

The veggie sandwich at Five Guys offers an array of toppings from freshly grilled onions, to mushrooms, and green peppers layered with lettuce and tomatoes on a soft toasted bun. Five Guys also offers a yummy grilled cheese sandwich. 

6. Subway

The crispy, crunchy Veggie Delite® sandwich is a superb vegetarian option. Enjoy two servings of crisp veggies on freshly baked bread for under 400 calories, or alternatively opt for a customizable salad! 

7. Del Taco

Yet another fast-food chain jumping on the Beyond Meat bandwagon, Del Taco fast-food chains now offer Beyond Tacos made with 100% plant-based protein. Their plentiful vegetarian options make it easy for those on the go to have a filling lunch. The Crinkle Cut Fries, Hash Brown Sticks, and Avocado Veggie Bowl are also vegetarian.

8. Burger King

As one of the most well-recognized and long-standing fast-food chains in the USA, Burger King has stepped up to the plate as well with their vegan menu options, including fries, Impossible Whopper, warm french toast with a side of maple syrup, hash browns, Dutch apple pie, and oatmeal. 

9. Bareburger

Bareburger only offers Beyond Burgers, but also the Impossible Burger. The fast-food chain also offers Thai Chia and Guadalupe burgers, Beyond Sausage, Farmstead wrap, salads, Sweet Fries, French Fries, Sweet and Dill Pickles, and Napa Slaw.

10. Baskin Robbins

When the weather begins to warm up, you may want to cool down with a bit of ice cream, which can be difficult for our vegan friends and those who must avoid dairy and gluten products. Fortunately, on August 1st of 2019, the chain store launched two new non-dairy flavors: “Non-Dairy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough” and “Non-Dairy Chocolate Extreme.”

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