Vegan at Waffle House- Top Vegan Choices

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Waffle House is known across the country as the go-to spot for fluffy waffles and crispy hash browns. This breakfast staple can be found in 25 states around the country, bringing happiness to breakfast lovers with its dependably delicious menu. However, as popular as this chain is, it’s not exactly a haven for the vegan community. With many of its menu items containing eggs, milk, and meat, many vegans stay away from Waffle House, assuming that they won’t find anything on its menu to enjoy. Fortunately, Vegan Unlocked has taken matters into their own hands, creating a secret menu, vegan menu and editor’s picks to guide hungry breakfast-loving vegans through Waffle House’s menu. Whether you’re in the mood for a fresh salad or a filling Hash Brown bowl, our menus have got it!

The Vegan Unlocked Research Team analyzed all 78 items on the Waffle House menu. We found a number of on-menu options and one tasty custom creations.

Waffle House scores 0.7 out of 5 stars, so although the options are limited, you can scrounge a vegan meal together if you’re in a pinch.

This score is calculated based on the amount of vegan offerings on Waffle House’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

We all know how it feels to show up to a restaurant with no explicit vegan options, hungry and wondering if you’ll find anything to eat. Fortunately, you can typically find a few vegan options no matter where you are if you know where to look. To make it even easier, the research team at Vegan Unlocked has created a secret menu, doing the work for you to ensure that you’ll find a meal no matter where you end up. You won’t be disappointed!

Looking for something simpler? Scroll on to find Waffle House’s vegan menu items and our editors’ top picks just below this section.

Grits and Veggies

For a makeshift meal full of veggies, get a side of grits, a side of roasted tomatoes and a side of roasted mushrooms. Put the veggies on your grits and you’re all set for a yummy meal.

What else is vegan at Waffle House?


  • Build your Own Hashbrown Bowl: Choose the no meat option, then add on your choice of grilled onions, grilled tomatoes, grilled mushrooms, and jalapeno peppers


  • Garden salad
  • Hash browns
  • Grits

Sauces, Add Ons, Toppings

  • Tomatoes
  • Grilled tomatoes
  • Grilled onions
  • Grilled mushrooms
  • Jalapenos

Editors’ picks: What are the best vegan options at Waffle House?

The Build Your Own Hashbrown Bowl is the best vegan meal at Waffle House.

The most budget-friendly vegan option is the Grits at only $1.95.

The Garden Salad is the healthiest vegan choice at Waffle House.

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 occurs. See Waffle House’s allergen menu here. Regarding 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 Waffle House Questions

Are Waffle House Grits vegetarian?

Yes, Waffle House Grits are vegetarian.

Are Waffle House waffles vegan?

No, Waffle House Waffles contain eggs and milk.

Are Waffle House Hash Browns vegan?

Yes, Waffle House Hash Browns are vegan. However, there is a risk of cross-contamination with non-vegan foods.

You can find out more about Waffle House by visiting their website here.

Waffle House’s vegan menu was brought to you by Christina and Lydia.

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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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