Best Wingstop Flavors: I Ranked 13 Flavors, Including the New Maple Sriracha Wings

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Wingstop doesn’t miss. In terms of fast-food deals, your money is put to work here. The chicken wing wizards, known for their wide variety of wing flavors, are at the top of their game at all times. 

We barely had time to process the fact that Wingstop was slinging chicken sandwiches before its beautiful Hot Honey Rub was on the market. And then, in true fast-food heartbreaker style, that flavor went back into the vault. In its stead? The newest member of Wingstop's family: Maple Sriracha. 

I figured it was time to see just where it stacks up with the rest of the most popular Wingstop flavors. Here are all 13 Wingstop flavors, ranked from best to worst.

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Best: Hot Honey Rub (Limited Time Flavor)

This is the truth, and I’m not proud of this, but I did in fact say, “Oh me oh my” out loud when I tasted this. It was completely involuntary. This turned me into freakin' Ralph Lawler over here.

I am head-over-heels for this limited-time-only rub. As you lean in for a bite, the first thing that happens is that you smell honey. Then you taste honey, and then your mouth erupts with heat. And then it’s sweet like honey again, but your mouth is still feeling the burn. I'll miss Hot Honey Rub at Wingstop when it's gone. This is dinner and a show, folks.

spicy korean q
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2. Spicy Korean Q

Gochujang, sesame oil, and soy sauce sing like angels in this Wingstop masterpiece. I could not possibly improve the Spicy Korean Q flavor; it’s got quite a bit of heat, it’s got tang, it’s got gingery depth; it has it all. 

These Korean barbecue-style wings would scale up nicely into sandwich form, and as all chicken does, it tastes best right off the bone. Wingstop's Spicy Korean Q is what I like to call a great choice.

mango habanero wings at wingstop

3. Mango Habanero

The truth is, I used to be smitten with Wingstop’s Mango Habanero. Prior to tasting my newfound favorites, I had this mentally ranked among the best Wingstop flavors. Times change, though, and now thanks to Korean Q and Hot Honey, Mango Habanero has to fall down a bit. No fault of its own.

To be clear, Mango Habanero has still got the moves. This is the sweet and spicy masterpiece that, if not for Hot Honey, Wingstop could hang their hat on. 

hickory smoked bbq
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4. Hickory Smoked BBQ

BBQ sauce is never my first choice when it comes to wings, but as far as Wingstop sauces go, this one shines. It's thick, smoky, and brown sugar-sweet. 

Hickory Smoked BBQ at Wingstop is an indulgence. So go on, indulge.

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5. Maple Sriracha

Wingstop's flavor chart got a little bigger recently, and that's thanks to the arrival of Maple Sriracha. These wings are everything you'd expect: Sweet, spicy, and full of those caramel-toffee flavors that make maple syrup so delicious. It's very reminiscent of fried chicken and waffles, and I'd be surprised if that isn't what Wingstop is going for. 

If you find yourself picking up some Wingstop for brunch rather than lunch or dinner, these should taste wonderful next to a few mimosas.

louisiana rub wings at wingstop
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6. Louisiana Rub

Here’s where the Creole flavors you might be missing from Popeyes come into play. Louisiana Rub at Wingstop is terrific, bursting with Old Bay-style seasoning and flecked with oregano. It makes me want to stick this into some thick Leidenheimer bread with the rest of the classic po' boy fixins. No notes. 

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7. Garlic Parmesan

I have been eating at Wingstop for a long time now, and I’ve never even considered ordering the Garlic Parm. There are just too many other flavors that appeal to me first. 

Though I am not huge on parmesan cheese, there are a couple of big wins happening here. For one, the parm is muted and the garlic is strong. Love that. Two, this is a dry rub, so the fried chicken stays nice and crispy. All in all, one of Wingstop's most solid wing flavors. I had no idea.

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cajun wings at wingstop
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8. Cajun

I’m not sure Wingstop's Cajun wings qualify as another flavor since they're just Wingstop’s original hot sauce with some Cajun seasoning, but I don’t particularly care. 

The spiciness is cranked up in a nice way here, bursting with smoky paprika and garlic powder. I see no reason to order Original Hot while this exists.

original hot wings at wingstop
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9. Original Hot

Look, you know what Wingstop's original hot wings are going to taste like. These are straight-up Buffalo wings. Did Wingstop reinvent the wheel here? No, they did not. But there was no need for that, because the wheel is pretty fantastic the way it is. If spice isn’t your friend, this will do you well.

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10. Atomic

Let me tell you a story about what an idiot I am. When I ordered all of these, there wasn’t a cheat sheet or anything telling me what flavor was what, so I sort of had to Sherlock Holmes my way to the answer. After gingerly taking a bite of what I thought was Atomic, I proceeded to write an entire entry about how Atomic sauce was barely spicier than anything else. 

I popped an entire piece into my mouth for the next flavor, and: Surprise! That was Atomic. Guess what? Atomic wings are very, very hot. Flew a little too close to the sun on that one. I’m not sure what this tastes like because I can’t taste anything anymore. There is no more “flavor.” There is only Atomic.

lemon pepper wings at wingstop
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11. Lemon Pepper

I do like lemon pepper wings, but Wingstop really goes for it with the lemon and oil here. These things are rich as can be. I like them better than Wingstop's Hawaiian flavor, but after a while, they just feel a little too decadent.

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12. Hawaiian Wings

For some reason, I always think the Hawaiian Wingstop flavor is going to be a Teriyaki-type sauce. It’s more of an orange chicken situation. The sauce is OK.  It's not like you'd be making a mistake to get Wingstop's Hawaiian wings, because they are definitely tasty. 

Regrettably, there’s already a place that you’re supposed to go for fast-food orange chicken. Panda does it the best. Always has, always will.

mild wings at wingstop
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13. Mild

What do you want me to say? Mild wings at Wingstop seem like they have been designed to not taste like anything. If you are at a wing restaurant, I assume that you like wing sauce enough to skip the most mild option. If mild sauce is your go-to, this restaurant is probably not for you.

Wingstop Latto
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What About New Wingstop Flavors?

Other recent new Wingstop wing flavors include a "Secretly Sweet" Mango Hawaiian and a "Flavor Invasion" Cajun Garlic, both of which debuted as part of a Marvel Studio's "Secret Invasion" campaign. 

The Wingstop menu's flavors include the limited-time Latto's Lemon Herb Remix, developed through a collaboration with the American rapper. Wingstop's new flavors drop pretty regularly, so devoted patrons should keep an eye out for those on Wingstop's flavors menu.