Vegan Options at Burger Chains: Unless otherwise noted, updated January 2019
Harvey’s was one of the first burger chains to develop and promote its own, simply named, Veggie Burger. The veggie burger and the regular and multigrain bun are vegan, but don’t miss the opportunity to have your burger as a bowl instead over fries, rice, or lettuce with a wide range of veggie toppings to choose from! The fries and onion rings are vegan as well. For salad dressings, the Balsamic Vinaigrette and Italian dressings are vegan. Watch out for the frozen lemonades, slushies, and smoothies which contain milk!
A & W now serves the Beyond Burger as their veggie burger. It comes with mayo and another dairy-based sauce by default, so you need to request no mayo and no uncle sauce to make it vegan. The fries and sweet potato fries are vegan but request no chipotle mayonnaise dipping sauce. Note that their onion rings contain milk, but they do have root beer lollipops that are vegan for a unique treat!
Burger King – last updated Jan 2016
Burger King US has a veggie burger, supplied by Morningstar Farms. However, it is not vegan. The patty contains both milk and eggs, as does the bun.
Burger King Canada’s veggie burger also contains milk and eggs, so is presumably from the same supplier now. Their official policy says the patty is NOT cooked on the same grill as meat, but check with individual locations to confirm. The Garden Salad is vegan. Dressing choices may vary with locations but Burger King Canada has Kraft Balsamic Dressing, which is vegan. Their french fries and hash browns are vegan, but the onion rings contain milk. Burger King also notes that they usually use the same deep fryer for meat and onion rings and potentially for other menu items as well. The Caesar dressing contains anchovies.
Hero Burger has many restaurants around Canada (mostly southern Ontario) and is known for its environmental stewardship. Both the “soul burger” patty and the sesame poppy seed, small seedless, and gluten-free buns are vegan friendly, as are the fries and onion rings. You can top your burger with vegan guacamole, crispy or sauteed onions, and choose from maple chipotle BBQ, pineapple mango, mustard, and zucchini relish for sauces.
While McDonald’s is certainly falling behind the times without any veggie burger in Canada yet, you can still treat yourself to some junk food if you are desperate or find yourself there with non-veg friends or family.
Their hashbrowns, fries, baked apple pie and triple berry pie are all vegan. You can also order smoothies if you ask for no yogurt.
Wendy’s is likewise missing out on the opportunity to please plant-based customers! The only vegan items here are fries and a plain baked potato.
The American based fast food chain is no longer in Canada, but if you happen to be travelling to the US, they recently launched the Impossible Burger at over 1000 US locations.
Burger Priest – Last updated January 2016
The very meat-centric Canada chain has a vegetarian option call The Option which is described as a custom blend of cheesy goodness sandwiched between two Roasted portabello mushrooms, breaded and deep fried. No vegan options at this time.
Big Smoke Burger – Last updated January 2016
Big Smoke Burger confirmed via email that they have a veggie burger option. The patty is vegan with straightforward ingredients: Water, Soy Protein, Canola Oil, Modified Wheat Gluten, Salt, Spices, Onion, Garlic. The bun, however, is not. They suggested opting for a lettuce wrapped burger if you don’t want the bun.
South Street Burger
South Street Burger’s veggie burger is vegan, and their gluten-free bun, but not the regular bun. Their fries and onion rings are both vegan though, and for toppings they have pico de gallo, maple syrup infused red onions, and a piri piri marinade in addition to typical burger toppings. Click here for their allergy list.