Food & Dining

7 Vegetarian-Friendly Fast Food Chains

If you’ll pay close attention to the menu items of your favorite fast food chain, you won’t be surprised that vegetarian options are available. In fact, a growing number of these eateries are now offering meatless versions of their best-sellers. This gives vegetarians a last resort when they really have no other dining option.

But not all fast food chains have a measly amount of vegetarian-friendly menu items. Some places actually have a couple of good dishes that vegetarians might find themselves craving for.

So where should you go for a fast food fix that won’t compromise your beliefs and convictions but still give you ample options to enjoy a nice meal? We’ve rounded up a few good places below:

Taco Bell

Every vegetarian knows that Taco Bell is a great fast food option for them for two reasons. One, it’s the only national chain that has been certified by the American Vegetarian Association. Two, you can eat everything on the menu even with your meat restrictions. Just swap out the meat to beans and you’re good to go. To ensure that you’ll nosh on a healthy wrap, however, ask for black beans instead of refried beans.

Top Options:

  • Everything on the menu

Five Guys

A lot of vegetarians also turn to Five Guys for a total fast food fix. This chain will let you enjoy eating in a fast food without feeling bad about it since you get to enjoy a number of tasty options.

Top Options:

  • Grilled Cheese Sandwich
  • Veggie Sandwich
  • Veggie Sandwich with Cheese
  • Fries

Jimmy John’s

Jimmy John’s is also a go-to place for lots of vegetarians because of their tasty and filling offerings. They might not have an extended menu for vegetarians but what they have in store prove to be more than enough for those who have tried it before.

Top Options:

  • Gourmet Veggie Club
  • The Veggie Sub
  • Jumbo Kosher Dill Pickle

Freshii

The thing that makes Freshii stand out from the sea of fast food chains is its plant-based menu so it makes perfect sense that vegetarians gravitate towards it. A lot of dishes still contain meat, though, so you can’t just order willy-nilly here. However, unlike other fast food chains, you have a good range of options when you visit this eatery.

Aside from their healthy grub, their packaging is also made with eco-friendly (recyclable or biodegradable) materials. Some items’ proceeds also go to charitable causes. So if you eat here, you won’t just cater to your green lifestyle but you’ll also be able to help others.

Top Options:

  • Mediterranean Bowl
  • Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Oatmeal
  • Metaboost Salad
  • Warrior Bowl
  • Ninja Salad
  • Buffalo Wrap
  • Carrot Zinger Juice
  • Spicy Thai Burrito

Pizza Hut

Having pizza would be one of the easiest ways to enjoy fast food dining while you’re a vegetarian. Why? It’s very easy to customize the toppings of these things. This is why eating at Pizza Hut shouldn’t make you doubt your commitment to not harming animals to get your fill.

Aside from being one of the most popular and easily available pizza chains, we chose Pizza Hut because they make customizing your pizza very easy. They have a Create Your Own Pizza app that won’t just let you build your own pie but will also let you add in a few interesting ingredients. Now that can make a vegetarian pizza all the more appetizing.

Top Options:

  • Premium Garden Veggie Pizza
  • Veggie Supreme
  • Build Your Own Pizza

Chipotle

While Chipotle is technically not a fast food chain, a lot of people still consider it such so we’re including them in this list. With their size, they can certainly rival some chains already, so why not, right?

In any case, they can also be considered as one of the healthiest eateries out there, especially if you know what to get. And since you’re a vegetarian, there’s a good chance that you’re well aware of what the best picks are from their menu.

Top Options:

  • Bowl Sofritas
  • Fajita Veggies
  • Roasted Corn
  • Bowl/ Taco/ Salad Vegetarian
  • Guac and Chips

Subway

Another no-brainer option for vegetarians would be Subway. The fact that you can choose what will go into your sub makes it very easy to create a meatless meal. You can even go all the way and eat vegan at this fast food joint without batting an eyelash.

Top Options:

  • Veggie Delight Sub / Salad
  • Veggie Pattie Sub / Salad
  • Malibu Greek Sub
  • Italian Black Bean Sub
  • Sweet Riblet Sub

These are just a few of the best fast food chains to turn to for a quick bite even if you don’t eat meat. Just note, however, that while they’re meatless, not all of the menu items mentioned above are necessarily the healthiest dishes. So if you’re eating vegetarian meals to eat better, some of the items above might not fit the bill. Make sure to check their ingredients, calorie count, and nutritional content before taking a bite in this case.

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