Fast food is as American as Apple Pie. Something bout the sizzle of the grill, the salty smell of french fries, and the sweet slurping of soda is enough to make anyone’s mouth water. Although plenty of fast food locations have begun to make adjustments for plant-based eaters, there are still plenty of health-related reasons to cook the tasty fast-food classics yourself.
In honor of fast food day, we are offering some of your favorite fast food classics in an entirely plant-based capacity.
1. Philly Tofu Cheesesteak With Portobello Mushrooms
Who says you have to go to Philadelphia to enjoy a Philly cheesesteak? This vegan Philly Tofu Cheesesteak With Portobello Mushrooms is amazing. Tofu is seared in liquid smoke and vegan Worcestershire sauce until savory and then stuffed into a sub roll with sautéed bell peppers, onions, and Portobello mushrooms. Then, it’s topped with melty vegan cheese, wrapped in foil, and baked until piping hot and delicious. By Gabrielle St Claire.
Goodbye, greasy onion rings! Say hello to these lovely baked Crispy Crunchy Cornmeal and Pepita Onion Rings instead! A mixture of cornmeal and crushed pepitas (otherwise known as pumpkin seeds) gives these unique onion rings a crunchy coating and a unique blend of flavors. Dip them in your favorite sauce for an extra special treat!
If you miss blizzards, you’ll love Gin Butters’ Peanut Butter Caramel ‘Nice’ Cream Blizzard recipe. Made with peanut butter banana ice cream and homemade candy bars, it has all the sweet, chunky candy-filled ice cream deliciousness without the dairy and sugar!
4. Rice, Lentil, and Pecan Burgers
Source: Vegan Burger King
When it comes to food, the only way to really “have it your way” is to make it yourself. This Rice, Lentil and Pecan Burgers by Miriam Sorrell is a soy-free, cholesterol-free, optional gluten-free, faux meat-free burger that tastes so good, you might look for the take-out wrapper. We’ll have it THAT way!
Source: Rutabaga Fries With Basil Mayo
The ingredient list for fast-food French fries can be downright scary. If you’re craving fries but don’t want to ingest a boatload of salt and grease, Aurora Steen‘s Rutabaga Fries With Basil Mayo are for you! Rutabaga is a sweeter seasonal alternative to the ubiquitous potato, and they taste oh-so-delicious when dipped into homemade vegan basil mayonnaise.
Source Crispy Tofu Nuggets
These Crispy Tofu Nuggets by Attila Hildmann are a vegan twist on a traditional favorite and beat the fast food variety any day. The curry ketchup is a unique dipping sauce that packs a punch and perfectly complements the dish. We’ll take a 20-piece!
You could get a perfectly delicious veggie taco bowl from your neighborhood Mexican restaurant, or you could make these Chipotle Hummus and Fajita Veggie Taco Bowls yourself. They’re filled with zesty chipotle hummus and smoky fajita veggies! way easier to make than you think. They’re easier to make than you think. Getting your Chihuahua to speak Spanish may be a little harder.
Source: Crispy Oil-Free Garlic Fries
Fries are probably something you don’t treat yourself to every day, but with Rae’s Crispy Oil-Free Garlic Fries, you totally can! They have a crispy outside, and a soft inside like fries are supposed to, but without all the oil!
Source: Baked Shoestring Carrot Fries
When you switch out potatoes for carrots, and the deep-fryer for an oven, what do you get?Jennifer Strohmeyer‘s healthy and yummy Baked Shoestring Carrot Fries! Top them with some herbs and a sprinkle of salt, and it’s the perfect side dish for any meal!
10. Sweet Potato Cheeseburgers with Peanut Sauce
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The sweet creaminess of sweet potato and the hearty crunch of lentils makes Jacinthe Vigneault‘s Sweet Potato Cheeseburgers with Peanut Sauce a unique, flavorful treat. The added peanut sauce and beety microgreens make the burger all the sweeter.
11. Tandoori Masala Black Bean Cheeseburgers With Caramelized Onions and Chips
These Tandoori Masala Black Bean Cheeseburgers With Caramelized Onions and Chips by Carla Rendon and Jessica Ruiz provide a delicious savory crunch. Just make sure you get the perfect bite: a mouthful of caramelized onion, black-bean patty, potato chip and cheese sauce. You’ll be glad you did.
12. Double Black Bean Tofu Cheeseburgers
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Almost too tasty for words. For anyone missing the old drive-through burgers, Rhea Parsons‘s Double Black Bean Tofu Cheeseburgers are custom made for you. Cheesy and meaty, these burgers will make you forget all about the burgers back before you saw the light!
13. Shake Shack Copycat! Cashew Cheese Stuffed Portobello Mushroom Burger
Two portobello mushrooms are packed with cheese, breaded with panko crumbs, and fried to crispy perfection. Rebekah Waters‘s Shake Shack Copycat! Cashew Cheese Stuffed Portobello Mushroom Burger doesn’t taste as good as the real thing… It tastes even better!
Holly Jade’s Rosemary Polenta Fries are crispy on the outside and soft on the outside. The polenta is mixed with some olive oil, rosemary, and chili flakes and topped with garlic oil, for the perfect tasty experience!
These fries are packed with flavor, as they come with a delicious peri peri sauce to dip the fries in! The fries themselves are made from carrots, and seasoned with your favorite spices – so you can customize these Easy Peri Peri Oven-Baked Carrot Fries as you want! By Lindsay Cotter.
Hungry for more? Check out 10 Delicious Homemade Vegan Cheeseburger Recipes! You can find more vegan fast food-inspired cooking by downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 10,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!