Vegan Guide to Outback Steakhouse: The Best Menu Options and Swaps

Today, vegans can pull together a meal just about anywhere—even a steakhouse.

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For some vegans, eating at Outback Steakhouse might feel as remote and inaccessible as the Australian Outback itself.

That's understandable. While Outback has a good assortment of options for vegetarians, the vegan menu is not so plentiful. Even fried menu items—which are often vegan in other restaurants—are not an option here, as they are made with animal fats.

And yet there is hope. Thanks to a few solid options and the restaurant's "No Rules. Just Right" policy, vegans won't go hungry at this meat-heavy restaurant.

Treehugger Tip

Outback Steakhouse encourages diners to discuss their dietary preferences with their server placing an order. The restaurant embraces the "No Rules. Just Right" motto, which means that the staff is happy to guide diners navigate the vast menu and make swaps or substitutions to accommodate dietary needs.

Top Pick: The House Salad

Hold the cheese and croutons, and you’ll still have a variety of textures, colors, and flavors to work with. Outback's house salad can be customized by one of three vegan and gluten-free dressings: Tangy Tomato, Light Balsamic Vinaigrette, and Mustard Vinaigrette.

Vegan Starters and Salads

There isn't much available on the appetizer menu for vegans. However, you'll still be to pile on the veg and enjoy a light, refreshing house salad with one of three flavorful dressings.

  • White Bread
  • House Salad
  • Oil & Vinegar Salad Dressing
  • Tangy Tomato Dressing
  • Mustard Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Vegan Sides

Creating a fully rounded meal is possible by mixing and matching sides. Note that the kitchen may even have extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, and chives available to season your sides, depending on the location.

  • Plain Baked Potato  
  • Plain Baked Sweet Potato  
  • Fresh Seasonal Mixed Vegetables (broccoli, squash, and carrots) without butter
  • Steamed Broccoli from the “Joey” (kids’) Menu
  • Grilled Asparagus, made with olive oil, salt, and pepper and cooked on Outback’s wood-fire grill.

Treehugger Tip

Outback has a good reputation for taking extra care to avoid cross-contamination for vegan and vegetarian guests. If you order the grilled asparagus, let your server know you're vegan to ensure that your meal does not come into contact with animal products when it is cooked on the grill.

Vegan Entrees

Outback Steakhouse does not have any vegan entrees on the menu at this time.

Vegan Dessert

While vegan diners may want to go for dessert elsewhere, keep in mind you do have a couple of options: fresh-cut mixed fruit from the “Joey” menu or a butter-free sweet potato topped with cinnamon and brown sugar.

FAQ

Are any of Outback Steakhouse's vegan items also gluten-free?

The crouton-free house salad, grilled asparagus, mixed vegetables, and two baked potato selections are gluten-free. Outback Steakhouse has a chain-wide policy of ensuring staff clean cooking equipment, wash their hands, change gloves, and do everything they can to ensure that anyone can safely eat a gluten-free meal.

Are Outback fries vegan?

Unfortunately no. Outback uses animal fats when frying select menu items, which makes anything fried on the Outback menu off-limits to vegans.

Does Outback have a vegan burger?

Outback does not have a vegan burger, nor is there a vegetarian burger or sandwich option. We can only hope the chain expands its plant-based menu in the near future.