jumped by about 12% from November 2021 to 2022. Across the board, fast food restaurants raised menu prices by nearly 13%, according to Pricelisto, a website that tracks menu prices for US fast food chains. And some chains were bigger offenders than others.has always been synonymous with , but after last year’s rampant inflation, that might not be so much the case. Fast food inflation rose at a higher clip than even , which
Wendy’s and Chick-fil-A saw the highest inflation in 2022
Wendy’s andsaw the highest price hikes per meal last year, with Chick-fil-A ballooning 15.6% from 2021 to an average meal cost of $4.65. Prices at Wendy’s, another fast food fan favorite, shot up almost double that, with 35% inflation from the previous year.
With its jump, Wendy’s overtook Burger King as the most expensive fast food chain with average meals clocking in at $6.63.was another chain that passed inflation costs onto customers, hiking prices on its budget-friendly “Mexican fare” by 14.6% across the menu.
But it wasn’t all bad news for dollar menu hounds in 2022. Burger King increased menu prices by only 2%, according to Pricelisto, while McDonald’s actually managed to decrease menu prices by 5% in 2022 versus 2021.
Some fast food items went up in price while others got cheaper
Inflation for individual menu items was a bit scattershot. serious shortage in 2021, which helps explain why Burger King’s chicken fries were the single most inflated menu item in the fast food world. This was followed by Chick-fil-A’s grilled chicken sandwich, which shot up 10% in 2022., particularly breaded chicken, saw a
On the flip side, Wendy’s Baconator actually dropped in price by $2.51, a shocker when you consider the high cost of bacon in recent years (although it’s since come back down). McDonald’s iconic — and perhaps overrated — french fries also dropped by an average of $0.09 over the course of the year.
Fast food inflation by item
|Chain||Menu item||Price (Sept ’21)||Price (May ’22)||Price (Oct ’22)||Price difference|
|Original Chicken Sandwich||5.89||3.71||5.40||-0.49|
|Spicy Chicken Sandwich||6.45||6.71||6.33||-0.12|
|Grilled Chicken Sandwich||6.57||7.32||7.23||0.66|
|Egg White Grill||3.65||4.00||4.10||0.45|
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