Here are 8 Fast Food Restaurants Where You Can Grab a Meal for $5 or Less!

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Remember when every restaurant had a dollar menu?

woman holding mcdouble and mcdonalds bag

At the risk of sounding like an old-timer, it wasn’t too long ago that you could leave the house with five bucks and easily come home with a full belly. These days, it’s hard to find a decent sandwich for $5, let alone a whole meal.

With elevated food prices here to stay, many people are cutting back on their fast food consumption to save money. Restaurants are now trying to lure customers back with new value menu items, cheap meal deals, and other promotions.

While the days of a true dollar menu may be in the rearview mirror, there are still some opportunities to grab a fast food meal for around five bucks, and more options are coming soon, too!

Here are the best fast food five-dollar meals you can buy:

meal from Burger King next to bag

Burger King is bringing back its $5 Your Way Meal.

Burger King has confirmed that it will be re-releasing its once-popular Your Way Meal very soon. This value meal is expected to include one of three sandwich choices along with nuggets, fries, and a drink.

While we don’t have an exact release date yet, we do know that BK hopes to have its $5 value meal on the menu before the rumored release of McDonald’s $5 value meal on June 25. Burger King’s $5 Your Way Meal is expected to remain on its menu for “several months” – hopefully longer!


dairy queen meal on tray

Assemble a meal from Dairy Queen’s 2/$5 menu.

Dairy Queen has a 2/$5 menu that allows you to mix and match seven of its most popular menu items. Pair a cheeseburger or chicken strips with fries, soft pretzel sticks, a drink, or dessert!


KFC meal with $4.99 text overlay

Grab a Taste of KFC deal for $4.99.

KFC just launched new meal deals starting at $4.99! The Taste of KFC Deal includes two pieces of dark meat chicken (one drumstick and one thigh), a side of mashed potatoes and gravy, and a biscuit for just under five bucks.


man holding a McDonald's McChicken

McDonald’s has a rumored $5 value meal in the works.

While McDonald’s has been tight-lipped on the prospect of a new $5 value meal, CNBC confirmed with a McDonald’s insider that we’ll see this option on menus beginning June 25th.

McDonald’s new $5 value meal should include four items: your choice of a McChicken or a McDouble, a four-piece order of Chicken McNuggets, fries, and a drink.

McDonald’s $5 value meal is planned for a month-long promotion, but we hope this option will stick around longer if it resonates with customers! 🤞


croissant, breakfast sandwich, and 2 iced coffee drinks from Starbucks

Grab a cheap breakfast from Starbucks starting at just $5.

We bet you didn’t expect to see Starbucks on this list, but the chain has a new Pairings Menu that allows customers to order a tall (12-oz.) beverage with a Butter Croissant for just $5! The beverage can be any iced or hot coffee or tea.

For just one dollar more, you can swap the croissant for any savory breakfast sandwich,  including the Sausage, Cheddar & Egg Sandwich, Bacon, Gouda & Egg Sandwich, Turkey Bacon, Cheddar & Egg White Sandwich, or Chicken Maple Butter & Egg Sandwich.


steak n shake burger and fries

Steak ‘n Shake has 4 meal deals for around $5.

Steak ‘n Shake offers 4 meal deals that will get you a juicy burger and fries for around $5, depending on your location. Choose from the Original Double Steakburger with Cheese, Garlic Single Steakburger, Butter Single Steakburger, or Bacon ‘N Cheese Single Steakburger.


Taco Bell Cravings Box

Build Your Own Cravings Box for just $5 at Taco Bell.

Taco Bell has a Build Your Own Cravings Box for just $5. This option allows you to choose one specialty item, one classic item, one side, and a drink – all for just five bucks!


Wendy's items on a tray in-restaurant

Wendy’s Meal Deals start at just $4!

Wendy’s has several Meal Deals on its menu starting at just $4! The Junior Bacon Cheeseburger 4 for $4 Meal includes a Junior Bacon Cheeseburger, 4-piece chicken nuggets, fries, and a drink for just four bucks.

Wendy’s also has several Biggie Bags, which come with one of five sandwich choices along with a 4-piece order of chicken nuggets, fries, and a drink. Wendy’s Biggie Bags are priced at either five or six dollars, depending on your choice of sandwich.


See our list of everywhere you can score cheap eats this week!


About the writer:

Jenna has a Bachelor's Degree from Lycoming College and her Master's from Penn State, holding 4 years of writing experience between a variety of publications and Hip2Save.


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Comments 8

  1. Pianomumak

    This does not apply to AKπŸ˜‰

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Bummer! Good to know that offers may vary by location. ❀️

  2. TD

    McDonalds had a $6 meal with a McDouble, 4 piece chicken nuggets, small fry, and small drink in Louisiana this week

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Nice! Thanks for letting us know about a meal offer near you, TD! πŸ™Œ

  3. Lisa

    I’m curious to know if this will be available in California. Many fast food joints are now paying $20 for minimum wage. I’m doubtful this will be an option.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Hey Lisa! You might check with your individual restaurant locations to find out the pricing on any specials. Another helpful tool is to download apps for the fast food restaurants you enjoy, as they sometimes offer special deals, rewards, points, etc. to app users. Hope this helps! πŸ’“

    • Lizag

      In Oxnard (Ventura County), Wendys has the Jr. Cheeseburger meal for $5.00. It includes a Jr. Cheeseburger, fries, 4 nuggets and a drink. Unfortunately, I don’t see any McDonalds or Burger King in my area offering meals for $5.00. My guess is that it depends on the restaurant.

      • Anthony

        yeah it just depends on location, because i’m in orange county and one location serves it for $5 but another location nearby the cheapest meal deal is $8

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