Everything Vegan at Buffalo Wild Wings (2020)
Buffalo wild wings is one of the word offenders when it comes to Vegan Options. They have virtually nothing, as like McDonalds in the USA, they fry what normally would be vegan (such as fries) with beef shortening.
With that being said, I must give Buffalo Wild Wings a round of aplause because they have been upfront about this and have even updated their allergy menu to reflect this, which I’m sure was for us Vegans.
As a result I can (thankfully) compile all their vegan options with ease and don’t need to go find some friends/acquaintances who work there to give me an inside scoop.
Currently all the vegan things at Buffalo Wild Wings is:
- Brioche Burger Bun
- Hoagie Bun
- Flour Tortilla
- Carrot Sticks
- Celery Sticks
- White Rice (Generally only Available in Hawaii or outside of the USA)
- Mandarin Oranges
- Soft Pretzel (No Queso, no butter)
- Side salad (no cheese or croutons, light balsamic dressing)
- Pico De Gallo
At some locations the beer-braised mushrooms may be vegan, however it’s pretty much impossible to figure out if it’s vegan at yours, so that’s just going to be something for you to decide. It doesn’t contain milk or eggs or anything, but it’s cooking process likely will cause it to be “contaminated.”
These are the only non-sauce/seasoning items they have (other than drinks) that are vegan all the time.
Their french fries are fried in beef shortening/fat, as are all their fried products.
The black bean burger patty contains eggs, so there’s no way you can just order the black bean burger without cheese and make it vegan, as the eggs are built-in to the patty.
They also have Vegan Sauces:
- Jammin Jalapeno Wing Sauce (Some locations)
- Asian Zing Sauce
- Blazin’ Sauce
- Caribbean Jerk Sauce
- Chipotle BBQ Seasoning
- Desert Heat Seasoning
- Hot Sauce
- Lemon Pepper Seasoning
- Mango Habanero Sauce
- Salt & Vinegar Seasoning
- Sweet BBQ Sauce
- Teriyaki Sauce
- Wild Sauce
So how does Buffalo Wild Wings look for a vegan?
Not too good, while I appreciate their honesty and upfront behavior there’s just not really many options. Alongside Panda Express I’d say they’re one of the worst places for a vegan.
You can’t really make a good meal at BWW (buffalo wild wings) as a vegan, or even really have a tasty snack due to them frying their sides in beef shortening. Then for whatever reason their black bean patties contain eggs.
Hopefully they change these things, as if they did they could be a real option, and quite a good one, for a vegan.
Till then the best option would be to avoid them and if you find yourself with no choice but to eat there or starve just get some buns and avocado and make avocado-toast. Maybe get Pico or salsa on the side with celery sticks?
Or you could get the big Pretzel they have, as it’d at least give some substance/calories to keep you going if you had to eat there.