Canada’s vegan fast food dishes ranked worst to best
While vegan options have become easier to find across the country in mainstream restaurants, vegan fast food dishes aren’t as common.
After A&W announced its plant-based Beyond burger, many other fast-food outlets followed suit, offering new plant-based menu items themselves.
Some of these establishments had menu options that were short-lived and no longer offered, but some have stood the test of time.
Here are the best vegan options you can still order today, ranked from worst to best.
9. Subway’s Vegetarian Delight
Vegans rejoiced when Subway announced their plant-based Beyond Meatball Sub. However, this time last year it was discontinued in Canada.
Now the only vegan option at Subway is your choice of bread or a veggie wrap, called the Veggie Delight, with your choice of sauce on top.
It’s very commonplace when it comes to vegan fast food options, which is why it’s last on our list.
8. Starbucks Bagel with Avocado Spread
Starbucks offers a ton of plant-based options when it comes to their signature drinks, along with an assortment of dairy alternatives. Vegan food options, however, might need a bit of work.
For vegans, you can get either a traditional bowl of oatmeal or a sprouted bagel with an avocado spread.
The bagel is good, but the avocado spread has a gooey texture which is not appealing at all. If you need a bite to eat and Starbucks is the only option, stick with the bagel alone.
7. Tim Hortons Potato Wedges
It’s hard to mess up potato wedges, and Tim Hortons’ offering is pretty good too.
At one point Tim Hortons also offered a Beyond Meat sausage breakfast menu item which they unfortunately removed.
If you’re short on time and there’s a Timmy’s nearby, you can’t go wrong with an order from their wedges.
6. KFC Plant-Based Chicken Burger
In case you missed it, KFC started offering plant-based chicken burgers last year.
It is based on a Lightlife patty and has the prestigious honor of being named the first plant-based offering in a chicken fast food establishment.
The texture resembles that of real chicken, with the classic KFC spice blend, sandwiched between a bun with lettuce and mayonnaise. Vegan mayonnaise may vary depending on location, so be sure to ask. They also have a spicy variety.
You could definitely do worse if you’re in trouble.
5. A&W Beyond the Nuggets
A&W manages to make two appearances on our list, thanks to their recent launch of the Beyond nuggets.
Designed to resemble traditional chicken nuggets, Beyond Nuggets have a good flavor profile but a slightly disappointing texture. You can also serve them with your choice of barbecue or sweet and sour sauce, both of which are vegan.
In a pinch, these nuggets are pretty good.
4. Dairy Queen Non-Dairy Dilly Bar
It sounds crazy that the dairy queen has a non-dairy option, but it’s true.
Dairy Queen offers a non-dairy Dilly Bar. The non-dairy version is made with a coconut cream-based protein, finished with their classic crunchy chocolatey coating.
While summer is officially over, it’s never a bad time for ice cream.
3. Burger King’s Impossible Whopper
No, really, it’s the Impossible Whopper.
This fairly recent addition to Burger King’s menu gives vegans, vegetarians, or anyone trying to cut down on their meat intake a chance to try Burger King’s flagship burger, minus the beef.
The burger is served with lettuce, tomatoes, crispy pickles, onion and ketchup, all on a sesame seed bun.
The Impossible patty is very similar to Beyond Meat, with a flavor profile closer to real beef. It’s a pretty good burger, if not a little dry.
2. McDonald’s Baked Apple Pie
McDonald’s has yet to jump on the plant-based burger bandwagon. Although, for some reason, you can order a Big Mac without meat or cheese.
One thing that may surprise some vegans is that McDonald’s offers a sweet vegan treat.
McDonald’s Baked Apple Pie is completely vegan and delicious.
1. Beyond the A&W Burger
A&W has been at the forefront of the plant-based fast food craze in recent years.
They partnered with Beyond Meat to launch their Beyond burger, which has since become a menu staple.
Garnished with lettuce, red onion, tomate, pickles, ketchup and mustard.
It’s a satisfying burger and tops our list of the best vegan fast food options currently available in Canada.