Find out if Burger King fries are safe for a gluten-free diet, what they’re made of, and what you need to be aware of before you order them.
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If you love French fries or fast food fries, I bet you’ve enjoyed Burger King’s fries a time or two. This side option at Burger King is one of their most popular menu items because they’re crunchy, salty, and delicious.
If you follow a gluten-free diet, you may be wondering if these French fries are safe for you to enjoy while steering clear of gluten.
In this post, we’re going to talk about what Burger King fries are made of, how they’re made, and if they are considered gluten-free and safe for a gluten-free diet.
We’ll also talk about if these fries are dairy-free (if you’re dairy-free like I am) and if one of their other popular breakfast options – Burger King hash browns – are gluten-free too.
What are Burger King fries made of?
Though I wasn’t able to find any information about ingredients on the Burger King website, I was able to find a list on another website. These are the ingredients you’ll find in Burger King French fries:
“Potatoes, Soybean Oil or Canola and Palm Oil, Modified Potato Starch, Rice Flour, Potato Dextrin, Salt, Leavening (Disodium Dihydrogen Pyrophosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Dextrose, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate added to preserve natural color.”
Read on: Is soybean oil gluten-free?
How are Burger King fries made?
Burger King French fries are cut, prepared, and flash frozen off site of the fast food restaurant. When ordered, Burger King frozen fries are added to a fryer with corn, canola, soy, and/or cottonseed oils according to their July 2021 allergen information sheet from their website.
The fryer that is used to cook the French fries is also the same fryer that many of Burger King’s other menu items are cooked. These are the foods that are cooked in the shared fryer at any given time throughout the day:
“Fish Filet, Pork Sausage, Ch’King Chicken Filet, Chicken Nuggets, Original Chicken Patty, Hash Browns, French Toast STicks and Onion Rings.”
What is gluten?
Gluten is a protein found in most wheat products, and acts as the “glue” that helps to hold wheat, barley, kamut, spelt, farro, durum, bulgur, rye, and semolina together to maintain their shape.
Gluten is naturally occurring, and therefore is impossible to strip away from the grain. If a grain naturally has gluten in it, there’s no way to make that food gluten-free.
Gluten is often added as a binding ingredient in many foods, and in French fries, it may be in a batter that is added to help get a French fry to be more crispy on the outside.
Are Burger King fries gluten-free?
According to the Burger King’s allergen information sheet that was published in July 2021, their French fries do not contain wheat, however they are cooked in a shared fryer with other menu items that do have gluten ingredients.
It’s important to note that there is a high likelihood that there is gluten in the fries at Burger King simply because they use a shared fryer.
If you follow a gluten-free diet, you’ll need to use your best judgement based on what you know about your body and level of sensitivity to gluten to make a choice as to whether or not to order this item from the menu.
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Are Burger King fries dairy-free?
Burger King’s allergen information sheet from July 2021 shows that there are no milk products in their French fries but since they are cooked in a shared fryer, it is probable there will be some cross contamination with dairy ingredients.
Are Burger King hash browns gluten-free?
Burger King hash browns do contain wheat as well as being cooked in a shared fryer with other gluten containing menu items. If you follow a gluten-free diet, you’ll want to avoid the hash browns from their menu.
If you’ve been wondering whether or not you can enjoy Burger King french fries while you’re trying to stick with a gluten-free diet, I hope this information has been useful for you.
While there are no gluten ingredients in Burger King’s French fries, it’s important to know that with them being cooked in a shared fryer that they will almost certainly have gluten in them from cross contamination.