Isn’t it so annoying when restaurants don’t eagerly hop on the vegan bandwagon? Yes. But I’ll tell you what’s even more annoying: when they are hopping on it in other countries but not in the U.S.! Why? What gives? Are we not vegan enough for them? Did we offend them with our desire to have a healthy, sustainable, and ethical lifestyle? What is it?
The seven restaurant chains below have a lot of explaining to do. Except not. 🙉 We just want them to update their menus across the U.S. with the vegan goods. See which ones are doing us dirty, and click on the links to take action while you’re at it.
Burger King Germany, in partnership with Dutch brand The Vegetarian Butcher, opened its first all-vegan location in Cologne, Germany, serving everything from vegan Whoppers with Hellmann’s vegan mayonnaise to nondairy ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s. While the location is only fully vegan until June 11, the chain is serving other animal-friendly options at all of its locations across the country. Its vegan chicken nuggets are soy-based bits of golden goodness with a crunchy cornflake coating, served with ketchup, barbecue sauce, or sweet-and-sour sauce. The Vegetarian Butcher also makes Burger King Germany’s Rebel Whopper patty, which can be ordered vegan at other locations by omitting the mayonnaise. We think that Burger King should offer these options stateside, especially since vegan chicken is gaining popularity in the fast-food market following KFC’s Beyond Chicken test. Your move, Burger King.
In the U.S., this coffee and doughnut chain offers some great vegan options, including a Beyond Meat breakfast sandwich and oat milk lattes. While we’re still anxiously awaiting vegan doughnut options here, we’re happy to see that Dunkin’ is debuting a huge vegan menu at its stores in Belgium and the Netherlands. An impressive menu of over 40 vegan doughnuts is making its way to these locations in Europe, with fun flavors like Strawberry & Crème, Chocolate Chip, and Confetti. We can’t wait until some of these flavors make their way across the Atlantic. Until then, you can enjoy Dunkin’s other vegan options and grab a vegan doughnut at other shops across the country.
Brits can choose from seven different vegan pizzas at Papa John’s U.K., including a jackfruit “pepperoni” pie and the new Alice Tai vegan pizza, which features vegan sausage, chestnut mushrooms, tomatoes, sweet corn, onions, black olives, and a stuffed crust with vegan cheese. The chain is even offering crispy Not-Chicken Vegan Bites alongside several other savory sides. Papa John’s: better ingredients, better pizza, better make this stuff available in the U.S.
Krispy Kreme launched a vegan version of its original glazed doughnuts in the U.K. to celebrate “Veganuary.” These delicious sweet treats can be ordered by the dozen for nationwide delivery in the U.K. We’re looking forward to the day when U.S. locations do the same. In the meantime, you can get your vegan doughnut fix at plenty of other places.
Pizza Hut proudly serves dairy-free cheese to its U.K. customers—probably after realizing that vegan food is just as important to British culture as high tea. But since more than 45 pizza chains offer vegan cheese in the U.S., it’s clearly pretty dang important here, too! The U.K. also gets everything from jackfruit to vegan pepperoni, chicken nuggets, cheesecake, and even vegan stuffed crust pizza. Meanwhile, Americans get jack. It’s not fair. The Hut needs to get with the times and give us what we want: hot, cheesy vegan pizza delivered to our door by someone wearing a cool hat and a warm smile.
In the U.S., KFC stands for one thing: Kentucky Fried Cruelty. But in Canada, Germany, and the U.K., the fast-food chain offers vegan-friendly fried chicken sandwiches at select locations. KFC, we get it—these are exciting places. But the U.S. is pretty great, too, and we have just as many hangry vegans as they do. KFC Germany has started testing its new Kentucky Fried Vegan Burger in Berlin, and after pressure from thousands of PETA U.K. supporters, KFC in the U.K. released a vegan chicken sandwich complete with the chain’s famous Original Recipe herbs and spices and topped with vegan mayo. (Vegan mayo, you guys!) If you’re in any of these places, show some support and get yourself a delicious chicken-free sandwich. Meanwhile, we’ll be anxiously awaiting these plant-based options in the U.S.
In a move that’s sure to make the U.S. even more envious of its neighbor, McDonald’s is testing the P.L.T. (plant, lettuce, tomato), which features a Beyond Meat patty, in Canada. The chain offers a vegan burger in Germany, Hong Kong, Norway, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and Sweden, and it’s testing one in four locations in Finland. To make matters even more unfair, it’s also offering vegan mayo in Finland. And it offers its vegan McAloo Tikki burger in India. Did I mention that Norway gets vegan nuggets in its Happy Meals? And all the fries are vegan in these places, too! And then there’s the U.S.—*crickets.* Come on, McDonald’s—just roll out a permanent vegan burger in all U.S. locations, already! We’re waiting. And make the fries here vegan, too, will ya?
Taco Bell is leaving the U.S. high and dry while it indulges other parts of the world with its innovative vegan options. The company is treating its fans in China to an item that it’s dubbed the OmniPork Crunchy Taco, which features vegan ground pork. Meanwhile, in parts of Europe, including Spain and Finland, the chain is serving up the Oatrageous Taco, filled with vegan meat made from oats and marinated beans. While we love Taco Bell’s vegan-friendly menu in the U.S., we’d love it even more if the company satisfied Americans’ cravings for tasty vegan meats.
Although Starbucks has some great vegan stuff happening in the U.S.—such as almond, soy, and coconut milk offerings, and a vegan-friendly salad in some stores—we want more. I mean, Europe gets more, so it’s only fair. Just across the pond, the company has rolled out a BBQ Vegan Wrap with Jackfruit and Slaw and other exciting items in various locations—and it all looks bomb. Some European countries even get a vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte! So why not the U.S.? We like vegan food just as much as people with accents do. And while you’re at it, Starbucks, what’s a country gotta do to get some vegan cream cheese?
Domino’s Australia offers dairy-free cheese at over 600 locations Down Unda. What makes this so painful for Americans is that it’s Follow Your Heart vegan cheese—one of our FAVORITE vegan options! Does that sound fair to you? Narr! We’re sick of drooling, and the amount of fluid we’re losing is just not sustainable. 🤤 Domino’s, we need you to get it together in the U.S., and we will talk in a fake Aussie accent about koala bears and dingoes just to get your attention if we have to.
Hungry Jack’s (Burger King)
The Australian chain Hungry Jack’s, which is essentially Burger King, offers a vegan cheeseburger complete with a “[d]ouble vegan patty (made from corn, capsicum and carrot), vegan cheese and vegan mayonnaise with tomato sauce, onions, fresh tomato and crisp lettuce on a delicious seeded bun.” W … TF. We want that. Burger King doesn’t even offer a vegan patty in the U.S., let alone vegan mayo and cheese. As consumers, we are indignant.
📢 Attention all restaurants hooking up Australia, Canada, and Europe with vegan food while dissing the U.S.: We want to give you our money! It’s burning a hole in our pockets—but nothing burns more than these games you’re playing with our hearts. Will you quit making us jelly and just sell us the vegan food we so desperately want to buy? Please and thank you.