40 Overrated Food Trends People Are Sick Of Seeing On Menus

Recently, we asked members of the BuzzFeed community to share the food trends they're tired of seeing. People had a LOT of opinions, so here are some of the best ones:

1.Super-tall burgers:

A tall burger with three beef patties

"Tall-ass burgers that are impossible to eat."

—Amanda Rupe

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2.Charcuterie boards:

A board with assorted meats, cheeses, spreads, and fruits

"Cold cuts rolled up, blocks of cheese, fruit, and nuts. What a pitiful excuse for appetizers! And 'society people' act like they've REALLY made something when they've just rolled up a few cold cuts and fruit and put it on a wooden board!"

—LouAnn Swisher

"The word 'charcuterie'! It's a ding-dang cheese plate!"

—Jessica Spatafore

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3.TikTok food hacks:

Cheetos inside a hot pepper with cream cheese

"The hacks from TikTok. Let me eat my stuff in peace."

—Kristina Fillman

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4.Everything cauliflower:

A bunch of cauliflowers

"Seriously. I know it's been said, but I haven't worked this hard to survive a global pandemic to have pizza crust made of cauliflower."

—Cynthia Unger Marlowe

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5.Plant-based meat:

Two plant-based patties

"If you don't want meat, why do you try to make things taste like meat?"

—Elizabeth Reichlin

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6.The fast-food fried chicken sandwich:

Fried chicken sandwiches from KFC, Popeyes, and McDonald's

"Every fast-food place trying to make the best chicken sandwich."

—Matt Ibarra

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Noodles made from zucchini

"Don’t hand me a plate of spiral zucchini and pretend it’s pasta. Damn heathens."

—Melanie Martin Allen

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8.Avocado everything:

Avocado toast

"Avocado everywhere. It's flavorless, chewed-up grass."

—Emily McGhee Bryan

"Avocado toast, yuck."

—Traci Smith Dworaczyk

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9.Pumpkin spice in everything:

Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks

"It has its place in baking, and I'll give it to the latte business, but anything else feels excessive."

—Emily McGhee Bryan

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10.Fried eggs on top of other foods:

Fried egg on a burger

"Fried eggs on every damned thing!"

—Rodrick Barham

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11.Too much ranch dressing:

Ranch dressing

"I am so sick of people needing to dip every piece of their meal in ranch dressing."

—Steve Koenigsberg

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Meat, fruit, and seasoning

"I don't care if it's healthy fat. Fat on fat on fat is still fat. Balance for life."

—Melanie Harris

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13.Rainbow baked goods (especially bagels):

Rainbow bagels

"All those colorings just look nasty."

—Sharon Dunsford

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14.Cooking everything in an air fryer:

A pizza being cooked in an air fryer

"We get it, it's cool!"

—Sherry Ann Turton

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15.Fondant on cakes:

Birthday cake with fondant

"It tastes horrible."

—Keely Hope Jannarone

"It's sugar clay. You made a sculpture, not a cake."

—Sarah Jade McCay

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16.Everything-bagel seasoning:

Everything but the Bagel sesame seasoning from Trader Joe's

"People saturating everything with the Everything but the Bagel seasoning that tastes like absolutely NOTHING."

—Chelsea Henderson

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Aioli dipping sauce

"Aioli — or in other words, spicy mayo. It seems to find its way into so many things. Especially 'fusion' types of cuisine. Honestly, I just hate mayo."

—Cassandra D. Ross

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18.Too many variations of mac 'n' cheese:

Lobster mac 'n' cheese


—Caitlin Coburn

"Macaroni and cheese EVERYTHING! Deep fried mac 'n' cheese, mini mac 'n' cheese bites, mac 'n' cheese on a burger, fried mac 'n' cheese for bread, mac 'n' cheese on a grilled cheese, mac 'n' cheese chip dip, mac 'n' cheese casserole with everything you can think of added to it...enough, already!"

—Emily Richardson

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"I am tired of nothing but IPAs in most brewpubs! Oh, wait, they might have a lame hefeweizen or, worse, a sour as an alternative. On top of that, their idea of IPA is that if a little hops are good, then a shit ton of them must be better! Stop it, already!"

—James E. Phillips

"Just bring me a Coors Light, and no, I don't need a glass; it's already in a glass bottle."

—Jeffrey McCartney

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20.Chipotle seasoning in everything:

Chipotle seasoning


—Jennifer Wells

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21.Ridiculous meals on top of Bloody Marys:

Bagels, olives, and bacon coming out of a Bloody Mary

"A glass with a turducken and triple cheeseburger hanging off it! Just give me the food on the side!"

—Brandon Weiler

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22.Hot Cheetos on everything:

A Hot Cheeto

"Those things are terrible to begin with, and you want to ruin perfectly great foods with them? Get outta here."

—Duncan Hill

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23.Milk substitutes:

Different milk substitutes on a tray

"That is creamy plant juice, not milk. Give me some full-cream cow's milk every day — apologies to lactose-intolerant individuals!"

—Lenandi Janse van Rensburg-Kemp

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24.Cake pops:

Cake pops

"It’s just ruining perfectly good cake and mushing it into a ball."

—Claire Murphy

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25.Alcoholic seltzer:

Fridge full of different seltzers

—Lalania C. Cobb

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26.Sriracha on everything:

Bottle of sriracha

"It's not a good hot sauce and ruins everything."

—Lexx Benita

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27.Other foods wrapped in bacon:

Brussels sprouts wrapped in bacon

"Putting bacon where bacon does not belong."

—Lorraine Lasky Healey

"I love bacon, but not EVERYTHING needs to be wrapped in it."

—Tiffany Cerna

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28.Gold flakes on food:

Cake with gold flakes on it

"Food, like steak, covered in gold leaf or with gold flakes in it. I don’t care how rich you are — no real food lovers want to eat gold."

—Adria Meyer

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29.Charcoal in food:

Charcoal croissant

—Faiza A. Arshad

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30.Brioche burgers:

Stacks of brioche buns

"Nobody should want a burger served inside a cake. Burger should be in a floury bap. Sesame bun at a push."

—Fiona Keating

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31.Watermelon steak:

Steak made from watermelon

"It hurts a lot. Please stop."

—Zainab Alaydrus

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32.Tiny food:

Plate of tiny food

—Piwi Pañuelos

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33.Stretchy cheese in everything:

Cheesy pizza

"There's no need for that, and it's not as delicious as it's presented to be."

—Karla Željković

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Kale salad

"No taste, hard to chew."

—Joanne Thompson

"If you fry your kale in a skillet with a little olive oil, it makes it easier to slide out into the trash."

—Earle DuRard

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35.Huge portions:

Huge chicken cutlet on a sandwich

"Taking food home in a box and having it sit in the refrigerator for days is overrated."

—Karen Sigler Phillips

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36.Salted caramel:

Salted caramel

"What was wrong with caramel?"

—Katie Holmes

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37.Nutella-flavored everything:

Nutella drizzled on a crepe

"Just eat it straight out of the jar like the good old days!"

—Katrina Gambin

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38.Deconstructed salads:

Deconstructed Caesar salad

"Got a Caesar salad that was a head of romaine lettuce, long piece of Parmesan, big crouton, and long piece of bacon that I had to cut up myself and add the dressing! Like, wtf lol."

—Kellie J.P. Chernenko

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39.Chicken and waffles:

Syrup pouring over chicken and waffles

"It’s just a high-carb, cholesterol-filled sugar dinner. Gimme chicken or gimme waffles."

Laura Wikary

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40.And finally, artistically drizzled sauces:

Artistically drizzled sauce on a plate with a small food portion

"The weird swipe of sauce down a plate at a fancy restaurant."

—Lauren Kochian

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Note: Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.