Most Disgusting Fast Food Menu Items, Ranked
With the launch of its first fried chicken sandwich, fast food chain Popeyes created a viral sensation that sparked a surge of renewed interest in the restaurant. Fast foodies and occasional diners alike took to Twitter to share their opinions on how the chicken sandwich stacked up to the competition, leading to long lines and sold-out sandwiches nationwide.
Needless to say, introducing a new menu item can do wonders for your favorite chain — but it can also lead to culinary inventions that are downright gross. From KFC’s Double Down Dog to McDonald’s stab at a lobster roll, we count down the most disgusting fast food menu items ever.
#30. Whopperito | Burger King
Burgers and burritos — without a doubt, these are two popular fast food staples. It’s no wonder someone got creative over at Burger King and decided to combine the two. Taking inspiration from the chain’s signature Whopper, this fusion features ground beef with a spicy seasoning, queso sauce, lettuce, tomato and pickles — all conveniently wrapped in a tortilla.
#29. Mountain Dew A.M. | Taco Bell
From Baja Blast to Code Red, there’s a Mountain Dew flavor for every occasion, and most are available at your friendly neighborhood Taco Bell. In 2012, the chain took their soda partnership to the next level. It just so happened that Taco Bell was rolling out its line of breakfast foods at the time, and execs decided guests would need a beverage to accompany their egg "Scramblers" and hashbrowns. Enter Mountain Dew A.M.
#28. Kit Kat Chocoladilla | Taco Bell
Always looking to expand its menu, Taco Bell attempted to add more to its limited repertoire of sweets in 2017. In the past, the chain had tried its hand at dessert quesadillas, including a s’mores-inspired one at locations in Spain, but the most infamous ended up being the Kit Kat Chocoladilla, which initially launched as a test product in the UK.
#27. “Cookie Dough” Chicken Tenders | Popeyes
Popeyes struck gold recently with its fried chicken sandwich, but it had a few limited-edition releases in the past that didn’t result in the same appeal. One of those questionable entries was called Sweet & Crunchy Tenders, which were branded as "cookie dough" tenders. Of course, the delectable pieces of chicken weren’t exactly coated in chocolate chip batter, but they were fried in a shortbread cookie coating.
#26. Hula Burger | McDonald’s
The availability of McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish may be limited in some areas, but the iconic sandwich makes a nationwide debut every year around the time of Lent, when Catholics abstain from eating meat (particularly on Fridays) in the leadup to Easter. Having withstood the test of time, the popular fish sandwich is undoubtedly a clever menu addition. In an attempt to replicate that success, McDonald’s decided to test the waters with another meatless burger in the 1960s.
#25. Kit Kat Sandwich | First Kitchen
In Japan, the folks behind Kit Kat have gone full steam ahead on introducing a range of unique flavors. From edamame soybean and matcha green tea to wasabi and pear, there’s a Kit Kat for every craving. The Japan-based Wendy’s subsidiary known as First Kitchen took this love of the crunchy candy bar to a new level with the first-ever Kit Kat Sandwich.
#24. Cheetos Chicken Sandwich | KFC
Chester the Cheetah and Colonel Sanders teaming up? That’s one crossover we didn’t ask for, but we got it anyway in the form of the Cheeto Chicken Sandwich from KFC. This interesting chicken sandwich is dunked in a Cheetos glaze that looks radioactive and then topped with mayonnaise and a mountain of actual Cheetos. Unfortunately, the sandwich failed to live up to either of its promises: It wasn’t "dangerously cheesy," and — surprise, surprise — it also wasn’t "finger lickin’ good."
#23. Edible Coffee Cup | KFC
From the iconic establishment that brought you the Chizza and the Double Down Dog comes something truly surprising — the edible coffee cup. Nicknamed the Scoff-ee Cup, this edible container was released in the UK in 2015 to mark the collaboration between Seattle’s Best Coffee and KFC. Of course, one of the most shocking things about it was that someone would actually order coffee at KFC.
#22. Crown Crust Pizza | Pizza Hut
From making crusts out of mozzarella sticks to tossing chicken tenders on a pie, Pizza Hut will throw just about anything at the pizza oven to see if it sticks. One of the chain’s most ludicrous inventions was the (very regal) Crown Crust Pizza, a pizza-burger hybrid that just screams American gluttony. (Or maybe to an international audience, it screams American cuisine at its finest?)
#21. Gracoro Burger | McDonald’s
If you’re not sure what a Gracoro Burger is, it may be because the name is a combination of two Japanese words: "gratin" and "korokke," the latter being Japan’s version of a croquette. However, instead of being stuffed with chopped meat and veggies, the fried breadcrumb-crusted patty is filled with a mixture of creamy white sauce, shrimp and macaroni. It’s all topped off with a nice demi-glace sauce and a slice of cheddar.
#20. Kuro Burger | Burger King
Back in 2014, Burger King restaurants in Japan served up a brand new item — the Kuro Burger. Kuro, which means "black" in Japanese, describes the product perfectly. The buns and cheese on the burger are colored a sleek black, thanks to some added bamboo charcoal, but the gimmick doesn’t end there: Even the ketchup is colored black as a result of the squid ink added to the condiment.
#19. Double Down Dog | KFC
In 2010, KFC announced the creation of its now-iconic Double Down sandwich — bacon, cheese and barbecue sauce on two fried chicken breast filets that served as the bun. The biggest joke of all? KFC put the Double Down on its April Fools’ Day press release, promoting it with the slogan "so much 100 percent premium chicken, we didn’t have room for a bun."
#18. Vulcan Pizza | Nya Gul & Blå
Have you ever wanted a hummus plate, cheese and crackers, pizza and fries all at the same time? Well, Swedish-based pizzeria Nya Gul & Blå thought it would capitalize on literally any and all cravings its customers might experience — all at the same time. Dubbed the Vulcan Pizza, this ridiculous concoction takes "stuffed pizza" to the next level.
#17. Pumpkin Spice Fries | McDonald’s
These days, there’s winter, spring, summer and Pumpkin Spice Season™ (sorry, fall). From lattes and chocolates to Pringles and Oreos, it seems almost anything could be subjected to a pumpkin spice transformation. According to McDonald’s, even French fries aren’t exempt from this autumnal trend.
#16. Arbynator | Arby’s
If you thought the turducken craze that swept the nation was a lot — remember when the internet discovered the magic of the three-bird roast? — then the Arbynator might not be for you. Like a chicken stuffed into a duck stuffed into a turkey, this towering Arby’s sandwich is all about the meat. Of course, it’s just about one type of meat, roast beef, but the sandwich comes in three sizes, with the heftiest weighing in at half a pound.
#15. Chizza | KFC
The Chizza is yet another example of taking two massively beloved and popular fast food items and combining them into a less beloved and way less popular hybrid. KFC billed the Chizza as its spin on a Hawaiian-style pizza — chicken ham, tomato sauce, cheese sauce, mozzarella and pineapple, all on a fried chicken base, in lieu of dough. While this may sound intriguing in theory, the Chizza’s reality was like a weird take on chicken parm that didn’t quite pan out.
#14. Star Edge Pizza | Pizza Hut
From hot dog-stuffed crusts to a loaded pizza ringed with eight miniature meat pies, Pizza Hut has sold some ridiculous products over the years. While it’s difficult to pick just one stand-out abomination, the Star Edge Pizza, released exclusively in South Korea, definitely has a gross-out advantage. Coming in at $32 a pop, this pie promises a soup to nuts meal experience, and you really get what you pay for — app, entree and a bit of dessert.
#13. Buffalo Latte | Tim Hortons
Before you mock Starbucks’ latest Unicorn Frappuccino or Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew (yes, that’s real), take stock of what Tim Hortons serves up. Canada’s famed quick service chain specializes in coffee and donuts, but that doesn’t mean it’s the be-all-end-all authority on espresso experiments. Take the Buffalo Latte, for example. Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like: espresso, steamed milk, a bit of mocha and a "bold Buffalo sauce flavor."
#12. Foie Gras | Wendy’s
The next item on our countdown is only sold outside the US, although probably not in the country you would expect. Made from duck or goose liver, foie gras is a luxury item. According to French law, a "true" foie gras comes from the liver of a duck or goose that’s been fattened with corn — and force fed the corn at that. All this already makes the French delicacy sound unappealing, but execs at Wendy’s thought differently.
#11. Firecracker Burrito | Taco Bell
Life, liberty and the pursuit of burritos. Shockingly, the Firecracker Burrito wasn’t a Fourth of July marketing gimmick — although we’re thinking this was a real missed opportunity. After a late summer test run in California, Taco Bell released this orange-hued product in the fall of 2017. This burrito is stuffed with the usual beef, rice, cheese and sour cream, but it also features one mind-blowing — or at least one mind-snap-crackle-popping — ingredient: cayenne-flavored popping crystals.
#10. Buffalo Crunch Donut | Tim Hortons
If you thought the Buffalo Latte was a turn off, wait ‘til you hear that coffee-and-donut chain Tim Hortons took the Buffalo gimmick a step further with the Buffalo Crunch Donut. Available exclusively at the New York State Fair in Syracuse, this pastry was the brainchild of Anthony McEachern, who invents a fun, new donut for Tim Hortons and the fair every year. In 2014, McEachern truly outdid himself by embracing and incorporating upstate New York’s iconic Buffalo sauce.
#9. Shrimp & Beef Burger | McDonald’s
From time to time, we all love to indulge in a little surf and turf, but usually that kind of meal involves sitting down at a fancy steakhouse or an oceanside seafood restaurant. Well, for McDonald’s customers in South Korea, forking over the big bucks for surf and turf may not be necessary. In 2016, the world’s most popular burger joint introduced the Shrimp and Beef Burger.
#8. Deep-Fried Salmon Bites | KFC
Speaking of red flags, few things churn our stomachs more than this product — deep-fried salmon bites. In fact, we’d probably take a Chizza over this KFC creation. If the chicken-loving fast food joint is going to take on seafood, we’d much prefer it stick to a more basic fish. For some reason, it seems like there’s much more room for error with storing and preparing salmon.
#7. The Witch Doctor | Whataburger
Whataburger is a popular fast food burger joint in the southern United States. Like most great burger joints, it entices customers with its all-beef patties, salty French fries and … pickle-riddled sodas? You read that correctly: Whataburger’s "Witch Doctor" drink has become a sensation at the Concord, North Carolina, location.
#6. CheeZee Marmite-Stuffed Crust Pizza | Pizza Hut
Vegemite’s cousin, Marmite, is a food spread made from yeast extract, a by-product of making beer. Popular in Britain and New Zealand, Marmite’s official marketing slogan is "Love it or hate it." Often, it’s spread on toast, biscuits or crackers, and much like Vegemite, a little Marmite goes a long way. Clearly, Pizza Hut didn’t get that message.
#5. McLobster | McDonald’s
The advertisements claim the McDonald’s lobster roll is made from "100% Atlantic lobster." If you look closely in that morass of mayo and lettuce, you can even make out a lobster claw, so maybe it’s not a total fantasy. Introduced in 1993, the McLobster has — against all odds — become a seasonal offering in Canada and New England.
#4. Flying Fish Salmon Roe-Stuffed Pizza | Pizza Hut
That’s right — the fast food version of salmon roe pizza you never asked for is here. Yet again, Pizza Hut is on a mission to stuff everything and anything into the crust of a pie. While Marmite was off-putting, salmon eggs prepared by Pizza Hut have got to be the most off-putting. After all, it’s difficult to trust seafood from a fast food joint in general, so trusting Pizza Hut, of all places, to handle caviar seems ludicrous.
#3. Lobster & Caviar Sandwich | Wendy’s
After launching their Foie Gras Burger, Wendy’s took another stab at the Japanese burger chain market by debuting yet another "upscale" item. This time the offerings included the Lobster Surf and Turf Burger — which would normally be the worst thing imaginable — and the Premium Caviar and Lobster Sandwich — which wins as the worst thing imaginable.
#2. Edible Nail Polish | KFC
KFC took its "finger lickin’ good" motto to new extremes when it introduced a line of edible nail polish in 2016. The bizarre polishes come in different chicken-themed flavors, including "Original" and "Hot & Spicy," just like the drumsticks. Although it seems completely outrageous to apply polish that you can lick off, it’s a real possibility, thanks to Colonel Sanders and the powers that be.
#1. Seafood Salad | Taco Bell
Taco Bell is the place you go after a long night of partying or when you decide to go full Crunchwrap Supreme because you can’t make up your mind between a soft or crunchy taco. It’s certainly not where you go to indulge in the freshest catches from the sea. But back in the ‘80s, Taco Bell wanted to make its fast food menu a bit "healthier."