Nation's Best and Worst Burger Joints, Ranked

Nation’s Best and Worst Burger Joints, Ranked

White Castle’s veganized sliders take the cake while McDonald’s ranks rock bottom.


A new report compiled by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) ranks the nation’s fast-food restaurants based on their vegan offerings. Chains such as Ben’s Chili Bowl, Red Robin, Johnny Rockets, Burger 21, and White Castle (which recently removed animal ingredients from their buns) received A letter grades, while Carl’s Jr., Jack in the Box, and In-N-Out Burger, amongst others, received “Fs” for their lack of plant-based burger options. Wendy’s received a “B” for testing their vegan black bean burger in limited markets, which PETA promises to upgrade to an “A” once the burger is available nationwide. Checkers and Rally’s—which PETA says is a “nightmare for animals”—and McDonald’s both received an “F-” as neither offers any vegan items on their entire menu, with the exception of a small side salad at the latter. “Today, diners expect a delicious vegan entrée on every menu, and White Castle and Red Robin are leading the charge by offering crowd-pleasing burgers made without harming animals,” PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman says.

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