What do you think of Burger King’s new SatisFries?

October 3, 2013 | By | Comments (9)
SatisFries

Burger King’s regular fries on the left. New SatisFries on the right.

Our reaction to the barrage of TV ads about Burger King’s new SatisFries—which BK says have 40% less fat and 30% fewer calories than McDonald’s fries—was to drive on down to Burger King and try some: and they’re pretty good. These are fried fries, not baked, and the process is mostly secret. They say the fries are coated in a special batter that helps them absorb less oil in the frying process.

Are SatisFries really better for you? We have to admit, the nutrition claim is a little tricky to parse. Burger King bases their calorie and fat savings for SatisFries on a 70-gram serving, which they say has 150.5 calories and 6.3g fat. They claim the same amount of McD’s fries has 226.8 calories and 11.2g fat, which is the nutritional total for a small fry from McDonald’s. But you can’t buy a 70-gram serving of SatisFries. Burger King’s smallest size, the Value (which is actually smaller than a “small”), weighs 87 grams.

Here, a chart that compares Burger King’s regular fries to the new SatisFries.

Burger King regular fries vs. Burger King SatisFries

Burger King regular fries vs. Burger King SatisFries

The servings weigh the same, but you can see that each size of the SatisFries has less fat and fewer calories.

Now, let’s compare McDonald’s and Burger King. A direct comparison with McDonald’s fries is tricky because the two restaurants serve different portion sizes: Burger King’s tend to be bigger. A small serving at BK weighs 78% more than a small at McDonald’s. So while the fries are lighter on fat and calories, total calories in a serving are not as low as the ad comparisons imply.

Burger King SatisFries vs. McDonald's Fries

Burger King SatisFries vs. McDonald’s Fries

How can you tell what a 70-gram serving is if you don’t carry a scale in your purse? Count your fries–we found 70 grams was close to 17 fries. Or split a medium with a friend.

Bottom line: They’re still French fries, which means they’re a source of fat, calories, and sodium—even if they are a “healthier” version of the golden delicious deep-fried goodness. If you want the most bang for your potato-ey buck, make your own. Our Garlic and Herb Oven Fries are super crispy, and a 1 1/2-cup serving is only about 200 calories.

table-of-fries

Have you tried them? What did you think? Tell us in the comments.

COMMENTS

  1. Faye

    I had tried satisfries and they are awful! I can taste an odd chemical on the fries,so, I wonder what the chemical does to our organs. The fries have a grainy texture like they are made from mashed potatoes with very little moisture. They are fried in the same fryer as the other fries, not healthy at all.
    I like two fast food restaurants: One is in Ohio called Penn Station East Coast Subs and one in Key West called Five Guys. They both make fresh cuts ( cut potatoes fresh in front of you when you place your order) and cook in peanut oil (which doesn’t absorb since it is fast frying).
    I’m sure you can find Five Guys in your area.

    April 30, 2014 at 11:12 am
  2. Will

    My wife and I got free Satisfries and bought regular fries. We loved the new ones! They were crispy, not over salted and we want more.

    October 12, 2013 at 12:20 pm
  3. Ruthann Stolzman

    I liked them. Good flavor, salted just right, light and crispy. I think the crinkle-cut helps keep them crisp.

    October 9, 2013 at 3:03 pm
  4. Christi

    I just tried them a couple of days ago….gross but it could be the store I got mine from as they were cold and doused in salt. What’s the point if you cover them in salt? Would not recommend, just reminds why I only eat fast food from Chic-fil-A

    October 9, 2013 at 12:47 pm
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  7. Lucy

    I bought a combo and asked for the new fries and they charged me 30 cents extra and since I share with my daughter we both had 5 fries each. It was very small but tasty.

    October 3, 2013 at 8:14 pm
  8. Chandra Christine O’Connor

    I like Mickey d fries but hate their after taste and I really like bking fries but only with gravy.

    October 3, 2013 at 6:52 pm
  9. Theresa

    Just tried them the other day and I really liked them. They seemed more baked than fried, didn’t feel greasy or taste greasy. If Burger King keeps them I will switch from the originals to these.

    October 3, 2013 at 2:48 pm

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