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Burger King Fries

It has been going through the blogosphere that Burger King’s French fries are now gluten-free. I thought they had always been gluten-free as far as ingredients go, but they were contaminated due to being fried with the chicken. 

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(source: BK Facebook page)

Turns out they have just recently changed their recipe as of December 5, 2011.  The new recipe is gluten-free, as was the old version, as long as they are fried in a dedicated fryer.  A list of foods that don’t contain gluten at Burger King can be found here.  This list was last updated in March 2011, so please exercise caution if you choose to eat at BK. 

While I do love a good French fry, I can’t see myself going out to get these.  I do eat fries on occasion from restaurants, but I usually stick with Red Robin, Chick-fil-a or Five Guys.  I actually prefer to make my own fries at home.  I love a thick, potatoey (is that a word?) steak fry!  Sometimes I go with the sweet potato version, other times I spice up the traditional version

Have you had the “new” fries from Burger King?  Do you eat anything else gluten-free at Burger King?

Kim

9 comments to Burger King Fries

  • I'm really reticent to start recommending that folks eat these…I'm still very concerned about staff training and the possibility of cross contamination from work surfaces, etc. I just can't imagine that the teenagers working there have had enough training to serve these safely.

  • Christy

    I was told they used dedicated friers, but they do not…at least not any of the ones I have checked. Back when we heard this, we'd went through 2x and both visits there was a chicken tender or piece of gluten-food in 1 out of 3 fries ordered. A lot of people don't understand the sensitivity of the situation. Heck, even some people diagnosed don't realize. I had one woman tell me that she wasn't "that Celiac" and "could still eat gluten here and there. Guess that's like being a little pregnant.

    I agree with Amy above. We try to avoid these places for those reasons. I figure that I'm going through all the trouble and expense of being gf, not worth recontaminating our bodies for some fries. But, no offense to those who choose to use these outlets, this is just my personal opinion. I've read varying opinions on just how long gluten can remain in your system. Some drs. have said as little as 2 months, other says it could even be a year.

  • hmm that's interesting. i always thought they were gluten free too..

  • I would be careful. I heard this in our local celiac support group and rushed with my kids to the nearest Burger King to show off how wonderful it is we can have fries there and they did not serve gluten free fries. This was sort of a large dissapointment for my daughter. They said they did not have a dedicated fryer. I think it might be only specific Burger Kings. I am out in South Dakota though and sometimes we have great options and sometimes we don't. Maybe call ahead makes sense? Like Amy I also worry about cross contamination with any fast food. Doesn't mean we don't still try it out sometimes.

  • Kris

    I ate fries at a BK in Great Bend, KS. They knew about gluten allergies and had a dedicated fryer for the fries. Delicious, and no reactions!

  • I agree, staff training isn't there. Also, they warm the fries and rings in the same bin, hence the occasional bit of onion ring in the fries. Elevation Burger and Five Guys seem to be much safer fry-wise as they don't fry anything else.

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