Free Fries This Friday at Burger King: Should You Care?

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The fantasy
December 16 marks Free Fries Friday at Burger King locations across the country, part of the nationwide rollout of "fluffier" fries with "more potato flavor" that started December 5. The new fries ​are 20 percent lower in sodium than the old version and are cooked in a trans-fat-free vegetable oil. Despite the lower sodium, they still clock in at 330 milligrams (240 milligrams unsalted by special request), compared to McDonald's 160 milligrams for a small serving.

Clean Plate Charlie sampled the fries that are indeed "fluffier," though I'm not sure that's ever been a plus when it comes to fries. They're a cross between a fast-food french fry and a steak-cut fry with less flavor than the old fries.

The product is paired with the launch of the hef's choice burger, dressed with bacon
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The reality
​that's crisper than whatever the chain had been using. The 5.5-ounce "USDA certified ground chuck" patty is layered with vegetables, American cheese, "sauce," and a seedless bun. The Swiss mushroom burger is also part of the rollout, a non-USDA certified 3.2-ounce patty, with anemic-looking mushrooms and gooey melted cheese on this sorry-looking roll in the photo to the right.

The third new burger is the 3.2-ounce deluxe cheeseburger with American cheese, pickles, Thousand Island, lettuce, and onion that costs $2.99 with tax. A four-ounce Whopper -- swap dressing with ketchup and mayo -- costs $3.92 with tax.


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ErinHilburn
ErinHilburn

Burger King fries are notoriously disgusting, and I'm with Freakerdude, the less fast food I eat, the happier I am. 

Hank
Hank

These new BK fries are marginally better than the old ones, but still not half as good as McDonalds. For many years, I have avoided BK because of their fries. Nothing will change. I brought them back to my office for everyone to try and my secretary summed the new fries up best: They are like a stiff synthetic potato tube stuffed with mashed potatoes.

It took BK close to two decades to figure out their fries suck and this is the best they could do?

freakerdude
freakerdude

I haven't eaten at Burger King in over 5 years and have eaten at McDonald's twice in the last 5 years only due to necessity. Toss in Checker's at the airport and that makes 3 fast food visits in 5 years. Goodbye fat belly and high blood pressure! You will not be missed.

The longer I stay away from these places the more I realize how crappy their food really is!

Pete Pepper
Pete Pepper

Had em last week.  I was not impressed though they are a little better than the last relaunched fries.  I found them tasteless.I will stick with McDonalds fries until we finally get a Sonic in Fort Lauderdale.

Melissamccart
Melissamccart

I agree. I feel sad after a burger like these, the whole process of eating it in a car or a space that looks like a bathroom, and the quality of ingredients. I won't even get started. 

Chef Chet
Chef Chet

Sorry but had the new fries and dug 'em.  The store we had them did salt a bit heavy..but that's the way I like 'em.  Damn good..very well executed.

Chef Chester

melissamccart
melissamccart

Youre in luck, Pete. We have a sonic that opened in November on a1a.

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