What Is Gluten-Free At McDonald’s?

Anyone who suffers from celiac disease, or any form of gluten intolerance, will know how frustrating it can be to eat out.

What Is Gluten-Free At McDonald’s

Unless food items are clearly stated as being GF, it can be difficult to distinguish between the foods you can safely consume, and the ones you cannot.

McDonald’s is such an easy place to receive tasty food on-the-go, making it a popular pit stop for many. However, as someone who cannot eat gluten, you may not be sure what food items are suitable for you to eat.

Below, we have made a list of all the McDonald’s items that are GF, and currently available for purchase in 2022.

Gluten-Free Breakfast Options

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it shouldn’t make the remainder of your day painful. Here is a list of all the gluten-free breakfast options currently available at McDonald’s.

Sausage And Egg McMuffin (Risk Of Cross Contamination)

In order to consume the sole gluten-free breakfast item at McDonald’s, you will need to remove everything aside from the sausage patty and the egg from your order, as these are the only gluten-free items in the meal.

Since the eggs and patties are prepared alongside other ingredients that contain gluten, there is actually a high risk of cross contamination while cooking.

So, while this is technically a gluten-free option, you should still be wary about consuming this food item.

Gluten-Free Burger Options

This may be obvious, but when ordering any burger from McDonald’s, you will need to order it without a bun. In fact, you may need to make a couple of adjustments to your order.

Here is a list of all the gluten-free burger patty options currently available at McDonald’s.

100% Beef Patty (Risk of Cross Contamination)

Since the beef patties are prepared alongside other ingredients that contain gluten, e.g., buns, there is a high risk of cross contamination while cooking.

Otherwise, this food product does not contain any form of gluten.

Grilled Chicken (Risk Of Cross Contamination)

Since grilled chicken is prepared alongside other ingredients that contain gluten, there is a high risk of cross contamination while cooking. Otherwise, this food product does not contain any form of gluten.

McPlant (Risk Of Cross Contamination)

Since the McPlants are prepared alongside other ingredients that contain gluten, there is a high risk of cross contamination while cooking. Otherwise, this food product does not contain any form of gluten.

Quarter Pounder (Risk Of Cross Contamination)

Since the Quarter Pounder patties are prepared alongside other ingredients that contain gluten, there is a high risk of cross contamination while cooking. Otherwise, this food product does not contain any form of gluten.

Gluten-Free Side Options

McDonald’s is known for its famous burgers, but their sides are just as tasty. Here is a list of all the gluten-free side options currently available at McDonald’s.

Apple Slices

Sadly, apple slices are the only gluten-free side items available at McDonald’s. It may not be much, but it is an option if you are craving something sweet on the side.

You may be surprised to find out that the fries are not gluten-free. This is due to the gluten found in the Natural Beef Flavoring, which is a vital ingredient in McDonald’s fries. Sadly, the same goes for McDonald’s hash browns.

Gluten-Free Dessert Options

We have already mentioned the apple slices, but what about the real sweet treats? Here is a list of all the gluten-free dessert options currently available at McDonald’s.

Hot Caramel Sundae

Made from vanilla soft serve with a drizzle of hot caramel sauce, the Hot Caramel Sundae is 100% gluten-free.

Hot Fudge Sundae

Made from vanilla soft serve with a drizzle of hot fudge sauce, the Hot Caramel Sundae is 100% gluten-free.

McFlurry’s (Risk Of Cross Contamination)

While there are gluten-free topping options for McFlurry’s available, you will need to be cautious. These toppings could potentially cross contaminate with other wheat-based ingredients also used in McFlurry’s, e.g., Oreo pieces.

A plain McFlurry without any added toppings – otherwise known as a vanilla soft serve without a cone – is completely gluten-free.

Vanilla Soft Serve

When served without the wafer cone, McDonald’s vanilla soft serve from the machine is completely gluten-free. Therefore, you will need to ask for your vanilla soft serve in a container instead of a cone.

Gluten-Free Drink Options

Wolfing down a meal from McDonald’s is thirsty work. Here is a list of all the gluten-free beverage options currently available at McDonald’s.

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All Soft Drinks

All soft drinks from the machine, including Coca-Cola, Sprite, and Dr. Pepper to name a few, are completely gluten-free.

All Coffees 

All coffees and frappés are completely gluten-free.

Milk

McDonald’s milk is completely gluten-free.

Shakes

All of McDonald’s shakes – chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry – are completely gluten-free.

Smoothies 

All of McDonald’s current smoothies are completely gluten-free.

Sweet/Unsweet Tea

McDonald’s tea, both sweet and unsweetened, are completely gluten-free.

Gluten-Free Sauce Options

No one wants to eat a dry, plain meal… and if you do, we think you’re weird. Sorry, not sorry! Here is a list of all the gluten-free sauce options currently available at McDonald’s.

Big Mac Sauce

McDonald’s Big Mac sauce is completely gluten-free.

Creamy Ranch Sauce

McDonald’s creamy ranch sauce is completely gluten-free.

Honey

McDonald’s honey is completely gluten-free.

Honey Mustard Sauce

McDonald’s honey mustard sauce is completely gluten-free.

Ketchup

McDonald’s ketchup is completely gluten-free.

Mayonnaise (Risk of Cross Contamination)

Unless the mayonnaise comes from a disposable packet, there is a chance of cross contamination with gluten products.

Mustard

McDonald’s mustard is completely gluten-free.

Spicy Buffalo Sauce

McDonald’s spicy buffalo sauce is completely gluten-free.

Tartar Sauce

McDonald’s tartar sauce is completely gluten-free.

Final Thoughts

The main issue that arises with McDonald’s, when it comes to creating GF food items, is the risk of cross contamination.

Since the majority of their food items are prepared on the same grills – e.g., buns being grilled alongside patties – this is an issue that, seemingly, cannot be avoided.

Hopefully McDonald’s will tackle their contamination issue in the nearby future, but until then, we recommend that you take extra precautions while ordering your meals from this fast food chain.

Jenna Priestly
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