From Big Macs to the $5 Footlong, these fast food items are some of America’s greatest culinary creations. America is a melting pot of foods, flavors, and cultures, so it’s no wonder that American fast food today is heavily influenced by a variety of cuisines. From McDonald’s to Taco Bell to KFC, there’s nothing that screams more American than cheeseburgers, fries, tacos, and fried chicken.
The concept of modern fast food first hit the United States in the 20s with the opening of White Castle and A&W. People flocked to the quick-serve joints for their cheap and tasty cuisine. Ever since then the fast food industry has been constantly churning out new and innovative dishes that have influenced how and what Americans eat. Here are the greatest and most iconic fast food dishes that helped define what American food is and have interwoven themselves into the fabric of American cuisine. And if you’re looking for more food facts, fast food guides, and tips for cutting calories while eating out, you’ll want to subscribe to the new Eat This, Not That! magazine now! For a limited time, you can save 50 percent off the cover price—click here!
From burgers to pizza to tacos, nothing screams more American than fast food. Here's a list of the most iconic fast food dishes from McDonald's, Burger King, Chick-fil-A, Pizza Hut, KFC, and much more.