Everything Vegan at McDonalds (USA, Late 2021)

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McDonalds in the USA still lacks a good selection of vegan food, however they have slightly more than a few years back, and apparently are planning to add some new vegan options soon — including potentially a vegan-friendly burger or chick’n nuggets.

Until they come out options are quite limited though — and no, McDonalds fries in the USA still aren’t vegan-friendly, they’ve yet to stop obsessively adding beef tallow (fat) into their oil.

You can get a snack at Mcdonalds as a Vegan, but more than that won’t be very satisfying.

Vegan Breakfast Options at McDonalds:

  • McDonald’s Fruit & Maple Oatmeal (Specify no Milk/Cream, request water instead)
  • Filter Coffee (Black)
  • Orange Juice (Minute Maid)
  • English Muffin (Plain)
  • Maple Syrup
  • Jelly (usually grape or strawberry)

Ultimately while not fantastic, a black coffee and a Fruit & Maple bowl isn’t a bad breakfast, nor is a English Muffin, some grape Jelly, and a black coffee — certainly not as good of a breakfast as Carls Jr offers vegans, but hey, it’s something to get you to your next meal (hopefully) only a few hours later.

Vegan Lunch/Dinner-Time Options at McDonalds:

  • Baked Apple Pie
  • Apple Slices
  • Side Salad (see dressing options below)
  • Southwest Chicken Salad (Specify no Chicken of course, see dressing options below)
  • Vegetable sandwich (order any sandwich with no meat/cheese/etc with lots of vegetables)

Unfortunately that’s all the food-options McDonalds has that’s vegan-friendly currently in the United States; some other countries have vegan falafel wraps or McAloo curried potato sandwiches, or even vegan chick’n nuggets, but unfortunately McDonalds STILL has yet to bring these to the United States. It looks like in 2021 some locations in the USA may have the new “McPlant” burger put on the menu, however this is not a standard option yet and most locations have yet to add it.

And as always — No, McDonalds fries are still not vegan in the USA; they are vegan in Canada and India and most countries around the world, but not in the USA.

Vegan Salad Dressing & Sauce Options at McDonalds:

  • Creamy French Salad Dressing
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing
  • Raspberry Walnut and Red Wine Vinaigrette (not all locations)
  • Classic Oil & Vinegar Salad Dressing (not all locations)
  • Zesty Italian Salad Dressing (not all locations)
  • Sesame Ginger Salad Dressing (not all locations)
  • Citrus Splash Salad Dressing (not all locations)
  • Tangy BBQ Sauce
  • Spicy buffalo Sauce
  • Sweet and Sour Sauce
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Maple Syrup
  • Grape Jelly
  • Strawberry Jelly

Keep in mind not all of the salad dressing will necessarily be available at your local McDonalds — They’ll pretty much always have the first two, however the others will vary — some rural locations may have none or only a few, while a “prime” location in a big city may have almost all of them. We prefer the viniagrette’s and Citrus Splash dressings about the others, as the Seasame-Ginger tasted a bit “burnt” to us.

Vegan Drinks at McDonalds:

  • All Sodas
  • Black Filter Coffee
  • Black Iced Coffee (brewed hot, then iced not cold brew)
  • Iced Teas (soda-type, not fresh)
  • Orange Juice (Minute Maid)
  • Apple Juice
  • Slushy (Flavors and availability varies, some locations have no slushies).
We’d strongly recommend avoiding the black iced coffee as it’s extremely bitter due to not being cold-brewed, and sugar will not dissolve in it so you cannot change it being that way — this is because they usually add milk/cream to it to lessen the bitterness, but they have no vegan alternative for it.
Also keep in mind that the orange juice is minute-maid pulp-free, so if you like pulpy orange juice you might want to give it a skip — but if you like pulp-free it’s prefectly good orange juice, no funny business going on there.