Sometimes there is nothing more satisfying than fast food. When you're hungry, verging on hangry even, you need to get your food as quickly as possible. If this situation has you running to McDonald's or Taco Bell, there are a few things you need to know to truly make your meal perfect. From getting your food faster, fresher, or customized, these fast food hacks will satisfy your hangry side in record time.
Fresh Fries Means No Salt
There is nothing worse than reaching into your bag of food to sneak a fry on your drive home only to realize it's old. Sadly, the fries in your bag might have been sitting under a warmer for hours.
To make sure you get the freshest fries possible, order them without salt. Most restaurants salt their fries as soon as they come out of the fryer, so a new batch will have to be made.
Get Your Famous Star Stuffed
While this hack might be too much for some, it is necessary to consider during times of extreme hunger. Some Carl's Jr restaurants can make what's known as a "stuffed star" if you ask for one.
If they don't but you still want to try it, order a Super Star and a spicy chicken sandwich. Then simply place the chicken patty in the middle of the two meat patties. Sounds gross, but tastes delicious.
Get Extra Meat At Chipotle
Want to get extra meat on your Chipotle burrito or in your bowl without paying extra? According to those who have tried, simply ask for half of two types of meat. The theory is that the "half" portion is closer to "three-fourths."
Now when you get your food, your inner animal will be satisfied knowing you've hacked your way into an extra half portion of meat! Which two are you going to choose?
Get Your Bun Steamed
Here's a McDonald's hack that once you've tried it, you'll never eat your burger the old way again. Every sandwich tastes better with a soft, steamed bun, but you don't always get that with your burger, do you?
At the register, simply ask for a steamed bun. McDonald's uses steamed buns on their filet-o-fish sandwiches, so they won't be doing extra work at all. And you'll be more satisfied when you take that first bite.
A Trick To Always Getting Fresh Food
A sneaky way to get the freshest food possible at some fast food restaurants is to customize your order. This won't work everywhere, but it's still vital to know. At places that pre-package their sandwiches, make sure you customize your order.
Even asking for no ketchup means they will have to make your order on the spot. No longer will you have to eat food that has been sitting under a warming lamp for hours on end!
The Lunch Rush Means Fresh Food
Another way to ensure you are getting the freshest product possible is to go during the lunch or dinner rush. Your patience might be tested a little by the long lines, but it will be worth it in the end.
The math is simple. As more food is served, more must also be made. If food does have to sit under the warming lamp, it won't be sitting there for long. Sometimes a little patience can pay off in a big way!
Poutine The KFC Way
Poutine is one of the greatest cuisines Canada has ever given the world. If you're ever craving the cheese and gravy-soaked delicacy, here's a fast way to get it at KFC.
When the cashier takes your order, ask for fries covered in gravy. Some restaurants will even have cheese curds or cheddar cheese ready for a more "authentic" effect. This hack will save you the time and money you would otherwise spend traveling to Canada!
More Meat For Less Money At Arby's
Arby's slogan of "we have the meats!" is one of the most ear-catching of the last decade. It's also not false advertising. Part of the joy of going to Arby's is getting a fast food sandwich piled high with meats. And if you want even more bang for your buck, here's a hack you need to know.
Instead of ordering one regular roast beef sandwich, order two junior-sized ones. Not only will this save you money, but it will also increase the amount of meat you're served.
Give Your Starbucks A Nutella Kick!
Have you ever dreamed of marrying your favorite Starbucks coffee with the incredible taste of Nutella? Tragically, the coffee shop doesn't offer a Nutella version of any drink. That didn't stop us from finding a hack for you.
Here's what you do. Order a Cafe Misto, then ask to have a pump of chocolate and hazelnut added. Go ahead and get extra fancy with a caramel drizzle, too. There is no better way to drink dessert for breakfast!
Options At Jamba Juice Are Endless
Walking into Jamba Juice can feel like a pretty intimidating experience. The menu is long and full of options to satisfy any craving. Because of this, it can also feel limiting. All you can do is order your drink and your boost and wait.
The truth is that no one should be intimidated to ask for exactly what they want at Jamba Juice. The customization possibilities are endless because all substitution requests must be abided by and you will sleep easy knowing you can get exactly what you want.
A Bowl Is Bigger Than A Burrito
According to Business Insider, if you order a bowl instead of a burrito at Chipotle, you will get more food for the same price. The website decided to investigate the claim that was originally made by a Reddit user.
While Business Insider did not provide measurement or weight comparisons, their writer confirmed the information. He also added that you can add a tortilla on the side for free and make your own burrito!
Fresh Eggs Are Always Better
Did you realize there are five different ways you can have your eggs prepared at McDonald's? There's only one way to get a fresh-cracked egg, though. When you order your breakfast sandwich, ask for a round egg.
A "round egg" is simply a freshly cracked egg cooked in a circular tin. Any other version of an egg is either in liquid form or arrives at the restaurant frozen. Round is clearly the best option.
A Big Mac For Less Bucks
As long as you can live without the middle bun in your Big Mac, you can use this hack to save nearly three dollars! That may not seem like much now, but adds up over time!
This is how it works: order a double cheeseburger, then replace the mustard and ketchup with the other goodies - extra lettuce, special sauce, and pickles. Let's be honest, does anyone really need the middle bun anyway?
Save Money At Domino's By Creating Your Own Pizza
Domino's doesn't want you to know it, but they have several specialty pizzas that can be created by you at a lower price. The best example of this is the Honolulu Hawaiian pizza.
Try ordering a large three-topping pizza with ham, bacon, and pineapple while forgoing the Parmesan Asiago and roasted red peppers. You'll find the final product is much lighter on your wallet! If you need the extra topping to can still add them, but the price will be closer to regular.
Get It Grilled Again At Taco Bell
Getting your burrito or wrap from Taco Bell grilled is easily one of the best fast food choices you can make. An even better choice is to ask them to grill it twice because they actually will.
This second grilling will make your meal even crispier and crunchier. We can't believe this option isn't listed on the menu! We bet the extra heat makes all the cheese inside even gooier than it already is.
Fries With Ketchup On The Go
When you order fries from any fast food restaurant, you want to eat them while they're still hot. If you have to eat while you walk, this can create a problem for dipping them in ketchup.
The easy solution to this tip the back of your fry container backward to create a lip for pouring ketchup into. Now you can have your hot-out-of-the-fryer fries on the go, dipping sauce included!
Eight McNuggets Are Cheaper Than Six
Do you want to save money at McDonald's while getting more food? Try ordering two four-piece Chicken McNuggets instead of one six-piece. The trick here is that the four-piece McNuggets aren't on the menu.
Consider it a secret item menu if you must, but this trick should still work. In 2012, Fast Food Geek reported that a six-piece was priced at $2.99 while the four-piece was $1.29. By that math, two four-pieces, equalling eight-pieces, will only cost you $2.58.
Fresh Patties From Burger King
Go to any fast food restaurant and there's a good chance that the burger patty you're eating has been sitting under a heating lamp for hours. If you want to avoid that, go to Burger King and try this hack.
When you order your burger, ask for it to be "OB," or off the broiler. Ordering your patty this way means the restaurant will have to cook it fresh on the spot!
Don't Buy Bottled Water At Starbucks
Prices add up quickly at Starbucks, so one way to save a little money is by asking for a Vente size water. These come for free, which seems like a much better deal than a two to three dollar bottle of water.
With the money you just saved, you can buy yourself another breakfast sandwich or muffin. You can even upgrade the size of your coffee or get the frappuccino you really wanted!
Turn Your Cheesy Gordita Crunch Into A Doritos Masterpiece
Taco Bell changed the fast food world forever when the restaurant introduced the Doritos Locos Taco. What many customers don't know yet is that you can substitute the Doritos Locos shell into other classics like the Cheesy Gordita Crunch.
The upgrade will only cost you around 30 cents, and the extra flavor is worth every penny. Pair it with a Baja Blast from the soda fountain to really get the perfect Taco Bell experience.