7 Best Fast Food Hash Browns Ranked

I love hash browns. Hash browns are one of my favorite breakfast foods.

Hash brown potato cakes with catsup

There’s nothing like crispy potatoes that are pan-fried and have the perfect amount of salt and pepper. Add some hot sauce, and that is absolute perfection!

Unfortunately, I don’t always have time to have a sit-down breakfast with traditional breakfast hash browns.

Thankfully, many fast food chains now sell these potato delights. While they may not be as good as the home-cooked variety, they’re still pretty darn delicious.

I spent time finding the best fast food hash browns. I went to every fast food chain I could find, checked their menu, ordered their hashbrowns, and devoured them.

Not every fast food restaurant made my list because I only selected the very best. Without further ado, here’s my list of the best fast food hash browns.

Burger King’s Hash Browns

You can’t call yourself the king of fast food if you don’t have hash browns. And thankfully, Burger King doesn’t disappoint.

Burger King’s hash browns are thick-cut and fried to perfection. They have a crispy exterior and a soft, fluffy interior.

I like to dip mine into a mix of ketchup and hot sauce, as it’s the perfect combination of sweet and spicy.

The best part of Burger King’s hash browns is that they are little rounds. The small cylinders maximize the amount of crunch texture on each hash brown.

I’ll be honest; the crunchy parts are why I love hash browns.

If you’re looking for a fast food hash brown that won’t disappoint, Burger King is the place to go. Check out other BK breakfast favorites.

Chick-Fil-A’s Hash Browns

Chick-Fil-A is known for its delicious chicken. But many people don’t know they make a mean hash brown, too.

Chick-Fil-A fries their hash browns to perfection, just like their chicken.

Chick-Fil-A’s hash browns are different from other fast food restaurants because they’re made with shredded potatoes.

The shredded potatoes give them a different texture than other hash browns, making the dish more flavorful. 

I like to add Chick-Fil-A’s hash browns to their breakfast biscuits. The combination of the fluffy eggs, crispy bacon, and fluffy biscuit with the shredded hash browns is out of this world.

They also offer an array of delicious sauces, including Zesty Buffalo, Honey Mustard, and Garden Herb Ranch.

McDonald’s Hash Brown

When you think of McDonald’s, the first thing that comes to mind is probably not hash browns.

But McDonald’s has some pretty delicious hash browns. In fact, for a long time, McDonald’s was one of the only fast food restaurants with hash browns.

McDonald’s hash browns are iconic and look different than many other restaurants’ hash browns. Instead of hash brown rounds, McDonald’s hash browns come in an oval puck.

McDonald’s hash browns are made with shredded potatoes and fried until golden brown.

They’re crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside and are the perfect fast food breakfast item.

No breakfast at Mcdonald’s is complete without a hash brown.

Taco Bell’s Hash Brown

Taco Bell recently added a breakfast menu. They were one of the last fast food companies to add a dedicated breakfast menu.

I was initially skeptical because Taco Bell didn’t strike me as a breakfast place, but, after trying their hash browns, I quickly changed my mind.

Taco Bell’s hash browns are different than most because Taco Bell fries them in a seasoned batter. The seasoned batter gives them a little bit of a spicy kick.

The hash browns are also a bit smaller than other fast food restaurants.

I love to add Taco Bell’s hash browns to their breakfast burrito. The small hash browns make them the perfect addition to the protein-packed burrito.

Carl’s Jr. Hash Rounds

Carl’s Jr. is known for their delicious burgers. But their hash browns are just as good.

Carl’s Jr. hash rounds are thin and crispy, and are the perfect size for dipping into ketchup.

The thinness of Carl’s Jr.’s hash rounds allows them to get nice and crispy. I also like that they are small. The small size makes them easy to eat and perfect for dipping.

These delicious hash brown rounds make the perfect easy takeaway for days you aren’t feeling too hungry.

Their delicious flavor and crunch earn them a spot on my list of the best fast food hash browns.

Dunkin’ Hash Browns

Dunkin’ Donuts’ Hash Browns were the most unexpected entry.

I don’t usually think of Dunkin’ as a place for breakfast food because I typically go there for their coffee and donuts.

Dunkin’ Donuts hash browns differ from most because they have a unique spice. I think Dunkin’ hash browns are crispier than other fast food hash browns.

I don’t know what Dunkin’ is doing to make their hash browns delicious, but it’s certainly working.

If you ever find yourself at Dunkin’ craving something savory, don’t miss the hash browns. You won’t be disappointed.

These delicious treats come in a pack of six, perfect for morning snacking.

Jack in the Box Hash Browns

The final entry on my list of the best fast food hash browns hails from Jack in the Box.

Jack in the Box is known for their burgers, but its breakfast menu is pretty delicious.

Jack in the Box’s hash browns is different because they come in the form of a rectangle. They’re also a bit flatter than other fast food hash browns.

I love how thin the hash browns are because it makes them crispier. I’m not too fond of it when a hash brown is soggy on the inside.

Jack in the Box hash browns are exceptionally tasty, but I love putting them inside their breakfast burritos. It adds the perfect crunch to their already outstanding breakfast burritos.

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Written by Brian Nagele

Brian attended West Virginia University, then started his career in the IT industry before following his passion for marketing and hospitality. He has over 20 years experience in the restaurant and bar industry.

As a former restaurant owner, he knows about running a food business and loves to eat and enjoy cocktails on a regular basis. He constantly travels to new cities tasting and reviewing the most popular spots.

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