Best Fast Food Onion Rings, Ranked: Culvers, Whataburger, Sonic & More

Will Kreznick

1. Sonic Drive-In: Hand Made Onion Rings Picture this: You pull up to a Sonic speaker, ready to order the usual cheeseburger with a side of Chili Cheese Tots and a Blue Raspberry Slush, when something comes over you. What if I don’t actually want Chili Cheese Tots today, you think. […]

1. Sonic Drive-In: Hand Made Onion Rings

Picture this: You pull up to a Sonic speaker, ready to order the usual cheeseburger with a side of Chili Cheese Tots and a Blue Raspberry Slush, when something comes over you. What if I don’t actually want Chili Cheese Tots today, you think. What if I only order them out of habit because they’re what I know best? In a moment of bravery, you slam the “Press to Order” button with no firm plan in place other than to order something different from what you’re accustomed to. “I’ll get a cheeseburger,” you mutter nervously, “a Blue Raspberry Slush, and, uhhh, a side of, uhhhh… Let’s go with a side of the Hand Made Onion Rings.”

You just made the best decision of your lifetime—no shade to Chili Cheese Tots—because Sonic might be a drive-in, but its onion rings turn out. They’re large and thick with maximum crisp, they sport a rock-solid batter-to-onion ratio, and the onion stays firmly put in its fried shell. The breading is sweet and the onions, too, leaving perhaps only a small sprinkle of sodium to be desired—but that’s where Signature, BBQ, and Honey Mustard sauces come in.

These are a shining example of onion rings done right. When a fast food chain’s onion rings could easily pass for a full-service restaurant’s, you know you’ve struck deep-fried gold. Sonic might as well string a ribbon through a big one and wear it as a medal.

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