Taco Bell Nacho Fries, Burger King Whopper Melts, and More New Fast-Food Items to Try This Month

Taco Bell Bacon Club Chalupa

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New Fast-Food Items To Try

Fast-food restaurants are always innovating (and competing), and that means there's always some new menu item to try. McDonald's, Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, Taco Bell, Subway, and other big chains introduce limited-time offerings regularly to entice customers to keep coming back. Here's what's new this month in the fast-food world. 

Prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by location.

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McDonald's Big Mac Sauce

McDonald's: Big Mac Sauce Cups, Strawberry and Creme Pie

There's a lot going on at McDonald's right now. For the first time in the U.S., you can get the Big Mac sauce in cups to dip your McNuggets or fries into. If you really want, you can even dip the strawberry and creme pie, which is back for the summer, into it. And finally, the chain also announced that it's making changes to improve its burgers, including melting the cheese on top, adding onions to the patties on the grill, and cooking the beef at a higher temperature. It all sounds a little like PR spin to us, but you'll have to try it for yourself. 

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Arby's Bourbon BBQ Sliders

Arby's: Bourbon BBQ Lineup

Arby's has a new lineup of sandwiches just in time for summer vibes. The bourbon BBQ country style rib sandwich is made with a Texas-style boneless pork rib with bourbon barbecue sauce, cheddar cheese, crispy onions, and sweet garlic and dill pickles. You can also get the same barbecue sauce, pickles, and onions on sliders with roast beef, chicken tender, or ribs. Plus, you can still get the King's Hawaiian sweet heat chicken or beef sandwiches and loaded fries. 

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Starbucks Cinnamon Caramel Cream Nitro Cold Brew

Starbucks: Cinnamon Caramel Cream Nitro Cold Brew

Starbuck's spring menu has arrived, and that includes the new cinnamon caramel cream nitro cold brew. It's got cinnamon and caramel flavors with a topping of cinnamon sweet cold foam and a sprinkle of cinnamon dolce topping.

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White Castle 1921 Ghost Pepper Slider
White Castle

White Castle: 1921 Slider with Ghost Pepper Cheese

White Castle has brought back something hot for summer. The 1921 slider is modeled after the chain's original burgers, and this time it comes with spicy ghost pepper cheese along with grilled onions, lettuce, tomato, and pickles.

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Chipotle Chicken al Pastor

Chipotle: Chicken Al Pastor

After a successful test in Denver and Indianapolis last year, Chipotle rolled out a new protein nationwide. Chicken al pastor is made with grilled chicken tossed in a marinade of adobo, morita peppers, pineapple, and achiote for a bright red color. Lime juice and fresh cilantro are tossed with it after it's grilled for a pop of freshness.

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Wendy's Grilled Chicken Wrap

Wendy's: Grilled Chicken Ranch Wrap

Wendy's is taking direct aim at McDonald's with its new wrap that's practically a clone of the much beloved and long-gone Snack Wrap. It's made with a big flour tortilla around grilled chicken, shredded cheddar, lettuce, and buttermilk ranch dressing. (We weren't fans, to say the least, but maybe it was an off day.) Just in time for summer, there's also a new blueberry pomegranate lemonade, too.

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Burger King Spicy Whopper Melt
Burger King

Burger King: Whopper Melts and Spicy Chicken Fries

BK brought back its Whopper melts for a limited time. They come in three varieties: classic with all the Whopper toppings; spicy with jalapenos and a spicy sauce; and bacon with, you guessed it, bacon. They're all made on two slices of toasted bread, like a grilled cheese. For something hot, try the brand new spicy chicken fries with their orange, pepper-flecked coating.

Taco Bell: Nacho Fries
Taco Bell

Taco Bell: Nacho Fries and California Breakfast Crunchwrap

Fan favorite nacho fries are back — again — at Taco Bell right now. They're coated with taco seasoning and come with a side of nacho cheese for dipping. But actually new is the California Breakfast Crunchwrap, which includes eggs, bacon, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, guacamole, and a crispy hash brown patty grilled inside a flour tortilla.

Pizza Hut Cheesesteak
Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut: Cheesesteak Pizza and Melt

Cheesesteak is coming in pizza form at the Hut this month. The brand new cheesesteak pizza is topped with creamy alfredo sauce, strips of sirloin steak, green bell peppers, onions, parmesan, and oregano. You can also get it sandwich style in a melt that comes with a side of ranch for dipping.

Papa Johns Cool Ranch Doritos Papadia
Papa Johns

Papa Johns: Doritos Cool Ranch Papadia

Move over, Taco Bell: Papa Johns is coming for your Doritos seasoning. You can now get any of the Papadia flatbread sandwiches Cool Ranch Doritos style. They'll cover the outside in that unmistakable seasoning and drizzle a Cool Ranch flavored sauce inside. And since there's no such thing as too much ranch, you get a cup of sauce on the side for dipping as well.

Dairy Queen Churro Dipped Cone
Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen: Churro Dipped Cone and Backyard Bacon Ranch Burger

Dairy Queen is gearing up for summer with two new items. The backyard bacon ranch Stackburger has two beef patties, white cheddar cheese, onion rings, bacon, honey barbecue sauce, and Hidden Valley Ranch dressing. If that doesn't put you in the mood for cookout weather, the churro dipped cone, coated in cinnamon sugar, ought to do it. Plus, there's two new summer Blizzard flavors this year: Oreo brookie and peanut butter puppy chow.

Sonic Griller Cheeseburger

Sonic: Griller and Red Bull Juneberry Slush

Sonic is trying to emulate backyard barbecues with its new Sonic Griller cheeseburger. It's got a single beef patty, two slices of American cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and a new tangy comeback sauce. To drink, the Red Bull summer edition slush is back this year in Juneberry flavor, made with berry and grape flavors.

Hardee's Blueberry Lemon Cream Cheese Fried Pie

Hardee's: Blueberry and Lemon Fried Pie and BLT Chicken Sandwich

Rejoice, because it's fried pie season again! Hardee's is getting into the swing of it with a new blueberry and lemon cream cheese version. The refreshing combo includes a lemony cream cheese layer and a blueberry layer in a crispy pastry crust. For something more like lunch, try the new BLT hand-breaded chicken sandwich that includes lettuce, tomato, mayo, and bacon on top of a fried chicken breast.

Del Taco Crispy Shrimp Taco
Del Taco

Del Taco: Crispy Jumbo Shrimp Buttery Garlic Parmesan Taco

Warmer weather means seafood at Del Taco. The crispy jumbo shrimp taco is made with fried jumbo shrimp, secret creamy sauce, cabbage, and pico de gallo in a flour tortilla. You can also get it with the chain's new buttery garlic parmesan sauce, with a quesadilla taco shell, or in a burrito.

Popeyes Ghost Pepper Wings

Popeyes: Ghost Pepper Wings and Mango Lemonade

Popeyes is heating things up by bringing back the fan favorite ghost pepper wings. They're marinated in a ghost pepper spice blend for at least 12 hours before being breaded and fried and served with ranch dressing for dipping. On the side, try the fruity new mango lemonade that's also available frozen.

Chick-fil-A Watermelon Mint Lemonade

Chick-fil-A: Watermelon Mint Lemonade Lineup

Chick-fil-A is one of the best places to score a flavored lemonade, and it's just gotten even better. The new watermelon mint lemonade lineup includes four new drinks:

  • Watermelon Mint Lemonade: lemonade mixed with watermelon and mint flavors
  • Watermelon Mint Sunjoy: half and half watermelon mint lemonade and iced tea
  • Frosted Watermelon Mint Lemonade: a frozen version blended with vanilla soft serve
  • Watermelon Mint Iced Tea: watermelon and mint flavors mixed into iced tea

Panera Southwest Chicken Salad

Panera: Southwest Caesar Salad with Chicken

A new salad debuted at Panera this spring and it's perfect for summer. The Southwest Caesar salad has a bed of romaine topped with avocado, cilantro, grilled chicken breast, parmesan, Caesar dressing, chipotle aioli, and crunchy tortilla strips. Plus, fan favorite strawberry poppyseed salad is back as well.

Zaxby's Asian Zensation Salad

Zaxby's: Asian Zensation Salad

Zaxby's brought back its Asian Zensation salad at a time when more fast-food chains are getting rid of salads altogether. A bed of mixed greens, red cabbage, and carrots is topped with Asian slaw, wonton strips, honey sesame teriyaki glaze, and fried, grilled, or plant-based chicken. You also get a veggie egg roll on the side, which is available as a standalone side dish as well.

Whataburger Buffalo Ranch Chicken Sandwich

Whataburger: Buffalo Ranch Chicken Strip Sandwich and Salad

Buffalo and ranch are a classic combo, and Whataburger is capitalizing on it. The buffalo ranch chicken strip sandwich comes with three crispy chicken strips, two slices of monterrey jack cheese, buttermilk ranch, and buffalo sauce. If you'd rather not have the bun, try the buffalo ranch chicken salad, with bacon, carrots, grape tomatoes, buffalo sauce, and blue cheese on a bed of lettuce with your choice of chicken and ranch dressing.

Smashburger S'mac and Cheese

Smashburger: S'mac and Cheese Burger

Smashburger combined two of Americans' favorite foods into one sandwich, the S'mac and cheese burger. The mac and cheese is smashed on the griddle along with the burger to create a crispy caramelized cheese layer. It then gets a topping of even more cheese, along with the burger patty.  

Dunkin' Breakfast Tacos

Dunkin': Breakfast Tacos

Dunkin' has a brand new item for all your morning meal needs. The new breakfast tacos feature scrambled eggs, fire-roasted corn, melted sharp white cheddar, tangy lime crema, and optional crumbled bacon. You can also get caramel chocolate cold brew, carrot cake muffins, and chocolate croissants right now.

Bojangles: Sweet Potato Pie

Bojangles: Sweet Potato Pie

Southern biscuit haven Bojangles brought back a fan-favorite dessert for a limited time. The sweet potato pie is filled with creamy, smooth sweet potato filling wrapped in crunchy crust and topped with cinnamon butter spread.

Taco John's Queso Fried Chicken Tacos
Taco John's

Taco John's: Queso Fried Chicken Tacos

Chicken tacos are getting a cheesy boost at Taco John's. The new queso fried chicken tacos feature a crispy chicken tender topped with pepper-studded white queso, lettuce, and shredded cheese in a flour tortilla. Also available right now are the Alaskan flounder fish tacos drizzled with chipotle lime sauce.

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Jack in the Box American Ribeye Burger
Jack in the Box

Jack in the Box: American Ribeye Steakhouse Burger

Jack in the Box is breaking out the fancy beef for its latest burger offering. The American ribeye steakhouse burger is made with a 100% ribeye beef patty that's topped with cheddar cheese, aioli, lettuce, tomato, and red onions. You can also get it with bacon, naturally. And not to be left out on the summer drink front, you can grab a pineapple express shake complete with maraschino cherry on top.

Long John Silver's Cheesecake
Long John Silver's

Long John Silver's: Cheesecake Factory Cheesecake

You won't have to go to Cheesecake Factory and spend $10 just to get a slice of cheesecake anymore. Long John Silver's has added two cheesecake options from Cheesecake Factory to its menu: classic cheesecake with graham cracker crust, and triple chocolate cheesecake with chocolate cookie crust, chocolate ganache, and chocolate chips.

Little Caesars Pretzel Crust Pizza
Little Caesars

Little Caesars: Pretzel Crust Pizza

Pretzel lovers will enjoy Little Caesars' latest limited-time offer. The pretzel crust pizza is made on a large, buttery soft pretzel crust complete with coarse salt around the rim. Instead of pizza sauce, it's got cheddar cheese sauce, plus mozzarella, muenster, and pepperoni.

Jimmy John's Brownie
Jimmy John's

Jimmy John's: Fudge Chocolate Brownie

Jimmy John's has announced that it's added the fudge chocolate brownie to its menu permanently. It's made with semisweet chocolate, cocoa, and melted chocolate for a triple whammy of chocolate flavor.

Noodles and Company Backyard BBQ Chicken Salad
Noodles & Company

Noodles & Company: Backyard BBQ Chicken Salad

Summer is on the horizon at Noodles & Company with the return of its backyard BBQ chicken salad. Mixed greens, grilled chicken, tomato, red onion, roasted corn, cheddar jack cheese, and tangy barbecue coleslaw dressing are all tossed together for a main course salad.

A&W BBQ Burger

A&W: Double BBQ Bacon Crunch Burger

A big burger has returned at A&W. The double BBQ bacon crunch burger has two beef patties, two slices of American cheese, bacon, crispy fried onions, lettuce, and tangy barbecue sauce on a toasted bun. 

Subway Pickleball Club

Subway: Pickleball Club and Teriyaki Blitz

Subway has added two new sandwiches to the Subway Series menu:

  • #19 Pickleball Club: ham, bacon, American cheese, and new honey mustard sauce on toasted Italian bread
  • #33 Teriyaki Blitz: steak marinated in sweet onion teriyaki sauce, melted American cheese, green peppers, and red onions on multigrain bread