McDonald’s Gluten-Free: The Good, The Bad, and The Cross-Contaminated

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Welcome, gluten-free friends, to the rollercoaster of emotions that is McDonald’s gluten-free menu. This article will be your one-stop-shop for all the gluten-free items you can find at your local Mickey D’s, but keep in mind: it might not be a friendly place for Celiac folks. The cross-contamination risk is high, McDonald’s doesn’t offer any certified gluten-free options officially, so proceed with caution. Let’s dive in!

All The Gluten-Free Options

Gluten-Free OptionsCategory
Milk / Chocolate MilkDrinks & Beverages
Apple JuiceDrinks & Beverages
Sweet/Unsweet TeaDrinks & Beverages
Coca ColaDrinks & Beverages
Dr. PepperDrinks & Beverages
SpriteDrinks & Beverages
Diet CokeDrinks & Beverages
Minute Maid Premium Orange JuiceDrinks & Beverages
Minute Maid Pink Lemonade SlushieDrinks & Beverages
Minute Maid Strawberry Watermelon SlushieDrinks & Beverages
Fanta OrangeDrinks & Beverages
Hi-C Orange LavaburstDrinks & Beverages
Vanilla ShakeDrinks & Beverages
Strawberry ShakeDrinks & Beverages
Chocolate ShakeDrinks & Beverages
Spicy Buffalo SauceDipping Sauces
Creamy Ranch SauceDipping Sauces
Honey Mustard SauceDipping Sauces
HoneyDipping Sauces
KetchupDipping Sauces
MustardDipping Sauces
MayonnaiseDipping Sauces
Tartar SauceDipping Sauces
100% Beef PattyBeef & Meat Options
Quarter PounderBeef & Meat Options
Sausage PattyBeef & Meat Options
McPlant (Beyond Meat Mcplant Patty)Beef & Meat Options
Hot Fudge Mcdonald’s SundaeDesserts
Hot Caramel Mcdonald’s SundaeDesserts
McFlurry with M&M’s CandiesDesserts
Apple SlicesSides

Note: Many of these have a real risk for cross-contamination

A Breakdown of McDonald’s Gluten-Free Options

Drinks and Beverages

When it comes to quenching your thirst, McDonald’s has got you covered. From the classic Coca Cola to the seasonal Minute Maid slushies, your gluten-free beverage options are plentiful. And let’s not forget the classic milkshakes!

Dipping Sauces

Dip away, my friends! Spicy Buffalo Sauce, Creamy Ranch Sauce, Honey Mustard Sauce, Honey, Ketchup, Mustard, Mayonnaise (beware of cross-contamination), and Tartar Sauce are all gluten-free options. But remember, the risk of cross-contamination is real, so proceed with caution.

Beef and Meat Options

While the buns might be off-limits, McDonald’s does offer some gluten-free meat options. The 100% Beef Patty, Quarter Pounder, Sausage Patty, and McPlant (Beyond Meat Mcplant Patty) are all available sans gluten. Just make sure to order without the bun or wrap and specify your gluten allergy.


Have a sweet tooth? McDonald’s has a couple of gluten-free dessert options: Hot Fudge McDonald’s Sundae and Hot Caramel McDonald’s Sundae. You can also opt for a McFlurry with M&M’s Candies, but be warned that there’s a high chance of cross-contamination with gluten ingredients.


Unfortunately, when it comes to sides, McDonald’s is pretty limited for gluten-free folks. The only option available is apple slices. It’s not the most exciting, but at least it’s something.

Common Questions

Are the french fries gluten-free?

While McDonald’s fries are cooked in a dedicated fryer with pure vegetable oil, the natural beef flavoring in their fries contains wheat. This means that they’re not considered gluten-free, so it’s best to avoid them if you have a severe gluten allergy or Celiac Disease.

Is the Big Mac gluten-free?

Good news! The beef patty, pickles, onions, and lettuce in a Big Mac are all gluten-free. Just make sure to ask for no bun and no Big Mac sauce to keep it gluten-free.

Is the potato bun gluten-free?

Sadly, McDonald’s doesn’t offer a gluten-free bun option. However, you can still enjoy their burgers by ordering without a bun and asking for a lettuce-wrapped burger instead.

Are the chicken nuggets gluten-free?

Nope. McDonald’s McNuggets contain wheat flour, making them off-limits for those on a gluten-free diet.

Do the hash browns have gluten?

McDonald’s hash browns are not gluten-free, as their natural beef flavor contains hydrolyzed wheat and hydrolyzed milk as starting ingredients.

Do the burgers contain gluten?

You can still enjoy a McDonald’s hamburger, cheeseburger, Quarter Pounder, and Big Mac without the gluten as long as you order them without the bun. All of their burger patties are made with 100% beef and contain no cereal, rusk, or flour.

The Gluten-Free Verdict

In summary, McDonald’s may not be the most accommodating fast-food joint for those with Celiac Disease or severe gluten allergies due to the risk of cross-contamination. However, there are still some gluten-free options available for those in a pinch. Just make sure to communicate your dietary needs clearly and double-check your local McDonald’s website for any regional variations in menu items and ingredients. Happy (cautious) munching!

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