The Untold Truth Of Shake Shack's Fries - Mashed (2023)

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ByNaveena Vijayan/Updated: Jan. 31, 2023 11:10 am EST

Shake Shack's fries stand out for a reason. This fast food staple, which is known for its freshly made ShackBurgers, Shack Chickens, and shakes, to have an item made with frozen spuds, is, well, a bit confusing. Why couldn't they just make it fresh like almost everything else on the menu? We'll explain that in a bit, but know that the fries have a rich, and curious history packed into every crispy bite. For example, did you know that the chain axed the frozen fries from the menu just because they thought they could do better? (viaFast Company)As with many relationships, the value of a frozen crinkle cut was only realized soon after the chain had decided to let it go. It was brought back eventually.

Frozen foods have earned a lot of bad pressover the years (not to mention the wrath of chef Gordon Ramsay), but as far as Shake Shack's fries are concerned, many seem to love the stuff. When the chain took them off its menu, sales dipped (via Fast Company). When they were brought back, sales rose (via Food Business News).

While the math is easy to understand, what was tough to perceive for the chain's CEO, Randy Garutti, was the emotional attachment that fans had to this snack. "It's clear that we underestimated the love for our classic crinkle cut fry," he said (via First We Feast). Here's all that you need to know about this beloved item at Shake Shack.

The fries were not part of Shake Shack's original menu

Surprisingly enough,Shake Shack began as a hot dog cart at Madison Square Park. The cart was actually a part of an art exhibit at the park, not a business venture focused on scaling up to national levels one day (via Forbes). However, the hot dogs became quite a hit, and the cart continued on for three years. But all this time, it served no fries. Then came the decision to move Shake Shack into a 400-square-foot kiosk within the same park. As the story goes, Danny Meyer, the founder of Shake Shack and a renowned restaurateur, chalked out a business plan on a napkin, creating a space reminiscent of a roadside burger joint — but one that sold fresh food. It was only then that fries, besides burgers and custards, were added to the menu (via Buzzfeed). There was, however, one small challenge.

The kiosk, as Randy Garutti, CEO of Shake Shack, told Forbes, lacked the space for making fresh fries from scratch. "[We] didn't have room for anything but frozen fries," he said. Turns out, it was, really a space crunch that pushed the Shake Shack team to settle for frozen spuds. With the decision set, they had explored the best options in the frozen bracket, finally zeroing in on crinkle cut fries. Garutti said that it "was the best fry we could find that was frozen" (via Forbes).

Crinkle cut fries are the only Shake Shack menu item not made in house

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Shake Shack brews its iced tea daily and churn its ice creams in-house. The shakes there are hand-spun and the chicken is hand breaded. The chain even grinds its own beef and makes its own Shack Sauce, as perNation's Restaurant News. All told, a lot of effort goes into every single menu item at Shake Shack. For example, the team had tried 30 different recipes for hotdogs before deciding on the one to sell at their cart back in 2001, as culinary director Mark Rosati told Nation's Restaurant News. They even made therice crispy treats they sold back then from scratch — which meant going through the arduous process of making marshmallows, only to then melt them down to form the crispies.

Think that's too much sweat for some sugary treat? "That's just how we were born; it's still part of our ethos today," said Rosati.

There is, however, one menu item that demands little effort — their fries. The chain gets them frozen and pre-cut from a manufacturer, per Food Republic. While it may seem like Shake Shack went a little lax with the snack, in reality, Rosati and his team spent a lot of time looking for the perfect cut. Like with every other menu item, they asked themselves, per Rosati, "Is it the best it can be? Is it unique? Does it tell a story?" The crinkle cut thus fit the bill.

Shake Shack zeroed in on crinkle cut after trial and error

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French friescan be curly, round and ridged, or thick like a steak. They can look like a mini waffle or even a smiley emoticon with the help of a determined cook. So, when Shake Shack was faced with the conundrum of choosing a fry cut, they went on a seriousfry voyage. "[W]e tried so many different fries — thick-cut, waffle, shoestring, you name it," Shake Shack's culinary director Mark Rosati told Food Republic. The team went with a classic crinkle cut for two reasons. One had to do with all those grooves that characterize a crisp crinkle fry.

"Because of those grooves and cuts, there's more surface area on the fry. So when we fried it, it got crunchier and crispier than most of the fries out there, and it held that crunch for a long time," said Rosati.The crunch and crisp, however, has a lot to do with the temperature of the oil, as "Ace of Cakes" star Duff Goldmanexplained in atweet. Duff's advice: avoid overheating your oil.

The second reason was the sheer efficiency with which a crinkle cut fry scooped up a dip. "[We] loved the fact that those cuts and grooves actually picked up more ketchup and cheese sauce than any other fry we played around with," Rosati noted.

Shake Shack once replaced frozen crinkle cut fries with freshly made ones

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For nine years, since Shake Shack decided to add fries in the menu in 2004, frozen crinkle cut fries were what the chain sold. While they never performed poorly, Shake Shack came to the conclusion that it could do better. "Everything we stand for is freshness, quality, doing things the harder way," Shake Shack CEO Randy Garutti told Fast Company.

Except for the fries, for which they never even peeled a potato. Clearly, that was crinkling up their conscience. So, the company poured a million dollars into replacing frozen fries with fresh cut ones in all its stores in 2013, asBon Appétitreports. It also re-trained all its staff who weren't used to chopping spuds for fries, and made changes to its kitchens, per Fast Company.

Those fresh cut fries were not crinkle cut, but Belgian style fries. Furthermore, they were made from russet potatoes and not the Yukon Gold ones that had been used previously.Russet potatoes have more starch, and hence, are better for frying, per Bon Appétit. The chain's staff fried the freshly sliced potatoestwice to get the right crisp. As per Garutti, it was the "best fresh-cut fry ever made" (via Fast Company). However, the customers didn't share the sentiment. The fry sales plummeted like a potato in unheated oil, according toFood Republic.

Shake Shack brought back crinkle cut fries due to popular demand

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Shake Shack's fresh-cut fries simply didn't fly with customers. "People hated them," CEO Randy Garutti told Fast Company. One die-hard crinkle fan even started a petition on to bring the frozen fries back. Many others took to social media to express their disapproval about Shake Shack's menu shake up. One among them was stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld's wife, Jessica Seinfeld, who wrote, "Thank you, Shake Shack, we love you, but PS, can we talk about these fries at some point?" (via Popsugar).

But Shake Shack probably didn't have time for such a tête-à-têteas its employees were busy prepping about 2,000 potatoes a day for the fresh fries. Impressive, but as Garutti realized later, all that effort amounted to little if the potatoes were not stored well. "You can be the greatest potato cutter in the universe but if the potatoes come in the door and they sat in a truck in the freezing cold, they're ruined,"he told Fast Company.

Low temperature spikes up the sugar level of potatoes, turning the fries a darker shade, according to Popsugar. The result is a lack of consistency in the fries. It took six months for Garutti to realize this fry fiasco was happening. The chain reverted to its old (but improved) frozen fries in a year. The new frozen fries didn't have preservatives or artificial ingredients that are common in frozen food, Garutti told Fast Company.

Shake Shack went with frozen fries thanks to a pro chef

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With fresh-cut fries, Shake Shack might have ironed out the crinkles on its fries landscape, but it did little to impress fans. "All the feedback we got on this was like, 'Hey, these are good and all, but you lost a little bit of yourself in this move'," Shake Shack's culinary director Mark Rosati told Food Republic.

Frozen fries were also easy to make, as chefs didn't have to spend hours peeling and slicing potatoes. Life would have been easier if Shake Shack wasn't averse to having the frozen crinkle cut fries in its otherwise all-fresh menu. But what really made it change its perspective about icy spuds was a visit to British chef Heston Blumenthal's restaurant kitchens in London, where Rosati had what he deemed the best tasting fries ever. He found that Blumenthal and team, in fact, used the very ingredient that the Shake Shack team was trying to eliminate: frozen potatoes.

But why frozen spuds in particular? "[The freezing process] locks in all the moisture into little icicles inside the fry, and when you fry them that final time from the frozen state, that moisture explodes — it creates that mashed-potato soft interior," said Rosati. "So Heston Blumenthal, with all his culinary knowledge and scientific know-how, chose to add a freezing step to his perfect fry. That was one of the moments when we started to realize that frozen wasn't a bad word among fries," he added.

They've been called the best tasting fries out there

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Shake Shack's fries have, over the years, divided the internet. Which is why, when Shake Shack's fries were ranked number one in a taste test published byBusiness Insider, the report faced backlash from crinkle haters. However, the test, which graded fries from a variety of fast food franchises including giants like Burger King and McDonald's, defended the ranking. It deemed the crinkle fries the ones with the "perfect mouthfeel", and a "well-rounded flavor". The test specifically looked for the attributes such as saltiness, crispiness, flavor and mouthfeel. For Business Insider, anyway, the crinkle killed it.

But despite thehigh rankamong its fellow fries, it is not a universal favorite. A Redditor called it "too mushy and greasy", while another complained about crinkle cuts not being cooked all the way through (via Reddit). "Biting into an almost cooked potato sucks. But if done right they are amazing," said the Redditor.

Meanwhile,New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells wrote a rather scathing review of Shake Shack's fries in 2012, calling them "pretty awful". He said that "no amount of oil or salt can make them taste like the fresh-cut potatoes that are standard issue at some burger joints now." In a final blow, he added, "Mr. [Danny] Meyer runs one of the world's great restaurant companies. Can't one of his chefs show him how to make a decent French fry?" Ouch.

The fries have been available in unique flavors

Shake Shack has been pretty adventurous with its fries over the years. We're not just talking about its lightning speed flip from frozen to fresh and back, but also about the flavors it coats the crisp snacks with. Today, you can choose from a order of plain crinkle cut fries, to one that's doused in cheese sauce, or a combo of cheese sauce and applewood-smoked bacon, besides their newly-added Buffalo seasoned fries. That's not all, however. In the past, the chain has pushed the limits of its fries to include one made with chili and another served with truffle sauce.

The chili in the chili cheese fries was made with beef and ancho and chile de arbol pepper, as Shake Shack explained in a Facebook comment. In 2021, the chain collaborated with Regalis Foods, a company that supplies 90% of Michelin-starred restaurants in the States, to make a truffle sauce paired with the chain's garlic parmesan fries (via Facebook). In its pursuit of inventive menu options, the chain collaborated with six well-known chefs (like Pinky Cole and Michelin-starred chef Dominique Crenn, among others) to bring out limited menu items, while also raising funds to help the restaurant community (via Shake Shack).

A collaboration with James Beard Award-winning chef JJ Johnson resulted in a curry crunch crinkle cut fries, which, unfortunately, was available only for a short time (via Shake Shack).

Shake Shack published a fries recipe in its book

In its first cookbook ever, "Shake Shack: Recipes and Stories", the chain offered fans the secret to making fries the way Shake Shack does (via Eater).As per the book, it starts off with dunking peeled potatoes in cold water to prevent browning, followed with cutting them with a crinkle cutter into half inch thick slices. These are then rinsed in water, and soaked in hot water till tender. The drained slices are heated in canola oil (their website, however, mentions that the chain's fryers use soybean oil), at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, for around 12 minutes. The results are then frozen before being fried again at 350 degrees to get that golden crisp texture. Add some salt and they are good to nosh.

Written by CEO Randy Garutti, Culinary Director Mark Rosati, and author Dorothy Kalins, the book offers the simplest way to replicate a Shake Shack menu item at home. While the recipes are designed to taste like your Shake Shack order, they are not the exact same ones that the chain uses. For example, don't expect to learn about the secret ingredients that make Shack Sauce so good. That's because, as per Garutti, only six people in the whole world know it and you're most likely not one of them. But what you can replicate is their cheese sauce, as Rosati has posted a shortInstagramdemo showing how to make it.

Shake Shack gave away crinkle cut fries for free

Shake Shack has used that perfect alliteration of "free fries" many times, and for good reasons. In December 2021, when 119 million Americans were set to travel after months of pandemic lockdowns, the fast food chain apparently anticipated travel delays and flight cancellations (they were right, as there were indeed a ton of cancellations, per Global News). As such, itdecided to give away free fries to those who were facing these travel hiccups, according toPeople. During the three-day offer, the chain stationed "fry" attendants at Terminal 4 of John F Kennedy Airport in New York. Travelers could present proof of their botched itineraries to get the free snacks . Earlier the same year, Shake Shack had tacked on free fries with an order of burger or chicken in New York, so long as the customers showed their proof of their COVID-19 vaccination (via Delish).

In 2020, the chain had rolled up its sleeves and decided to galvanize more crowds to cast their votes early during the fraught US election season. All that the customers had to do was place a $5 order through the app or online with the promo code FRYVOTED (via Thrillist). The chain partnered with, a non-profit and credible source for all information around voting, to encourage more people to be active participants in democracy, with the help of the chain's modest crinkle cut fries.


What are Shake Shack fries cooked in? ›

Yes, at Shake Shack we serve 100% all-natural beef hot dogs. No hormones and no antibiotics ever. No, Shake Shack's fries are cooked in soy oil.

What is Shake Shack's slogan? ›

When Shake Shack started as a hot dog cart in New York City's Madison Square Park, our mission was simple: raise funds for a public art project.

Did Shake Shack change their fries? ›

Call it a crisis of conscience. In 2013, Shake Shack, the surging New York City–based burger chain, made the bold decision to replace its popular crinkle-cut fries. The crinkle-cuts were outliers on the original Shake Shack menu. Most everything else was made in-house with fresh ingredients.

What does McDonald's cook their fries? ›

The suppliers we work with first peel, cut and blanche the potatoes. They then dry, partially fry and quickly freeze the fries for our restaurants. Once in our kitchens, we cook them in our canola-blend oil so you can have them crispy and hot—just the way you like them. Want to hear more about our fry ingredients?

Are Shake Shack fries fresh or frozen? ›

Here's the Real Reason Shake Shack Serves Frozen, Crinkle-Cut Fries. Shake Shack is known for its nostalgic, crinkle-cut fries. There's nothing homemade or handcut about these crispy, zigzaggy fries. They taste just like the frozen fries you ate all through childhood, and that's why people love them.

What is the unique selling point of Shake Shack? ›

Shake Shack disposed of the notion that fast food had to be precooked or even prepared quickly. Instead, it focuses on quality ingredients and enjoyable customer experience and is known for a fast-casual environment where people do not mind waiting in long lines for fresh and cooked to order food.

What is Shake Shack most famous for? ›

Shake Shack is better known for their burgers, of course, but I can't get enough of their delicious hot dogs, honestly. The Hot Dogs served here at Shake Shack are made from 100% beef by the Vienna Beef company in Chicago.

What fast-food slogan was have it your way? ›

The first marketing campaign of Burger King's $400 million comeback plan involves modernization of its classic tagline, "Have it Your Way." The fast-food chain is switching to "You Rule," which is described as an "emotional articulation" that puts customers at the forefront of every touchpoint.

Why are crinkle cut fries better? ›

Basically, crinkle cut fries are wave-like fries that are a bit crispier and has a better texture than regular fries due to the grooves and cuts. Therefore, when it's fried (or baked) it produces a lot more crunch crispiness than most other types of fries.

What kind of potatoes does Shake Shack use? ›

Shake Shack's Fries: A Recipe for Perfect Crinkle-Cut Fries at Home | TASTE. There are many easy steps to transform Yukon potatoes into their friable state. When you're ready to fry your crinkle cuts, here's a simple way to do it. We like to fry our potatoes in two batches to maintain the temperature of the oil.

Are store bought fries already fried? ›

While researching fries, we discovered that even before you bake them at home, bagged frozen fries have already been cooked—twice. In the factory, the potatoes are blanched in hot water and then fried in vegetable oil.

Why are hand cut fries better? ›

Although frozen French fries are statistically more popular, freshly cut French fries are healthier and taste better. Freshly cut French fries include less preservatives in the ingredients. The way freshly cut French fries are made is by cutting a potato with a French fry cutter.

How do they make crinkle-cut fries? ›

For crinkle-cut fries, simply slice potatoes vertically with a crinkle cutter, also called a wavy chopper or serrated slicer. For waffle fries, after making one vertical slice, rotate the potato 90°, and make another vertical slice.

What does Chick Fil A fry their fries in? ›

Then several different options were tested, and in the end, Chick-fil-A opted to cook its Waffle Potato Fries® in canola oil, says Worrell. Similar to peanut oil, the seed-based canola oil has a neutral flavor, allowing the sweet taste of the potato to be savored by the palate.

What does Wendy's fry their fries in? ›

Cooked In Vegetable Oil (Soybean Oil, Vegetable Oil [May Contain One Or More Of The Following: Canola, Corn, Or Cottonseed], Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Dimethylpolysiloxane [Anti-Foaming Agent]). Seasoned With Sea Salt. COOKED IN THE SAME OIL AS MENU ITEMS THAT CONTAIN WHEAT, MILK, AND FISH.

What are Wendy's fries made of? ›

Cooked in Vegetable Oil (soybean oil, vegetable oil [may contain one or more of the following: canola, corn, or cottonseed], hydrogenated soybean oil, citric acid [preservative], dimethylpolysiloxane [anti-foaming agent]. Cooked in the same oil as menu items that contain Wheat, Egg, and Fish (where available).

Are frozen fries cooked? ›

Frozen fries are still fried! Even worse, many brands use trans fats and palm oil which aren't ideal for heart health. While fries do need a sprinkle of salt, many bagged brands have at least 15% of the daily recommendation of sodium per serving.

Does Shake Shack have fake meat? ›

Shake Shack Offers Two Meatless Patties, Only One Vegan

You can still always find the Shroom Burger, which is made with real dairy cheese, but that one is only vegetarian, not vegan.

Are Shake Shack fries battered? ›

Shake Shack fries are made using a batter that contains wheat flour, which is not gluten-free.

Why do Shake Shack burgers taste so good? ›

Shake Shack grinds the burgers fresh every night from the best cuts of beef which comes from the muscles and never the trimmings. As a result, you are receiving the premium quality food which soars pedestals above fast food establishments.

What are the three unique selling points? ›

Three Types of Unique Selling Propositions That Differentiate a Business
  • Products. Establishes the business's claim as the provider of a product or service superior to what their competitors provide. ...
  • Prices. ...
  • Support.

Who Is Shake Shack's biggest competitor? ›

163 Customers rate Shake Shack's Pricing Score a 3.9/5, which ranks it 2nd against its competitors, below In-N-Out Burger.
  • 1st. In-N-Out Burger. 4.4 / 5.
  • 2nd. Shake Shack. 3.9 / 5.
  • 3rd. Subway. 2.8 / 5.
  • 4th. Steak n Shake. 2.6 / 5.
  • 5th. Smashburger. 2.4 / 5.

Is Shake Shack owned by Mcdonald's? ›

Shake Shack became a publicly-owned company through an initial public offering (IPO) in early 2015 and now commands a market capitalization of $3.16 billion, as of February 2022.

What kind of cheese does Shake Shack use on their burgers? ›

Shake Shack shares the secret recipe for its famous ShackBurger, slathered in ShackSauce and covered in American cheese.

What meat does Shake Shack use? ›

It's all about the beef (and of course, our secret ShackSauce). The patty took us years to perfect. To get it just right, we came up with a custom blend of 100% Angus beef from premium whole muscle cuts—with no hormones or antibiotics, ever.

What is McDonald's old slogan? ›

You deserve a break today (1971)

"You deserve a break today" really tapped into that feeling, before dollar menus sent everyone to McDonald's for way too many meals.

What is Wendy's old slogan? ›

"Where's the beef?" is a catchphrase in the United States and Canada, introduced as a slogan for the fast food chain Wendy's in 1984. Since then it has become an all-purpose phrase questioning the substance of an idea, event, or product.

What is Chick Fil A slogan? ›

What is Chick-fil-A's slogan? In 1995, a pair of rebel cows first painted the words “Eat Mor Chikin” on an Atlanta, Georgia, billboard. Since then, the boisterous bovines have found creative ways to use the slogan to encourage humans to eat chicken (and not beef).

Why is McDonald's fries so tasty? ›

The taste of a french fry is largely determined by the cook- ing oil. For decades McDonald's cooked its french fries in a mixture of about 7 percent cottonseed oil and 93 percent beef tallow. The mixture gave the fries their unique flavor-and more saturated beef fat per ounce than a McDonald's hamburger.

Why are McDonald's fries different? ›

Beef tallow was eliminated from the famous French fry formula and replaced with 100% vegetable oil. The results were French fries with zero cholesterol and 45% less fat per serving than before, but also a plummet in stock prices and countless consumers saddened by a drop in flavor.

What is the best potato for mash? ›

We consider Yukon Gold potatoes the best choice for classic dense mashed potatoes. Their rich texture and subtle creaminess make them great for all of your mashing needs. A true all-purpose potato, they're also good for shredding, roasting, grilling, blending (?!), and shingling.

What burger bun does Shake Shack use? ›

Martin's potato rolls are often considered the single best store-bought hamburger bun, with their sweet, squishy nature bringing them to the top of the list in taste tests at Serious Eats and Epicurious, and making them the bun of choice at Shake Shack since the chain opened in 2004.

What potatoes does chick fil a use? ›

For nearly 40 years, Eagle, Idaho-based potato company Lamb Weston has provided Waffle Potato Fries™ and Hash Browns to Chick-fil-A® restaurants.

Can you ask McDonald's to make your fries fresh? ›

Here's the Secret…

Fortunately, the solution is pretty simple. Just ask for fries without salt! “If you order a burger or fries always ask them without salt or the seasoning on the burger,” a former McDonald's employee wrote on Reddit. “They will have to make them fresh since they always put each on them.”

Why did KFC remove fries? ›

KFC S'pore replaces french fries with waffle hash due to 'global supply disruption' - Mothership.SG - News from Singapore, Asia and around the world.

Are Mcdonalds fries real fries? ›

Yep. The most common potatoes we use for McDonald's fries include the Russet Burbank, Russet Ranger, Umatilla Russet and the Shepody—varieties known for producing a flavorful fry that's crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.

How do I make fries taste like a restaurant? ›

Blanching: The Reason Why French Fries Taste Better

Your potatoes need to take two separate dips in hot oil to reach restaurant quality. Oil-blanching is a two-part process that reduces the moisture and starch content in your fries, helping them crisp up.

Why do you soak hand cut fries in water? ›

The soaking, Mr. Nasr said, is the secret to the crisp texture of the fries. It draws out the starch, making them more rigid and less likely to stick together. The cooks fry them twice, first blanching them until slightly limp in peanut oil heated to 325 degrees, and again in 375-degree oil to crisp and brown them.

Are Mcdonalds fries hand cut? ›

They're cut with a knife

Some people believe that the perfectly straight fries are made using molds and fake potato goop. But since the fries are made with real potatoes, they are cut with a real knife.

Does Chick-fil-A use milk in their fries? ›

Chick-fil-A is an American fast food chain that specializes in chicken sandwiches, but oddly enough, their most popular menu item is waffle fries. And they just happen to be dairy free!

Does Chick-fil-A Bake or fry their fries? ›

Waffle-cut potatoes cooked in canola oil until crispy outside and tender inside. Sprinkled with Sea Salt.

Why are Chick-fil-A fries green? ›

Chick-fil-A, Inc. Thanks for reaching out! Because our Waffle Fries are a natural product, some potatoes may be more immature than others, resulting in a green tint to the potato skin, but your feedback is helpful as Chick-fil-A monitors all suppliers for quality.

How do they make McDonald's fries? ›

What are McDonald's french fries made of? Fresh potatoes are washed, peeled, cut, and blanched to make McDonald's fries, according to a video from the company. The factory they're made in also adds chemicals to keep the potatoes a uniform light yellow color (but no, that's not behind their addictive flavor).

Are Shake Shack fries vegan? ›

Vegan Fries

Without the bacon, hot honey, or cheese, Shake Shake's Fries are vegan—although keep in mind that the fryer may be shared with non-vegan items. The dipping sauce choices at Shake Shack are limited because even the barbeque sauce contains milk and eggs.

Are Shake Shack cheese fries vegetarian? ›

The iconic crinkle-cut Shake Shack Fries are 100 percent vegan. Ask for ketchup, mustard, vegan mayo, or vegan lemon aioli for dipping sauce, as their in-house barbecue sauce contains milk and eggs.

Are the French fries at Shake Shack gluten-free? ›

While our fries themselves are gluten free, the oil in our fryers are filtered through the same equipment as our 'Shroom Burgers, so they should be avoided if you have a gluten allergy. Please let us know if you have any questions!

Are McDonald's fries actually vegan? ›

The fries are not coated in any fats or substances from an animal. Once at the restaurant, our fries are simply cooked in dedicated frying vats in a non-hydrogenated blend of sunflower and rapeseed oil which is 100 percent suitable for vegans.

Are Chick Fil A waffle fries vegan? ›

And last but not least, the super-sidekick to every Chick-fil-A order, the crowd favorite for three decades, the crispy, savory #cheatday treat… yes, our Waffle Potato Fries® are vegan-friendly!

Why are McDonald's fries not vegan? ›

Unfortunately no, if you are in any of the McDonald's locations except the UK and India, your fries are not vegan. Especially in the US, they contain 'natural beef flavor' and milk (included in the natural flavor). As vegans do not consume meat or animal by-products, U.S. fries are not vegan-friendly.

Are Dairy Queen fries vegetarian friendly? ›

Yes! Dairy Queen offers hash browns and french fries that are 100 percent vegan (yay!). Unlike other fast-food chains that use animal fat, Dairy Queen deep-fries these snacks to a golden brown crisp using soybean oil. All their burgers come with a side of fries.

Can vegetarians eat Wendy's fries? ›

Yes, Wendy's fries are vegan! They are made without any animal products.

Are Burger King fries vegetarian friendly? ›

Burger King uses vegetable oil for frying their french fries, so the Burger King fries are vegan! However, they do share a fryer with other non-vegan foods, so if you're worried about cross-contamination, then skip the fries.

Does Shake Shack use real meat? ›

We only source beef from suppliers who NEVER administer growth promotants or hormones and NEVER administer antibiotics. We Stand For: NO antibiotics. NO added hormones.

Are Chick-Fil-A fries gluten fries? ›

Are the fries at Chick-fil-A gluten-free? Yes, the fries at Chick-fil-A are naturally gluten-free. Because they're fried in a separate fryer, there is no risk of cross-contamination with gluten-products. They are safe to eat on a gluten-free diet.

Are McDonald's chicken fries gluten-free? ›

Chick-fil-A, In-N-Out Burger, and Five Guys all cook gluten-free fries in a dedicated fryer, so they are safe to eat. However, McDonald's fries and Burger King fries are cooked in a shared fryer, meaning they cannot be considered gluten-free.

Are Mcdonalds fries gluten fries? ›

The items on our menu that are free from ingredients containing gluten include our French Fries, which are cooked in dedicated fryers using a non-hydrogenated vegetable oil; Hash Browns; Fruit Bags; Carrot Sticks and Shaker Side Salad® with Balsamic Dressing; as well as some McFlurry® desserts, such as the Crunchie and ...


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