I Tried, and Ranked, Every Burger King Chicken Fry Dipping Sauce

Since Burger King's menu features chicken nuggets, tenders and fries, it's pretty critical that they have a nice variety of dipping sauces to offer.

Not sure which one to take home with your next BK order? I recently stopped by my local Burger King and ordered a bunch of nuggets and a packet of every sauce to find out how each one stacks up. Here's my ranking.

6. Sweet & Sour

Though Burger King's sweet and sour sauce has an inviting and fruity-looking red hue, it's the weakest of their sauces, taste-wise. In my opinion, it's totally lacking in the "sour" half of sweet and sour. Instead, it simply tastes like a pineapple-flavored dipping sauce. While there's nothing inherently wrong with pineapple, the flavor would be more successful if it stuck closer to conventions. It's not special enough to be all that satisfying.


5. Ranch

This sauce is one big leap up from the worst sauce on the list. The buttermilk gives it a creamy tang, while the garlic adds complexity to the rich flavor. Still, it's nothing to write home about. It's pretty standard compared to other fast food ranch dipping sauces. It's good, but the other sauces coming up on the list are even better.


4. Honey Mustard

It's hard to mess up a good honey mustard sauce. Though this one might be too sweet for some, I find that its sugariness nicely complements the slightly sour flavor of the mustard. Though I think it'd be even better if they brought in the biting heat that some kinds of mustards can lend to a sauce, it's still perfectly tasty without it.

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3. Zesty

This is the least traditional dipping sauce on the menu, and I also found it the toughest to pin down. The sauce itself is creamy with a slight orange hue, and by far it was the thickest of the six options. After multiple tastes, I still wasn't quite sure what I was experiencing, but eventually I decided it was a little bit like a thousand island dressing or secret sauce with a horseradishy kick at the end lending it a bit of heat. It won't be for everyone, but more adventurous souls may find a new favorite.

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2. BBQ

When you do barbecue sauce right, it's tough to top. This deep brown sauce is sweet with a rich, smoky aftertaste that makes you want to keep dipping. It's far from unique, but it's still everything you'd want from a barbecue sauce. There's nothing wrong with sticking to the classics.

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1. Buffalo

I typically rank buffalo sauces low (or last) at most fast food restaurants, so I'm shocked to find that Burger King's buffalo sauce is my favorite of the bunch. The sauce has a bright orange color from a mix of fiery spices with a creamy base, and the taste is just the right blend of vinegar and kick. Though there's heat, it's not overwhelming, and the tang of the vinegar doesn't overpower it either. Though I'd never ordered it before, it may now be my go-to BK dipping sauce.


Love all kinds of chicken nuggets? Click HERE for our definitive ranking of every McDonald's sauce.