Burger King – A Whopper of a Dairy-Free Menu

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Eat Dairy Free - Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and SweetsUpdated 2021! Burger King is a global burger fast food chain. It’s based in the U.S. but has thousands of restaurants in over 100 countries. They do have many dairy-free options, and are careful about noting shared fryer and potential cross contamination issues.

The list below covers dairy-free items at Burger King in the U.S., and it might be helpful for Canada, too. We were only able to find nutrition information for Canada, and were often circled back to U.S. information. However, we have included a link to the Burger King U.K. allergen chart further down in this post.

Burger King Dairy-Free Menu Guide with Allergen Notes

No Dairy (Milk-Based) Ingredients (see disclaimer below)

  • Burgers – Whopper, Double Whopper, Whopper Jr., Impossible Whopper, Hamburger
  • Chicken (see Allergen Notes) – Crispy Chicken Sandwich, BBQ Bacon Crispy Chicken Sandwich, Chicken Jr. Sandwich, Spicy Chicken Jr. Sandwich, Chicken Fries, Chicken Nuggets
  • Buns & Bread – Sesame Seed Bun
  • Sides – French Fries (see Allergen Notes), Apple Slices
  • Condiments & Sauces – Tomatoes, Lettuce, Pickles, White Onions, Salt & Pepper Whopper Seasoning Blend, Ketchup, Mayonnaise, Mustard, Relish, Breakfast Syrup, Grape Jam, Strawberry Jam, Tartar Sauce, Stacker Sauce, Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey Barbecue Sauce
  • Breakfast (see Allergen Notes) – Hash Browns, French Toast Sticks, Bacon, Sausage Patty
  • Kids Menu – Hamburger King Jr. Meal, Chicken Nuggets King Jr. Meal, PB&J Jamwich, Applesauce
  • Desserts – Dutch Apple Pie

Other Allergen Notes for Burger King

  • They go above and beyond to alert consumers of potential allergen cross contamination. In addition to their disclaimer (excerpt below), they have a column on their allergen chart specifically for “shared fryer.” All Chicken items, French Fries, Hashbrowns, and French Toast Sticks are cooked in a shared fryer with items that contain milk.
  • The Original Chicken and Other Crispy Chicken Sandwiches not listed above contain milk. We are still waiting to hear back on the Hand-Breaded Chicken.
  • We compiled information from their allergen chart and prior ingredient lists to make the options in the above list are more clear. Information is subject to change.

Vegan Impossible Burger / Whopper

Burger King test marketed a burger with Impossible Food’s plant-based patty. The initial roll out included 59 locations in and around St. Louis, Missouri in late 2019. A Burger King spokesperson stated that it is going “exceedingly well.” As a result they rolled out an Impossible Whopper nationwide. Unfortunately, it isn’t vegan. It is dairy-free, but contains egg.

Burger King Dairy-Free Menu Guide with Allergen Notes

More Details from Burger King

Allergen Disclaimer from Burger King: Please note that normal kitchen operations may involve some shared cooking and preparation areas and utensils, and the possibility exists that your food items may come in contact with other food products, including other allergens. Products fried in a shared fryer include but may not be limited to: Fish Filet, Pork Sausage, Crispy Chicken Patty, Chicken Nuggets, Original Chicken Patty, Spicy Original Chicken Patty, Hash Browns, French Fries, French Toast Sticks and Onion Rings. In Hawaii, Portuguese Sausage and Spam are also fried in a shared fryer. Our fryer oil contains: corn, canola, soy and/or cottonseed oils.

Restaurant Website: www.bk.com

Allergen Information for the United States: www.bk.com/nutrition-explorer

Allergen Information for the United Kingdom: www.burgerking.co.uk/allergy-info

*The above information was supplied by the corresponding restaurant via their website, customer service, or other published nutritional information.  Ingredients and menu offerings are constantly changing in the food service industry, and can be subject to interpretation.  For this reason, Go Dairy Free does not guarantee nor take responsibility for the accuracy of this information.  If severe allergies or intolerances are a concern, contact the restaurant directly before purchasing or consuming one of their products.  Cross-contamination of potential food allergens should always be considered a possibility in a fast food restaurant. 

Last Updated: February 13, 2021

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Rated 5 out of 5
August 31, 2021

I can’t thank you enough for making my dairy free transition so easy. I picked up some Burger King today and out of curiosity I ordered a side of honey mustard (I don’t see it on the dairy free list above). For anyone who likes honey mustard, the packaging only listed egg as an allergen and I didn’t spot any dairy ingredients(USA)!

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Thank you for sharing this!

Good stuff

Rated 5 out of 5
June 28, 2021

Looks like we will be eating here more often for my milk allergy child

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Andrea d van buren

Why state that the impossible burger is plant based?

Rated 4 out of 5
February 26, 2021

From your website I’m most disappointed but glad at the same time to know that the impossible burger which is touted to be “plant-based” contains egg. Incidentally it tastes quite good but I’ll have to avoid when I’m on my vegan fast.

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July 30, 2020

I really appreciate you listing out dairy free items. It’s no fun being allergic to dairy and you’ve made it easy for me and my family to choose dairy free options. Thanks again!

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Meshka

Chicken Nuggets

Rated 1 out of 5
July 7, 2020

I had a bad reaction to the chicken nuggets. I’ve never had an issue with the shared friers at other fast food chains. Approach nuggets with caution

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Sydney Urben

Burger King really cares

Rated 5 out of 5
February 9, 2020

With easy to read allergen list, you don’t have to look around to find information. Their fries are great and a family hit.

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Cathy Duvall

I do enjoy the chicken so thanks for not using milk in the batter.

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January 30, 2020

Not everyone is in need of gluten free items. Thanks for sharing the dairy free portion of your menu! I really do enjoy a BK every once in a while.

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Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

20 Comments

  1. I ate at Burger King yesterday and assumed that the French fries did not contain dairy. After feeling what feels like the affects of casein today, I looked on their website to find that the french fries are not okay for those with dairy allergies.

    • Hi Ann, please read the full post above, including the disclaimer. They are made without dairy, but there is a shared fryer cross-contamination risk as noted.

    • What about the new plant based burger? Does the bun have milk or eggs or any dairy in them? If so? Then the entire burger is not plant based

  2. The ingredients of the Dutch Apple Pie includes “margarine.” Wouldn’t that mean it’s not dairy-free? Unless they’re using vegan margarine, milk or milk-derived ingredients are usually in margarine.

    Discussion above talks about the buns containing dairy but the ingredients for sesame seed buns and potato buns don’t have milk ingredients.

    This is the current (updated Oct. 2017) ingredients list website/pdf link:https://www.bk.com/pdfs/nutrition.pdf

    • Hi Lee, there are actually quite a few margarines, especially used in commercial, are made without dairy. Restaurants often use different sources than what you or I buy at the store, and may use different margarines in different products. We can only go by what information they provide.

      Yes! The Potato and Sesame Buns are still on our “no dairy” list as the company still lists them as so. This list was updated in November, and we did review that ingredient information you linked to at that time. The info above should match that! But feel free to kindly let us know if you see a specific discrepancy. Reader feedback is always welcome to help keep things up to date! Thank you.

  3. Lisa Borchert on

    Your Pork Fritter sandwich is not listed anywhere. Does the breading contain dairy or do the stores receive the fritters boxed? Is dairy on the list of ingredients?

  4. I just bought a jr. whopper no cheese, no mayo and only ate 1/2 a roll. Within 20 minutes i had pain and nausea. I wanted to let others know that there must be dairy in the roll.

    • Hi Debbie, I just double-checked and all three of their bun options appear to be made without dairy. That’s not to say that there wasn’t cross-contamination at your location or it’s possible they buttered the bun?

      • Cathy Doherty on

        I asked and they said all buns had dairy. I also have a dairy allergy and can get very sick.

    • Cathy Doherty on

      There is! The allergen menu is WRONG! I almost did the same thing. I went in and asked. I am sorry you got sick. I could’ve gotten very sick from dairy too! I’m trying to contact the company.

      Cathy
      Upset costumer

  5. Thank you for your helpful website! My infant son is allergic to dairy, eggs and peanuts, so I’m eliminating these from my diet while I’m nursing. Your website has made it easier to find menus in one place! I did want to mention that it seems the updated menu from 2015 lists the French toast sticks as dairy free! Not like they’re actually healthy, but always nice to find safe snacks 🙂 http://www.bk.com/pdfs/allergens.pdf

  6. To clarify… If you did have an serious allergy and were choosing to eat somewhere and had read a printed listing online or in the store (where available, only found one place I eat at that has a binder of ingredients) you would obviously want to check if these are accurate as of the current date and whether they are abiding by them; but ignoring something more concrete to solely rely on humans who may have no idea or special knowledge, but leave you thinking they are some kind of specialized internal dietary and allergen specialist wouldn’t be a great idea.

  7. I hope they are not coating their chicken products in buttermilk and not sticking it in the ingredients listings. Or that certain locations are not altering products on their own. Makes it hard to avoid some of these allergens.

    Also the ask directly. I don’t understand why people recommend this, when I used to work at a restaurant (low level, not manager or cook) I had no idea about what ingredients were in what, this stuff is all processed and made elsewhere, and why would i know what is in it. I got no indication that anyone else had read product labels backward and forward or had printed listings to reference if asked.

    When I ask at a restaurant whether milk ingredients are in something i always just get a blank faced stare followed by them asking an assistant manager or manager who either responds with a blank faced stare or just guesses or says what they think, or what they think I want to hear. Personally, I don’t ever trust a human’s response. I usually just rely on the online ingredient listings and only resort to asking if I was not able find it online or forgot to look but managed to talk myself into eating somewhere on impulse.

    My milk issue isn’t anaphylactic type of issue though. It’s just an eosiniphilic allergy. If I had a potentially anaphylactic type, I’d be scared to trust human responses for reasons noted above. I doubt you will often get an accurate/knowledgeable response yet people feel obligated to respond or just do so anyway and may not qualify there level of knowledge.

    Just my opinion on everything.

  8. Just FYI I was double checking the link of their allergen info. The Onion Rings do contain whey, which breaks my heart. I Love BK fresh onion rings. Well, I used to anyway 🙂 Just trying to be helpful!

  9. I’m not sure I am understand what you are stating is dairy free from Burger King. Are you indicating that the chicken nuggets and breaded crispy chicken sandwiches are dairy free, but may be fried in oil that has been contaminated w/ dairy? If so, this is not true. I called them just yesterday, 4/20/13 and they say that their nuggets, strips, and crispy chicken sandwiches are coated with buttermilk which is obviously not dairy free. This makes me question whether the rest of the suggestions on your fast food dairy free menu options are truly dairy free.