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Vegan Fast Food Around the World That Doesn't Exist in the US

Food + Drink
by Olivia Young Aug 6, 2019

It’s about time fast-food establishments started offering some animal-free options because — newsflash!vegans like junk food, too.

This past spring, Burger King announced via Facebook that Impossible Whoppers would be offered across the United States by the end of 2019. Its traditional beef patty will be replaced by the famous Impossible Burger, which is made of soybeans that mimic the texture of meat. The US certainly isn’t the first country to dabble into the budding vegan fast-food trend. Australia, the UK, Scandinavia, and Canada have all been catering to herbivore customers for years.

So, fuel your travels abroad with soy nuggets, veggie burgers, meatless breakfast sandwiches, and more. Here are eight vegan fast-food items from around the world that even a meat lover would devour.

1. Jackfruit pizza — Pizza Hut UK


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Pizza Huts in the UK kicked off 2019 by offering a dairy-free pizza with barbecue jackfruit. It started with a month-long trial in celebration of “Veganuary,” but it was so wildly popular that it quickly became a permanent fixture on the menu. The pie is baked with award-winning Violife cheese and topped with sweetcorn, onions, peppers, and jackfruit, which has a flavor akin to pulled pork.

2. Beyond Meat sandwiches — Tim Hortons Canada


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As of this May, the Canadian chain that has also become an American staple is offering vegan sausage sandwiches in its homeland. There are burgers, sandwiched between lettuce, tomato, and a bun, as well as breakfast options, with the choice to switch the bun for a biscuit or have it in a wrap. A meatless breakfast doesn’t have to mean oatmeal and fruit, at least not up north.

3. Meatless McNuggets — McDonald’s Norway


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McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets have never had a reputation for being quality (almost 10 years ago, people discovered that they contained ingredients from a dozen different countries). Norway’s vegan reboot of McNuggets, however, could be considered healthy. These chicken-free bites are made of mashed potatoes, chickpeas, onions, carrots, and corn-fried in a coating of crispy breadcrumbs.

4. Vegan mac and cheese — Starbucks UK


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You don’t have to be dairy-free to enjoy Starbucks’ new Vegan Mac in select locations around the UK. After all, this vegan comfort food is the only “hot lunch” the coffee company offers (that’s right, no real mac and cheese in sight). The sauce is made of butternut squash, spinach, and parsley, so you can pretty much count it as a vegetable, right?

5. Fake steak subs — Subway Finland


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No animals were harmed in the making of these steak subs in Finland. Subways in this Scandinavian country have added a spicy fake steak patty chock full of vegetables — red onion, peppers, spinach, corn, peas, green chilis, and garlic — to its menu. Although the sandwich is called a “Veggie Delight,” meat-eaters might not even be able to taste the difference between it and their usual beef hoagie.

6. Dairy-free pizzas and cheesy bread — Domino’s Australia


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The UK isn’t the only one doing vegan fast-food pizzas. In fact, Domino’s Down Under led the dairy-free cheese front long before the Brits hopped aboard. The chain offers a Vegan Avocado Veg pizza with dairy-free mozzarella in Australia — and you can get a side of garlic bread with that, too.

7. The McVegan burger — McDonald’s Sweden and Finland


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It’s only a matter of time before you’ll be able to sink your teeth into the McVegan — a soy patty smothered in creamy special sauce (also vegan) — at your local McDonald’s joint in the US. For now, you’ll need to travel to Sweden or Finland for this animal-free specialty. Many who’ve tasted it have called it the best vegan burger they’ve ever had. It’s so good, in fact, that there’s even a petition to bring it to the US, and it’s endorsed by Ellen DeGeneres.

8. The Imposter chicken burger — KFC UK


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The UK has a reputation for being particularly vegan-friendly. The latest meat-free fast-food initiative that people are raving over is KFC’s Imposter chicken burger. Its faux fillet is made of Quorn and coated in the Original Recipe’s fried goodness, topped with lettuce, tomato, and vegan mayo on glazed buns. The chicken franchise initially launched it for a four-week trial, but it was so popular that it sold out after just four days. It relaunched in select stores in early July.

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