Welcome to the ultimate list of America’s fast-food restaurants’ most popular menu items. You can probably guess some of them. However, if you’ve ever wondered what some people order at Subway or Taco John’s, you’ll get a chance to peek into their eating habits.
We did online research, combined with rep statements, and came up with this ultimate list of the top 48 orders. Enjoy!
1. Chipotle: Chicken Burrito Bowl With Rice and Beans
One Chipotle rep confirmed that their most popular order is the chicken burrito bowl with rice and black beans.
2. Domino’s and Papa John’s: Pepperoni Pizza
Both Domino’s and Papa John’s cited the classic pepperoni pizza as their most popular order.
Domino’s pepperoni slices come with a mixture of spiced pork and beef on a freshly-baked crust with tomato sauce and mozzarella.
3. Boston Market: Rotisserie Chicken
Boston Market’s signature is also the most ordered dish. The all-natural rotisserie chicken is so famous that they sell over 20 million of them each year.
4. Firehouse Subs: Hook and Ladder Sandwich
A rep mentioned the Hook & Ladder sandwich as their best-selling product. This sandwich comes with smoked turkey breast, Virginia honey ham, Monterey Jack cheese, veggies, mayo, and deli mustard on the side.
5: Noodles World Kitchen: Wisconsin Mac & Cheese
Noodles World Kitchen serves over 10 million Wisconsin Mac & Cheese bowls, its top-selling menu item. Other popular orders include zucchini and asparagus with lemon sauce and penne rosa with tomato cream sauce, grilled chicken, pipette shells, tomato, mushrooms, parmesan, and spinach.
6: Arby’s: Classic Roast Beef Sandwich
Arby’s bestseller is the Classic Roast Beef Sandwich. The sandwich comes with marinated, daily roasted beef piled high on a toasted sesame seed bun.
7: Subway: Footlong Turkey Sub
If you’re wondering what people order at Subway, here’s the answer. It’s the footlong Turkey Sub with a side of chips.
8: Chick-Fil-A: Waffle Fries
Chick-fil-A’s official blog credited the waffle fries as its most ordered menu item in 2018.
9: McDonald’s: Fries
No fast-food brand is more recognizable than McDonald’s and its fries. It’s been the most popular item ever since the 50s!
10: Whataburger: No. 1
Whataburger’s most ordered item has been the same for almost 70 years. A rep confirmed that customers are head over heels for the No. 1 Whataburger.
11: Five Guys: Cheeseburger
Five Guys’ top-selling item is the two-patty cheeseburger. This doesn’t come as a surprise, with the most popular toppings of lettuce and ketchup.
12: Panera: Mac and Cheese
A Panera rep said that the chain’s top pick is the Mac and Cheese.
13: Hardee’s: Biscuits
Hardee’s sells over 236 million Made from Scratch biscuits, its most commonly ordered menu item.
14: Moe’s Southwest Grill: Homewrecker Burrito
Moe’s Southwest’s most famous dish is the seasoned burrito with rice, beans, guacamole, shredded cheese, and a protein source of choice.
15: Starbucks: Cold Brew and Nitro Cold Brew Coffee
Starbucks’ most ordered coffee drinks include the cold brew, nitro cold brew, latte, Frappuccino, and cloud macchiato. Popular non-coffee drinks include Teavana iced green tea, Strawberry Acai Refreshers, and honey citrus mint tea. As for the foods, the most popular are the egg and cheese protein box, sous vide egg bites, spinach and feta wrap, and blueberry oatmeal.
16: Dunkin’: Coffee
The Dunkin’s coffee keeps America on its feet. As for the donuts, popular ones include the glazed, Boston Kreme, and frosted chocolate.
17: Ben and Jerry’s: Cookie Dough
It may come as no surprise that Ben and Jerry’s most popular flavor is the cookie dough.
18: Raising Cane’s: Chicken Fingers
Raising Cane’s crispy and tender chicken fingers is the most commonly ordered menu item.
19: In-N-Out: Double Double
An In-N-Out rep brought up the Double Double as a hot seller, with double beef patties and American cheese slices.
20: Culver’s: ButterBurger With Cheese
Culver’s menu is burgers heavy, with the ButterBurger cheeseburger at the top.
21: Auntie Anne’s: Original Pretzel Nuggets
Auntie Anne’s original pretzel is still baked with five simple ingredients and a top-selling product. Most commonly sold non-pretzel items include the cheese dip and lemonade.
22: Taco John’s: Potato Oles
You’d expect a taco restaurant to be best known for its tacos. This one, however, is most famous for its potato oles.
23: Long John Silver’s: Two-Piece Fish Meal
The two-piece fish meal at Long John Silver’s comes with battered and fried Alaskan Pollock, two homestyle sides, and two hushpuppies.
24: Potbelly: A Wreck Sandwich
The brand’s signature menu item, A Wreck, is also the most commonly ordered. It’s stuffed with salami, turkey, roast beef, ham, and Swiss cheese.
25: Jason’s Deli: Garden Fresh Salad Bar
The salad bar has been the most sold item for over 40 years.
26: Pei Wei: Wei Better Orange Chicken
The Wei Better Orange Chicken is the top-seller at Pei Wei Asian Kitchen. The Kung Pao and Mongolian Steak is the second, right ahead of the new cauliflower rice.
27: Del Taco: Crunchy Del Taco
Del Taco’s most popular item remains the Del Taco. There’s also a meatless option called Beyond Meat that’s served with avocado.
28: Wendy’s: Dave’s Single Cheeseburger
Wendy’s best-selling menu item is Dave’s Single Cheeseburger made with 1/4 pound of fresh beef and topped with onion, lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, and, of course, cheese.
29: Smashburger: Classic Smash
The Classic Smash comes with seared beef, tomato, lettuce, pickles, onion, American cheese, Smash sauce, and ketchup on an egg bun.
30: Panda Express: Orange Chicken
Here’s another top-selling menu item that comes as no surprise to anyone who has ever to Panda Express.
31. Five Guys: Chocolate Milkshake
The second most-ordered item after the burgers at Five Guys is the chocolate milkshake. Some other popular flavors include Oreo cookie, vanilla, strawberry, salted caramel, and peanut butter.
32. Church’s Chicken: Combo #1
Combo #1 comes with two chicken pieces, a side dish, and a honey butter biscuit.
33: Qdoba: Grilled Adobo Chicken Bowl
This no. 1 best-selling dish is also customizable with cheese, guacamole, or veggies.
34: Carl’s Jr: Spicy Chicken Sandwich
The best-selling item at Carl’s Jr may come as no surprise.
35: Einstein Bros: Farmhouse Signature Breakfast Sandwich
This sandwich features eggs, bacon, smoked ham, and cheddar cheese finished with country pepper schmear on a bagel.
36: Original ChopShop: Teriyaki Chicken Protein Bowl
As confirmed by the restaurant, the most commonly ordered dish is the teriyaki chicken protein bowl served with teriyaki sauce, sesame seeds, Brussels sprouts, or avocado.
37: White Castle: Sliders
White Castle’s most famous for its sliders, dubbed “America’s original craving.”
38: Cinnabon: Classic Roll
Yet another winner that comes as no surprise is the Classic Roll at Cinnabon. The mouth-watering aromas are just what customers look forward to.
39: Little Caesar’s: Hot-N-Ready Pepperoni Pizza
Little Caesar’s customers are madly in love with the $5 Hot-N-Ready Classic Pepperoni Pizza. In second place is the Crazy Bread that most fans complete the orders with.
40: Taco Bell: Crunchy Taco
Taco Bell sells more crunchy tacos than anything else. It’s stuffed with beef, shredded cheese, and lettuce.
41: Fazoli’s: Breadstick Sandwiches
Known for its breadsticks, Fazoli’s sells a lot of breadstick sandwiches.
42: Dairy Queen: Blizzards
The upside-down blizzards is the top-selling item over at Dairy Queen. Customers can choose among Turtle Pecan Cluster, Candy Classics, and other flavors.
43: Jack in the Box: Taco
The most popular dish at Jack in the Box is the taco with beef, lettuce, salsa, and American cheese.
44: Dog Haus: T-Mex
The most famous hot dog at Dog Haus is the T-Mex. This authentic Tex-Mex dish comes with beef sausage, avocado, chipotle aioli, jalapenos, and slaw.
45: McAlister’s Deli: Club Sandwich
A brand rep told us over email that the deli club sandwich is among their most popular menu item. Customers often order sweet tea to go with it.
46: Chick-Fil-A: Chicken Nuggets
The chicken nuggets are another best-selling item at Chick-fil-A.
Let the Food Tasting Begin
After learning about the best-selling items of America’s 48 most popular fast-food chains, you may want to start exploring new flavors and tastes you haven’t known to exist. Hopefully, we’ve given you enough lunch or dinner ideas to keep you going for the rest of the year!