14 Restaurant Chains Offering Meatless Monday Options
Fast-food and quick-service restaurants all across the country have recognized that customers want to incorporate more plant-based foods into their diet. And we’re thrilled! Today, it is easier than ever to join the Meatless Monday movement.
Last week, McDonald’s announced their plan to test their own version of a meatless burger in collaboration with Beyond Meat. They join a growing list of chains offering some sort of plant-based alternative to their menu.
And while plant-based burgers are getting all of the media attention, many national chain restaurants are serving a variety of meatless veg-forward options that deliver that same fast-food flavor using grains, legumes and fresh vegetables.
For all of you looking to go meatless on Monday, we’ve compiled a list of the most popular national chain restaurants that are offering plant-based options on their menus.
Bareburger has your favorite plant-based burgers, whether it’s the Beyond Burger, the Impossible Burger or a veggie packed black bean or sweet potato burger, they serve them all. The restaurant chain also serves plant-based eggs, tempeh bacon and the Beyond Bratwurst. It’s pretty much plant-based heaven here.
When the news first dropped that Burger King launched its very own Impossible-Burger-Based Whopper, it became the largest chain to embrace plant-based meat – over 7,000 locations nationwide. And, at least according to this video taste test, self-proclaimed carnivores are just as wild about the plant-based option. The Impossible Whopper is served with tomatoes, lettuce, mayo, ketchup, pickles, and onions on a sesame seed bun.
Who would have thought that the Cheesecake Factory would be a pioneer in meatless dining? Well, the chain has quite the selection of non-meat alternatives — vegan Cobb salad, avocado toast, roasted artichokes, falafel salad, super antioxidant salad, and their version of the Impossible Burger (note: this one is not vegan because of the cheese and brioche bun, the latter is typically made with egg and butter).
Chopt Creative Salad Co.
Although the chain is more-or-less confined to the East Coast, Chopt has wooed diners looking for a more diverse array of meatless options. They offer a long list of preconceived salad concepts, but they also give you the ability to customize your own. Choose from one of their classic salad and grain bowl combinations, or just let your inner chef guide lead the way.
An early adopter of Beyond Meat’s plant-based crumbles, Del Taco offers a comprehensive list of meatless options that includes burritos, tacos, bowls and even a crunchy tostada. Looking for something a little more traditional? Try a bean burrito or black bean bowl.
Besides their newly launched Beyond Meat breakfast sandwich, Dunkin’ offers a number of vegetarian options including a veggie egg white wrap and an egg and cheese sandwich on an English muffin.
In September, Just Salad announced a partnership with Beyond Meat that brings Beyond Beef Meatballs to the menus of all 40 of their locations. But Just Salad is taking their meatless commitment one step further by removing all forms of beef from their menu. For Meatless Monday, try their Keto Zoodle Bowl, which contains Beyond Beef Meatballs, zucchini noodles, grape tomatoes, and roasted balsamic mushrooms.
It’s plant-based pie paradise at Mellow Mushroom. Their meatless pizza options include dairy-free cheese, Follow Your Heart brand, and plant-based proteins, such as tofu and tempeh… plus every veggie topping you could possibly imagine. DIY your pie or opt for one of their curated specialty pizzas.
We bet you never thought you’d see McDonald’s on this list, but the Golden Arches have finally decided to try their hand at plant-based meat. McDonald’s recently announced that they would be testing a P.L.T (plant, lettuce and tomato) in 28 locations in and around London, Ontario starting this week and lasting through the end of the year. Beyond Meat will be supplying the “burger,” but the sesame seed bun, tomato, lettuce, pickles, onions, mayo-style sauce, ketchup, mustard, and a slice of processed cheddar cheese will be classic McDonald’s. As the world’s largest chain and one of the largest buyers of beef globally, the P.L.T. addition has enormous potential to positively impact the environment.
Panera Bread has always been ahead of the pack when it comes to vegan and plant-based options, but they’ve upped their game in recent years as the call for meatless options has gotten louder. Panera Bread has gone as far as launching an entire plant-based menu that lists a Greek Salad, a Modern Caprese Sandwich, a Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich, a Ten Vegetable Soup, and a variety of smoothies.
Following in the footsteps of other major quick-service chains, QDOBA has launched new vegan and fajita bowls in conjunction with Impossible Foods. But even without the plant-based beef, it’s easy to go meatless at Qdoba; try one of their tacos, burritos, or bowls with black or pinto beans, brown or cilantro-lime rice, and grilled veggies. And you can always add guac or salsa on the side.
Red Robin has two options for meatless burger seekers. Their veggie burger is a mixtape of culinary inspiration — cool avocado, Swiss cheese, roasted garlic aioli, and tomato bruschetta sit atop an ancient-grain veggie patty. If you’re looking for a more traditional burger experience, you can swap in the Impossible patty on to any traditional Red Robin burger.
Until recently, Subway’s plant-based options were limited to a simple veggie sandwich and salad. But they’ve seriously upped their veg game with the addition of the Beyond Meat Meatless-Meatball Marinara – which boasts 24g of protein for a 6” sub. Leave off the cheese and pack it with veggies for an even more substantial plant-based lunch or dinner.
At participating TGI Friday’s, the Beyond Burger comes grilled and topped with white cheddar, lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles and Friday’s sauce. Of course, you can also order it in place of other burgers. Check out Meatless Monday’s visit to TGI Friday’s as they launched their Beyond Burger.
Are you looking for more meatless dining options? Check out our list of best plant-based burgers.
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