Cutting edge fast food innovations of 2013

Published October 11, 2013

| The Daily Meal

Cutting edge fast food innovations of 2013

Cutting edge fast food innovations of 2013

The fast food industry is reinventing itself a lot more than you may realize.

Burger King Satisfries

Burger King shook up the relatively static fast food french fry world last month with the introduction of Satisfries, which not only are crinkle-cut, but contain less fat and calories than their standard fries thanks to a nifty scientific trick. Every fast food fry gets a dunk in a thin batter, and this one is formulated to allow less oil to penetrate into the potato while it fries. Not only does it make the offering healthier, it completely reinvents it. Satisfries are the most cutting-edge fast food invention so far in 2013.

KFC Opens KFC eleven

After much secrecy, KFC opened their fast-casual prototype, KFC eleven, near their Louisville, Ky., headquarters back in July. With a menu largely revolving around their new boneless chicken (used in salads, sandwiches, rice bowls, and flatbreads), the new restaurant is geared toward those who are looking for something a little upscale with their fast food. It’s still unknown whether more will open, but this could be a sign of things to come for a fast food industry that’s constantly looking to reinvent itself.

McDonald’s Mighty Wings

McDonald’s proved once again last month that they could revolutionize the fast-food industry without skipping a beat by announcing that they’d be testing out their Mighty Wings on a national scale. The wings are big and crispy, and prove that a fast food giant other than KFC can compete in this game.

McDonald’s Egg White Delight

McDonald’s announced in March a major shake-up to its breakfast menu, with the introduction of an all-egg-white sandwich. As opposed to the microwaved patties you see elsewhere, these are made with real egg whites, cooked free-form on the griddle. Partnered with Canadian bacon and white Cheddar cheese on a whole-grain English muffin, it’s something we can certainly get behind.

McDonald’s Offering Salads, Fruit, Vegetable Sides

For as long as McDonald's Value Meals have been around, there has only been one side option: fries. As another indicator of a move toward healthiness, McDonald's announced last month that fries will soon be joined by fruit, salads, and vegetables. A variety of side dish options as part of a value meal might sound like a no-brainer, but it’s breaking new ground in the fast food industry.

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