What to Eat at Veggie Grill: Healthy Menu Choices and Nutrition Facts

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Veggie Grill is one of the first all-vegan fast-casual restaurant chains. It started in California and has expanded to 33 locations across several states. Stationed mainly in the west, Veggie Grill founders have plans to expand to the East Coast.

With a plant-powered menu, Veggie Grill aims to make plant food more delicious and attractive. It offers a variety of healthy and indulgent menu items that appeal to vegans, vegetarians, and meat-eaters alike. Some of the most popular menu items include mac n’ cheese, buffalo wings, and Beyond burgers.

In addition to being vegan- and vegetarian-friendly, Veggie Grill offers gluten-free substitutions for those with dietary restrictions. Since the establishment is health-conscious, customers with a variety of dietary preferences and health goals can find something on the Veggie Grill menu.

Navigating the Menu

Veggie Grill’s menu is not limited to one type of cuisine. It contains dishes inspired by American, Mexican, and Asian patterns of eating to name a few. All the dishes share one thing in common—they are all vegan. Despite ingredients that mimic animal products (i.e. cheese, fish, beef, etc.), all menu items are 100% made with plants.

The fast-casual restaurant chain breaks its plant-based menu down into the following main categories:

  • Shares
  • Burgers
  • Sandwiches
  • Entrée Salads
  • Bowls
  • Tacos & Burritos
  • Comfort Favorites
  • Desserts Drinks

Most of Veggie Grill’s menu items are permanent, though they offer multiple seasonal dishes throughout the year. In each category, some menu items may be more appealing depending on your dietary preferences and restrictions as well as the items’ nutrition facts.

Most Nutritious Options
  • Summer Avocado Toast (Shares)

  • The LUXE Burger (Burgers)

  • B.T.L.A. (Sandwiches)

  • All Hail Kale (Entrée Salads)

  • Bulgogi Beef Protein Bowl (Bowls)

  • Single Carne Asada Taco (Tacos & Burritos)

  • Yukon Cauli-Mashed Potatoes + Gravy (Comfort Favorites)

  • Carrot Cake (Desserts)

  • Black Iced Tea (Drinks)

Least Nutritious Options
  • Mondo Nachos (Shares)

  • Grilled Quinoa + Veg Burger (Burgers)

  • Nashville Hot Chicken’ Sandwich (Sandwiches)

  • B-Wing Salad (Entrée Salads)

  • The Far East Bowl (Bowls)

  • Carne Asada Burrito (Tacos & Burritos)

  • Crispy Fries (Comfort Favorites)

  • Choco-Churro Sundae (Desserts)

  • Pineapple Ginger Beet Agua Fresca (Drinks)

Shares

Whether you intend to share or enjoy by yourself, this section of the menu is dedicated to appetizers or snacks. This category contains just six options: Summer Avocado Toast, Crispy Cauliflower, Chill Out Wings, Tempura Green Bean Stack, Buffalo Wings, and Mondo Nachos.

Most Nutritious Option

The Summer Avocado Toast is both the most photogenic and lowest-calorie option in this category. If you want something light that satisfies your hunger, opt for this influencer favorite. The veggies on toast pack 300 calories, 16g fat, 2.5g saturated fat, 36g carbohydrates, 7g protein, and 270mg sodium. It’s also high in fiber with 8g per serving.

Least Nutritious Option

Nachos are a classic appetizer. They’re greasy, carby, and smothered in gooey cheese. The Mondo Nachos are a vegan rendition of nachos, complete with nacho-flavored soy chicken and dairy-free queso on a bed of corn chips, beans, and veggies. While delicious, the Mondo Nachos also contain 980 calories, 51g fat, 9g saturated fat, 104g carbohydrates, 29g protein, and 1,680mg sodium per serving. Consider splitting this menu item with another person to cut the calories, carbs, and sodium in half.

Burgers

Veggie Grill’s burger selection consists mainly of Beyond burgers, which aren’t your typical veggie burgers. The Beyond patty is made of pea protein, vegetable oil, and beet juice, so it has a meaty flavor, texture, and appearance. The chain also has a classic veggie burger made from quinoa, but that doesn’t mean it’s nutritionally superior to the other burger options.

Most Nutritious Option

Three out of Veggie Grill’s four burgers use a Beyond patty as the meat. While the base is the same, the toppings vary. Still, the Beyond burgers at Veggie Grill contain similar nutrition facts, making them all contenders if you’re up for a burger. The LUXE Burger, however, is the lowest in calories and fat. This burger contains 580 calories, 32g fat, 10g saturated fat, 50g carbohydrates, 27g protein, and 1,490mg sodium.

Least Nutritious Option

Surprisingly, the Grilled Quinoa + Veg Burger finishes last compared to Veggie Grill’s selection of Beyond burgers. One serving contains 690 calories, 33g fat, 5g saturated fat, 87g carbohydrates, 18g protein, and 1,550mg sodium. It contains the most calories and carbohydrates while offering the least amount of protein. These shocking nutrition facts may be explained by the ingredients list, which consists mostly of vegan cheese and vegan mayo.

Sandwiches

Sandwiches make up one of the largest categories on the Veggie Grill menu. There are seven to choose from with options including vegan-friendly beef, chicken, bacon, and crab as the protein. Since each sandwich comes on bread or a bun, the carbohydrates add up quickly. For those with allergies or restrictions, they offer gluten-free substitutes.

Most Nutritious Option

The B.T.L.A. sandwich has the simplest ingredients: tempeh bacon, tomatoes, avocado, arugula, and sourdough bread. It contains 520 calories, 22g fat, 3.5g saturated fat, 65g carbohydrates, 17g protein, and 730mg sodium. Though the sodium may seem high, it’s the lowest-sodium option from the category.

Least Nutritious Option

The Nashville Hot Chickin’ Sandwich is a crowd favorite for its spice and crispiness. However, it’s high in calories, carbs, and sodium. This option contains 690 calories, 33g fat, 5g saturated fat, 71g carbohydrates, 28g protein, and 1,760mg sodium. If you can’t resist, the spicy chicken-less sandwich is a good source of plant protein.

Entrée Salads

Salad is often categorized as a “diet” food, but Veggie Grill will make you fall in love with salad all over again. Depending on the dressing and toppings, salad can go from healthy food to indulgence real quick. 

Most Nutritious Option

There are several nutritious salads at Veggie Grill, but the All Hail Kale is a fan favorite for its tanginess, simple ingredients list, and impressive nutritious facts. A large serving of this salad contains 400 calories, 28g fat, 3.5g saturated fat, 38g carbohydrates, 10g protein, and 400mg sodium. 

Least Nutritious Option

The “B” in B-Wing Salad stands for buffalo wings. You guessed it—this salad consists of a bed of romaine lettuce topped with avocado, celery, salsa, buffalo wings, and ranch dressing. It’s high in plant protein but also in sodium. This dish contains 740 calories, 48g fat, 8g saturated fat, 47g carbohydrates, 34g protein, and 1,680mg sodium.

Bowls

Another category that makes up a bulk of Veggie Grill’s menu is its bowls. With five permanent bowls and 1-2 seasonal options at a time, there’s a bowl that’s bound to suit your needs. The bowls are popular dishes for their variety and balanced nutrition.

Most Nutritious Option

Out of all the bowls, the Bulgogi Beef Protein Bowls contains the fewest carbs, calories, and fat by a long shot. Despite this, it’s the highest protein. With cauliflower rice, marinated vegan beef, and various veggies, this menu item is popular among those following a low-carb or paleo diet. Each bowl contains 380 calories, 10g fat, 1g saturated fat, 42g carbohydrates, 37g protein, and 1,520mg sodium.

Least Nutritious Option

The Far East Bowl is a well-balanced option, but it’s the highest in calories, saturated fat, carbs, sodium, and sugar compared to the other bowls. Each serving contains 860 calories, 26g fat, 9g saturated fat, 118g carbohydrates, 33g protein, and 1,710 calories. 

Tacos & Burritos

It’s no surprise that Veggie Grill serves Mexican-inspired cuisine since tacos and burritos are among the most vegan-friendly foods. Due to the tortillas, these foods can be quite high in carbohydrates and calories. They also tend to be high in sodium, so for optimal nutrition, choose single tacos instead of taco trios and burritos.

Most Nutritious Option

If calorie, carb, and sodium content are important to you, your best bet is filling up on Single Carne Asada Tacos. You get all the flavors you’re craving without the guilt. Each taco contains 140 calories, 2.5g fat, 0g saturated fat, 19g carbohydrates, 10g protein, and 170mg sodium.

Least Nutritious Option

Veggie Grill’s burritos tend to be high in calories, carbs, and sodium. The Carne Asada Burrito alone packs 970 calories, 33g fat, 6g saturated fat, 114g carbohydrates, 58g protein, and 1,250mg sodium. Despite containing an impressive amount of plant protein, the meaty burrito should be reserved for special occasions.

Comfort Favorites

A popular combo at Veggie Grill is pairing one Comfort Favorite with a side salad. These comfort foods include classics such as mac n’ cheese, mashed potatoes, fries, and more. If you’re craving comfort food, this section of the menu is where you should look.

Most Nutritious Option

Cauliflower has become a low-carb substitute for many favorites like rice and potatoes. At Veggie Grill, you can enjoy Yukon Cauli-Mashed Potatoes + Gravy, a modern take on a classic. The dish consists of blended cauliflower with mashed gold potatoes topped with gravy. Each serving contains 180 calories, 9g fat, 2.5g saturated fat, 22g carbohydrates, 4g protein, and 350mg sodium. 

Least Nutritious Option

There’s a running joke that often times the only vegan item on a menu is the fries. That certainly isn’t true at Veggie Grill, though you may want to consult the nutrition facts before ordering the Crispy Fries. A side of fries contains a whopping 510 calories, 20g fat, 3g saturated fat, 76g carbohydrates, 7g protein, and 1,500mg sodium.

Desserts

Veggie Grill is known for their delicious cookies and brownies. They also offer vegan-friendly cake and sundaes. If you have room after your meal and want a treat, give their desserts a try.

Most Nutritious Option

The Carrot Cake is evidence that you can have vegetables for dessert. This treat is made of carrots, walnuts, and vegan cream cheese frosting. Since it contains the least amount of calories, saturated fat, carbohydrates, and sugar out of all the desserts, it’s likely the most nutritious option. Each cake contains 390 calories, 20g fat, 4g saturated fat, 50g carbohydrates, 4g protein, and 550mg sodium.

Least Nutritious Option

The Choco-Churro Sundae wins for most calories, fat, sodium, and carbohydrates of the desserts, so it’s likely the least nutritious option. Share this decadent dessert if you still want to indulge. Each sundae contains 550 calories, 21g fat, 5g saturated fat, 79g carbohydrates, 10g protein, and 640mg sodium.

Drinks

Beverages are an easy way to go over your calorie and sugar targets. Ordering plain water tends to be the healthiest option given the benefits of staying hydrated. If you’re thirsty for more flavor, Veggie Grill offers a variety of drinks at the fountain.

Most Nutritious Option

Aside from water, the Unsweetened Black Iced Tea is a safe choice. It’s naturally a zero-calorie and sugar-free drink. Pour over a cup of ice for a refreshing beverage that’s guilt-free. A 24-ounce serving contains 0 calories, 0g fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g carbohydrates, 0g protein, and 90mg sodium.

Least Nutritious Option

All of Veggie Grill’s fountain drinks are moderately high in calories, carbohydrates, and sugar. Their selection of limeade, lemonade, and agua fresca are especially high in these nutrients. The Pineapple Ginger Beet Agua Fresca, for example, contains 270 calories, 0g fat, 0g saturated fat, 68g carbohydrates, 67g sugar, and 0g protein per 24-ounce serving. 

Diet-Specific Options

Veggie Grill offers choices for vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and low-carb diets, but could improve its low-FODMAP, diabetes-friendly, low-fat, and low-sodium menu items.

Gluten-free

Veggie Grill offers gluten-free substitutes for many menu items. The following dishes are labeled gluten-free without modification:

  • Savory Kale Caesar
  • Super Taco Salad
  • Quinoa Power Salad
  • Sonoran Bowl
  • Beyond Crispy Tacos

Low-carb

With the growing popularity of the keto diet, many establishments are offering more low-carb selections. The following Veggie Grill menu items are the lowest in carbs:

  • Single Carne Asada Taco
  • Single Beyond Crispy Taco
  • Single Fish Taco
  • Yukon Cauli-Mashed Potatoes + Gravy

Low-FODMAP

The low-FODMAP diet restricts the intake of certain foods, such as legumes and foods high in FODMAPs. Eating out on this diet is generally difficult, but the following menu items may be tolerable:

  • Quinoa Power Salad (omit onions and beans)
  • Roasted Yams
  • Roasted Broccoli
  • Seasonal Soup (compliant when made without high-FODMAP vegetables)

Diabetes-friendly

People with diabetes may restrict their intakes of certain nutrients, such as sugar, sodium, or carbohydrates. Depending on your specific diabetes-friendly diet, the following menu items may require some modifications to suit your needs:

  • Yukon Cauli-Mashed Potatoes + Gravy
  • Buffalo Mini Wrap
  • Black Beans + Quinoa Mini-Bowl
  • All Hail Kale

Low-fat

For those following a low-fat diet, Veggie Grill has several options. These menu items are lower in fat:

  • Bulgogi Beef Protein Bowl
  • Single Fish Taco
  • Single Carne Asada Taco
  • Summer Avocado Toast
  • Buffalo Mini Wrap

Low-sodium

When eating out, it’s common to find that menu items contain more sodium than they would if prepared at home. Some of Veggie Grill’s offerings are high-sodium, but these menu items are lower in sodium:

  • All Hail Kale
  • Single Carne Asada Taco
  • Single Fish Taco
  • Summer Avocado Toast
  • Sweetheart Fries

Vegetarian

Like vegans, vegetarians do not consume meat or fish. However, they do consume dairy and eggs. At Veggie Grill, menu items are vegetarian by fault. For cheese-loving vegetarians, try the following options:

  • Beyond Burger ‘Cheesesteak’ Sandwich
  • Bean & Cheese Burrito
  • Mac-N-Cheese
  • Bacon Mac-N-Cheese

Vegan

Veggie Grill is a vegan’s haven. Since all menu items are plant-based, vegans do not have to ask for modifications unless other dietary restrictions are present. Vegans love the following fan favorites at Veggie Grill:

  • VG Beyond Burger
  • Santa Fe Crispy Chickin’ Sandwich
  • Buffalo Bomber
  • Savory Kale Caesar Salad
  • Mac-N-Cheese

Food Allergies and Safety

Veggie Grill has made efforts to incorporate high-quality plant-based dishes on its menu. Their plant protein is made from non-GMO soybeans, and they only use monounsaturated fats that don’t negatively affect cholesterol levels.

The chain restaurant welcomes people of all diets, even those that don’t follow an entirely plant-powered diet. They try to please all dietary restrictions and food allergies, though cross-contamination may occur in the kitchen.

A Word From Verywell

Since Veggie Grill is predicted to expand rapidly, you may find yourself at one of their locations in the near future. If you are vegan or vegan-curious, you will find something you love from their wide variety of dishes. Even those with dietary restrictions or food allergies can eat at Veggie Grill.

Though Veggie Grill is an all-vegan restaurant, it’s not free of menu items that are high in calories, fat, carbs, sodium, and sugar. Even their veggie burger and salad options may contain high amounts of these nutrients. Depending on your diet and lifestyle, you may want to consider checking the nutrition facts before ordering. 

While a kale salad and unsweetened black iced tea is likely the restaurant’s healthiest combo, you shouldn’t feel like the burgers or burritos are off-limits if consumed in moderation.

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