33 of June's Best New Fast-Food Items, Including Dolly Parton's Krispy Kreme Donuts

Chick-fil-a honey pepper pimento chicken sandwich

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Chick-fil-a honey pepper pimento chicken sandwich
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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 regularly introduce limited-time offerings 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.

Burger King birthday pie
Burger King

1. Burger King: Philly Melt, Birthday Pie

Burger King is celebrating its 70th birthday, and it's got plenty of new items for the occasion.

  • Philly Melt: two beef patties with Swiss, roasted peppers and onions, and Royal sauce on toasted bread
  • Chicken Philly Royal Crispy Wrap: fried chicken breast, Swiss, roasted peppers and onions, and Royal sauce in a flour tortilla
  • Mozzarella Fries: thin, crispy deep fried mozzarella served with marinara sauce
  • Frozen Cotton Candy: a blue-hued, blue raspberry- and cotton candy-flavored frozen drink
  • Birthday Pie Slice: birthday cake-flavored filling in a cookie crust with rainbow sprinkles

Related: 101 Restaurants Where You Can Eat for Free on Your Birthday

Pizza Hut Cheeseburger Melt
Pizza Hut

2. Pizza Hut: Cheeseburger Melt

There's a new Melt variety on the menu at Pizza Hut. The Cheeseburger Melt has beef, bacon, two cheeses, and onions all melted together inside a parmesan-crust thin crust. It comes with a side of burger sauce for dipping.

Taco Bell cheez-it crunchwrap
Taco Bell

3. Taco Bell: Big Cheez-It Items

Taco Bell announced all kinds of new items for 2024, and you can get your taste of some of them right now. The Big Cheez-It Crunchwrap Supreme swaps the tostada shell for a — you guessed it — giant Cheez-It cracker. There's also a Big Cheez-It Tostada with the same giant cracker topped with beef, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and sour cream. Plus, Nacho Fries and the Cantina Chicken lineup are still available.

McDonald's grandma McFlurry
Arby's: Wagyu Steakhouse Burger

5. Arby's: Burgers, Chicken Wraps

Arby's just released its popular burger again. You can get it Deluxe style with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions, and burger sauce, or Big Cheesy Bacon style, which adds bacon and Swiss cheese. Plus honey mustard, ranch, and barbecue chicken wraps are still available, and the Orange Cream shake is back for the summer.

Related: Fast-Food Dishes With Downright Obsessive Followings

Dunkin kiwi watermelon refresher donut

6. Dunkin': Green Goddess Wrap

There's all kinds of new limited time items at Dunkin' this month.

  • Green Goddess Wrap: egg whites, farro, sundried tomatoes, spinach, feta cheese, and creamy green goddess dressing wrapped in green flatbread
  • Watermelon Burst Donut: donut filled with watermelon jelly and coated in red sugar
  • Chocolate Chunk Cookie: a chocolate chunk cookie with pretzel bits and brown butter
  • Kiwi Watermelon Refresher: kiwi watermelon syrup blended with iced green tea or lemonade
  • Blueberry Donut Coffee: flavors of vanilla frosting and pastry blend with the distinct blueberry donut flavor in hot or iced coffee

Looking for more a.m. options? Check out our roundup of the best fast-food breakfast deals going on right now.

Wendy's Saucy Nuggs

7. Wendy's: Saucy Nuggs

Wendy's has upgraded its chicken nuggets this month. You can now get Saucy Nuggs, which are the chain's nuggets tossed in your choice of sauces with a side of ranch of blue cheese. There are seven sauces to choose from: honey BBQ, garlic parm, buffalo, spicy honey BBQ, spicy garlic parm, spicy, buffalo, and spicy ghost pepper. Plus, the chain is pouring Orange Dreamsicle Frostys right now.

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Papa Johns crispy cuppy roni pizza
Papa Johns

8. Papa Johns: Crispy Cuppy 'Roni

There's a new pizza topping at Papa Johns this month and it's got a silly name. Crispy Cuppy 'Roni is thick-cut pepperoni that cups when it's cooked. You can get it on a pizza, in a Papadia, or stuffed inside of Papa Bites.

White Castle chicken bacon ranch slider
White Castle

9. White Castle: Chicken Bacon Ranch Sliders

There's a new chicken slider at White Castle with a popular flavor combination. The Chicken Bacon Ranch Sliders include crispy chicken, smoked bacon, and Hidden Valley Ranch dressing. 

Related: 33 Things You Didn’t Know About White Castle

Dairy Queen sauced chicken strips basket
Dairy Queen

10. Dairy Queen: Sauced and Tossed Chicken Strips Basket

Chicken tender lovers have a new reason to head to Dairy Queen this month. You can now get your chicken strips tossed in honey BBQ sauce. On the sweet side, here are the current limited-time Blizzard flavors.

  • Brownie Batter
  • Cotton Candy
  • Frosted Animal Cookie
  • Peanut Butter Cookie Dough
  • Ultimate Cookie
  • Picnic Peach Cobbler

Hardee's blueberry biscuits

11. Hardee's: Blueberry Biscuits

Hardee's is making a new sweet version of its popular biscuits. Blueberry biscuits have blueberry bits throughout and are topped with a sweet icing. Plus, there's new Nashville Hot Hand Breaded Chicken Tenders that you can get on a sandwich or as part of a platter.

Sonic orange cloudsicle slush float

12. Sonic: Cheesy Bacon Sonic Stack

You can find all kinds of new menu items at Sonic this month.

  • Cheesy Bacon Sonic Stack: a beef patty with two slices of American cheese, bacon, onions, pickles, ketchup, and mayo grilled on Texas toast
  • Orange Cloudsicle Slush Float: orange dreamsicle slush with orange vanilla popping bubbles topped with soft serve
  • Crispy Tender Wraps: chicken tender tortilla wraps in Cheesy Baja and Hickory BBQ varieties
  • Buffalo Chicken Dip Bites: a fan favorite of chicken, buffalo sauce, and cheese in a deep fried wrapper
  • Oreo Big Scoop Cheesecake: Oreo cheesecake and Oreo pieces in a sundae or Blast

If you're in search of more Sonic deals, check out our ranking of the Sonic Value Menu.

  • Panera new menu items

    13. Panera: Sourdough Melts

    Panera just overhauled its entire menu. Here are some of the new items available.

    • Toasted Italiano: ham, soppressata, provolone, romaine, red onion, pepperoncini peppers, garlic aioli, and Greek dressing on baguette
    • Chicken Bacon Rancher: grilled chicken, bacon, white cheddar, and ranch on focaccia
    • Ciabatta Cheesesteak: sliced steak, provolone, garlic aioli, caramelized onions, and  peppadew peppers on ciabatta
    • Tomato Basil BLT: bacon, mixed greens, tomatoes, and garlic aioli on tomato basil miche
    • Mediterranean Chicken Greens with Grains Salad: romaine and mixed greens in Greek dressing, topped with farro, red rice, grilled chicken, hummus, feta, red onions, peppadew peppers, cucumbers, and shawarma seasoning
    • Southwest Chicken Ranch Salad: romaine in ranch dressing with grilled chicken, chipotle aioli, avocado, grape tomatoes, corn, cilantro, and blue corn tortilla strips
    • Balsamic Chicken Greens with Grains Salad: romaine and mixed greens in balsamic vinaigrette with farro, red rice, cucumbers, pepperoncini peppers, avocado, feta, pumpkin seeds, and green goddess dressing
    • Ranch Cobb Salad: romaine and mixed greens in ranch dressing with grape tomatoes, pickled red onions, bacon, feta, and hard-boiled egg
    • Bacon Mac & Cheese: shell pasta in aged white cheddar sauce topped with bacon

    Del Taco birria combo burrito
    Del Taco

    14. Del Taco: Birria Grilled Combo Burrito

    The ever-popular birria menu is back at Del Taco, this time with a brand new item. You can get the juicy, shredded beef birria in tacos, quesadillas, ramen, and the new Birria Grilled Combo Burrito. It's filled with shredded beef, beans, cheddar, green sauce, onions, and cilantro and then grilled for a crispy exterior. All are served with consomé for dipping.

    Popeyes golden BBQ chicken sandwich

    15. Popeyes: Golden BBQ Chicken Sandwich

    Popeyes just released a new version of its iconic fried chicken sandwich. The Golden BBQ Chicken sandwich includes the chain's classic buttermilk-batted chicken breast topped with pickles and new barbecue honey mustard sauce. Plus, lemon pepper wings and strawberry biscuits are still around.

    Chick-fil-a cherry berry sunjoy

    16. Chick-fil-A: Cherry Berry Drinks

    Goodbye, Honey Pepper Pimento Chicken Sandwich, we hardly knew you. But Chick-fil-A is rolling out its new summer drinks lineup. The Cherry Berry beverages all have the flavors of cherry, blueberry, and cranberry, and are come in lemonade, iced tea, frozen lemonade, and Sunjoy, the chain's mix of lemonade and iced tea. Plus, watch for the debut of the Maple Pepper Bacon Sandwich and the beloved peach shake around the middle of June.

    Zaxby's southern fried shrimp

    17. Zaxby's: Southern Fried Shrimp

    Zaxby's has added seafood to its menu for the first time, though it's on the tail end of seafood season for some reason. Southern Fried Shrimp have a crisp coating of buttermilk, onion, garlic, and pepper. They're served with Zaxtail sauce, a combination of cocktail sauce and creamy Zax sauce. Plus, there's frozen lemonade, peach sweet tea, caramel funnel cakes, and a MrBeast Box Meal.

    Whataburger bacon steakhouse double

    18. Whataburger: Bacon Steakhouse Double

    There's a new limited time burger at Whataburger. The Bacon Steakhouse Double has two beef patties, bacon, cheddar cheese, crispy fried onions, and tangy steak sauce. There's also a jalapeño cheddar breakfast biscuit, caramel latte shake, WhataWings, and a BLT sandwich. 

    Little Caesars crazy puffs
    Little Caesars

    19. Little Caesars: Crazy Puffs

    Things are extra "crazy" at Little Caesars right now with one new menu item. Crazy Puffs are like little mini pizzas. They're made with the chain's pizza crust plus mozzarella, pizza sauce, buttery garlic drizzle, and Italian herb and parmesan seasoning. They come four to an order, and you can get them with pepperoni or plain cheese.

    Jack in the Box Cube's Munchie Meal
    Jack in the Box

    20. Jack in the Box: Cube's Munchie Meal

    Jack in the Box always has a ton of new snacks, and this month is no exception. The chain's teamed up with Ice Cube for the new Cube's Munchie Meal, which comes with a taco, curly fries, mini churros, Sprite, and the returning Chick-N-Tater Melt. That sandwich has fried chicken, hash browns, two kinds of cheese, white cheddar sauce, bacon, and ranch on a croissant. Also new this month is a Meat Lovers Croissant, crispy chicken wings, and the Iced Churro Creamaccino. 

    Jimmy John's firecracker wrap
    Jimmy John's

    21. Jimmy John's: Firecracker Wrap

    There's a new sandwich in town at Jimmy John's. The Firecracker Wrap is made with turkey, salami, ghost pepper cheese, Jimmy peppers, garlic aioli, and Firecracker potato chips inside of a red jalapeño tortilla. The chips are also available in bags on the side.

    Related: The 10 Best Sandwich Chains, Ranked

    Noodles and Co Steak Stroganoff
    Noodles & Company

    22. Noodles & Company: Steak Stroganoff

    Noodles & Co. has brought back a fan-favorite dish by popular demand. Steak Stroganoff has curly egg noodles in a creamy sherry sauce with roasted mushrooms, herbs, black pepper, marinated steak, and parmesan cheese. 

    Subway lavash wrap

    23. Subway: Lavash Wraps

    There's a new bread option at Subway, and it's lavash-style flatbread. To showcase it, the chain has released four new wraps.

    • Homestyle Chicken Salad: rotisserie-style chicken and mayo salad with lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, cucumber, and red onion
    • Honey Mustard Chicken: rotisserie-style chicken with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, and honey mustard sauce
    • Turkey, Bacon & Avocado: turkey, bacon and smashed avocado with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, and peppercorn ranch sauce
    • Cali Caprese: fresh mozzarella cheese and avocado with lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, red onions, cucumbers, roasted garlic aioli and parmesan vinaigrette

    KFC's saucy nuggets
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    24. KFC: Saucy Nuggets

    KFC's chicken nuggets just got saucy. The new Saucy Nuggets are tossed in your choice of five sauces: honey sriracha, Korean BBQ, Sticky Chicky, Nashville hot, and Georgia gold. If you can't decide which to choose, our taste test will help. Watch out for Apple Pie Poppers and Blackberry Lemonade too.

    Qdoba Citrus Lime Shrimp

    25. Qdoba: Citrus Lime Shrimp

    You can get your seafood fix at Qdoba this year. Citrus lime shrimp is back as a protein choice for all your burritos, tacos, and nachos. Plus, you can get Loaded Mexican Street Corn as a side dish.

    Shake Shack BBQ menu
    Shake Shack

    26. Shake Shack: Summer BBQ Lineup

    Shake Shack is betting people want barbecue this summer. Here's everything that's on the new BBQ menu.

    • Smoky Classic BBQ Burger: American cheese, bacon, pickles, crispy onions, and smoky barbecue sauce
    • Carolina BBQ Burger: pepperjack cheese, bacon, fried pickles, and tangy Caroline-style barbecue sauce
    • BBQ Fries: crinkle cut fries with barbecue seasoning and your choice of Shack BBQ and Carolina BBQ sauce
    • BBQ Cheese Fries: crinkle cut fries topped with cheese sauce, barbecue seasoning, and either Shack BBQ or Carolina BBQ sauce

    Church's cheddapeno biscuit

    27. Church's: Cheddapeño Biscuit

    What goes better with fried chicken than biscuits? Church's has upped the ante on the side dish with a Cheddapeño version. It's the chain's standard honey butter biscuit with chopped jalapeños and cheddar cheese baked in. Plus there's a new signature hot dipping sauce and strawberry cheesecake pies for dessert.

    Taco John's bean tostada
    Taco John's

    28. Taco John's: Tostadas

    Taco John's has two new Tostadas on its menu for a limited time. The Refried Bean Tostada features a crispy corn tortilla shell topped with refried beans, cheese, lettuce, pico de gallo, and crumbled queso fresco. The Beefy Tostada swaps out the refried beans for seasoned beef.

    Starbucks summer menu

    29. Starbucks: Summer Menu

    Starbucks is all ready for summer with a new lineup of food and beverages.

    • Summer Berry Refreshers: raspberry, blueberry, and blackberry flavors shaken with or without lemonade with popping raspberry pearls
    • Summer Skies: non-dairy iced drink with summer berry syrup and coconut milk over popping raspberry pearls
    • Pineapple Cloud Cake: cake filled with pineapple cream and pineapple spread
    • Orange Cream Cake Pop: orange cream cake and buttercream dipped in white chocolate icing
    • Chocolate Macadamia Cold Brew: macadamia syrup with white chocolate macadamia cream cold foam and toasted cookie crumbles

    Chipotle Chicken al Pastor

    30: Chipotle: Chicken al Pastor

    Chicken al Pastor is back as a protein option at Chipotle. It's made with grilled chicken marinated in adobo, smoky morita chiles, pineapple, and achiote, and tossed with lime and cilantro. You can get it in burritos, bowls, tacos, and quesadillas.

    Culver's pretzel haus pub burger

    31. Culver's: Pretzel Haus Pub Burger

    A customer favorite has returned at Culver's for the summer. The Pretzel Haus Pub Burger includes two smashed burger patties, bacon, cheddar, pickled onions, cheddar cheese sauce, and tangy Bistro sauce all on a pretzel bun.

    Panda Express spicy orange chicken
    Panda Express

    32. Panda Express: Hot Orange Chicken

    It's not just the weather heating things up at Panda Express right now. The chain has debuted a new spicy version of its ever-popular Orange Chicken. It's the same recipe but with both crushed and dried chilis to give it a nice burn.

    Krispy Kreme Dolly Parton donuts
    Krispy Kreme

    33. Krispy Kreme: Dolly's Southern Sweets Donuts

    Krispy Kreme has teamed up with Dolly Parton on its latest offerings to bring you her favorite Southern desserts in donut form. There are four new items in the collection.

    • Dolly Dazzler Donut: a strawberry-glazed donut with gold, pink, and white glitter sprinkles with a chocolate butterfly
    • Peachy Keen Cobbler Donut: a peach-filled donut with brown sugar icing and a crunchy cobbler topping
    • Banana Puddin’ Pie: a banana pudding-stuffed donut with yellow icing and a wafer cookie
    • Chocolate Crème Pie: a glazed donut with chocolate brownie cream, vanilla whipped topping, and a sprinkle of chocolate cookie crumble