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Sep 14, 2009 04:17 PM

When is Burger King going to realize that their fries SUCK?

I just dont understand it, 9/10 people I talk to cant stand them! That coating on the outside is SO unappealing!!! I can think of only 1 coated french fry that I enjoy....I believe they are the seasoned fries by McCain? Even then I only buy 2-3 bags of them a year. As a french fry lover, its is sad that I will pass em up and just get a sandwich or tenders and a I the only one?

Seriously though, if I was on a deserted island with 25 pounds of Burger King french fries and a stray dog, I would feed the fries to Fido and then eat the dog.

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    1. re: NewDude

      That won't do it, because even if people prefer real fries, they'll still order the crappy ones if they happen to be there. I can't stand them at all; I won't go to BK anymore because of the fries. But clearly I'm in the minority.

      1. re: sbp

        I think thats part of the problem - when faced with crappy fries or no fries, most will go with the crappy fries.

        I am in the minority as well, I say "NO FRIES!"

        1. re: joe777cool

          The fries couldn't be that crappy if people still keep buying and eating them. It's not like BK is the only restaurant chain on the planet.

            1. re: NewDude

              Fries are part of the standard combo. The real way to know would be to see how many people order fries when not ordering a combo.

              There is so much hyperbole on this site when it comes to how bad something is. Their fries are not as good as at other fast food places. I'm glad they offer the option of onion rings instead of fries. I don't think I've eaten there in the last few years, though.

              1. re: Fibber McGee

                Yes, there is a lot of hyperbole about "bad" on this site. But I've got a pretty high tolerance for bad food. I happen to think BK makes the worst Burger among the fast food chains - but it's still not horrible. Strange, in the same way a Big Mac doesn't taste like a hamburger but I still like it.

                But the BK fries stand out -- no hyperbole, they are wretched. As others have noted, I actually avoid BK simply because of the fries.

                1. re: sbp

                  I have to toally agree - Its hard to believe that a french fry could be screwed up, but Burger King does that. I eat there once a week on average, I stop there 4-5 times a week just to get a fountain drink on my way to work and yet I havent eaten a fry there in I would estimate over a year.

                  MD's on the other hand, I will often stop just to get a small order of fries and nothing else... cant beat em in S&S sauce!

                2. re: Fibber McGee

                  They ruined their onion rings a few years ago, too. They were never real onion rings as far as I remember, but they were a guilty pleasure of mine. Now, not only are they not real onions on the inside, but it's some pasty mush on the inside. They used to have minced onions inside. They are just strange now.

                  1. re: gordeaux

                    Do you ever get the feeling BK is just testing out the newest version of Soylent Green?

          1. re: NewDude

            Perhaps people buy them because the don't think they are crappy or because it not so bad the wouldn't eat them. They are pretty mediocre.

            I honestly don't understand the fast food business. I'm assuming they know how to make this stuff better (less greasy, less salt, taste better, better bread). I'm assuming they don't for a reason. They are smart people. Why?

              1. re: joe777cool

                What joe said, mostly.

                But on top of that, fat and salt add flavour without adding more expensive/fresher/high quality ingredients. This allows them to keep their prices down, both of which bring in more customers. Fast food customers (myself included) don't go to fast food restaurants for healthy food items.

                So, to quote someone who said it first and more to the point, "$$$$$$".

          2. no..they used to be my favorite fries (they were "mushier" than McDonald's, which I like) then they reformulated them with that odd coating. Can't stand them. I usually get the tater tot thingies they have.

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            1. re: puddin head

              They were definitely less crispy back in the day. Yeah, back when I didn't care about my weight, I used to really enjoy BK fries.

              1. re: puddin head

                It seems they are now molded out of the same substance as Pringles, dipped in a foul smelling oil. And I am one of those who now drive past BK when I want the occasional fast lunch.

                1. re: tastyjon

                  I used to prefer BK over the other fast food spots, but I can't stand it anymore. The very few things that I actually like there seem to always lead to really bad gas anyways, so that was the last straw :)

                  1. re: jgg13

                    Oddly enough, I think it is the lettuce that causes the gas. If you get them to leave it off you shouldn't have the problem. I don't have a clue as to why this is...

                    1. re: Clarkafella

                      Not sure, In-

                      Not sure. I-n-Out same problem 'Harold McGee advises double cooking. It works. Ore-Ida frees-dried cooked in bot oil ro oven-brwned, they awork

                      1. re: Clarkafella

                        I believe you're right. I think their food is so hard and takes so long to digest that the fresh lettuce sits there and rots and turns into gas while waiting for the junk to catch up.

                        1. re: jlove79

                          Burger Kings fries were never great. But they were much better when they fried them in natural healthy beef tallow. Their sandwiches and burgers went downhill the past few years after they quite flame broiling, shrunk the patties and buns, and strayed away from attention to their classics and tried to make new items. Will they learn in time to save the franchise? I doubt it. It is a shame, I used to love their chicken tenders, whoppers, and all cheeseburgers.

                2. Has anyone noticed that all of their food tastes like their fries? I hadn't eaten there in years, and recently went and ordered one of their breaded sandwiches. I immediately noticed a funky flavor, which I soon realized was essence of french fries.

                  So, I guess that means that those sandwiches suck as much as the fries.

                  1. I order the rings or the salad with my combo instead of the fries. I was disappointed when they discontinued the baked potato - that was my favourite by far.

                    It's not a big deal to me, as I should actually be eating the salads instead of fries, but have you considered actually writing them and telling them how you feel?

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                    1. re: FrankD

                      I think I did write an email to them a few years ago actually. Im planning on sending them another email with a link to this thread (a petition of sorts) once we get a few more replies.

                    2. "When is Burger King going to realize that their fries SUCK? "
                      Sometime after they realize their mascot is just too disturbingly creepy along w/ the commercials he stars in. Don't hold your breath.