Can You Guess How Much These Fast Food Items Cost?

By: Monica Lee
Image: Youtube via Culver's

About This Quiz

Let's face it, with busy schedules, having home-made food, cooked for hours over the stove, is a thing of the past. From getting the kids fed between their sports and scholastic activities, to running errands or simply needing a night or two where you don't have to figure out dinner, the drive-thru can help you and your family keep on time and on track. However, it may not keep you on budget. That's why you'll enjoy this quiz. It will give you a better idea of what you pay at the counter at different fast food chains. However, if fast food is a daily or weekly event, you'll quickly and easily spot a meal that is priced too high or too low.

Sure, there are local promotions where you can get two of an item for the price of one, but this quiz doesn't cover that, or add tax for that matter. It will quiz you on the cost of an item when you go up to the counter and order it before it's tallied up.  We consulted to get the national average. So check it out and test your pricing skills. You may be surprised what a savvy connoisseur of fast food you truly are. 

Yep, for under a dollar you can get this slider. However, sliders are smaller than most hamburgers, so it may not be the best value.

Sonic Mozzarella sticks are only $.99. For a fast snack that's crunchy, chewy and is a good source of protein, the price is pretty reasonable. The catch is, you have to go from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Finished with your late night entertainment and need something crunchy? Head to Jack-in-the-Box where tacos are less than a dollar.

Yep, the Spicy Chicken Sandwich is just $1 at Carl's Jr. It's more than a decent price for very decent fare.

No dollar menu here, but Wendy does have a "Right Price, Right Size Menu" which includes a small frosty for $.99 or get small fries for the same price.

Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger. When you're in the mood for one of these but don't want to pay a King's ransom, head to Burger King.

The Golden Arches offers the McChicken (which is a bigger McNugget on a bun) for just $1.00. Some feel it is overly peppered, and overly mayonnaised.

These tasty tacos are $1.00 each. And you can order them in a hard or soft shell. It's a delicious snack.

Fresco-Style means pico de gallo is substituted for any mayo-based sauces, guacamole, sour cream and cheese. This reduces the fat by 25 percent.

A McDonald's Quarter Pounder with Cheese is a whole lotta meat, so expect the cost to increase with the size of the meal.

There are only four pieces to your order, so you won't pay a lot. But if you're feeding a family of four, expect to order (and pay) much more.

If you order the grilled chicken wrap without the barbecue sauce, it's a healthy option at only 270 calories and 11 grams of fat.

Arby's sandwiches are high on the sodium, so head for Junior Roast Beef Sandwich at 210 calories and 530 mg of sodium, which is less sodium than the larger sandwiches.

Fast Food can be healthy food, too. Want something low carb, and low cal and packed with protein? Then the 1/3 Pound Low-Carb Thickburger with No Cheese is for you.

OK, you're not going to be feeding a hungry crowd with just one chicken leg. But if you're doing the drive-thru for yourself, Church's Chicken Original Chicken Leg is just $1.29.

Yes, a drumstick at KFC is 40 cents more than one from Church's Chicken. You decide whether taste, location and cost is worth the drive to either chain.

If you don't want the Colonel's Original Recipe or Crispy, go for Grilled Chicken Breast at $2.69 to save on calories.

Start adding a couple of sides, and your bill becomes costly at $1.99 each. However, at least vegetables are offered at a fast food chain and it's not just a salad.

A Mini Buttered Toffee Creamery Shake is only $2.49. If you're watching your waistline and wallet, this is a good one to satisfy your sweet tooth at 430 calories.

Treat yourself to a Reese’s Waffle Cone Sundae at Sonic. The small size is just 460 delicious calories.

Blizzards range in price according to their size. This mini, frosty concoction will give you a sweet pick-me-up.

If you stop there for breakfast on your way to work each day, you know an Egg McMuffin costs $2.79. Coffee is extra.

It's slightly more than an Egg McMuffin, but if you like the flaky, buttery taste of a croissant, you can only get that at Burger King.

At the same price as a Burger King croissant breakfast, this A.M. Taco will satisfy your need for a crunch to start the day.

A nice wake-me-up from the McDonald's McCafe, the Frappes come in other flavors, including Caramel and Chocolate Chip.

Cheesy and crunchy. What more do you need? You'll get a crisp pizza shell, covered with a layer of refried beans and seasoned beef, then topped with pizza sauce and a three-cheese blend.

Whether you have it with chicken, beef or steak, a Taco Bell Fiesta Taco Salad can keep you satisfied for hours.

Besides having either the crispy buttermilk or grilled chicken, you get a nice variety of vegetables in your Bacon Ranch salad, including romaine lettuce, baby spinach, baby kale, red leaf lettuce, ribbon-cut carrots and grape tomatoes.

You may have to pay a few quarters more, but Wendy's Asian Cashew Chicken Salad is worth it.

Summer meets salad with the Chick-fil-A’s Grilled Market Salad. Your salad comes with their signature chicken, sprinkled with tart apples, sweet cranberries, blueberries, strawberries, and nuts atop a bed of greens.

Burger King is home of the Whopper. So the Whopper is priced just right at $4.19. Plus, you can have it your way.

The Big Mac even has a song about it. "Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese ..." Go on, sing the rest of it.

The Baconator is one of the most popular menu items at Wendy's since it was introduced in 2007. The six strips of thick-cut Applewood Smoked Bacon might have something to do with it.

This burger has a following. It has been consistently ranked as the No.1 burger in America. And that's according to fast food hamburger connoisseurs throughout the nation.

You don't have to crunch a lot of numbers to eat a Doritos Locos Tacos with nacho cheese. At $1.49, you can order it with Cool Ranch or Fiery Cheese, too.

You don't need a ball game to be in the mood for a hot dog. But if you are, go to Sonic where the Chili Cheese Coney is a crowd favorite.

You don't need to be in New Orleans to get your hands on a po’boy fish sandwich. Plus, Popeyes makes the po'boy with shrimp, too, all tucked into a fluffy baguette.

Crisp, crunchy, hot, salty .... really, what more do you need in fast food? We bet you'll eat them in the car on your way home.

There are many people who are hooked on these hot, salty, fried potatoes. All you need is ketchup to complete your meal.

You have room for more food, when there are only 260 calories in a serving of Culver's Crinkle Cut Fries. A serving also contains 35 percent fat, 59 percent carbs, and 6 percent protein.

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