Review of Burger King’s Crinkle-Cut “Satisfries” French Fries
Earlier this year, Burger King announced they would be launching a new option as a side dish to go along with their entrees. "Satisfries", as they are being called, are hyped up to be just as tasty as regular french fries with less fat and calories. This had me wondering how they would actually taste.It is worth noting that Satisfries come at a premium, costing an extra 20 to 30 cents, compared to their standard offering.
Upon initial inspection, it was easy to see Burger King wanted to differentiate their Satisfries from the standard straight-cut fries. The crinkle-cut does seem to make for an ever-so slightly thicker fry compared to the straight-cut variety; so if you're looking for more potato per bite, that's a plus.
Rating: 4 French Fry Baskets out of 5
Beside the crinkle-cut design, the thing that makes Satisfries different is the batter used to coat the fry. Supposedly the batter used on Satisfries repels more oil, making them less fat-saturated and less calorie-heavy. While they aren't soggy and limp, Satisfries don't seem to have the same crunch standard fries do. It seems as though the slightly less "crunchy" exterior allows you to enjoy the noticeably fluffy potato interior. The salt level seems to be on par with Burger King's standard fries. With that being said, the nutritional information (below) suggests Satisfries have less sodium.
Satisfries seem to be almost identical to the standard offering fellow fast food restaurant Culvers. The look, taste, and nutritional information seems to be almost exactly the same. If you're a fan of those, you'll likely enjoy Satisfries.
Rating: 5 French Fry Baskets out of 5
Satisfries are marketed as having 40% less fat and 30% less calories. The marketing, however, doesn't clearly specify what those numbers are compared to. In fine print, it specifies that this comparison is not with their own standard fries, but rather with McDonald's french fries. The USA Today reports that when compared to Burger King's own standard fries, Satisfries have 30% less fat and 20% fewer calories. Not as dramatic as the McDonald's comparison, but still notable.
A small serving of Burger King's Satisfries comes with 270 calories and 11 grams of fat, compared to 340 calories and 15 grams of fat for a small serving Burger King's classic variety.
Burger King Fry Comparison
|Small Satisfries||Small Standard||Medium Satisfries||Medium Standard||Large Satisfries||Large Standard|
|Carbs||41 g||49 g||51 g||58 g||62 g||72 g|
|Fat||11 g||15 g||14 g||18 g||17 g||22 g|
|Saturated Fat||1.5 g||2.5 g||2 g||3 g||2.5 g||3.5 g|
|Sodium||300 mg||480 mg||370 mg||570 mg||460 mg||710 mg|
The slightly healthier Satisfries option at Burger King are certainly worth the extra 30 cents if you're looking for something a little different and slightly healthier than the status quo. Even with the "healthier" moniker, it's important to remember it's still a junk food that isn't all that "healthy". Either way, I give them a fairly high rating of 4 out of 5 baskets of fries.