Updated February 2022! Culver’s is a privately owned fast food restaurant chain that’s most known for “Butterburgers” and frozen custard. But Culver’s does have a handful of dairy-free meals, and they can actually make your “Butterburger” sans butter! In fact, most of their savory menu items can be ordered without dairy. They also offer gluten-free buns, so you can customize several of the following dairy-free items to be gluten-free, too.
Culver’s Dairy-Free Menu Guide with Allergen Notes & Custom Order Options
Important Note: The buns and breads at Culver’s can be ordered without butter and not toasted. According to the ingredients and confirmation with a Culver’s representative they are all made without milk but there is potential cross-contact with butter on the toaster and grill.
- The Original ButterBurger (no butter)
- The Culver’s Deluxe (no cheese, no butter)
- The Culver’s Bacon Deluxe (no cheese, no butter)
- Mushroom ButterBurger (no cheese, no butter)
- Grilled Chicken Sandwich (no butter)
- Original Chicken Tenders
Heads Up! The Crispy Chicken Breast and Spicy Crispy Chicken Breast at Culver’s do contain milk. Culver’s does use a shared fryer, and they note possible cross-contact for milk with the Chicken Tenders.
- Butterfly Jumbo Shrimp Basket
- Butterfly Jumbo Shrimp Dinner (no butter)
Heads Up! The Breaded Cod in their North Atlantic Cod Dinner and Sandwich does contain milk. Culver’s does use a shared fryer, and they note possible cross-contact for milk with the Butterfly Shrimp.
- Chopped Steak Dinner (no butter)
- Beef Pot Roast Dinner (no butter)
- Beef Pot Roast Sandwich
- Grilled Reuben (no butter, no cheese)
Heads Up! The Harvest Veggie Burger patty and Pork Loin Sandwich fritter contain milk.
- Chicken Noodle Soup
- George’s Chili
- Stuffed Green Pepper Soup
- Vegetable Beef Soup
Heads Up! In addition to the creamy soups, the Tomato Florentine Soup does contain milk.
- Chicken Cashew Salad (no cheese)
- Cranberry Bacon Grilled Chicken Salad (no cheese)
- Garden Fresco Salad with or without Chicken (no cheese, no croutons)
- Southwest Avocado Salad (no cheese)
Dairy-Free Salad Dressings: Culver’s Vinaigrette, Honey Mustard Dressing, Ken’s Country French, Ken’s Raspberry Vinaigrette, Thousand Island (where available; used on the Reuben)
Heads Up! The Zesty Avocado Dressing and Croutons at Culver’s do contain milk.
- Original Chicken Tenders Kids Meal with Fries or Applesauce and dairy-free drink
- The Original Butterburger Kids Meal with Fries or Applesauce and dairy-free drink (no butter)
- Crinkle Cut Fries
- Dinner Roll
- Pretzel Bites (no cheese sauce)
- Steamed Broccoli
Heads Up! The Gravy at Culver’s is made without milk, but their Mashed Potatoes do contain milk. The Onion Rings also contain milk. Culver’s does use a shared fryer, and they note possible cross-contact for milk with the French Fries.
- Rotella’s Gluten Free Bun (no butter)
- Burger Bun (no butter)
- Rye Bread (no butter)
- Sourdough Bread (no butter)
- Hoagie Bun (no butter)
- Dill Pickle
- Grilled Onions
- Red Onion Ring
- Sautéed Mushrooms
- Shredded Lettuce
- Tomato Slices
Sauces & Condiments
- Beef Gravy
- Chicken Gravy
- Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Dipping Sauce
- Horseradish Sauce
- Shrimp Cocktail Sauce
- Spicy Brown Mustard
- Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce
- Tartar Sauce
- Yellow Mustard
Heads Up! At this time, Culver’s does not offer any dairy-free frozen custard or other desserts. Many of their Sundae Toppings are dairy-free, including the Brownie Pieces, but the sundaes themselves are made with dairy ice cream.
This Post is for Informational Purposes Only
Menus, ingredients, kitchen procedures, management, food sourcing, and restaurant protocols are subject to change at any time. Always read the menu and discuss your dietary needs with the staff before ordering. Make sure they can accommodate your situation. This post is for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as advice.
There is always a risk for potential cross-contamination of allergens in any commercial kitchen. If cross-contamination is an issue for you, always speak with the manager to ensure that your meal can be safely prepared. Listings here do not guarantee that a restaurant is safe enough for your individual needs. Only you can make that decision.
Each location of a chain restaurant has different management and staff, and some might have different owners. This means differences in processes, ingredients used, menu options, and food sourcing can occur. Always verify the safety of your order for your needs at your current location.
Where to Find Culver’s
There are over 800 Culver’s restaurants in the U.S., with a heavy concentration in the Midwest. See the website below for addresses, hours, and online ordering.
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So many great options and easy to read guide for dairy free options. It’s so nice to know that chicken tenders are not dipped into a milk based batter!! And so easy to tell the staff not to butter or grill the breads. Thank you for serving bread that is not milk based.