The Habit Burger Grill is a Full Meal Deal for Dairy-Free


Recently, The Habit Burger Grill has become our go-to on lazy weeknights. Tony loves that the Double Char is such a good deal, and I like that I can choose from a few things on the menu. And it helps that it’s a 5-minute walk from our place. For a fast food spot, their service is slow (the one by us has multiple bottleneck issues), but it is pretty good casual food for a fair price. And both of the locations that I’ve been to are accommodating with special diet questions and requests.

The Habit Burger Grill provides allergen information and has many dairy-free options. Some vegan too!

Dairy-Free Notes for The Habit Burger Grill

All of their buns are dairy-free, but some locations use a butter spread (that contains dairy) on their sourdough bread. The location I go to does not, but you can ask at the counter. The buns and bread are usually toasted on their grill. They do not have a gluten-free bun, but do offer lettuce wraps.

Every time you order a burger, they ask if you want cheese. It’s an up-charge for cheese, but they still automatically add it to the order. Make sure to specify no cheese.

Their burger patties, tri-tip, char-grilled tuna, grilled chicken breast, and vegan veggie burger are all dairy-free. But they are cooked on their shared grill. If potential cross-contamination is a concern, always speak with the manager before ordering!

Several of their sides, including the tempura green beans and French fries, are dairy-free. But they are cooked in a shared fryer with their onion rings and crispy chicken, which do contain dairy.

Most of their vegetable toppings, including the caramelized onions and avocado, are dairy-free and vegan. But the portobella mushrooms contain dairy as a heads up!

They also make some great salads, and most can be modified to be dairy-free. The BBQ Chicken Salad is dairy-free as is, and they do have several dairy-free dressings to choose from. They include the vegan sweet mustard dressing, fat-free Italian, house, and red wine vinaigrette. Oddly enough, their Caesar salad dressing is also listed as dairy-free (it does contain egg), but their thousand island dressing contains dairy.

At last check, all of their sauces were dairy-free, including the BBQ, teriyaki, spicy red pepper, tartar, and roasted garlic aioli. However, all but the BBQ and teriyaki contain egg.

To verify the dairy-free options, you can see allergen notes on their Nutritional Info chart via the menu pages.

The Habit Burger Grill provides allergen information and has many dairy-free options. Some vegan too!

Where to Find The Habit Burger Grill

They have tons of restaurants in California, and dozens more in other states. See the website below for locations, hours, and their allergen information.


About Author

Alisa is the founder of, 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.

1 Comment

  1. Hello! just a heads up the grilled onions are not vegan. They rest on the grill they use for meat and they also put patties on top of the onions are part of the cooking process.

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