Updated January 2022! Papa John’s is one of the largest pizza chains in North America, and they’re actually a trendsetter for vegan options in the U.K. Their dairy-free and vegan menu items aren’t as prolific in the U.S. and Canada, but they still have a good selection of custom order cheese-less pizza options, sides, and sauces to nosh on. We’ve detailed them all below in our very complete, but quick menu guide.
Papa John’s Dairy-Free Menu Guide with Allergen & Vegan Notes
Allergen & Vegan Notes: All of the items listed below are vegan-friendly, except for the meats. We have labeled items containing eggs, nuts, soy, and wheat below. Papa John’s is known for being special diet friendly and most locations will show you the label information on request. Let them know if you are dealing with an allergy in advance as they do have protocols.
- Original Hand Tossed Dough (contains soy, wheat)
Heads Up! The Thin Crust and Gluten-Free Crust at Papa John’s do contain milk. According to the company, the pan oil they use for their pizzas is dairy-free, but always check at your location. The limited time NY Style Crust is reportedly made with their Original Hand Tossed Dough.
- Pizza Sauce
- BBQ Sauce (tree nut facility warning)
Heads Up! Naturally, the Ranch and Alfredo Sauces do contain milk.
- Canadian Bacon
- Grilled Chicken
- Italian Sausage
- Philly Steak
Heads Up! The Meatballs at Papa John’s do contain milk.
- Banana Peppers
- Black Olives
- Green Olives
- Green Peppers*
- Sliced Jalapenos
* These items have an allergen warning, “May be stored in a facility that also stores other allergens.”
- Original Breadsticks
- Unsauced Roasted Wings (contains sesame)
- BBQ Wings (contains sesame; tree nut facility warning)
- Buffalo Wings (contains sesame; tree nut facility warning)
- Honey Chipotle Wings (contains sesame; tree nut facility warning)
Heads Up! The Chicken Poppers, Garlic Knots, and Cinnamon Pull Aparts at Papa John’s do contain milk and reportedly cannot be ordered dairy-free.
Sauces & Seasonings
- Barbeque Dipping Sauce (tree nut facility warning)
- Buffalo Dipping Sauce (tree nut facility warning)
- Garlic Dipping Sauce
- Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce (contains egg; tree nut facility warning)
- Pizza Dipping Sauce
- Spicy Garlic Dipping Sauce (contains soy)
- Special Seasoning Packet (contains wheat)
Heads Up! The Ranch and of course the cheesy sauces contain milk.
Vegan Menu Items in the UK
Papa John’s UK is on the forefront of catering to vegan diners. They offer dairy-free Sheese cheese alternatives, and have several vegan pizzas right on the menu. They also serve Vegan Sheese & Marmite Scrolls, Cauli Wings, Vegan Sheese Potato Tots, and Ben & Jerry’s Non-Dairy Ice Cream. But use caution and reference their allergen chart. Some other items, like the Italian Seasoning, contain dairy at the UK Papa John’s restaurants.
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.
Angela R. was kind enough to share this photo of her dairy-free Papa John’s order.
Where to Find Papa John’s
There are over 3000 Papa John’s in the U.S., but over 5000 locations worldwide. See the websites below for addresses, hours, and online ordering in the U.S. and U.K.
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Needs to get vegan choices in the USA
Needs to get vegan choices in the USA As well!
I love PapaJohns! The taste is very fresh and there are lots of options.
Great customer care
I love how they label the pizza and even used a clean cutter on my order too when I mentioned a milk allergy
Great to hear that papa Johns has gone dairy free to some extent. Now I can have Papa Johns again!