The Top 54 Fast Food Items in the Nation

One thing about fast food is certain: options aren’t scarce in the U.S. However, you might be curious as to what the absolute best fast food items are when a particular craving hits. Below we deliver the top 54 fast food items in the nation so you can make a sound (tasty?) decision.







1. McDonald’s French Fries

McDonald’s fries are considered by popular opinion to be the best fast food fries around. Their signature soft, buttery center complimented by their crispy and salted exterior almost makes us think of the old potato chip saying: “You can’t eat just one.” You also can’t beat the price and calorie count for a small.

Price (small): $1.39
Calories: 230

The Top 54 Fast Food Items in the Nation | McDonald's French Fries |

2. Big Mac

The Signature Big Mac sauce covering this burger is theorized to be one reason for its popularity. Combine this secret drizzle with two 100% pure beef patties sandwiched between a sesame seed bun with pickles, crisp lettuce, onions, and American cheese, and you’re looking at one of America’s favorite burgers. At 563 calories, it also doesn’t make a bad meal choice.

Price: $3.99
Calories: 530

3. Burger King Whopper

The Burger King Whopper is coined “one of America’s favorite burgers.” It delivers 1/4 lb of flame-grilled beef layered with tomatoes, fresh lettuce, creamy mayonnaise, ketchup, crunchy pickles, and sliced white onions on a soft sesame seed bun. It can be thought of as BK’s version of the Big Mac: an iconic classic that consistently satisfies.

Price: $4.19
Calories: 660

4. McDonald’s Happy Meal

It would seem that McDonald’s Happy Meal does indeed make most kids, well…happy. The Happy Meal comes with either a hamburger made with a 100% beef patty, or tender and juicy Chicken McNuggets complimented by a side and a Happy Meal toy.

Price: $3.29 (nuggets option)
Calories: 190
The Top 54 Fast Food Items in the Nation | McDonald's Happy Meal |
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5. KFC Original Recipe Chicken

KFC’s Original Recipe® chicken is seasoned with KFC’s (still) secret blend of 11 herbs and spices, then hand breaded to crispy perfection.

Price: $7.99 (3-piece chicken box)
Calories: 360 (breast)

6. Pizza Hut Pepperoni Pizza

Pepperoni pizza is an all-time classic, and Pizza Hut is still serving up some of the best. This is your go-to when you want a slice of pizza that brings you right back to your childhood, or when you need a game-time favorite everyone will agree on.

Price: $11.99 (medium)
Calories: 140 (single slice)

7. Starbucks Americano

Don’t let the simplicity of the Americano fool you into thinking anyone can make it well. Starbuck’s baristas have been trained in the art of the Americano and getting that layer of foamy cream on top just right.

Price: $2.45
Calories: 10 (tall)

The Top 54 Fast Food Items in the Nation | Starbucks Americano |

8. Chick-Fil-A Waffle Fries

Everyone raves over Chick-Fil-A’s fries. Perhaps it’s their waffle shape, perhaps it’s because they’re cooked in peanut oil… We’re not certain, but we do know they’re a fan favorite.

Price: $1.55
Calories: 360

9. Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich

You can’t go wrong with Chick-Fil-A’s  hand-breaded and uniquely-seasoned chicken breast on a toasted and buttered bun. However, you can go even better by pairing it with those waffle fries we just mentioned.

Price: $3.65
Calories: 440

10. Popeyes Chicken

Popeyes specializes in authentic New Orleans spice, which is most apparent in their classic fried chicken. Order it as a combo with a side or as a family meal.

Price: $22.99 for a 16-piece chicken
Calories: 380 (breast)

The Top 54 Fast Food Items in the Nation | Popeyes Chicken |

11. Arby’s Curly Fries

Maybe it’s the curls. Maybe it’s the seasoning. Whatever the reason, Arby’s Curly Fries are a flavorful fry delight across the nation.

Price: $1.19
Calories: 410

12. Wendy’s Frosty

There’s something about the simplicity of the traditional chocolate and vanilla soft serve Frosty that keeps fast food lovers coming back for dessert time and time again. And the best part? You can get a small for just $0.99.

Price: $0.99 for a small
Calories: 460

13. In-N-Out Double Double

The Double-Double is a “best” at In-N-Out, featuring two 100% pure American beef patties, layered between their signature Spread sauce, cheese, onions, and a freshly baked bun.

Price: $3.45
Calories: 670

The Top 54 Fast Food Items in the Nation | In-N-Out Double Double |

14. Dairy Queen Blizzard

The great thing about Dairy Queen’s Blizzards is the plethora of flavor options at your disposal. From Oreo to snickerdoodle cooke dough, and even hot cocoa flavors, there’s no sweet left behind when you reach for a Blizzard.

Price: $3.69 for a small
Calories: 400-1250

15. McDonald’s McFlurry

Along with the Frosty and Blizzard, McDonald’s has its own nationwide favorite ice cream dessert: the classic McFlurry. The McFlurry’s flavors range from M&Ms to Oreo Cookie, so you won’t be lacking options in the swirl-in department.

Price: $2.39
Calories: 460

16. Five Guys Bacon Cheeseburger

The Five Guys Bacon Cheeseburger is one of the most-loved burgers. It features two hand-formed patties with two strips of crispy bacon, wedged between two slices of Kraft American Cheese and a soft, sesame seed bun.

Price: $8.69
Calories: 400-600

The Top 54 Fast Food Items in the Nation | Five Guys Cheeseburger |

17. In-N-Out Animal Style Burger

In-N-Out’s Animal Style Burger features extra Thousand Island spread on its beef patties, as well as extra pickles and onions. Load it up how you like from there.

Price: $3.45
Calories: 390-460

18. Chick-Fil-A Chicken Nuggets

Chick-Fil-A wins again with its nationwide favorite: bite-sized nuggets, perfectly seasoned, hand-breaded, and pressure-cooked in 100% refined peanut oil.

Price: $3.05 (8-piece)
Calories: 260

19. Chick-Fil-A Spicy Chicken Sandwich

If you’re looking for a bit of spice with your chicken, definitely swing by Chick-Fil-A and grab the Spicy Chicken Sandwich. The pepper-seasoned chicken breast served on a buttered and toasted bun is one of the best spice “kicks” in a fast food sandwich.

Price: $3.29
Calories: 450

Chick-Fil-A Spicy Chicken Sandwich

20. McDonald’s McNuggets

The McNuggets are McDonald’s iconic chicken dish, featuring all white meat, bite-sized chicken breast fried to golden perfection. Add a side of their fries to complete a meal that’s been a favorite for decades.

Price: $4.49 (10 piece)
Calories: 190

21. Taco Bell Cheesy Gordita Crunch

The Cheesy Gordita Crunch is a cheese-lover’s dream. It features a flatbread covered in a melted three-cheese blend wrapped a crunchy, seasoned beef taco.

Price: $2.69
Calories: 500

22. Shakeshack Shack Burger

Shake Shack is in on the most-loved burger game. Its signature burger is a 100% Angus beef patty, freshly ground, and served on a non-GMO Martin’s Potato Roll.

Price: $4.29
Calories: 550

The Top 54 Fast Food Items in the Nation | Shake Shack Shack Burger |

23. Jack in the Box Tacos

Jack in the Box has some of America’s favorite fast food tacos. Each feature a crunchy shell with American cheese, shredded lettuce, and taco sauce. Plus, you can’t get a better steal than two tacos for 99 cents.

Price: $0.99
Calories (2 tacos): 340

24. Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Sandwich

Wendy’s steps up its spice game with its own Spicy Chicken Sandwich, complete with a chicken breast seasoned with a fiery blend of peppers and spices settled between crisp lettuce, tomato, and mayo.

Price: $4.69
Calories: 510

25. Auntie Anne’s Pretzel

Auntie Anne’s Original Pretzel is crafted out of fresh, soft dough and baked to golden brown until it’s ready for the hands of its next owner whose craving an iconic, salty snack.

Price: $3.29
Calories: 340

The Top 54 Fast Food Items in the Nation | Auntie Anne's Pretzel |

26. Popeyes Biscuits

Popeyes biscuits are a signature side item at Popeyes, where no Louisiana-inspired meal is complete without its hearty and flaky buttermilk layers.

Price: $0.79
Calories: 207

27. Popeyes Chicken Tenders

Popeyes offers its classic fried Louisiana chicken in chicken tender form, seasoned in New Orleans spice. This is a great option if you’re in the mood to add a dipping sauce to your meal.

Price: $7.79 (5 piece)
Calories: 445

28. Taco Bell Crunchy Shell Tacos

When you’re looking for a classic crunchy-shelled taco, you’ll always be in luck at the nearest Taco Bell. They are a perfect snack, but if you’re looking for a full meal, it’s best to load up on a few of them.

Price: $1.19
Calories: 140

The Top 54 Fast Food Items in the Nation | Taco Bell Crunchy Shell Taco |

29. In-N-Out Animal Style Fries

Along with your Animal Style Burger, you can order Animal Style Fries topped with extra Thousand Island Spread, melted cheese, and onions. It may sound like a heart attack, but it tastes like heaven.

Price (small): $3.40
Calories: 395 (plus extra sauce calories)

30. Chipotle Soft Tacos

Stuff your soft flour tortilla with Chipotle’s seasoned-to-perfection meat. They offer high-quality chicken, steak, barbacoa, carnitas, or sofritas, as well as guacamole, and other fresh veggies to suit your taste.

Price: $1.60 (chicken)
Calories: Varies

31. McDonald’s Apple Pie

If you’re craving an aromatic apple pie, but want it on the go, McDonald’s has your classic dessert wish covered.

Price: $0.99
Calories: 248

The Top 54 Fast Food Items in the Nation | McDonald's Apple Pie |

32. Five Guys Cajun Fries

Add a little spice to your fries by ordering Five Guy’s cajun-spiced and skin-on fries. Hello, addiction.

Price (small): $3.09
Calories: 526

33. Shakeshack Double Shakeburger

The Shake Shack Double Burger features two of its fresh, 100% freshly-ground Angus beef patties layered between lettuce, tomato, pickle, or onion.

Price: $8.09

Calories: 860

34. Chick-Fil-A Chicken Biscuit

Craving chicken for breakfast? Try it hand-breaded and seasoned, then wedged between a buttermilk biscuit. It tastes as good as it sounds, but if you don’t believe us, check out what’s so special about the Chick-Fil-A breakfast menu.

Price: $2.19
Calories: 450

The Top 54 Fast Food Items in the Nation | Chick Fil A Chicken Biscuit |

35. McDonald’s Hashbrowns

What is a fast food breakfast without a side of the all-time favorite McDonald’s hashbrowns? Morning, meet your golden-fried side of potatoes.

Price: $1.00
Calories: 150

36. Steak N’ Shake Steakburger

Made with lean steak meat, Steak N’ Shake’s classic Steakburger is your go-to favorite when you’re craving steak…between a bun.

Price: $4.99
Calories: 280

37. McDonald’s Egg McMuffin

The Egg McMuffin is well-known in the fast food breakfast world. Consisting of a freshly-cracked egg on a toasted English Muffin topped with real butter, lean Canadian bacon or sausage, and American cheese, it’s a McDonald’s “best” for your morning drive-through.

Price: $4.19 (with meal)
Calories: 300
The Top 54 Fast Food Items in the Nation | McDonald's Egg McMuffin |
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38. Arby’s Roast Beef Sandwich

Craving fast food that isn’t chicken or ground beef? Stop by Arby’s and grab their Roast Beef Sandwich containing thinly-sliced roast beef piled on a toasted sesame seed bun.

Price: $3.29
Calories: 450

39. In-N-Out Cheeseburger

It seems you can’t go wrong at In-N-Out when it comes to burger options. Try their cheeseburger with melted cheese atop a fresh patty and classic Thousand Island spread sauce.

Price: $2.40
Calories: 480

40. Subway Italian BMT

Take a quick drive through Italy with Subway’s BMT, filled with Genoa salami, pepperoni, and black forest ham.

Price: $6.75
Calories: 390

The Top 54 Fast Food Items in the Nation | Subway Italian BMT |

41. White Castle Sliders

White Castle Sliders might be tiny, but they don’t fall short on taste. Each features a two-inch 100 percent beef patty steam-grilled with onions and a pickle. And while many Americans shake their heads at the quality of White Castle’s food, their Impossible vegan burger was voted one of the best burgers in the country recently, so they’re on the come-up.

Price: $0.72
Calories: 140

42. Sonic Cherry Limeade

Perfect for summer, this Sonic fan-favorite is a customer magnet. Fresh-squeezed lime meets the perfect amount of cherry sweetness and pairs well with a salty side or chicken tenders.

Price: $1.69
Calories: 170

43. Starbucks Pumpkin’ Spice Latte

The Starbucks Pumpkin’ Spice Latte is probably one of the most well-known lattes in the nation. Get in the fall spirit with its rich flavors of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove.

Price (tall): $4.25
Calories: 270

The Top 54 Fast Food Items in the Nation | Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte |

44. Taco Bell Burrito Supreme

When it’s burrito time, you may as well go Supreme. This iconic burrito contains seasoned beef, refried beans, Taco Bell’s red sauce, lettuce, cheddar cheese, diced onions, tomatoes, and reduced-fat sour cream for a filling and hearty meal.

Price: $3.19
Calories: 410 (beef)

45. Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Doughnut

The original Glazed Doughnut is a morning classic that never gets old. Dip it in your coffee, even if it seems a bit, well, old-school.

Price: $0.99
Calories: 190

46. Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee

Donuts and coffee go together like peas in a pod, so it makes sense that Dunkin’ would have a quality coffee. From lattes to black coffee, flavor shots, and swirls, there are so many options to choose from.

Price: $1.59
Calories: 5

The Top 54 Fast Food Items in the Nation | Dunkin Donuts Coffee |

47. Raising Cane’s Box Combo

This combo features four of Raising Cane’s classic chicken fingers, crinkle-cut fries, one Cane’s sauce, Texas toast, coleslaw, and a drink for a fast meal that satisfies in every way.

Price: $6.98
Calories: 1300

48. Culver’s Butterburger

Culver’s Butterburger got its name for a reason. This fast food burger contains never-frozen, seared beef served between a freshly-buttered bun. It’s the Midwest’s version of In-N-Out, and customers are totally obsessed.

Price: $2.79
Calories: 346

49. Subway Cookies

Subway cookies are soft, gooey, dessert perfection loved by Subway fans from coast to coast. Choose from several flavors ranging from macadamia nut to classic chocolate chip.

Price: $1.70 for 3
Calories: 200 (chocolate chip)

The Top 54 Fast Food Items in the Nation | Subway Cookies |

50. Domino’s Pepperoni Pizza

Another pepperoni pizza favorite is crafted by Domino’s. Grab a slice (or two, or five) of their iconic pie made with real mozzarella cheese and seasoned tomato sauce.

Price: $15.99 (Ultimate Pepperoni Feast)
Calories: 160 (one slice)


51. Panda Express Kung Pao Chicken

Indeed, stir-fry is on the “best” fast food menu. Panda Express Kung Pao chicken features spicy marinated chicken, peanuts, red bell peppers, zucchini, and green onions.

Price: $6.90
Calories: 290

52. Subway Chicken Bacon Ranch Melt

The Subway Chicken Bacon Ranch Melt is bursting with some of the best flavors in existence. It’s filled with melted Monterey cheese, seasoned white meat chicken, crispy bacon, ranch dressing, and your choice of veggies.

Price: $7.75
Calories: 590

53. Starbucks Caramel Macchiato

One of Starbucks nationwide favorites is the Caramel Macchiato, stacked with steamed milk, espresso, and sweet caramel sauce. In the summer, the iced version of this latte is one of the most-ordered items at the coffee shop.

Price: $3.75
Calories: 130

54. Checker’s Seasoned Fries

Checker’s famous seasoned fries are extra crunchy and seasoned with their special blend for a unique taste.

Price: $1.99
Calories: 390


With so many fast-food favorites, chances are you’ll run into at least one option in whatever state you’re passing through. Speaking of states…check out The Best Fast Food In Each State to see what’s selling out in your neck of the woods.

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