Vegan Options at Habit Burger – The Top Picks

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Founded back in 1969 in Santa Barbara County, California, Habit Burger started out as a family-owned business. A fast-casual burger joint, Habit Burger aimed to deliver West Coast flavors and fresh ingredients to locals and became beloved in the region. It even, at one point, won ‘Best Tasting Fast Food Burger,’ against some stiff competition and big national brands. It’s no wonder then that it jumped from having 26 locations in California in 2009, to 250 locations globally ten years later. Yum! Brands bought the company in 2020, but to this day, five outlets still remain under the ownership of the family, in the hands of Brent and Bruce Reichard. Despite growing in popularity over the years, and expanding its footprint significantly, Habit Burger still hasn’t expanded its vegan options, well, not by much, anyway. However, at Vegan Unlocked, we’re the experts at finding plant-based power wherever we go, and with our full menu, editor’s picks and secret menu, you can be too. We’ve even created some flavor combinations you may not have thought of, so, stay tuned. 

The Vegan Unlocked Research Team analyzed all the options on the Habit Burger and found three scrumptious on-menu items and a couple of unmissable custom creations, too. So, whether you’re looking to sink your teeth into a succulent burger, or fancy getting your veg on, we’ve got your back.

Habit Burger scores 1.7 out of 5 stars with few vegan options. So, while its plant-based options are not extensive, and a little lacking in the creative department, you’ll still be able to dine on something delicious, and you’ll even find a big-name plant-based brand on the menu, too.

This score is calculated based on the number of vegan offerings on the Habit Burger menu “as is” or with an easy substitution, a restaurant vegan customizability score and finally, the number of vegan options vs non-vegan options. Learn more about Vegan Unlocked Ratings.

Secret Menu

There are no two ways about it, eating out as a vegan can come with its challenges. Many restaurants across the US still haven’t cracked the code when it comes to unlocking delicious plant-based flavors, meaning sometimes you’re just faced with a limp, lifeless and tasteless salad. While a salad can sometimes satiate, when you’re craving something a little more exciting, it’s not going to do the job. For that reason, at Vegan Unlocked, we formed a team of vegan researchers, and sent them to restaurants across the country to get inventive and come up with some custom creations. Below, you can find the delicious secret menu items they came up with. And, get ready to dig in, because they certainly delivered the vegan goods.

In the mood for something a tad more straightforward? Keep scrolling on to find Habit Burger vegan menu items and our editors’ top picks just below this section.

Extra green garden salad

Order a garden salad without the croutons, then add in some avocado, get a side of tempura green beans and drizzle your sumptuous salad with Italian dressing.

Teriyaki Impossible Burger

This burger is packed full of flavor, and utterly delicious. Order up the original Impossible without the mayo or grilled onion, then add in some tempura green beans, and cover that bad boy in Teriyaki sauce. 

All the Vegan Options at Habit Burger


  • ORIGINAL IMPOSSIBLE: Order up the original impossible without the mayo or grilled onions, to enjoy this plant-based burger of delights.
  • Veggie burger: The Habit veggie burger comes with a vegan veggie patty on a toasted wheat bun with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and raw onions and is drizzled with a sweet mustard dressing. Ordered without cheese, it’s completely vegan-friendly.
  • Garden salad: This salad comes with romaine, iceberg, green and red leaf lettuce, red cabbage, Roma tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, and carrots. Ordered without croutons, it’s totally plant-based. 


  • Tempura green beans
  • Sweet potato fries
  • Fries
  • Side salad without the croutons
  • Roasted Garlic Cauliflower, without the sauce

Sauces, Add Ons, Toppings

  • Italian dressing
  • Fat-free Italian dressing
  • House dressing
  • Red wine vinaigrette
  • Sweet mustard dressing
  • Teriyaki Sauce
  • Avocado
  • Seeded bun
  • Wheat bun
  • Plain bun

Editor’s Picks: What Are the Top Vegan Meals at Habit Burger?

Plant-based meat alternatives aren’t for everyone, and many vegans don’t miss the taste of meat. For those people who find the texture, taste and smell of a plant-based meat patty off-putting, they should try the Veggie Burger, as the best burger for wholefood lovers.

The world of food fusion is a beautiful one, and top of the list at Habit burger is our custom creation of Japanese fusion, the Teriyaki Impossible Burger. 

When you’re out and about, you don’t always fancy a heavy burger that might make you feel drowsy and lethargic after you’re done. For those who are looking for a light bite that’s still filling, while also invigorating try the Extra Green Garden Salad.

Note: Vegan Unlocked is a tool dedicated to helping people find plant-based options. We are not an allergen resource, and want to encourage our friends with allergies to proceed with caution. We cannot control and don’t always know when cross contamination takes place. See the Habit Burger allergen menu here. As far as cross-contamination of vegan foods with animal products, this is completely up to your comfort level as an individual. Read our stance on cross contamination.

Frequently Asked Habit Burger Questions

Is Habit’s Impossible Burger Vegan?

Yes, when ordered without mayo or caramelized onion, the Impossible Burger at Habit Burger is vegan-friendly. 

Are Habit Burger Buns Vegan?

Habit Burger has a range of vegan-friendly buns, including:

  • Plain bun, 
  • Seeded bun, 
  • Wheat bun, and
  • Lettuce wrap.

Are the Onion Rings at Habit Burger Vegan?

Unfortunately, the onion rings at Habit Burger contain dairy and so are not vegan.

You can find out more information on Habit Burger by visiting their website here.

Planning on visiting Habit Burger soon?

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The Habit Burger Vegan Menu Was Brought to You by…

Madaline Dunn

Madaline is a vegan journalist, writer, and editor specializing in sustainability, current affairs, and social justice and the ways in which they intersect. Her work focuses on innovation and progress, prioritizing rigorous investigation. When she’s not writing, she’s in the kitchen experimenting with new plant-based recipes, reading a good book, or thinking about her next cup of coffee.

Cristina Garrido

Cristina is a vegan cook and recipe developer. She’s worked in several vegan kitchens, as a collaborator for different cooking blogs and now works as a consultant helping restaurants interested in making their menus more vegan-friendly. She’s passionate about cultural foods and culinary innovations. Her non-food related interests include thrifting, sustainability and exploring her new adoptive country, Portugal.

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