Since it first opened its doors to the public in 1969 in Seattle, Red Robin has grown into a fast-food powerhouse with 548 stores located across 44 different states and parts of Canada.
When many people order from a Red Robin, they often go straight for the high-quality burgers.
However, what is severely underrated is the selection of vegan-friendly options Red Robin offers, which is actually a lot more varied and accessible than many of its fast-food competitors.
To ensure that no one is left out of trying some of Red Robin’s delicious flavors, they have taken great care to give customers a decent selection of vegan options to choose from and enjoy, so next time you visit, consider picking up one of these delicious and healthy vegan options.
1. The Veggie Burger
It’s unfortunate that a lot of fast food chains, even now, will refuse to serve a plant-based vegan patty, instead only giving customers the option to place a few toppings in between two flat pieces of vegan bread.
This can hardly be called a filling menu option, and Red Robin knows this as they actually serve a selection of vegan-friendly burgers, with their most popular being the delightful Veggie Burger.
Just always make sure that you ask for the cheese to be removed along with the garlic aioli and portobello-parm chips to keep this burger vegan-friendly.
Along with the quinoa veggie patty, this burger also comes with some fresh avocado slices to add a hint of sweetness, along with some lettuce for a little bit of crunchiness and a dash of house-made salsa, adding just a small element of heat to the flavor which really helps it stand out from any veggie burgers you have ever tried from any restaurant or fast food chain before.
2. The Impossible Gourmet Cheeseburger
While its name might suggest that this is a meaty option that is more of a challenge burger than anything, in reality, it’s actually just a wider version of the Veggie Burger with a few more ingredients packed in between the buns.
Similar to the Veggie Burger, the Impossible Gourmet Burger uses a plant-based patty that is fire-grilled to give it just a little bit of crunch.
The patty is then topped with tomatoes, lettuce, avocado slices, pickles, and some red pickle relish which helps to prevent the ingredients from ever tasting too dry or bland.
If you decide to go with this burger, always make sure that you remove the cheese, mayo, and dill pickle slices to make it as vegan-friendly and healthy as possible.
3. Steak Fries
Alongside their extremely high-quality beefburgers, another product Red Robin always like to show off is their steak fries, and there’s no wonder why given their incredibly unique smoky flavor.
However, the good news is that these iconic fries are actually 100% vegan-friendly since they are deep-fried using soybean oil in their own designated fryer.
Additionally, because they are bottomless fries, this also makes them incredibly filling along with having a much thicker and more prominent texture without the core being too soft.
Steak fries are therefore a fantastic go-to vegan-friendly option that tastes great both as a side dish alongside a vegan burger, or even on their own as a satisfying snack or appetizer.
4. Salsa, Guacamole & Chips
Rather than just serving individual vegan-friendly food options like a lot of fast food chains, Red Robin instead put a lot of effort into making satisfying and delicious vegan-friendly meals that combine a mixture of unique flavors without the dish ever tasting bland or stale.
This is definitely the case with their salsa, guacamole & chips option which is entirely vegan-friendly while also bursting with spicy flavors that makes each and every bite a sheer delight on the tastebuds.
To guarantee that this menu option is entirely meat-free, Red Robin’s has even gone on record explaining how the Yukon Chips are only cooked in the same fryer as other vegan foods including their sweet potato fries and hash browns, so you can be sure that this dish is healthy, while also being free of any fish or meat.
5. Bottomless House Salad
As long as you switch out a few of the ingredients and substitute them with some healthier options, you can create a bowl packed full of nutritional value that also has just enough flavor to be a nice mixup from the regular side salads we are all so familiar with.
This stacked salad pot comes with mixed greens, along with some cucumber and diced tomatoes to give it a much lighter and more refreshing taste that goes just as well as a solo dish as it does when served alongside a veggie burger.
If you do decide to order this deliciously crunchy salad, always make sure to ask the staff to remove the croutons and cheese so that the dish is 100% vegan friendly.
6. Make Your Own burger
While Red Robin already has two excellent veggie burgers to choose from, rather than customizing them to make them vegan-friendly, you can also simply make your own burger, and with such a wide selection of toppings, buns, and sauces to choose from, it can be a fun way to make your very own healthy burger just the way you want it.
There is a wide selection of vegan-friendly toppings that you are able to add to a burger:
- Bruschetta salsa
- Red pepper pineapple
For the sauces and extra condiments, you also get a decent selection to choose from:
- A-1 Steak Sauce
- Ghost Chilli Ketchup
- Heinz 57 Sauce
- Oil & Vinegar Dressing
- Soybean Salad Oil
- Yellow Mustard
Finally, you will need to choose the bun to finish the burger off, and the good news is you’re spoilt for choice in terms of vegan-friendly options:
- Ciabatta bun
- Classic sesame bun
- Cross-cut bun
- Tavern bun
- Lettuce wrap
- Spinach tortilla wrap
- Multigrain bun
7. Steamed Broccoli
Whether it’s as a delicious side dish to add a little more crunchiness to a meal, or if you simply want to enjoy a bowl of them on their own, unlike many of Red Robin’s fast food competitors, their broccoli is not flavored with butter, making it an excellent vegan-friendly choice on the menu.
While Red Robin also offers apple slices as a tasty and healthy snack that you can order off the menu, because of just how tasty and fresh their steamed broccoli is, they definitely deserve the most credit.
While they may not be most well known for their drink selection, if you’re sticking to a vegan-based diet it can still be important to know exactly what drinks on Red Robin’s menu are considered vegan-friendly as a lot of the time it can be a little tricky to tell exactly what ingredients and methods went into preparing each beverage just from looking at the menu.
Here are all the vegan-friendly drinks and beverages you can choose from Red Robin’s menu:
- Soft drinks: Fanta, Sprite, Coke etc.
- Flavored iced tea
- Freckled lemonade
- Poppin’ Purple Lemonade
- Flavored lemonade
- Very Berry Raspberry Lemonade
- Fresh-brewed gold peak tea
- Bottled water
Overall, when compared to many of its competitors in the fast food industry, Red Robin has a lot of variety when it comes to its vegan menu selection, especially in terms of their selection of plant-based burgers.
When you combine this with the fact that Red Robin allows you to make your very own custom veggie-based burger, and the scrumptious vegan-friendly sides they have to offer including the steak fries and steamed broccoli, Red Robin is an excellent fast-food choice when you want a delicious vegan meal.