Words of Caution: Eating out can always be a risk when you have a gluten allergy or celiac disease. If cross-contamination is a concern for you, be sure to ask the restaurant about their cooking practices before ordering any of these items. Also be aware, while each gluten free fast food options mentioned in this list have no gluten ingredients at the moment, restaurants do change their recipes from time to time. Always ask the store manager if you have any doubts.
Eating out with food allergies can be quite the challenge. It seems like there is no such thing as gluten free fast food options. Everything is either battered with flour or topped with a bun. Not to mention the hidden gluten inside seasonings that drive us mad. Despite the challenge it presents, I have often found myself going through a drive through when I’m in a pinch. It’s hard to avoid when you are traveling, busy, or just plain starving and too lazy to cook. You know what I’m talking about, we have all been there. While the options may be limited, here are the things I have found as my go-to gluten free fast food options.
Please note this list may not be entirely inclusive of every single option. In fact, I’m even leaving out some major chains because I never go to them. My focus is on my favorite gluten free fast food options. If you have a favorite gluten free fast food options that I did not mention in this list, let me know in the comments! I may just add it to the list for others to enjoy.
Today I’m starting out with a gluten-free fast food options guide. If this is something you like and want to see it for other allergens (soy, dairy, egg, or peanuts), please let me know in the comments down below. I’m always interested in your questions, thoughts, and opinions!
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Gluten Free Fast Food Options at Chick-Fil-A
Let’s start with the star of gluten free fast food options, Chick-Fil-A. I dare say Chick-Fil-A is a step above fast food. Their service is amazing and their food is actually pretty good quality. If you are lucky enough to have a Chick-Fil-A near you here are the options they have for gluten free.
1. Most Sandwiches (except for crispy chicken of course) with a Gluten Free Bun
3. Grilled Chicken Nuggets
4. Salads (excluding their Cobb Salad)
5. Waffle Fries
6. Their AMAZING Sauces (excluding their Sweet & Spicy Sriracha Sauce and their Apple Cider Vinaigrette)
Yes, they have a gluten free bun and yes they have grilled chicken nuggets without any batter! These are two things that make me so happy as someone looking for gluten free fast food options.
Gluten Free Fast Food Options at McDonald’s
Now on to the one and only McDonalds. Yes, you can find a McDonalds anywhere. This is always where my husband wants to stop and I have had to get very creative with what I order, especially at breakfast time. Here’s what you can get if you are gluten free.
2. A burger without the bun
3. Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad
4. Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich without the bun
My Secret Creation – I have to tell you my secret if I HAVE to eat at McDonald’s for breakfast. I make Trevor get a sausage McMuffin and I get a bunch of hash browns. I take the sausage out of the McMuffin and I sandwich it between two hash browns. Now that’s a balanced breakfast. *Obviously not safe if cross-contamination is a concern for you, although you may be able to order just a sausage patty, I have not tried that before.
Gluten Free Fast Food Options at Taco Bell
Taco Bell is definitely my guilty pleasure. It’s beyond cheap and so good. Yea the meat is on par with dog food, but it tastes SO good! Here are the gluten free options I order at Taco Bell.
2. Spicy Tostado
3. Power Menu Bowl with chicken, steak, or veggie
4. Black Beans & Rice
5. Chips & Salsa
6. Seasoned Rice
7. Crunchy Taco with Chicken
8. Crunchy Taco Fresco style with Chicken
My Secret Creation – If you want to amp up your basic crunchy taco with chicken, order some black beans & rice as a side and scoop it into your taco. YUM! That’s my go-to order at Taco Bell.
Gluten Free Fast Food Options at Wendy’s
Wendy’s, of course, is a classic. I say out of the typical fast food restaurants, Wendy’s has the best quality food. Yes even without gluten allergy we can still get some tasty food at Wendy’s. Here are my favorite gluten free fast food options at Wendy’s.
2. French Fries
3. Baked Potato
4. Burgers without the bun
5. Grilled Chicken Sandwich without the bun
My Secret Creation – This one might not be much of a secret, but I love getting the chili and some fries and putting my fries in my chili. It’s just the best combination ever.
Gluten Free Fast Food Options at Dunkin’ Donuts
When it comes to food at Dunkin’ Donuts I pretty much only have one option. But let me tell you, if I need a snack when I’m out and about, these are the absolute best. Here’s what I LOVE to get at Dunkin’ Donuts.
My Secret – This is not a creation, jut a dirty secret, but I like to get about 5 orders of these hashbrowns at a time. Oh my gosh, they are good. I can’t believe I’m sharing that with you.
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