It’s called “fast food” because it’s meant to be made, assembled, packaged and in your hands in mere minutes. But not all drive-thru dining establishments can deliver on this promise. There is, however, one fast food chain that delivers your order in the blink of an eye.

A QSR Magazine study found that when you really need your order in a hurry, Burger King is the way to go. The restaurant chain best known for its flame broiled burgers was the fastest drive-thru chain in America in 2018.

The study found that it only took three minutes and 13 seconds from the point of ordering, to the moment the order arrived in the hands of the customer.

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Trailing Burger King’s record came Dunkin’, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, Arby’s, Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s, Chick-fil-A, and McDonald’s — in that order.

(Popular In-N-Out Burger and Bojangles’ were not included in the study because they are considered regional chains.)

Some would argue that it’s not just time that makes a fast food joint king. Quality, accuracy, and service are all part of the equation when we decide where we enjoy dining. For instance, Chick-fil-A and McDonald’s are two of the most popular fast food spots in the country, but they are also two of the slowest.

None-the-less, speed plays a factor, and Burger King took note. Last year the company ranked fourth in QSR’s study.

In 2018, the average wait time for all fast food chains rose by about nine seconds. Still, none of the drive-thru were really very slow. Every restaurant chain got food to the their customers in five minutes or less.

Popular In-N-Out Burger and Bojangles’ were not included in the study because they are considered regional chains.


Also see, Dunkin’ officially drops “Donuts” from name.

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Meghan is a full-time writer exploring the fun facts behind food. She lives a healthy lifestyle but lives for breakfast, dessert and anything with marinara. She’s thrown away just as many meals as she’s proud of.