Discontinued Burger King Menu Items We Wish Would Make A Comeback

In the grand scheme of human history, Burger King has been around for less than a blip. According to Britannica, this joint was only created back in 1954. However, despite the fact that Burger King is relatively new, it has seen a stack of products come and go. Some of these items have been absolute trainwrecks. For example, the UK division apologized for making Brussels sprout Whoppers that not everyone liked the idea of before asking its doubters to buy one. But on the other hand, this restaurant has also created some intriguing feeds that deserve to be menued again.

So, if you're a Burger King top dog reading this article, then it's time whip out a notebook because we're about to reflect on your shelved meals that should get another red-hot go. You may not be able to grab these menu items now, but we can all hope that they will come back in the future. If you'd be able to bring all back of the following items, that would be 100 percent grand.

Burger King's Frozen Classic Lemonade was a summery vibe

A cold glass of lemonade is a quintessential hot weather item. It, therefore, makes sense that Foodbeast publicized Burger King's version during the summer of 2012. It was called the Frozen Lemonade, and this drink apparently had a sweet yet sour flavor. They additionally released a Frozen Strawberry Lemonade for good measure.

A bunch of folks on Twitter seemed to take to this beverage. One user declared that Burger King's Frozen Lemonades were better than MacDonald's. Another said, "When the Burger King lady tells you that they stopped frozen lemonade because summers over." This text was followed by a single thumbs down emoji.

This drink sounds like a holiday resort on a tropical island, so it should at least be brought back for the summertime. But if we're honest, it should be a permanent item on the menu. That's right — sometimes you even need a frozen glass on a cold winter night.

Burger King's ribs could be surprisingly competent

Burger King is called Burger King, not Rib King. But even though this is the case, AOL stated that this restaurant's limited-time pork ribs were going to be exhausted before their 2010 promotion had ended. This article then went onto say that they sold 10 million ribs. And if a company sells that many dishes, one would potentially hope that they're decent.

But were they? Did Burger King create a delicious snack, or did they displease their customers? Well, a reviewer at Brand Eating thought that they tasted great. They said that these ribs "were actually nicely charred with a nice, smokey flavor, without tasting burnt. The meat was pretty tender and pretty much fell off the bone." Nevertheless, Brand Eating did have a couple of criticisms that they levied at their batch. They thought that it was too salty, and others said it was too expensive. If Burger King ever wants to remake these meals, they should take this critique on the chin.

Since making this item, Burger King has released a number of rib-based products. In 2013, CNN said that they had made a Rib Sandwich. And in 2015, Burger King released a four-pack of chicken ribs in South Africa.

Burger King's King Boxes were a royal deal

A good discount can taste absolutely scrumptious. The flavor of your food can swirl with the euphoria of the deal to make your meal seem ten times better. In 2018, Burger King released a combo that had the markings of such an experience. It was called the King Box. This pack consisted of an entrée, small fries, a small soft drink, and two cookies. Patrons could choose either a Whopper sandwich, one of two chicken sandwiches, or chicken tenders as their entrée.

If this markdown doesn't sound like a good-enough deal for your tastes, then you should know that Burger King teamed up with Postmates to offer it cheaper. That's right, in February of 2019, you could get the King Box for $3 through the Postmates app. Sure, if you weren't a member of Postmates Unlimited, then you'd have to pay a delivery fee. But these two companies were still offering a downright steal. Both the in-store bargain plus this exclusive ought to be brought back from the void, and stat.

Burger King's Cini Minis deserve to be menued

Cinnamon can be delicious, icing can be delicious, and baked goods can be delicious. Ergo, Burger King's Cini Minis should be a jolly good time. According to Elite Daily, this product was a treasured dessert from the '90s that got limited run back in 2018. This site also seemed pretty gutted that these treats were being withdrawn. The article reads, "Personally, I'm still deciding between grabbing all the Cini Minis I can carry or creating a special Cini Mini storage area in my freezer, because #priorities." Elite Daily then encouraged its readership to plan out how they would save enough Cini Minis for their upcoming absence.

However, not everything from the '90s holds up now. Have you ever tried rewatching Space Jam? Fortunately, for the Cini Minis, Canton Rep's 2018 staff writing team thought that they were a delight. Jessica Holbrook commented, "The miniature cinnamon rolls are just as tasty as I remember, with plenty of cinnamon and a relatively light, chewy dough." Alison Matas additionally stated that they don't even need to be frosted to taste nice. Dan Kane then rounded out this piece by remarking, "If you're craving an indulgent sweet treat in the morning, the Cini Minis give good value."

Burger King's French Toast Sandwich was a next-level breakfast

Have you ever craved a piece of bacon or sausage or ham in between two pieces of French toast? Well then, if that's the case, a 2019 Food & Wine article may just bring on the munchies. In May of that year, Burger King launched a line of limited-time French Toast Sandwiches. Each of them featured this sweetened bread, one of the aforementioned fillings, American cheese, and an egg.

The site Brand Eating gave the sausage version of this a go and enjoyed it. They said, "The French toast was eggy and lightly sweet with a soft texture. There was good coverage to the batter that went all the way to the edges." The author of this piece also thought that the cheese, sausage, and egg made for good sandwich fodder. So, if this meal sounds like your cup of tea, then you should invent a time machine to go back to 2019. Or, you know, dream the dish gets a rerun — whatever floats your boat.

We should grab all of Burger King's scrapped shakes

The year was 2017, and MassLive had reviewed two Burger King milkshakes. One was Lucky Charms flavored, while the other tasted like Froot Loops. Yup, Burger King actually made these, and MassLive enjoyed drinking both of them. They said that the Lucky Charms version tasted similar to the cereal and even contained grains of the breakfast food. If that doesn't evoke nostalgia, what will? MassLive went onto declare, "The key, though, is the way both the marshmallow and the cereal mix with the ice cream to make the whole milkshake taste wonderful." They then stated that the Froot Loops wasn't as delicious but was still pretty good overall.

These novelty shakes aren't alone in the King's back catalog. In 2015, they released a Red Velvet Oreo Shake that an enthusiastic Facebook commenter called "very delicious." And back in the festive season of 2012, they debuted a Gingerbread Cookie Shake. Under a Facebook post for this product, several users wrote in about how much they liked the gingerbread shake, and we can't blame them.

If you were to assume that we've now covered every lost Burger King milkshake, you'd be wrong. Folks, there's an entire article's worth of them. It's almost stunning how many of these treats have been dropped in the torrents of history.

Burger King's Maple Waffle Sandwiches were a treat

Burger King's French Toast Sandwiches weren't the only sweet yet savory item that they released in 2019. Several months after they launched that breakfast item, Chew Boom said that the company was debuting three Maple Waffle Sandwiches. There was a sausage one, a bacon one, and a ham one. Each of these items additionally contained an egg and American cheese. If this description reminds you of their above-described French Toast, then welcome to the observation lounge. Yup, both of these products share a lot of the same DNA.

But even though Burger King's waffle sandwiches and French Toast are shamelessly similar, both breakfast items should definitely be back on the menu. The first reason being that these maple treats seem to have a similar level of quality to their bready counterpart. On Instagram, paducahfoodieguide reviewed the sausage edition and gave this meal a nice, glowing endorsement. They said, "I really enjoyed the sausage with the sweet maple waffle ... All the flavors combined really well." And while this critic thought that the sandwich was overcooked and had a woefully small egg, it still got an eight out of ten.

There's also another reason why the King should maybe remarket both types of novelty sandwiches. On some mornings, you might awake craving waffles, while other days, you could need your French Toast. If this joint announced these two creations, then your daybreak whims might be sated.

Burger King's Seasoned Sweet Potato Curly Fries look delish

There are simply some days where you might not feel like classic fast food potatoes. And in those moments, a packet of Seasoned Sweet Potato Curly Fries could come in handy. Fortunately, Burger King made such a product. But unfortunately, it was a limited-time 2012 item.

Serious Eats reviewed this snack before it was terminated, and they were surprised at how good these curls could be. "They're liberally dusted with what the chain calls 'maple seasoning,' which provides a noticeable grit and a severe shot of sugar," noted the publication. They also said that if you ate this product while it was at its absolute hottest, then you might be in for a treat. This critic wrapped by asserting that these sweet potatoes were able to hold their own next to the joint's everyday fries. We might even go so far as to say they were better — if you love a touch of sweetness, of course.

If Burger King doesn't resuscitate this product, then every other joint should put them on their menu. We shouldn't pin our culinary dreams on just a single chain.

Burger King's Bacon Sundae was a salty-sweet experience

Ah, here's another savory, sugary menu item. But unlike the previous two dishes, this one isn't a breakfast option. Well, it could be if you lived fast and loose. In 2012, HuffPost reported that Burger King had produced a Bacon Sundae. This dessert was made up of soft serve, fudge, caramel, and bacon pieces. HuffPost then reviewed Burger King's creation and gave it some noteworthy compliments. They said, "The saltiness of the bacon was a nice contrast to the sweetness from the rest of the ingredients. I also really liked that the bacon added a crunchy element to the smooth soft-serve."

Another reviewer on GrubGrade was likewise impressed with this now-unavailable snack. They wrote, "All in all, the BK Bacon Sundae was everything that I had hoped it would be, and nothing that I had feared: the bacon stayed crispy throughout, and its smokiness and saltiness powered through even when there was a lot of chocolate and caramel on the spoon." This taste-tester additionally asserted that they'd buy this product again.  

Burger King's Poutine à la Burger could be brought stateside

Poutine is a Canadian treasure. It binds fries, cheese curds, and gravy into a singular, distinctive bit of comfort food. According to Cost Finder Canada, this item can even be found on Burger King Canada's menus.

But we're not here to discuss the King's run-of-the-mill poutine. We're here to discuss a spin-off they made. In 2014, they issued a press release about a new item called Poutine à la Burger. This dish melded the Canadian classic with beef, pickles, mustard, and ketchup. So it was basically a Whopper that married poutine. This Burger King product was therefore more than just a French-ish sounding name.

The Poutine à la Burger looks like a wild ride. It's prime Burger King malarkey with a Canadian twist. Even if every single bite of this dish was terrible, eating one could become a chucklesome meme with your mates. The North American division of this company should thusly consider making the Poutine à la Burger available across the whole entire continent. And while they're at it, they should think about launching the original around the world too. You don't have to be Canadian to love poutine!

Burger King's Sun-Grilled Whopper sounds lit

According to Think Marketing Magazine, Kuwait is super hot. So hot, in fact, that it can get up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. This place can become so scorching that Burger King decided to cook there without their flame grills. The chain instead utilized the sun's heat to barbecue its patties. Well, they didn't just use the daylight. In a YouTube promo, a narrator says, "We built a solar machine that harnesses the power of the sun's rays to create the ultimate flame-grilled experience." So basically, the sunshine warmed up the King's machine, and then this machine grilled up the food. These patties would be used in the restaurant's 2018 Sun-Grilled Whoppers.

Now look, it's obvious that this item can't be served everywhere. After all, Burger King's ad explicitly states that it needs to be at least 122F for the patties to cook. But if you lived somewhere that ever gets this hot, it's possible that such a novelty meal would make the heat more bearable.

Burger King's Mac N' Cheetos were a powerful fusion

In June of 2016, The Verge said that Burger King had combined two iconic comfort foods into one fully fledged dish. It was called Mac N' Cheetos, and this meal consisted of deep-fried macaroni and cheese that was covered in Cheeto flavoring. Business Insider additionally stated that these sticks were a limited time product.

A ton of users on Twitter seemed to genuinely enjoy the Mac N' Cheetos combo. Kaylee Cook commented, "If you haven't tried Mac N Cheetos from Burger King you're missing out." And after they were discontinued, Jane Wells said, "Meantime. I miss the Mac N Cheetos. Only a promotional item!"

This item unites two culinary classics and was given a punny name, and therefore, people loved it. It possesses a bunch of unique qualities that not every fast food item can brag about. Ergo, Burger King should ponder bringing this back for its fans.

Burger King's Flamin' Hot Mac N' Cheetos could spice up your life

More than a year after Burger King's original Mac N' Cheetos dropped, The Street said that the chain was releasing another version of this already overly indulgent dish. These bites of deep-fried macaroni were called Flamin' Hot Mac N' Cheetos. And it's not hard to work out what they were covered with. But just in case you're not in the loop, here's the situation: they were coated in Flamin' Hot Cheetos dust.

But was this sequel any good? Well, a few Buzzfeed employees ordered a couple of five-packs and thoroughly enjoyed them. Farrah Penn rhetorically asked, "It was cheesy and it was flamin' hot. What more could you ask for?" Another reviewer named Crystal Ro was initially concerned that this food would be too spicy for their palate, but they ended up enjoying its heat level. This fast food explorer even declared, "I could've eaten like a whole other box myself!" 

Burger King's crown-shaped chicken nuggets were iconic

Nothing screams Burger King like the King himself — and with every king comes a crown. Crown-shaped chicken nuggets (along with the paper crowns that graced the head of every millennial big kid) were once synonymous with BK. They were a fun twist on a classic that set the brand apart from competitors like McDonald's and Wendy's, and they didn't give up the throne easily.

According to CNN, Burger King got rid of their crown-shaped nuggets in 2011, a move that triggered an online petition garnering 2,000 signatures. More recently, a 2021 Twitter poll revealed that 56% of Burger King fans wanted their royal nuggets back. In other words, the people have spoken, and they want to reinstate their monarch. Unfortunately, crown-shaped nuggets haven't returned nationwide. As of writing, they're currently only available for a limited time in 25 restaurants in Miami, Florida.

For years, crown-shaped nuggets were a small taste of fast food royalty. As the brand told CNN, they're "perfect for dipping," and the new nuggets had an overhauled shape and taste, which Redditors lamented as lackluster. Today, Burger King's nuggets are just standard fast food fare, the veritable commoners of the fast food kingdom. They don't offer anywhere near the same intrigue — or flavor — as chicken fries, which became a permanent menu item in 2015. Eater simply called them "no good," and some people think you shouldn't order Burger King's nuggets at all.

Burger King's Burger Shots were better on your breath than White Castle

In the mid-aughts, it seemed like the Burger King couldn't quite overtake White Castle's throne. In 2004, the blockbuster comedy "Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle" became an instant classic, netting more than $5.4 million in its opening weekend. White Castle was officially a pop culture phenomenon, and the few holdouts who hadn't yet crossed the blue-awning threshold into White Castle's slider kingdom eventually found themselves converts.

It's not hard to see why White Castle's sliders are so delicious and addicting. According to Men's Health, they have almost double the sodium of Burger King's burgers. That doesn't mean BK didn't ever try to storm the castle. In 2008, the fast food brand introduced Burger Shots, which were essentially the same thing as White Castle's sliders but without the onions (i.e. better on your breath, for those thinking of spending Valentine's Day at White Castle). BK also launched a series of Breakfast Shots, featuring ham, bacon, or sausage paired with an egg, a smoky cheese sauce, and a slice of American cheese (via Nation's Restaurant News).

Sadly, Burger Shots — which were BK's second attempt at sliders — never caught on, but you can't deny that they sure were fun to share with a group of friends. The Daily Meal even lists them as one of their most-missed fast food items of all time.

Burger King's Donut Holes made breakfast a little sweeter

Donuts and burgers are a unique combination, but one that just works. In the past, Burger King floated the idea of SufganiKing — a veritable donut burger — to celebrate Hanukkah, but it looks like it was only something available in their Israel-based restaurants. The rest of us only had BK's donut holes to work with, which briefly graced the all-day menu in 2013.

Don't get us wrong, Burger King's donut holes — which were essentially glazed, bite-sized yeast donuts — were never the best menu item. According to The Impulsive Buy, they tasted like a "Pillsbury dinner roll that's been put in the microwave a few seconds." It's hardly novel, but they were still glazed donuts. In other words, they were still good. According to a Mashed survey, 22.37% of Burger King fans want them back on the menu.

In a world where fast food breakfast offerings are few and far between, Burger King's donut holes stood out. It's not hard to figure out why. Today, if you want something sweet for breakfast, you're not getting it from the King. Aside from a pancake platter, the breakfast menu only includes savory options like hash browns, breakfast burritos, and their patented Croissan'wich.

Burger King's Cupcake BK Sundae Shake capitalized on the cupcake craze

In the early aughts, cupcakes were having a major moment. According to Business Insider, the cupcake craze started back in 2000 when an episode of HBO's "Sex and the City" highlighted the cupcakes from New York City's Magnolia Bakery. From there, we saw the launch of Crumbs Bakeshop, followed by Sprinkles Cupcakes a couple years later. A few years after that, Baked By Melissa launched their bite-sized cupcakes, and then the trend finally trickled down to Burger King in 2009. Thus, the Cupcake BK Sundae Shake was born.

Burger King's cupcake shake was a blast of sugar that would satiate even the sweetest sweet tooth. According to Donuts4Dinner, its yellow cake-flavored ice cream was vaguely reminiscent of eggnog, but it would equally find itself at home amidst the birthday cake trend of the late 2010s. The shake was topped with whipped cream (which had an icing-like effect) and sprinkles, culminating in what one reviewer described as a "super creamy and rich" treat. Though some commenters couldn't handle the sugar rush, others — who didn't even like Burger King — flocked to the fast food restaurant for a taste.

Today, the cupcake trend is a little overcooked. Online reviews of Burger King's cupcake shake are a relic of the past. Hopefully, in this case, history will eventually repeat itself.

Crispy Pretzel Chicken Fries were a big clucking deal

Burger King is the king of burgers — and not chicken — for a reason. The fast food restaurant's chicken options tend to fall flat, but Chicken Fries are the exception to the rule. They've got a crunchy coating and a peppery kick that sets them apart from the brand's forgettable nuggets. It's not surprising that Chicken Fries have been one of BK's most beloved menu items since their 2005 introduction — so much so that when they were discontinued in 2012, the brand was met with online petitions galore. One group of Chicken Fries enthusiasts even planned to protest outside of BK's corporate offices in Miami.

According to Insider, Chicken Fries came back for a limited time in 2014. They've since become a permanent menu item with various, limited-time iterations — from Buffalo Chicken Fries to Fiery Chicken Fries, which were supposedly "offensively spicy." Still, the King's Crispy Pretzel Chicken Fries remain the standout.

Crispy Pretzel Chicken Fries were introduced for a limited time in 2018. According to Bustle, the fries' traditional crispy breading was "covered in a salty breading with pretzel pieces" that gave them a "major crunch." It was an "explosion of flavors and textures in your mouth" — especially when paired with a sauce like honey mustard. All in all, Chicken Fries fans are still salty that BK pulled them from the menu (though, you can try our air fryer pretzel chicken fries recipe at home).

Burger King's sweet potato fries were a lot more satisfying than Satisfries

Burger King should arguably stick to Chicken Fries. When it comes to potatoes, they're better known for their failures than successes. In theory, Satisfries — which reportedly had 40% less fat than traditional fast food fries and took a decade to develop according to Insider — should've been a hit in a diet-conscious culture. Instead, the fast food restaurant's "healthy" fries flopped, with The Motley Fool calling them the "saddest fries."

In 2014, Satisfries were discontinued for good, but let's be honest — nobody missed them. The brand had already found a better path towards so-called healthier fries without noticing. According to Delish, BK introduced sweet potato fries in 2012 as part of a barbecue-inspired summer menu that included a bacon sundae, a Texas-style Whopper, and a Carolina BBQ Whopper. Sadly, the fries were only available for a limited time.

None of this is to say that Burger King's sweet potato fries were the picture of health. They were still fried, and weren't especially engineered to be a diet food, but sweet potatoes have long been heralded for their health benefits. According to Healthline, they're a "great source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals." Let's not even get started on the frozen sweet potato trend. All in all, BK's sweet potato fries only cost about $0.30 more than regular fries (according to The Impulsive Buy) and packed a lot more flavor and probably some nutritional value. They are deeply missed.