Jack in the Box, TGI Fridays, and More Expand Vegan Options

Jack in the Box, TGI Fridays, and More Expand Vegan Options

  • Hannah Bugga
  • Hannah Bugga

Plant-based eating is more accessible than ever! Burger King, Denny’s, Red Robin, and so many more restaurants have rolled out delicious vegan options—and this momentum shows no sign of slowing. In fact, more and more major chains have been experimenting with exciting new vegan menu items. Which one are you most eager to try?

Jack in the Box

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✨NEW✨Vegan UNchicken sandwich! from Jack in the box 🍔😋 – only in select locations. I was so surprised when I read that the test launch is right here near me in Salinas & Monterey CA! (As well as Reno NV) Happy to see more plant based options & accessibility to those that enjoy fast food. I’m not one to constantly eat out at fast food restaurants but this is still nice to have as an option. Especially on the go. Carl’s Jr, Burger King, Del Taco, Now Jack in the Box.. Who’s Next? 😏 This one is definitely one to keep an eye out for when it reaches your city 👍🏽 Review: We tried both the original & spicy! They were both easily an 8.5/10 😍 Price wise – pretty reasonable! $6.99 for the combo with the sandwich, fries & a drink. *To order: They come vegan as is minus the mayo. The “chicken” filet contains no egg, milk, or animal byproducts as well as the bread. Similar to ordering the impossible whopper in Burger King. Thanks to @dallas_veganbae for posting about this launch that then inspired me to go grab one! 💖 #vegan #veganjackinthebox #unchicken #veganism #plantbased #veganfastfood #veganoption #veganchicken #vegansandwich #veganfriedchicken #veganfoodshare #vegancommunity #veganjunkfood #fastfood #jackinthebox #veganlife #veganlifestyle #vegana #vegano #vegansalinas #salinasvegan #montereyvegan #calivegan #californiavegan

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Fast-food chain Jack in the Box is testing its plant-based Unchicken Sandwich at locations in Reno, Nevada; Salinas, California; and Monterey, California. Made with a plant-based patty from Raised & Rooted, the sandwich can easily be veganized by ordering it without mayonnaise. Jennifer Kennedy, chief product officer at Jack in the Box, said:

Jack in the Box is delivering industry-leading innovation with the first plant-based chicken sandwich at retail in the U.S. We are excited to meet the growing demand for meatless alternatives with our new Unchicken sandwiches providing indulgent taste, crispy crunch, and a new savory flavor in a new plant-based option.

The sandwich is only available for a limited time, with the trial ending December 12. But hopefully, it will soon become a menu staple!

California Pizza Kitchen

International restaurant chain California Pizza Kitchen just launched its new seitan-based chicken in the United States and Canada! The new offering—known as “Don’t Call Me Chicken”—is featured on a barbecue pizza. Brian Sullivan, executive head chef and senior vice president of culinary innovation at CPK, said:

We’re thrilled to introduce this new option for guests who are flexitarian, looking to cut down on meat, or just want to try a fresh twist on our classic pizza.

The “Don’t Call Me Chicken” pizza can be made vegan by ordering it without the dairy cheese or barbecue sauce. Customers can also add the delicious new plant-based chicken to their favorite pizzas and salads.


While Starbucks recently added plant-based Impossible sausage patties to its menus nationwide, the chain has yet to offer them in a vegan sandwich—until now. Starbucks is currently testing a completely vegan breakfast sandwich at one location in Issaquah, Washington. The new offering is served on an English muffin and has vegan egg, a plant-based sausage patty, and dairy-free cheese.

Visitors to the Issaquah location can also try cashew-milk cream cheese from Miyoko’s Creamery, which Starbucks began testing in September.

TGI Fridays

TGI Fridays recently expanded its menu items made with plant-based Beyond Meat products! The new offerings include Beyond Chili, Beyond Chili Ballpark Nachos, Beyond Chili Loaded Potato Skins, and the Beyond Chili Cheeseburger. Most of these can be made vegan by ordering them without cheese or other dairy ingredients—just ask your server. TGI Fridays chief experience officer Sara Bittorf stated:

We’re about making everyone feel welcome here and that means having more than one or two plant-based meat options on our menu for people, whether they’re plant-based eaters or meat eaters. Plus, Beyond Beef tastes amazing, so this is something you’re definitely going to want to try. With five menu items featuring Beyond Meat, there’s something for everyone.

Burger Lounge

Casual restaurant Burger Lounge is looking to bring new plant-based options to its 23 locations in California and Las Vegas. Last week, it began testing a new plant-based menu at its Larchmont, Los Angeles, location. The exciting options include an Impossible burger, vegan cheddar, and cashew milkshakes. Burger Lounge co-founder J. Dean Loring said:

We love Los Angeles because much like us, the people who live here really care about where their food comes from. We are so excited to share with Los Angeles what we have been cooking up behind the scenes.

Want more tips on eating out at major restaurant chains? These nine tasty vegan hacks will help you elevate the plant-based options at your favorite fast-food restaurants.