Wendy’s – From Dairy-Free Burgers to Chicken Nuggets


Eat Dairy Free - Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and SweetsUpdated 2020! Wendy’s is one of the largest burger chains in North America. The bulk of the restaurants are in the U.S. and Canada, but there are some other locations in South America, Asia, and beyond.

For the U.S. and Canada, Wendy’s allergen information is available via their interactive menu and upon request. However, they no longer update an allergen chart online. So it took a bit of sleuthing to update our dairy-free list this year! The specifics listed are from the U.S. allergen details, but I’ve also included a link to Canada’s interactive menu below. It is possible for menu items and ingredients to vary between countries.

Wendy's - Dairy-Free Menu Items and Allergen Notes

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

Menu Items

  • Burgers (see Allergen Notes) – Jr. Hamburger, S’Awesome Bacon Burgers (no cheese), Dave’s Hamburgers (no cheese), Baconators (no cheese), Double Stack (no cheese)
  • Chicken (see Allergen Notes) – Crispy Chicken Nuggets, Spicy Chicken Nuggets, Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Spicy Chicken Sandwich, Homestyle Chicken Sandwich, Crispy Chicken Sandwich, Crispy Chicken BLT (no cheese), Grilled Chicken Wrap (no cheese)
  • Kids’ Menu (see Allergen Notes; juice not milk with meals) – Kids’ Hamburger Meal, Kids’ Nuggets Meal, Kids’ Grilled Chicken Wrap Meal (no cheese)
  • Sides – Homestyle Potatoes (see Allergen Notes), French Fries (see Allergen Notes), Plain Baked Potato, Chili (see Allergen Note below), Apple Bites
  • Dipping Sauces (see Allergen Notes) – Honey Mustard, Barbecue, Creamy Sriracha, Sweet & Sour, Side of S’Awesome

Components to Help Customize Your Order

  • Proteins (see Allergen Notes) – Applewood Smoked Bacon, Jr. Hamburger Patty, Hamburger Patty, Grilled Chicken Breast, Spicy Chicken Breast (breaded), Homestyle Chicken Breast (breaded), Crispy Chicken Patty, Breakfast Chicken Fillet, Sausage Patty, Egg (plain)
  • Breads (see Allergen Notes) – Premium Bun, Sandwich Bun, Tortilla
  • Toppings – Jalapeno Slices, Crinkle Cut Pickles, Lettuce, Spring Mix, Sweet Onion, Tomato, Avocado, Chives, Taco Chips, Saltine Crackers
  • Sauces – Smoky Jalapeno, Sweet & Smoky BBQ, Side of S’Awesome, Smoky Honey Mustard Sauce, Ketchup, Mayonnaise, Mustard, Signature Salsa
  • Salad Dressings – Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Allergen Notes

  • In the past, Wendy’s only cooked dairy-free items in their fryer, but this changed in January 2019. They launched three new hamburgers with an onion tangler topping that contains a milk allergen.  The onion tanglers are finished in Wendy’s fryers and may introduce a milk allergen to other items that are fried in the same oil. This may include their French fries and all fried chicken menu items. It does not mean those items contain milk as an ingredient, but they now have potential cross-contamination risk.
  • They also have potential cross-contamination issues with the hamburger patties (also used in the chili) due to cheeseburgers cooked on the same grill. That is why the Chili is confusingly labeled as “contains milk” according their customer service – not because it contains any actual milk ingredients.
  • According to Wendy’s, their buns are toasted in a common toaster with products that contain Egg, Milk, and Soy. Untoasted buns are available upon request. But according to Wendy’s, they still use common cutting boards for the meats.
  • Wendy’s no longer lists out their sauces online, but based on the packaging we’ve viewed, we believe these are the current dairy-free offerings. As always, check the ingredients in store to verify.
  • The roasted nuts used on Wendy’s salads do contain lactose. You might be able to order some salads dairy-free without the nuts, cheese, and with a dairy-free dressing option.

More Details from Wendy’s

Allergen Disclaimer from Wendy’s: We provide known instances of allergens; however, please understand that cross contact is possible due to common handling and preparation areas in our restaurants. We are unable to guarantee that any menu item can be completely free of allergens. Customers with allergies and sensitivities should exercise judgment when ordering.

Restaurant Websites: www.wendys.com (US) and www.wendys.com/en-ca/home (Canada)

*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: January 5, 2020

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For real?

4.0 rating
April 30, 2020

So Wendy’s chicken nuggets has no milk in its batter? That’s a true blessing if it’s true, Wendy’s will be my first choice in fast food from now if confirmed . Please follow up.


Response from Go Dairy Free

Please see the post above, and last update date, which was recent. You can use the link provided to confirm if you are concerned.

Bread has dairy

1.0 rating
February 12, 2020

I was at the drive-thru in California and asked whether the burger bun has dairy and they told me that it does.


Response from Go Dairy Free

Please read the full post above, including the allergen notes. This information is current, and explains why some staff may say that or be required to say that. The bun itself does not contain dairy according to the company’s current allergen and ingredient information. But there is a potential cross-contamination issue.

The missing link to all menus

5.0 rating
January 22, 2020

Ever have to deal with a dairy allergy? I have a Very severe allergy and I trust the content of this service with helping me navigate nearly all restaurant menus. I’d pay for an app. like this. How can I help fund this work?


Response from Go Dairy Free

You are welcome to reach out to us via our contact us page Jose -> https://www.godairyfree.org/contact-us

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  1. I would like to find out if the nuggets are truly dairy free and the french fries are truly dairy free also the honey mustard….it’s it also dairy free?

  2. As per the container ingredients their new S’awesome (tangy mayo-based sauce), which is excellent, only contains eggs, no milk. I don’t know about their new tenders (as opposed to the standard nuggets)–would appreciate more info if anyone has it.

  3. Hello there,

    To clarify, is it safe to order their double or triple sandwiches with no cheese? Considering one has done the work to see if the the bun also does not contain dairy ingredients.

    • I would not recommend any fast food as “safe” if you are talking about severe food allergies. This is something you would have to speak with the company about and address with the employees when ordering.

  4. Stephanie Jensen on

    Something must have changed between 2013 and now. Their fries don’t have dairy. The fryers don’t have any dairy products in them. Unless their website is already outdated, their chickens don’t have dairy. My favorite part of the restaurant is that they have the allergen poster, so I don’t have to print stuff out or look online just before going out.

    • Hi, Stephanie,

      I don’t eat at Wendy’s so I’m glad to hear about those posters! They sound very helpful. We’ve double checked the online allergy listings and updated them where appropriate. Thanks for your comments!

  5. Wendy’s allergy menu says the breaded crispy chicken, spicy chicken, and ultimate grilled have milk in them.

    • I just now checked two different allergen menus for Wendy’s and both said that those menu items did not have milk in them. I would take another look Johnny.

        • Jessica Williams on

          I just found this out today. I hadn’t eaten there in years, and ate a burger there yesterday, was so sick to my stomach. I thought maybe it was the cheese (processed), but it wasn’t…it’s the whey in the buns that had my tummy doing flip flops!

  6. What about the kids crispy chicken sand which or their nugget products? Couldn’t find any product info, could it have been in the batter?

  7. Wendy’s fries do contain dairy according to their website and store nutrition poster

    • Hi, Melissa,

      As noted above, Wendy’s fries are cooked in the same oil as ingredients that contain dairy, but the fries themselves are dairy free according to their website.

  8. I just wanted to clarify the opening statement regarding Wendy’s using the same spoon to spread ketchup and mayo. Wendy’s does not use utensil for spreading of condiments. All condiments are kept in squeezable bottles. All condiments are squeezed in the form of a “W” on the bun. Each ingredient container does not come in contact with any other. Other than that, great job.