Vegan Guide to Denny’s: The Best Menu Options and Swaps

Even without "grand slams" for vegans, Denny's has several bonafide hits.

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Denny’s is modeled after the classic American all-day diner, where breakfast is available all the time and burgers and fries are always on the menu. Recent additions have made this familiar chain all the more welcoming for vegans with the caveat of quality over quantity: While there’s not a lot for vegans to choose from with the actual number of dishes, the plant-based plates coming out of the kitchen are piled high and filling, especially when extra sides and toppings are factored in.

Here, we provide every vegan menu item available at Denny's.

Treehugger Tip

Order the Denny’s Build-Your-Own-Burger with a Beyond Burger and without cheese or “All American” sauce. Also, make sure there is no butter added to the bun. Ask at your location if the patty is cooked on a separate part of the grill where animal proteins have not been cooked.

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Though you won't find a vegan variation on Denny's "Grand Slam" meals, there are some plant-based hits to be found.

Build-Your-Own Burger

After you’ve ordered your Beyond Burger patty the way you want it, have fun with the building part, as the bun (whole wheat or brioche, minus the butter) is also vegan and your choices of toppingsinclude fresh avocado, grilled onions, tomatoes, lettuce and barbecue sauce. 

Supreme Skillet

Of all the skillets, this lives up to its name as it includes fresh spinach, fire-roasted bell peppers & onions, mushrooms, grape tomatoes, seasoned red-skinned potatoes, and a side of salsa. Just be sure to have the server leave off the egg whites. 

Oatmeal With Fresh Seasonal Fruit

This simple, filling breakfast gets better with an addition of fresh fruit or syrup. Add a side of hash browns to make it more of a brunch experience.

Seasoned Fries

It’s the zippy seasoning blend that sets these fries apart, above and beyond the fact they are cooked in vegetable oil.

Vegan Breakfast

The veggie-forward recipes of the “Sizzlin’ Skillets” make this Denny’s specialty filling and substantial. While Denny’s has a ways to go before being considered vegan-friendly, it helps that the breakfast skillets (with modifications) are available all day.

  • Fit Fare Veggie Sizzlin’ Skillet (Order with no egg whites, and you're left with seasoned red-skinned potatoes, fire-roasted bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, and broccoli, served with a side of salsa.)
  • Hearty Breakfast Skillet (Order without sausage, eggs, or cheese.)
  • Santa Fe Sizzlin’ Skillet (Order without crumbled chorizo sausage, eggs, or cheese, and you still have fire-roasted bell peppers & onions, mushrooms, and seasoned red-skinned potatoes.)
  • Supreme Skillet (Order without sausage, eggs, or cheese, and you've still got fresh spinach, fire-roasted bell peppers & onions, mushrooms, grape tomatoes, and seasoned red-skinned potatoes.
  • Oatmeal (Request it to be made with water instead of milk.)

Vegan Breakfast Sides

Add your plant-based side and/or fruit for a more complete breakfast.

  • Hash Browns
  • Wheat English Muffin (no butter)
  • Toast (no butter)
  • Red-skinned Potatoes
  • Mixed Fruit Cup
  • Plain Bagel (available at select locations)
  • Grits (Request to be made with water instead of milk.)

Vegan Lunch and Dinner

The abundance of plant-based sides makes up for the very limited selections of vegan lunch and dinner offerings.

  • BYOB (Build Your Own Burger)
  • All “Skillets” as listed in the Breakfast section (available all day)
  • House Salad (Replace meat with avocado, and order without cheese or croutons.)

Treehugger Tip

Order a few of Denny’s vegan tortillas on the side with one of the breakfast skillets (without animal proteins), along with extra sides of salsa and chips, avocado, and other vegetable sandwich toppings.

Vegan Lunch and Dinner Sides

Denny's features many of the classic American diner sides that have been staples for generations.

  • Wavy Cut French Fries
  • Seasoned Fries
  • Red-skinned Potatoes
  • House Salad (no cheese or crackers; choice of balsamic vinaigrette, French dressing, or Italian dressing)
  • Baked Potato (no butter or sour cream)
  • Sauteed Zucchini & Squash (select locations)
  • Broccoli
  • Fresh Sautéed Zucchini and Squash
  • Garden Salad (with balsamic vinaigrette, French dressing, or Italian dressing)
  • Seasonal Fruit
  • Sweet Petite Corn
  • Chips & Salsa
  • Whole Grain Rice

Vegan Condiments

Add more flavor to your breakfast or side dishes with these selections.

  • All Jellies and Jams
  • All Pancake and Waffle Syrups (including maple)
  • Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • French Dressing
  • Italian Dressing
  • Barbecue Sauce
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard

Vegan Drinks

Wash down your meal and sides with these refreshing drinks.

  • Fuze Raspberry Tea
  • Fresh Brewed Iced Tea
  • Minute Maid Orange Juice
  • Minute Maid Lemonade
  • Minute Maid Mango Lemonade
  • Minute Maid Strawberry Lemonade
  • Dasani Bottled Water
  • Coke
  • Diet Coke
  • Dr. Pepper
  • Sprite
  • Barq’s Root Beer
  • Fanta Orange
  • Hi-C Fruit Punch
Frequently Asked Questions
  • Are the pancakes at Denny’s vegan?

    No. Both the Buttermilk Pancakes and the Hearty 9-Grain Pancakes at Denny's contain eggs and milk.

  • Are Denny's fries vegan?

    Yes, the Seasoned and Wavy Cut French Fries are both vegan.