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The Best New Fast-Food Items of 2022

Chipotle, Taco Bell and Wendy's have all rolled out new fast-food menu items. Here's a closer look!

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Wenyds Frosty SundaesCourtesy wendys.com

Wendy’s: Frosty Sundae

If you thought nothing could beat a Frosty, Wendy’s is out here to prove you wrong. The fast-food chain dropped Frosty Sundaes in January in three different flavors. Unfortunately, they’re only being trialed in Ohio right now, where Wendy’s headquarters is based, but we’re hoping to see them around the country soon!

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Buffalo Chicken Sandwich from shake shackCourtesy shakeshack.com

Shake Shack: Buffalo Chicken Burger

You just can’t beat a classic cheeseburger…or can you? Shake Shack’s Buffalo Chicken Burger is giving our usual picks a run for its money, with a crispy chicken bread absolutely covered in buffalo sauce, topped with ranch sauce over pickles and a toasted potato bun. Did we mention the buffalo spiced fries?

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Menu Hacks Newsroom Mcdonalds SqCourtesy corporate.Mcdonalds.com

McDonald’s: Fan-Inspired Hacks

The Golden Arches introduced four “new” items to the menu on January 31! McD’s used some secret menu hacks to bring these goodies to us: the Hash Brown McMuffin (Hash Brown + Sausage McMuffin with Egg), the Crunchy Double (Chicken McNuggets + Double Cheeseburger), The Land, Air and Sea (McChicken + Big Mac + Filet-O-Fish) and the Surf + Turf (Double Cheeseburger + Filet-O-Fish).

The catch? They’ll serve you the individual components—you still have to handle the hack by hand.

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Wendys Hot Honey Chicken SpicyCourtesy Wendys.com

Wendy’s: Hot Honey Chicken Biscuit

Wendy’s hasn’t added to its breakfast menu since it was launched, so we’re definitely excited by this addition. The Hot Honey Chicken Biscuit combines a crispy chicken filet with a flaky buttermilk biscuit and tops it all off with a spicy-sweet habanero hot honey sauce that gives it a subtle kick. What a perfect way to wake up every morning!

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Mint brownie blizzard Courtesy dairyqueen.com

Dairy Queen: Mint Brownie Blizzard

OK, so the Mint Oreo Blizzard didn’t come back, but the Mint Brownie Blizzard is—dare we say it?—even better. With soft, fudgy chocolate brownie pieces all wrapped in DQ’s minty soft serve, this is the perfect treat for St. Patrick’s Day—and beyond!

If you’ve ever wondered, this is why Dairy Queen flips each Blizzard.

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Product Image Bacononbacon Burger WendysCourtesy sonic.com

Sonic: Bacon on Bacon Quarter Pound Double Cheeseburger

The name is a mouthful—and so is this burger. You’ve got two beef patties, two slices of American cheese, crinkle-cut pickles, mayo, diced onions, a seriously tangy smoke sauce and of course, four whole slices of crispy, crunchy bacon. This one hit the menu in February and will stick around till May 1.

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Arbys Fish Sandwich SpicyCourtesy Arbys.com

Arby’s: Spicy Fish Sandwich

Things always get a little fishy around Lent season, and Arby’s is delivering the goods this year. The Spicy Fish Sandwich features a spicy season crispy fish fillet topped off with diced fire-roasted jalapenos, crunchy lettuce, tomatoes and tartar sauce on a sesame bun. Don’t forget to check out our other fast food picks for Lent.

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Chipotle pollo asada Courtesy newsroom.chipotle.com

Chipotle: Pollo Asado

While Pollo Asado isn’t exactly a new dish, it is the first time the company has introduced a new chicken option in 29 years. That alone makes it worth trying, but if that’s not enough to convince you, the grilled chicken’s flavor should be. It’s made with dark meat chicken seasoned with garlic, lime and guajillo peppers, and it’s been getting rave reviews.

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Nacho Fries Courtesy Tacobell.com

Taco Bell: Nacho Fries

It’s not exactly a new dish, but Taco Bell has found a formula that keeps fans happy: bringing our favorites back! The Nacho Fries are a simple concept: spice-dusted fries mixed with gooey nacho cheese, but somehow the Bell makes them so, so good. They’re expected to be on the menu till mid-April, so grab ’em while they’re hot!

Amrita Thakkar
Amrita is an Assistant Digital Editor at Taste of Home. As a writer and amateur photographer, she often ends up applying these skills to her one great love: food. She can usually be found researching global cuisines, at the farmers market, doing yoga, or looking up new places to travel to.