Eating Vegan at IHOP- All the Options for a Tasty Vegan Breakfast

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IHOP is beloved for its classic breakfast items, whether you’re in the mood for Chicken and Waffles or a buttery stack of Chocolate Chip Pancakes. There’s no question that the International House of Pancakes lives up to its name, along with offering a variety of comfort-food dishes like the Sirloin Salisbury Steak and the Buffalo Chicken Melt. Although this American staple may not be the first place you’d think of for a tasty vegan meal, there are a number of plant-based options to be found on its menu. Using the Vegan Unlocked vegan menu, secret menu and editor’s picks, any vegan can find a bite to eat at this all-American pancake house. From a spicy Tex-Mex breakfast to a fruity side, you won’t be disappointed!

The Vegan Unlocked Research Team analyzed all 96 items on the IHOP menu. We came away with three delicious custom creations and several on-menu options.

IHOP has a score of 3 out of 5 stars as a vegan-friendly restaurant. Although it’s by no means a haven of plant-based eating, it has a surprising number of delicious vegan options to keep any breakfast-loving vegan satisfied!

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

Secret Menu

Part of maintaining a vegan lifestyle in a non-vegan world is being creative and adaptable when necessary! Just because you’re eating out at a restaurant that specializes in meat-based meals doesn’t mean you can’t find a satisfying and flavorful vegan meal. To make it easier, the research team at Vegan Unlocked did the work for you, creating a number of vegan options by making changes to items on the regular IHOP menu. Whether you’ll need to switch out a sausage patty or substitute a sauce, these dishes will be just as delicious in their vegan form.

If you’d rather skip the customizations and stick to the regular menu, scroll down to find the IHOP vegan menu items and our editors’ top picks below this section.

Loaded Hash Browns:

Hash browns are a classic vegan breakfast food, especially tasty with loaded veggies and sauce. To order this delectable secret menu item, get a side of hash browns and select your favorite veggies from the “Build your own omelette.” Choose from peppers & onions, mushrooms, roasted tomatoes and spinach for a veggie-packed meal. Add Fire Roasted Poblano Salsa for a kick! 

Breakfast Tacos:

You can’t go wrong with breakfast tacos. Get one or two sides of corn tortillas, one side of roasted poblano salsa, a side of avocado and a side of hashbrowns. Then, put all of your sides into the tortillas, creating the breakfast taco of your dreams. 


Breakfast Burrito:

For the perfect Breakfast Burrito, order a side of flour tortilla, get your preferred veggies from the “Build your own omelette,” and add a side of plant-based sausage for protein. Wrap everything together in the tortilla and enjoy a glorious breakfast burrito.

All Vegan Options on IHOP Menu

What are all of the vegan options on the IHOP menu?


  • Spicy Shredded Beef Burrito & Bowl: Packed with veggies, this menu item is as healthy as it is satisfying, leaving you wondering why the breakfast items at IHOP get all the love. To order, ask for the Spicy Shredded Beef Burrito & Bowl with no shredded beef and no Jack & Cheddar cheese.
  • Plant-Based Sausage Power Combo: With a bowl of fresh fruit, two plant-based sausage patties and a side of multigrain toast, this well-balanced meal is the perfect way to start your day off on the right foot. To order it vegan, ask for the Plant-based Sausage Power Combo with no scrambled eggs. 
  • Avocado Toast: With just multigrain bread, cherry tomatoes and avocado, this menu item is vegan as-is. Enjoy a simple and delicious breakfast.

Sides, Appetizers, Add-Ons

  • Plant-based Sausage Patties
  • Hash Browns
  • Multi-grain Toast (no butter)
  • Crispy Breakfast Potatoes (no seasoning salt)
  • Fresh Fruit
  • French Fries (no seasoning salt)
  • Corn Tortilla
  • Flour Tortilla
  • Chicken & Veggie Salad (no chicken or balsamic vinaigrette) 
  • Side Salad (no dressing)
  • Applesauce
  • Avocado
  • Fire Roasted Poblano Salsa
  • Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
  • Roasted Green Peppers & Onions
  • Sauteed Mushrooms
  • Sauteed Spinach
  • Tomato
  • Grits

Editor’s Picks: What Are the Best Vegan Meals at IHOP?

The most filling vegan-friendly item at IHOP is the Spicy Shredded Beef Burrito & Bowl. With its rice, veggies and tortilla, this comfort food meal will keep you satisfied all day long. 

The healthiest option for vegans is the Avocado Toast. This toast is packed with vitamins and nutrients to start your day, and you can pair it with a fruit bowl to make it even healthier.

Full of protein and fresh fruit, the best vegan breakfast item at IHOP is the Plant-Based Sausage Power Combo. 

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 IHOP’s 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 here.

Frequently Asked IHOP Questions

Are IHOP’s French Fries vegan?

Yes, IHOP’s French Fries are vegan! Enjoy these crispy potato treats with no worries about compromising your vegan diet.

Does IHOP have a vegan salad?

IHOP does not have a vegan salad on its menu, since the only salads listed are the Chicken & Veggie salad and the side salad. However, take the chicken and dressing off and you have yourself a tasty vegan meal!

Does IHOP have vegan pancakes?

Unfortunately, IHOP does not have vegan-friendly pancakes, as they include eggs and dairy. 

You can find out more information on the IHOP menu by visiting their website here

Dining at IHOP Soon?

Be sure to tag Vegan Unlocked and share your vegan meal or custom creation to be entered into our monthly giveaway!

IHOP’s vegan menu was brought to you by…

Lydia Greene

Lydia Greene is a freelance writer with a passion for food and travel. When she’s not writing, you can find her hiking in the woods near her home in Portland, Oregon, cooking up a tasty meal or dreaming up her next adventure.

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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