Have you ever had one of those days whereby you’re craving some tasty fast food meals but not the regular two-dollar burgers and sandwiches? Or maybe, you’re starving, but only have $10 or less between the both of you.
Top fast food chains have- in recent years- been experimenting with new menu ideas to incorporate quality,yet affordable meal options. This is due to the growth in popularity of the ‘fast-casual’ restaurant concept; whereby fast food joints also offer healthier or higher quality food that is only slightly more expensive than the regular meals on their menus; these usually cost no more than $10. In addition, most chains also offer combo meals, which are typically cheaper than if you were to buy the food items separately.
Read on below to find out which meals- including original, vegan and combo- you can order at your favorite fast food joint for only $10 or less.
1. Black Forest Ham- Footlong (Subway)
Subway serves this delicious black forest ham sandwich that also includes melted cheese and eggs. This protein-rich breakfast meal will give you the energy you need to go through the day.
Calorie information: 570 calories
2. Two Chalupas Supreme Combo (Taco Bell)
Taco bell offers customers this affordable meal combo that features two chalupas supreme, one taco and a soft drink. The meal is made-to-order and you have the choice of customizing it to your own personal taste. For instance, you could opt for a soft tortilla for your taco, instead of a crunchy one.
Calorie information: 850-1300 calories caloriesPrice: $7.99
3. Double Chicken Avocado Salad (El Pollo Loco)
At this Mexican-inspired chain, you can order a double chicken avocado salad, if you’re trying to keep the calorie count in your meals at a minimum. This healthy plate features gourmet veggies and a variety of toppings including chicken breast pieces, cotija crumbles, sliced avocado, cilantro and corn.
Calorie information: 380 calories caloriesPrice: $6.99
4. Three Doritos Locos Tacos Combo (Taco Bell)
Another mouth-watering combo meal from from Taco Bell is this tacos combo that features three nachos cheese Doritos locos tacos and a soft drink. Each taco features seasoned beef, cheese, lettuce and various toppings including onions, fritos, tomatoes, and jalapenos. What’s great about Taco Bell is that you can order your meal to be made ‘fresco-style’, making it a great fast food spot for those who prefer healthy, low- calorie, or vegan meals.
Calorie information: 570-990 caloriesPrice: $6.29
5. Three piece chicken combo (Popeye’s)
This popular chain serves this delectable leg, wing and thigh combo that comes with a medium-sized drink, one biscuit and a Cajun-inspired side like Cajun fries, Cajun rice or mashed potatoes served with Cajun gravy. The Cajun sides really add some flavor to this meal, which looks like a bargain at $9.99.
Calorie information: 1000-1400 caloriesPrice: $9.99
6. Buttermilk Crispy Chicken- Meal (McDonald’s)
This extra value meal is served with a medium-sized soft drink and medium fries, or a side salad of your choice. This hearty meal will only cost you $7.49
Calorie information: 595-1150 caloriesPrice: $7.49
7. Original nugget meal- Chick-fil-A
Chick-fil-A’s original nugget meal is a must-try. Featuring eight chicken nugget pieces, with the option of a side, this packaged meal carries 840 calories in total.
Calorie information: 660-840 caloriesPrice: $6.19
8. Double ShackBurger- Shake Shack
This tasty delight from Shake Shack only costs $8.09. The burger features a sizeable bun, with tomato, lettuce, and ShackSauce dressing to top it up.
Calorie information: 855 caloriesPrice: $8.09
As you can see, there are numerous delicious fast food meals that cost $10 or below. Personally, I prefer Taco Bell’s Three Doritos Locos Tacos Combo, as the low-calorie count makes it a relatively healthier fast food meal option.