When looking for a quick meal on the go, many folks zoom straight into the drive-thru. There’s minimal human interaction, you don’t have to step out of your car, and your meal is handed to you in minutes. It’s no wonder why most fast-food joints report that about 70 percent of their sales are attributed to that convenient window.
However, the time it takes between ordering your burger and actually receiving the trademark paper bag is a true determining factor when it comes to choosing a fast-food spot. QSR’s latest report found out which joints really serve up the fastest food—find out if your go-to made the cut below!
Ranked from slowest to fastest…
Surprise: It might be fast-food royalty, but Mickey D‘s boasts the slowest drive-thru time, with an average wait time of 4.55 minutes. Yikes!
It’ll take you about 4.34 minutes to grab a spicy chicken sandwich with waffle fries at Chick-fil-A’s drive-thru.
The Southern- and Midwestern-based chain’s drive-thru wait time clocks in at a slow 4.26 minutes. You might want to bring a snack for the wait.
Hardee’s sister brand seems to be a bit lighter on its feet—by just a few seconds. The average drive-thru wait time at Carl’s Jr. is 4.21.
Arby’s employees will hand you your roast beef sandwich in just under 4 minutes (3.96, to be exact) if you hit the drive-thru.
Cruise up to the Bell’s busy window, and you’ll wait 3.94 minutes for your cheesy order. Live mas or wait mas?
Wendy’s speed-of-serving time clocks in at 3.76 minutes. Not too shabby!
You can get your fried chicken fix in at KFC in just 3.64 minutes! Winner, winner, chicken dinner.
Talk about a quick brekkie: DD’s drive-thru will only take 3.34 minutes of your precious morning time.
Lo and behold, the fastest drive-thru that reigns king? Burger King. BK truly lets you have it your way with a speedy average wait time of 3.22 minutes.