Vegan Options at Burger Chains: Unless otherwise noted, updated January 2019

PLEASE NOTE: The items listed as vegan do not contain animal flesh, dairy, eggs, or honey products directly. However, we have not confirmed whether or not they may contain additives, preservatives, or chemical ingredients which are sometimes animal-derived, and the products may be cooked on the same equipment as animal products. If you avoid consuming products of this sort, you may want to do additional research on their ingredients and cooking process.

Harvey’s

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

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 June 2018

Sol Cuisine confirmed in June 2018 that they were supplying Burger King with their veggie patty, which was a vegan patty.

Hero Burger

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. 

McDonald’s

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

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.

Carl’s Jr

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 Beyond 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.