Eating Out: McDonald’s – A Vegans Guide

After hearing about the recent cock-up McDonald’s made (giving a vegan a McChicken sandwich) and the fact that I’ve never eaten there since being vegan. I took it upon myself to visit my local restaurant to see how it fared.

The restaurant was nice and very modern looking since I last visited well over a year ago. No more cashiers and instead you order view the machines. I like this as you can take as long as you need and you’re not rushed by someone. And most importantly you can customise your items easily and make sure your order is right.

So I ordered the Spicy Vegetable Deluxe burger meal which is veggie as is but can be made vegan by getting it without mayo.

Spicy Vegetable Deluxe Burger

 

Spicy Veggie Patty
Sesame Bun
Cucumber
Lettuce (Iceberg)
Cool Mayo
Sweet Chilli Sauce

 

Fries – Fried in vegetable oil and are 100% potato.

Tropicana – No fish in it over here so totally suitable for vegans.


I decided to get my burger without the mayo & cucumber (who the fuck has cucumber in a burger!) We’re vegan, not weirdos.. 😉

My order came freshly made (hot) and as instructed. Although I did check it before I ate. A vegan has to be careful. People make mistakes, this isn’t unusual or a recent occurrence. And is certainly not exclusive to McDonald’s either.

The burger was yummy and I would definitely have this meal again.

One of the bonuses of eating as a vegan at places like this is that your food is fresh to order and is always hot, can’t complain about that.

The food is what it is.. Tasty & cheap junk food. Let’s face it, It’s not gonna win you any medals for health or activism but If you fancy some cheap eats and want to eat with non-vegans then you can. At the end of the day if it’s vegan I’m eating it, and no one should feel guilty about that. Those who don’t eat at McDonald’s aren’t superior for not giving them their money and shouldn’t make you or anyone feel like they are.

 

Controversy

Yes, I realise that McDonald’s isn’t the greatest company and don’t value animal welfare like me or other vegans do. But how do we expect to make veganism “mainstream” and get others on board or thinking about it? A lot of people think that they couldn’t do it and would miss out on things, It’s our job to educate them and show them that’s not the case. Most people and businesses need guidance. Starting with well-known brands and things people know works incredibly well.

Look at Tescos launches of vegan products and other well-known brands like Goodfellas pizza and Ben and Jerry’s ice cream that have effectively jumped on the vegan bandwagon. Do you come after them? No. None of the scenarios is perfect and in an ideal world all vegan food would be sold/made by vegan companies who have a carbon footprint of zero, rescue 200 dogs every week and make their own almond milk and kombucha.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion of course and I assure you that my opinion of McDonald’s is not glowing. I’m not stupid, just pragmatic. We need to work with companies like them and get them on our side. Using aggressive tactics, attacking their ethos and not eating there will just make them run their company the same way they always have. They don’t care about animal welfare, not really. The only language they speak is green, they want our money – that’s just a fact. They can refute that but it’s totally true.

Image: McDonald’s. The McVegan

The launch of the McVegan demonstrates them trying to dip into the vegan market as they’ve acknowledged that there’s a lot of us and it’s smart business. If we want them to introduce more vegan products or get the McVegan being sold in the UK we have to increase the demand. if they suddenly grew a conscience and cared about animal welfare they would go completely plant-based, but they have options for us at least. Same can’t be said of some establishments and it’s still progress, no matter how you spin it.

 

Kids are the future

McDonald’s has and probably always will be aimed at kids and families in general. I want to be able to show my niece and nephew that even though I don’t eat cows and chickens that I can still enjoy a meal with them there from time to time. It shows them how easy it is and that I don’t miss out on anything because I’m “different”. Their impressionable minds will only see this as a positive and get them asking questions. That’s the first step towards progress, asking questions and having knowledge. Knowledge is power.

So in closing, I will eat at McDonald’s, because I want to and it is my right to do so. Keep cruelty off my plate and I am all for it. They can still go fuck themselves though.

Vegan & want to eat at McDonald’s? Here’s what you can have:

Burgers:
Veggie Deluxe (ask for no mayo/sauce)
Spicy Veggie Deluxe (ask for no mayo)

Breakfast:
Toasted Bagel (Plain)
Hash Brown
Apple and Grape Fruit Bag

Sides:
Fries
Shaker Side Salad
Carrot Sticks

Sauces: Tomato Ketchup, Spicy Tomato Salsa, Sweet Chilli Sauce and Dip, BBQ Dip, Sweet and Sour Dip, Sweet Curry Dip

 

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24 thoughts on “Eating Out: McDonald’s – A Vegans Guide

  1. sunkissedscribbles says:

    You’ve made me realise that there isn’t a lot of choice in some of these places for vegans. I’m not vegan myself but a bit more choice would be great, as it looks like only one “main meal” product that’s suitable for a vegan person. And slightly off-topic, the McD’s I visit most often now has self service as well but I like that they’re trying to do more to recycle the waste too as they have a special recycle/waste station in branch. They’re slowly getting there and making more effort than some other brands do.

    • Siobhan Llinos Gale says:

      Yeah absolutely. Most think they don’t really do anything so I wanted to show people that it’s possible. A lot of vegans hate their ethics though so still won’t eat there. Yeah I totally agree. It’s all baby steps. Every little helps.

  2. Just a Kidd says:

    I only realised very recently that the veggie burgers are vegan if you don’t have mayo. I went so many times and just ordered chips! I was so annoyed when I found out! It’s not the best company and it defiantly shouldn’t be a habit to eat there but it’s inevitable that most people are going to end up there sometimes. It’s so amazing how many different places and companies are have started to offer vegan options and if I hear about it, I’m sure as hell gonna try it ?

    Lon x

    • Siobhan Llinos Gale says:

      Same! Because they don’t advertise their veggie burgers which is crazy! They’re missing out on a whole market. Idiots.. Ha me too! Obsessed with their fries. When they’re good and actually hot that is.
      Exactly! Damn straight! Me too ??

  3. jennyrose says:

    Yaaas girl, you were ON this post so quick! I’m not going to lie, I have McDonalds fairly often, woops. We gotta show these shitty companies that there’s a demand for vegan stuff right?! Oh and I kind of love the fact that I have to ask for our burger without mayo, so I know it’s fresh!
    The final two lines of this blog post are incredible hahaha.
    jenny x | http://www.jennyrosee.com

    • Siobhan Llinos Gale says:

      I thought it would be a while before I wrote it as I have other stuff that I need to do but some people bugged me with their judgement & criticism. It did amazingly and it got hundreds of views and lots of great discussion, which I LOVE. Ha it’s vegan so who cares.. I want to have it more now I know I can. It’s cheap, easy and convenient. Yes absolutely! That’s what some people don’t understand.. if they all stay on their high horses and don’t show demand for vegan products then gross companies like this will never ever change. Yes the fresh part is so good! No one ever orders veggie so you’re always guaranteed that, BONUS! ??Ha I’m glad someone made it to the end. Thanks for reading beaut ?x

  4. Catherine says:

    Totally agree with you! I don’t think any vegan is going to be eating at Maccies everyday, (the veggie burger isn’t that good) but it’s good to have an option and be able to show people how easy it is to be vegan!

    • Siobhan Llinos Gale says:

      Ha yeah definitely not. It’s nice to have the option though and having a late close drive thru near my house is handy. It’s a great thing to show how easy it is. I wish they would promote the veggie side more and have no idea why they don’t. Tons of people don’t even realise they do vegetarian food. I didn’t for years.

  5. mamaofkings says:

    This is awesome! I am a new vegan, and unfortunately American McDonald’s don’t offer these options yet. I do get a Veggie Burger from Burger King occasionally. Really hoping our McD’s follow suit soon!

    • Siobhan Llinos Gale says:

      Aww thank you. Yes I’ve heard that.. such a shame. I need to add that it’s UK only as it’s different in every country. I hope we follow suit of India and Sweden and get the mcvegan and veggie McDonald’s restaurants.
      Thanks so much for reading! X

        • Siobhan Llinos Gale says:

          It’s nice to have the option. Specially if you’re travelling, it’s late or so you can join other people who aren’t vegan. And it’s pretty nice too which is a bonus. I love me some good fries too so it’s nice every once in a while ??

  6. BeingChloe says:

    I used to work at mcDonald’s and I can confirm the veggie burgers were cooked in the fry vat but the apple pies are cooked in a separate vat entirely. I love that they are making progress with vegan food. Thoughtful post.

    • Siobhan Llinos Gale says:

      Meaning they are vegan friendly? No idea why the society says they aren’t.. I will have to ask them next time I’m in. Thank you Chloe. X

      • Jacqueline says:

        My friend works at maccys currently and the Apple pies used to be cooked separately but are now cooked with the cheese items- like mozzarella dippers- so although the pies are vegan it’s a very personal choice if you don’t mind them being cooked in the same oil as cheesy things!

        • Siobhan Llinos Gale says:

          This is what I thought. They should just cook them separately or not with animal products. They’re vegan so totally defeats the object..

  7. Dana says:

    Thank you for this thorough review and commentary. I agree that progress is being made despite the controversies you mention. Hoping American McDonalds’ will follow suit in offering this great vegan option.

    • Siobhan Llinos Gale says:

      Thanks for reading Dana! ?Yeah I’ve heard that the American Maccy ds isn’t as good. Such a shame! But progress in being made in Europe so I hope it follows there.. ??

  8. Alys says:

    Love all the different aspects of veganism and eating out that you considered here. Very thoughtful argument and I agree with what you’ve said! Although I won’t be popping out to McDonald’s any time soon (read: probably never haha) I’m glad that option is there for people who want it! Thanks for sharing this Siobhan!
    Alys
    https://alysjournals.wordpress.com

    • Siobhan Llinos Gale says:

      Thanks Alys! ??That’s totally fair and your right. I’m loving the conversation about this today though! Glad you liked it. X

    • Siobhan Llinos Gale says:

      I didn’t include those because of the cross contamination with animal products when fried. That’s why the society and McDonald’s doesn’t list them. But if you don’t mind what they’re fried in then yeah it’s all good. But silly of them really as they’re vegan apple pies.. it’s just the cooking process that undoes that.

        • Siobhan Llinos Gale says:

          I think think they fry the burgers. But yes they should have a vegan area so that’s not an issue. Because it would be a problem with the mcvegan. They need to change that to sell it here.

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