New Menu Items Added to National Fast Food Locations

Joel Eisenberg

Throughout the second half of 2022, new menu items are being added to favorite restaurants with substantial fanfare.
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If there was a vegan version of the Buffalo Wild Wings new Saucy Chicken sandwiches pictured above, loaded with peppers and sauce, I’d give it a go.

Alas, there are food menu options available for us plant-based eaters as well. Whether one eats a plant-based diet, however, or is a carnivore though and through, new and upcoming menu items at many of our nation’s top eateries show available options for most every palette. recently posted “All the New Menu Items at Your Favorite Chain Restaurants and Fast Food Joints,” which elucidated upcoming changes for some of the most popular restaurant chains in the U.S.

As excerpted from the article: After the successful introduction of Beyond the Original Orange Chicken last year, Panda Express is continuing to expand its plant-based offerings by testing two new Beyond Meat dishes for a limited time exclusively at the Panda Express  Innovation Kitchen in Pasadena, California — including Mapo Tofu with Beyond Beef. Panda's second tofu dish, behind the Eggplant Tofu (available at select restaurants), the dish is made with small bites of firm tofu and plant-based Beyond Beef, wok-tossed in a spicy Sichuan garlic sauce. It is best when served over steaming white rice.

In addition, the article states, Panda Express is testing String Beans with Beyond Beef, a new offering with garlic sauce.

According to’s “Burger King’s Latest Whopper is so Special You Need a Reservation,” a Whopper with a sliver of ice is presently being tested in Japan for eventual U.S. consumption: Sold in Japan only as part of a limited time special set called the "Natsukoi Set," you'll get this chilly burger and a frozen bottle of Coca-Cola for 1000 yen ($7.45 U.S.). To order one, you'll need to reserve it in advance here, as it will not be sold at any Burger King locations at the counter.

The idea is to eat something that is cold, other than a salad, for the summer months.

Fast food locations typically turn to unique marketing strategies on a seasonal basis. What more can we expect for the duration of the current calendar year?

Let us explore further.

Menu Changes, August 2022

For further new fast food menu item additions, see’s “The Best New Fast Food Menu Items We Can’t Wait to Try,” which like the link above has photos of each new offering.

For a comprehensive list of menu additions updated monthly, features among the most trusted guides of its type for consumers.

A listing of new August, 2022 menu items, per, includes the following:

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As many restaurants, including chains such as Souplantation, have gone out of business during Covid, many fast food eateries are still struggling to thrive during the current period of economic volatility.

As such, the usual seasonally-introduced menu additions are becoming more unique and varied. This trend is largely expected to continue for the immediate future.

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