Ideally we’d all boycott McDonald’s
Since going Vegan a couple of years ago I’ve had McDonald’s firmly near the top of my hate list. Summed up as a giant conveyor belt of cruelty to animals and they’re doing terrible things to the planet.
I hadn’t been in one since I went Vegan until very recently. Living in central London for so long and being so spoilt for choice with Vegan options everywhere I looked, it just never crossed my mind to go in there.
I support other ‘ethically questionable’ places which offer Vegan options but McDonald’s was always a place I would say a hard no to.
It is great that they have a Vegan option though
Now I live somewhere with very little Vegan options that when the need for chips & a coke comes up, I do consider it and I have been in a couple times since moving to the arse-end of nowhere.
I know lots of Vegans who frequent places like Nando’s but wouldn’t dream of going to McDonald’s and whilst that could be scoffed at as a little hypocritical, I completely get it.
I think there are some acceptable times for getting a McDonald’s:
- You’re on a long journey, you’ve stopped at a service station. Your options are a cold pre-packed sandwich and a banana or McDonald’s. You’ve been driving for hours, it’s cold, you want something hot.
- You’re on your way home from a raucous night out and you need something to soak up one too many glasses of Gin & Juice. Your options are to cook something when you get in (but you’re afraid you’ll burn the flat down in your current condition) or stopping off to grab something greasy from McDonald’s on your way back.
- You’re 15 years old, you’ve spent the day shopping in town with your omni pals, you’re trying to find somewhere you can all stop for lunch together, everyone else has voted McDonald’s, majority rules.
- There are no other options except for McDonald’s and you are hungry.
- There are other options but you want McDonald’s.
- You just straight up want a McDonald’s.
Vegan Options at McDonald’s
So, now we’ve got all that out the way, here is what you can order:
- Vegetable Deluxe Burger ~ ask for no sauce
- Spicy Vegetable Deluxe Burger ~ ask for no mayo
- Sauces – ketchup, spicy tomato salsa, sweet chilli, BBQ, sweet & sour, sweet curry
- Hash Browns
- Apple Pie (just check in branch that they fry it in a separate fryer to anything dairy/meat as this varies between branches)
I took to Twitter to find out what you guys thought and here is what you said:
Currently writing a little something about McDonald’s (amongst some bad writers block that is). Wondering how many of my fellow Vegans have
— Jen (@jenniams) April 11, 2017
been and eaten at one since going Vegan?
— Jen (@jenniams) April 11, 2017
@jenniams Me! 🙋🏻 It’s quite rare that I do but sometimes you just fancy those fries on a late drive home!
— Sarah (@thevnicelife) April 11, 2017
@jenniams I haven’t, but if I was desperate (hungover) I can imagine a scenario where their hashbrowns could tempt me…
— Hannah Sierp (@stop_hannahtime) April 11, 2017
@jenniams Nothing of theirs is vegan in the US so nope!
— Sarah Pether-Hamill (@soydivisionblog) April 12, 2017
@jenniams I have! I don’t go out of my way for it but I’m not dead against going.
— Steph 🌝 (@thezombiesaid) April 11, 2017
@jenniams Sometimes I like to indulge in a veggie burger with salsa sauce & fries 😋 it’s just the same as buying from a supermarket!
— Jess Hunter 🌿 (@jesswithmind) April 11, 2017
@jenniams I haven’t and not a fan of them generally anyway but I wouldn’t be strongly against getting chips from there if desperate/drunk haha!
— Sally 🌻 (@sallysaysbeauty) April 11, 2017
@jenniams I have been known to order the veggie burger (without mayo) and a portion of chips during a late night drive when there’s nothing else open
— Mark Cousens (@MarkEverclear) April 11, 2017
@jenniams I have a couple times when in a pinch – they do a veggie sandwich that’s vegan if you get it without mayo
— Lindsay 🌱 (@thevegantwist) April 11, 2017
@jenniams I have! I don’t make a habit of it at all…but yes, I’ve been a handful of times since going vegan (nearly 2 years ago).
— Nadia (@notsoquietgrrl) April 11, 2017
@jenniams Every once in a while usually while in transit. Best fries!
— Plumes V (@plumesworld) April 11, 2017
@jenniams Yeah I have a couple of times, with booze fumes rolling off me, the fries every time
— YungV (@OliKRatcliffe) April 11, 2017
@jenniams I have twice but I don’t think I’ll ever go again the veggie burger is vile 😷 The spicy wrap they did when I was veggie used to be so good
— Amy Xina // Ⓥ (@amyxina) April 11, 2017
@jenniams I’ve had chips from them since going vegan, no matter what I’ll always crave their overly salted fries haha
— Hayley Ⓥ (@cfbhayley) April 11, 2017
@jenniams I’ve been stuck for food at a train station and had a stack of hash browns
— E Craves (@Ellayanor) April 11, 2017
@jenniams Hash browns and oj occasionally. Sometimes chips. Veggie burger with no mayo when desperate once too.
— Ben Cameron (@ben_cameron) April 12, 2017
@jenniams Me! When you’re at a services with friends on a road trip, it’s often the only thing available!
— Tea, Cake and Make Ⓥ (@teacakeandmake) April 12, 2017
So there you have it, go fill your face.
I would highly recommend smothering your burger in Vegan Mayo once you get home (1. to mask the actual taste of the burger as it’s not great and 2. Vegan Mayo is life) and I can never get enough of those wee pots of sweet curry sauce!
All images c/o Hannah Rich