Fast Food Fries Ranked From Best To Worst – A Guide for Fry Lovers
Fries from fast food restaurants are a guilty pleasure for many of us, but not all fries are the same.
You’ve come to the right place if you like fries and want to find the best fast-food fry.
In this guide, we’ll tell you which fast-food fries are the best and which are the worst, so you can get your fix of crispy, salty goodness.
We’ve tried all of them, from McDonald’s to Arby’s, and are ready to tell you what we thought. So, get some ketchup and get ready to dive into the world of fast-food fries.
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This isn’t some hipster list where we name something you’ve never heard of and say it’s the best.
Some things have been around for a long time for a reason, and McDonald’s fries are one of those things.
Maybe it’s because fast food fries are so common that we all expect them to taste like McDonald’s fries, but these are truly unique.
Each stick is thin and has a thick layer of fried potato on the outside that gives way to a soft, fluffy center. The right amount of crunchy and soft is there.
You know they’re good when they have the nerve to call them “World Famous Fries.”
Yes, McDonald’s owns the rights to that term. Because their fries are so great.
People love fries because they have just the right amount of potato, salt, beef taste, and crunch.
2. Five Guys
Because of Five Guys, every fast food business in the world should think twice about its fries. Are fries cut by hand? Check. Helping out a lot?
Check. Don’t worry about that paper bag with one helping of fries in a greasy peanut oil mess that would be three servings anywhere else.
Every time, these fries have just the right amount of salt on them, and their texture is just right—crispy without being dry.
They may cost more than the sad potatoes that Burger King gives out, but man, are they worth it?
A lot of people might not know that WingStop sells fries, but it’s one of the best things on the menu at any of their 1100+ sites.
In fact, some of the best fast-food fries are at WingStop. They start with potatoes that are cut by hand, then fry them until they are crispy and toss them with the chain’s special mix of spices.
The spice gives each fry a light salty, peppery, and sweet bite that brings out the fried potato’s caramelized flavors. Even better?
You can ask for your fries to be “extra well done.” This is the best way to enjoy them. The outside should be extra crispy and highly golden, while the inside should be very soft and moist.
Still, they taste like they were made at home, which means that some of the fries stay soft while others get extra crunchy and browned.
It’s a sensory paradise. If you want to be fancy, you can get a side of cheese sauce with these hearty fries and they can be your whole meal.
But even without the cheese sauce, these are the best french fries you can get at a fast food place.
4. Burger King
There seem to be two main types of fast food fries: thin, crispy fries that are mostly regular so that each bite has about the same amount of crispness and fluffiness, and thick, skin-on fries that look like they were cut from a whole potato and have a more homestyle feel.
Burger King takes a different approach. They make fries that are regular and crisp, but they make them thick like a restaurant would.
Burger King’s fries are made from real potatoes, but they also use potato starch, rice flour, and a few other good ingredients to make them crunchier and add more flavor.
They get nice and crispy on the outside and stay soft on the inside, but they don’t have any taste. These fries can be a little boring, which is a shame.
Burger King’s fries aren’t the best. Putting ketchup on them helps, and they’re not bad, but they’re not the best.
Whataburger used to be a thing. By the end of the 1970s, there were almost 300 shops, and they were known for having good, quick food.
In some places, they’re still pretty big, and at first glance, the fries look a lot like what you’d get at McDonald’s.
It’s the fry that comes nearest to a McDonald’s fry, but it doesn’t have that extra flavor that makes McDonald’s fries stand out.
They taste pretty good, but there’s still something missing (and it’s not ketchup).
6. Del Taco
What’s going on? A place to get tacos and good fries? A place to eat tacos whose name means “of the taco?” This makes no sense.
What is Del Taco, though? Familiar. Their crinkle-cut fries taste just like the ones your mother made for you on Wednesday nights.
They’re not trying to be something that fries shouldn’t be, like some other food places.
They taste just like home, and that warm, welcoming taste makes it worth going to a food place just for fries.
Arby’s curly fries are different from all the other fast food french fries.
They are a bright orange color, and when everyone else makes straight fries, Arby’s says, “No, we’re going to make our potatoes look like corkscrews.”
The peppery spice is strong but not too much, and it goes well with Arby’s roast beef sandwiches.
It also goes better with Arby’s sauce than with ketchup, if you ask us.
Most of the time, Arby’s Curly Fries are extra crispy, but sometimes you might get one that could have used a little more time in the deep fryer.
Some people have said that all curly fries taste the same, but a taste test with Hardee’s shows that this is not true. Without a doubt, these are the best curly fries.
8. Nathan’s Famous
If all you know about Nathan’s is that they have a hot dog eating contest, you’re in for a big surprise. Their fries are really good.
It’s a crinkle-cut fry, but it’s a little fatter and has more potato flavor than normal. It’s not too hard or too soft, so it won’t break.
If you don’t have a Nathan’s Famous near you, try your neighborhood grocery store. They may have a pack in the freezer. Try ’em out, and you’ll be in for a treat.
We’re going to take a chance and say that most people who go to A&W cafes do so for the root beer.
The “all-American food” restaurant has been around for a century, and in that time, they’ve gotten pretty good at making french fries.
Even though A&W says their fries are thick-cut Russet potatoes, you’d never mistake them for potato wedges, and they’re definitely thinner than the fries at Checkers or Burger King.
We have had better, but we wouldn’t turn these down either. The skin is left on, and the light salt and pepper seasoning goes well with the required root beer float. So, do you dip? You can decide.
A lot of things about Bojangles are good. One of these things is that they serve breakfast all day, another is that they have great chicken, and the last is that they make a great seasoned flat steak fry.
The easy way to season something is to use a lot of salt and a little bit of heat. You’ll find that kind of seasoning at a lot of places that say they serve “seasoned fries,” but not here.
At Bojangles, each bite really shows how Cajun the food is. It’s just a great fry that doesn’t need any ketchup.
On paper, Wendy’s has everything that looks like it would make great fries.
The fries are cut from whole potatoes and fried in veggie oil with just a bit of sea salt. But something isn’t quite right.
The fries are crispy on the outside, but they are strangely dry on the inside, which is what we want in a fry this wide.
Even though dextrose, a type of sugar, and sodium acid pyrophosphate, a type of salt, were added to the potatoes, they don’t taste very good.
If we’re going to buy fries with weird additives and chemicals, we’d like them to taste better than this.
If you’re at Wendy’s and really want a potato, you’re in for a treat. You can’t do better than their baked potatoes.
12. Steak ‘n Shake
The thin fry is one of the hardest things to cook properly.
It’s hard to get used to, just like the fresh-cut thick (and soft) fries that many famous chains serve.
But Steak ‘n Shake does two things really well: they are always hot and always crispy.
Even if you don’t like cheap fries, at least you know what you’re getting, which is a good thing.
Plus, you can ask for them to be covered in cheese sauce, which makes them instantly ten times better.
Jack-In-the-Box has both straight and curly french fries, but for this review, we’ll just stick to the straight ones.
The straight-cut potatoes are crispy enough, not too salty or bland, and taste more like potatoes than those at other companies.
Still, they taste a little bit like they were made in a lab, and they have a greasiness that calls out for ketchup or another acidic dipping sauce to cut through the fat.
And even though they’re delicious when they’re hot, when they cool down, they get mushy and dry.
When it comes to fast food fries, these are definitely a treat, but you’ll need something to dip them in.
If you go to Popeye’s, you could get a side of Cajun Fries to go with your chicken, but a buttery bun might be a better choice.
The fries aren’t bad in and of themselves, but they have a few problems that keep them from being great.
They have a crispy covering, but it seems like it’s made of flour or cornstarch, and the fries themselves don’t have that super-crisp exterior you want; they’re actually kind of soft underneath the coating.
The dressing is good, but it might be a little too salty, and if it’s going to be called Cajun, it might need a little more spice.
If you must have fries as a side, you can add these to your order, but you shouldn’t go out of your way just for them.
15. Taco Bell
Taco Bell just started selling fries lately. Before 2018, if you wanted a side dish, you had to choose something like tortilla chips.
In 2018, however, the company started serving Nacho Fries.
These crispy fries are different from the ones you get at burger chains because, after they are fried, they are covered in a special mix of Mexican spices and served with warm nacho cheese sauce.
Even if you don’t believe it, these fries are good. The potatoes are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, and the Mexican spice mix is just hot enough to make the nacho cheese sauce dip cool.
Even though you should try these fries, they don’t make the top of the list for two reasons.
First, you can only get them sometimes. In 2018, you could get them twice as limited-time items, and (so far) you can only get them once as a limited-time item in 2019.
Second, they’re already spiced, so you’re out of luck if you don’t like that mix. But they get extra points for having cheese sauce to dip them in.
16. Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr
It would be a sin against fast food to sell something like a Monster Thickburger without fries.
The fries here are fine, but they aren’t the best thing on the menu. The natural-cut fries still have a little bit of potato skin on them for texture, which can be good or bad based on your taste.
You don’t like plain fries? Then you should try the Crispy Curls, which taste like Arby’s curly fries but have less salt.
Even though they are tasty, most of the fries are usually broken, which kind of defeats the purpose.
With curly fries, isn’t the whole point to see who can make the longest, most perfect curl?
17. In-N-Out Burger
Everyone knows that everything at In-N-Out Burger is made in-house, from the hand-formed burger patties to the french fries.
The fries are cut by hand and cooked in 100% sunflower oil. They are then covered with salt, which sounds like a winning combination, but they don’t work.
When you order plain fries, they are pale and not very crispy or flavorful. It all comes down to how you cook.
To make the crispiest fries, soak the potatoes to get rid of any leftover starches. Then, cook them once at a low temperature to make the outside of each fry gelatinous.
Finally, cook them in oil at a high temperature to get that perfectly crispy outside.
For a single fry, In-N-Out just cuts up the potatoes and throws them in oil.
You can order well-done fries (or, even better, well-done fries Animal Style) that aren’t on the menu, but if you have to do that much work to make a decent order of fries, it seems like the classic recipe isn’t working.
There are probably people going around who think that waffle-cut fries are better than regular fries, but they are wrong.
If they were right, they wouldn’t just be sold at Chick-fil-A. The waffle fries at Chick-fil-A taste like the potato wasn’t sure if it wanted to be a chip or a fry, so it made this strange compromise.
If you get a fresh order of waffle fries that have been cooked a little longer and are crispy, they’re pretty good and go well with Chick-fil-A’s different nugget sauces, which are what you’ll need to add some flavor to these boring potatoes.
We all know that when it comes to bites, everyone goes there for the chicken and not the fries.
19. Raising Cane’s
Everywhere you can find it, people love this chicken finger place.
The company has only been around for a little more than 20 years, but they make good chicken and a nice signature sauce.
But the fries aren’t very good. They are cut in a crinkle shape, but they are often wet and not always the same.
It’s important to note that the fries, chicken, and sauce taste great together, but the fries alone don’t do much for your taste buds. If you take away the sauce, these fries aren’t very good.
20. Johnny Rockets
The thing about Johnny Rockets is that their fries aren’t bad on their own. They are made with the skin on, which is awesome and the only way fries should be made.
PETA says that they are vegan, and even though fries might seem like a safe choice for vegans and vegetarians all the time, that’s not always the case. So also, good job there.
The trouble starts when you add things like cheese, chili, and bacon, which is usually what happens when you go to Jonny Rockets.
That’s when they usually turn into a mushy mess because the filling is usually too much for them. If you don’t get the chili and instead get the fries, you won’t be sorry.
21. Shake Shack
People wait in line to get a smashed burger at Shake Shack, which is the coolest place for hipsters.
The Shack got into a lot of trouble in 2013 when they changed their fries from crinkle cut to fresh cut, which was more in line with their image.
It didn’t work. To make a “fresh frozen” crinkle-cut fry, they went back to the original way but took out all the bad things.
Still, it isn’t very good. The fries at Shake Shack are just there, there’s not much to them.
People do like them, but people also like Shake Shack burgers, and a Steak ‘n Shake burger for $10 is way overdone.
22. Dairy Queen
Yes, Dairy Queen does fries. No, most likely they shouldn’t.
If you go to DQ for a burger and fries, you should probably think long and hard about what you’re doing with your life because you’ll pay way too much for a not-so-great meal.
Fries aren’t hard to make a right, but DQ seems to have trouble getting them fully cooked. And that can only lead to sadness.
But here’s the thing: Dairy Queen gets some points for their fries, even though you can make them better.
If you dip them in ice cream, they’re not so bad, but that might say more about the ice cream than the fries.
They should probably stick to what they’re good at, which is making ice cream unless they want to try a French fry storm. We would definitely try that!
23. White Castle
Has anyone ever ordered White Castle fries that didn’t have at least half of them that weren’t crispy?
The Castle is good at a lot of things, but their crinkle-cut fries aren’t one of them. If they aren’t limp, they almost always don’t have enough salt.
It’s not just one Castle that doesn’t have its act together, either. This is the case no matter which Castle you visit.
The only exception is White Castle’s sweet potato fries, which are always a welcome sweet and crunchy treat.
Fast food fries are a mainstay of the fast food business and a guilty pleasure for many of us.
Even though they might not be the best choice, we can’t stop eating them because they are so tasty.
No matter if you like your fries crunchy, soft, salty, or spiced, there is a fast food chain that has what you want.
Don’t forget that not all fries are the same. You can find the best fast food fries and fill your cravings by using our ranking and tips.
And don’t forget to try something new. You might be shocked by how different chains’ flavors and textures are. Have fun catching a fry!
FAQs About Fast Food Fries
How do you decide which fast food fries are the best?
Taste, texture, crispiness, seasoning, and general quality are some of the things that are used to rank fast food fries.
Which fast food chain’s fries are the best?
Many people think McDonald’s fries are the best because they are crispy and have good taste.
Which fast food chain’s fries are the worst?
Some people think Burger King has the worst fries because they don’t have much flavor and are often greasy.
Do wavy fries taste better than straight fries?
Curly fries are a popular option to regular fries because of their unusual shape and the fact that they are often spiced up more. Some people, though, like the ease of plain fries.
What kind of fry is the most popular?
The most famous kind of fry is the classic French fry, which is a long, thin strip of potato that is fried until crispy.
Which fast food business has fries that are the most different?
Arby’s is known for its unique curly fries, which are seasoned with paprika and other spices for a bold and spicy taste.
Do you like pancake fries more than regular fries?
Due to their unique shape and crispiness, waffle fries are a popular option to regular fries. Some people like them better than regular fries because of how they feel.
What is the most annoying thing about fast food fries?
The worst thing about fast food fries is that they often have a lot of calories, fat, and salt. They can also be bad for your health because of how they are made and eaten.
How do fast food restaurants get their fries to be so crunchy?
To make their fries crispy, fast food chains often use a mix of high-quality potatoes, exact cutting techniques, and certain frying methods.
How can you enjoy fast food fries the most?
The best way to enjoy fast food fries is to eat them while they are still hot and crunchy. You can also eat them with a dressing sauce to make them taste even better.