Updated in 2020! Buffalo Wild Wings is a favorite among many dairy-free diners. It’s an energetic casual restaurant chain with multiple TVs broadcasting sports, numerous beers on tap, and of course, every kind of chicken wing imaginable. Most of their wings are made without milk, but like most restaurants, they do have a high risk for cross contact with milk or other allergens. Below is a quick guide to their dairy-free options, followed by some details from the company on their allergen concerns.
What’s Dairy-Free at Buffalo Wild Wings?
To clarify, we’re speaking of products that are made without milk ingredients. See the next section for information about potential cross contact. This information was last updated in July 2020, and is a quick summary for general information only. See their Nutrition Guide for details. Ingredients and menu items are subject to change at any time.
- Wings – Both their Traditional and Boneless Wings, unsauced and unseasoned, are made without milk.
- Wing Sauces & Seasonings – At last check, all of their wing sauces and seasonings were dairy-free except for the Original Buffalo Sauce, Parmesan Garlic Sauce, Thai Curry Sauce, and Buffalo Seasoning.
- Chicken Tenders – Their Naked Tenders are still made without dairy, but in August 2019 they launched Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders that contain milk.
- Burgers – Their Hamburger Patty, Grilled Chicken Breast, and Brioche Bun are made without dairy, so you can build your own burger with sauteed onions, bacon, chili, avocado, and/or fresh vegetable toppings. But all of the menu burgers contain milk. Avoid the Black Bean Patty and the Hand-Breaded Chicken, which both contain milk.
- Sandwiches – The “new” Smoked Brisket Sandwich is made without milk, but the rest of their sandwiches and wraps contain dairy. These might be harder to customize.
- Sides & Snacks – The Chips & Salsa, French Fries, Tater Tots, Slaw, and Carrots & Celery (without Ranch) are made without milk. They’re also egg-free.
- Salad – The only dressing made without milk is their White Wine Vinaigrette.
There are no dairy-free breakfast menu items, but you can probably order some bacon!
Risk of Cross-Contact with Milk at Buffalo Wild Wings
Buffalo Wild Wings clearly states that there is a high risk for cross contact in their kitchens. So it’s essential to speak with a manager before ordering if you are dealing with a food allergy or severe sensitivity. They can provide information to help you decide on the safety for your needs. But as a heads up …
- They use shared fryers, so cross contact of dairy can occur between foods. For example, their Onion Rings, Mozzarella Sticks, and Hand Breaded Chicken Tenders (as of 2019) contain milk and are cooked in their fryers.
- Their Traditional Wings and Boneless Wings are fried and then sauced or seasoned in the same bowls. We’re not sure what they mean by this exactly, but it sounds as if different sauces and seasonings could be used in the same bowls.
- They have cheese on many of their burgers and dairy in their Black Bean Patty, all of which can create cross-contact issues with milk on the grill.
Where to Find Buffalo Wild Wings
Buffalo Wild Wings has over 1200 locations throughout the United States, Canada, India, Mexico, Oman, Panama, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam. See their website below for a store locator.