Home & Garden Home Vegan Guide to Whataburger: Best Menu Options, Swaps, and More By Elyse Glickman Elyse Glickman Writer Elyse has nearly 20 years of experience in the field of food and drink writing and journalism. In addition to contributing to a variety of food, nutrition, and travel publications, she has developed and managed her own publication, Liquid Living, focused on home entertaining. Learn about our editorial process Published January 31, 2022 Share Twitter Pinterest Email Treehugger / Photo Illustration by Catherine Song / Whataburger Home Sustainable Eating Pest Control Natural Cleaning DIY Family Green Living Thrift & Minimalism In This Article Expand Our Top Picks Breads Toppings Condiments Sides Drinks Frequently Asked Questions Family-operated since the start, Whataburger has been serving delicious burgers, fries, shakes, and more since its founding in 1950. While the fast-food chain is not known for its vegan items, plant-based customers can still find some small bites at Whataburger locations. Here are our favorite vegan menu items, plus toppings, drinks, and more. Our Top Picks These classic Whataburger sides complete your meal with their crispiness and seasoning. French Fries It's always a relief to go to a popular fast-food chain and find vegan fries. The Whataburger website confirms its fries are cooked in “ZTF Whataburger liquid shortening,” which is primarily soybean oil-based. Hash Brown Sticks The only vegan breakfast item at Whataburger is delicious on its own. However, if you're feeling creative, the hash brown sticks can be added as a sandwich filler for the secret menu item “Whatahash Sandwich.” Garden Salad This salad can be made vegan-friendly by omitting chicken and cheese. After that, liven up the basic mix of greens with some more toppings: avocado, fire-roasted mushrooms, grilled peppers and onions, and jalapenos. Finish with one of the vegan dressings or oil and vinegar. Treehugger Tip Whataburger’s website states that potato-based sides may be cooked in a shared fryer with items made with non-vegan ingredients. Ask at your location about cross-contamination. Vegan Breads There are no vegan sandwiches at Whataburger, and it may be difficult to build your own sandwich. Still, you can ask at your location if they are able to modify an existing sandwich. The following breads are vegan: White BunTexas ToastFlour Tortilla Vegan Toppings Fortunately, there's lots of veg to go around at Whataburger. AvocadoFire Roasted MushroomsGrilled Peppers and OnionsJalapeños (Fresh or Grilled)LettucePicklesTomato Slices Vegan Condiments Top things off with one or more of these condiments. Fancy KetchupSpicy KetchupMustardHerb Vinaigrette Balsamic Vinaigrette Vegan Sides While there aren't many sides, at least you've got a choice between savory and sweet. French FriesHash Brown SticksApple Slices Vegan Drinks Reliable soda fountain drinks make up most of Whataburger’s thirst quenchers. Simply Orange JuiceHonest Apple JuiceCokeDiet CokeSpriteFanta (Strawberry and Orange)Hawaiian PunchMountain DewPepsiDr. PepperUnsweetened TeaSweet TeaHot TeaCoffee Frequently Asked Questions Are the onion rings at Whataburger vegan? No, unfortunately. The onion rings at Whataburger contain egg and milk products. Does Whataburger have a vegan burger? We wish, but sadly no. While other burger chains do, Whataburger continues to sell beef burgers.