French fries are among the most recognizable foods on the planet. They’re served in almost all types of eateries, from fast food joints to fine restaurants. With something as basic as a fried potato, it’s very difficult to make it unique. That being said, Burger King’s French fries are so unique that they merit an in-depth analysis. So let’s get into it!
History of Burger King’s French Fries
The name of the original restaurant was Insta-Burger King, and it opened in 1953 in Jacksonville, Florida. Hamburgers, French fries, soft drinks, and desserts made up the majority of the original menu. The fries back then were simple, and nothing to be excited about, but that changed in 1997 when the Burger King French Fries recipe got a major update.
Burger King started cutting the potato info thicker strips, and then they put a single layer of rice flour and potato starch. This made the fries very crispy and they kept that texture for longer.
At that time, they even started releasing ads with people stating how they like the new Burger King French Fries more than McDonald’s fries.
Several years earlier, in 1991, the restaurant experimented with a style of fries called the Twister Fries. They were spiral-shaped with a spicy covering and were served in a paper drink cup. In 2002, BK also began offering “Shake ‘em up Fries”, served in a bag with spices on the side.
Review of Burger King’s French Fries
The popular Burger King French fries were updated once more in 2011. BK made the fries even thicker than before and, surprisingly, it made them even better. The fries’ current thickness is three-eighths of an inch, making them more substantial than any other fast-food fries out there.
Such thick cuts come with many benefits. The fries keep their texture for a lot longer than their thinner counterparts, and don’t start bending like spaghetti after a couple of minutes. The unique starch coating allows them to remain crispy.
Because they are thick and coated with starch, they will not cool down as quickly, as the coating acts as a heat barrier. That means that if you want to eat them at home, they will still be hot and delicious.
When you bite into the fries and go past the crunchy coating, you will get to the soft and satisfying insides. The combination of the bigger area of crispiness on the outside with the increased volume of softness inside, make the fries taste extra special.
They are also well seasoned but not excessively so, only enough to give them that potato-like taste which makes the fries so addictive. Burger King’s fries are also the cheaper than those of the competitors, while still having the largest portions.
Are They Healthy?
Like any other type of fried food, fries are not particularly healthy. Eating in moderation is always the key, and if you’re craving some delicious salty goodness, it’s nice to have it once in a while.
Burger King offers French fries in four sizes, from value size up to a large. The amount of fries goes from 89 g in a value to 190 g in a large portion, and they contain from 220 to 430 calories. We will state the nutrient contents for the large fries only, and the value size portion will have about half of that.
The large fries contain 19 g of fat, with 3.5 g of it being saturated fat. There are of course no trans-fats as BK uses plant-based oils. This also means that there is no cholesterol. They also contain 60 g of carbs with 5g of fibers. There are no sugars, so the potato is the only source of carbs here. Lastly, each portion has 6 g of protein.
The Score – Are They Worth It?
There are so many different types of fries out there. There are regular fries, curly fries, spiral fries, waffle fries and many, many more. Everyone has their preferred style. However, if you like regular fries with something unique, then the Burger King French fries are a great choice. They deserve 8 out of 10, and while not the best fries out there, they are still pretty damn tasty.
Burger King Fry Nutrition
|Serving Size||1 medium fry|
|Calories From Fat||126|
|Amount Per Serving||% Daily Value*|
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