McDonald’s Vegan Menu – Every Vegan Option (2022)

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McDonald’s lacks a good selection of vegan food, especially in the United States, but they offer slightly more options than they did a few years back. Until they come out with more plant-based options in the future, vegans are pretty limited.

McDonald’s vegan options are limited, but there are some tasty items in the works that might hit the McDonald’s vegan menu soon.

McDonald’s fries in the USA are still not vegan-friendly because they continue to add beef fat to their oil. This decision is disheartening considering their fries are vegan in other parts of the world, such as the UK. Hopefully, McDonald’s decides to carry these practices to all of their locations in the future.

You can get plenty of vegan snacks at McDonald’s, but for now it might be challenging to create a satisfying plant-based meal.

What's up with the vegan McPlant Burger?

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They have been working on a few tasty vegan options that could be released on a permanent basis in future. One item is the juicy McPlant burger which was co-developed with Beyond Meat. The McPlant was available for a limited time at the beginning of 2022 in eight select restaurants in the United States (California, Iowa, Louisiana, Texas), but we still do not know if the burger will become more available in the future. There are rumors of vegan McNuggets becoming a part of the menu in the future as well.

What McDonald’s states about the McPlant burger:

  • Vegan certified
  • made with a plant-based patty featuring vegan sauce mustard, ketchup,
  • comes with pickles, onion, lettuce, tomato, and a vegan alternative to cheese

Vegan Breakfast Options at McDonald's:

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  • Fruit & Maple Oatmeal (specify no milk or cream and request water instead)
  • Apple Slices
  • Filter Black Coffee or an Americano
  • Orange Juice (Minute Maid)
  • Plain English Muffin
  • Maple Syrup
  • Jelly

While it might not be quite what you are looking for, black coffee and a Fruit & Maple Oatmeal bowl is not a bad breakfast option, nor is an English Muffin with some grape Jelly. McDonald’s breakfast options are certainly not as good as the fast-food chain Carls Jr, but hey, it is something to get you to your next meal.

Vegan Lunch and Dinner Options at McDonald's:

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  • Baked Apple Pie
  • Apple Slices
  • Side Salad (see dressing options below)
  • Southwest Chicken Salad (specify no chicken and see dressing options below)
  • Create a vegan sandwich (order any sandwich with no meat or cheese and request lots of vegetables)

Unfortunately, these are all of the options available at McDonald’s in the United States that are vegan-friendly. Some countries have McFalafel and McAloo Tikki burgers, but unfortunately, McDonald’s has yet to bring vegan-specific items to the United States.

While the fries you find at most fast food joints in America are vegan, McDonald’s fries are not. They are vegan in Canada, India, and many other countries, but not in the USA. Maybe someday!

Vegan Salad Dressing and Sauce Options at McDonald's:

  • Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
  • Raspberry Walnut and Red Wine Vinaigrette Dressing
  • Newman’s Own Classic Oil & Vinegar Dressing
  • Zesty Italian Salad Dressing
  • Sesame Ginger Dressing
  • Citrus Splash Dressing
  • Tangy BBQ Sauce
  • Spicy Buffalo Sauce
  • Sweet and Sour Sauce
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Maple Syrup
  • Jelly

Keep in mind that not every salad dressing will be available at a McDonalds near you, but there should always be a few options on this list. Some rural locations may have none or only a few, while a prime location in a big city may have all of them.

Vegan Drinks at McDonald's:

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  • All Sodas
  • Filter Black Coffee
  • Iced Teas (soda-type, not fresh)
  • Orange Juice (Minute Maid)
  • Apple Juice
  • Slushies (flavors and availability varies)

The orange juice sold at McDonald’s is Minute Maid pulp-free, so if you like pulpy orange juice, you might want to skip it. Otherwise, feel free to enjoy any of these tasty beverages on a vegan diet.

As you can see, McDonald’s has some catching up to do. They offer quite a few vegan options in other countries, but for some reason, they have not updated the menu to fit the needs of plant-based eaters in the United States just yet. Hopefully, the trials they conducted with the McPlant burger allow them to see the many benefits of adding more vegan options to their menu.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, McDonald’s has vegan breakfast, lunch and dinner options (e.g.: apple slices, orange juice, plain english muffin, apple pie, side salad). However, no vegan fries or burgers yet.

McDonald’s fries in the USA are still not vegan-friendly because they continue to add beef fat to their oil. This decision is disheartening considering their fries are vegan in other parts of the world, such as the UK.

McDonald’s Hash Browns are not vegan, because they are made with natural beef flavoring and dairy.

The McPlant was available for a limited time at the beginning of 2022 in eight select restaurants in the United States, but we still do not know if the burger will become more available in the future.

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