Should you ever happen to be in Texas or one of only ten other US states, you would regret not paying a visit to Whataburger.
The well-loved fast food restaurant has a menu packed full of delicious burgers, as well as a few other menu items that you will be surely tempted to try.
Whether you are popping in for breakfast and need something to go with your hot cup of coffee or need a full meal to get you through the day. There is surely something for everyone with a range of meals, sides, and desserts to choose from.
In this guide, we will look at 17 of the best menu items to order from Whataburger. We will also break down the breakfast items, dessert treats, side dishes, burgers, sandwiches and melts while also looking at how you can customize your order.
The Breakfast Items
Strictly speaking, the breakfast items should be those that you have to order from 11pm until just before 11am.
However, the Cinnamon Roll is also on Whataburger’s dessert menu so can be considered both a breakfast item and a dessert as it goes so well with a cup of hot coffee.
For the early risers, there is the Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit and Breakfast On A Bun to kick-start your day.
Both menu items can be held in your hand and are well worth getting up early in the morning for, there is also the Pancake Platter for your bacon and maple syrup fix.
Yes, the Cinnamon Roll can be considered both a breakfast item and a dessert treat so do not worry if you have the hankering for one, whatever the time of day.
For something even hotter than the warm moreishness of a Cinnamon Roll, try the Hot Apple Pie. Yes, it may need a few minutes to cool down but they are well worth the wait.
Then there are the side dishes just in case you need something to go along with your burger or sandwich. Of course, the French Fries take top billing for their versatility and dipping prowess.
However, the Onion Rings are also worth trying for that combination of sweet and crispy. Just make sure you get a few dipping sauces to try with them.
But the main reason to go to Whataburger is clear from the name. Their burgers and sandwiches are the go-to menu items that you should be spending time deliberating over.
Sure, the item that gave the fast food restaurant its name is a staple inclusion on the menu yet so is their Double Meat Whataburger if you want a bit more beef for your buck.
For a different taste sensation, try the Sweet & Spicy Bacon Burger, the Mushroom Swiss Burger, the Bacon & Cheese Whataburger, Jalapeño & Cheese Whataburger, or the Avocado Bacon Burger.
The sandwiches and melts are an alternative to the burgers that you may want to dive into.
From the Whataburger Patty Melt for that extra crispness with your meat and the Creamy Pepper Sauce. It’s not all about beef as the Whatachick’n Sandwich brings the poultry into play.
17 Of The Best Menu Items To Order From Whataburger
- Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit
- Double Meat Whataburger
- Sweet & Spicy Bacon Burger
- Taquito With Cheese
- Mushroom Swiss Burger
- Breakfast On A Bun
- Cinnamon Roll
- Hot Apple Pie
- Bacon & Cheese Whataburger
- Avocado Bacon Burger
- Whataburger Patty Melt
- Whatachick’n Strips
- Whatachick’n Sandwich
- Onion Rings
- Jalapeño & Cheese Whataburger
- French Fries
1. Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit
One of the first things you should consider ordering when you arrive at Whataburger is their Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit.
This should be considered a premium order as the first one you try simply cannot be forgotten and it can make even the most daunting mornings fall away as you sink your teeth into one.
The menu item includes crispy chicken which is then dipped in honey butter and placed in a biscuit for a suitably moreish means of delivery.
The Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit may seem simple but it is anything but and is even the subject of a gospel song by a Texan pastor.
The flavors and textures complement each other wonderfully. From the crispy salty crunch of the chicken to the smooth sauce and the buttery biscuits (see also ‘13 Biscuits To Pair With Tea-British Classics‘).
Simply thinking about one should make you salivate and the wait can seem like an age after you order one. Just make sure you get to a Whataburger before 11am as you will not want to miss out.
2. Double Meat Whataburger
For some, the standard Whataburger simply is not filling enough hence why the Double Meat Whataburger exists.
This likely saves anyone from having to buy two classic Whataburgers as it packs in more meat and should be capable of satisfying most hunger pangs.
The rest of the burger remains similar, you will still get mustard, pickles, onions, tomato, and lettuce but with two patties instead of one, the beef becomes more of a feature.
This may prove to be a more balanced flavor profile if you like more meat in your burger yet those complementary components still come through.
Then again, if you want even more meat there is the Triple Meat Whataburger. Be warned, that burger does contain around 21g of saturated fat, (with 3g of that fat being trans fat) so is a decidedly unhealthy choice.
3. Sweet & Spicy Bacon Burger
If you still like your meat but want a bit more flavor to go with it then go for the Sweet & Spicy Bacon Burger.
Taking a bite out of this burger is never dull as your taste buds have to compete with the American cheese, grilled onions, and three slices of bacon.
Not to mention a slice of Monterey Jack cheese and two beef patties. Then there is the mustard to consider with the sweet & spicy sauce to top it all off.
Most of the memorable flavor from this burger comes from the combination of cayenne pepper with brown sugar.
Such a moreish mix makes you think of barbecue sauce and then the spicy aftertaste hits. Few burgers are delicious or as interesting as the Sweet & Spicy Bacon Burger so it is well worth sampling.
4. Taquito With Cheese
Maybe you do not fancy a burger, in which case check out the Tex-Mex menu items that Whataburger offers.
The Taquito With Cheese is a solid choice as it comes like a breakfast burrito with American cheese, eggs, and breakfast sausage.
Along with the sausage, you can also order yours with chorizo, bacon, or simply potato and you cannot really go wrong with those options, certainly not for breakfast.
For the proper Mexican breakfast choice, you should likely opt for chorizo to introduce a bit of spice into your morning meal.
You could also ask to trade out that American cheese for some shredded cheese and even ask for the eggs to be done in either rancho verde style with green salsa or rancho picante style for red salsa to be added which is a bit spicier.
In Texas, this is a 3am tradition after a night out and some say it even helps with getting ahead of a hangover.
5. Mushroom Swiss Burger
To make it onto Whataburger’s All-Time Favorites list means that the food item has to be good. It is little wonder that the Mushroom Swiss Burger makes it onto that list, not after you have tried one.
With two beef patties, melted American Swiss cheese and mushrooms that have been fire-roasted, you know you are in for a treat as soon as you order one. Then there is that creamy au jus sauce to round it all off in a large bun.
6. Breakfast On A Bun
For a breakfast menu item that cannot be beaten, try the Breakfast On A Bun. Consider the Sausage McMuffin with Egg but in a small pillowy hamburger bun so it’s filling yet can still be handheld if you are in a rush.
The item consists of a breakfast sausage patty, a slice of American cheese, egg, all delivered on a small bun. Try it for breakfast with a cup of coffee and hash browns in the Whatameal yet it can also work as a late-night snack after a long day.
7. Cinnamon Roll
It’s not all burgers at Whataburger as their sweet treats also stand up well. If you want a little extra to go with your Whatameal then order the Cinnamon Roll.
Make sure that you eat soon enough as this menu item is best served warm to enjoy that softness.
Gooey and warm, you may be tempted to start with it instead of treating it as dessert and it is not even classed as a breakfast item as it features on the dessert menu so you can grab one whenever you like.
However, for the best time to order one try breakfast as they go so well with a cup of coffee.
8. Hot Apple Pie
A lot of fast food establishments offer the Hot Apple Pie and this is another sweet menu item from Whataburger to go with the Cinnamon Roll.
Order it day and night, whenever that sweet tooth hits and enjoy the sweet apple pie filling with a hint of cinnamon.
Take your time with it as it will be served hot yet after a few minutes, every bite can bring that warm and cozy feeling. Grab a cup of coffee to go with it too and you have a mid-morning pick me up right there.
9. Bacon & Cheese Whataburger
Ah yes, bacon and cheese works well in a burger and Whataburger has worked that out. Their Bacon & Cheese Whataburger has two beef patties covered in melty American cheese with savory and salty bacon strips.
Then there are the fixings that come with it which you might expect; mustard, diced onions, pickles, lettuce, and tomato. Standard fare but done exceptionally well, especially with some added Spicy Ketchup.
10. Avocado Bacon Burger
For some burger purists, avocados in burgers should not be permitted but they likely have not tried the Avocado Bacon Burger from Whataburger.
If anyone has tried avocado and bacon on toast will be fully aware that a toasted bun with mashed avocado is a winning combination, throw in the saltiness of cooked bacon and it is positively dreamy.
Texas Toast is used for the bun and inside you will find a slice of American cheese, a beef patty, diced onions, three bacon slices, tomato, and that mashed avocado.
To top it all off, the burger also includes Creamy Pepper sauce. Maybe the star of the show is actually the Texas Toast just for holding such generous amounts of bacon and avocado together.
11. Whataburger Patty Melt
Similarly to the Avocado Bacon Burger, the Whataburger Patty Melt also includes a Texas Toast for a bun and makes great use of that Creamy Pepper sauce.
The melt includes that Texas Toast yet instead of caramelized onions and Swiss cheese you get Monterey Jack cheese and grilled onions. Then there is that Creamy Pepper sauce which tastes kinda like mayonnaise with lemon juice, paprika, and mustard.
Once you have tried the Whataburger Patty Melt, you may never go for the caramelized onions and Swiss cheese combination again.
Quite frankly, there are few sandwich melts which can compete with the Whataburger Patty Melt. With two beef patties, it is no wonder the menu item features on the Whataburger All-Time Favorites Menu.
12. Whatachick’n Strips
Fancy some crispy chicken but not a whole sandwich? Try the Whatachick’n Strips which come in groups of three with a few dipping sauces including Cream Gravy, Creamy Pepper, Fat-Free Ranch. Jalapeño Ranch, Ranch, Honey BBQ, and Honey Mustard.
Tender on the inside with that crispy exterior, every bite is reassuringly satisfying. Even trying a chicken strip without dipping sauce can tell you how good each one is.
13. Whatachick’n Sandwich
Sure, like the Hot Apple Pie and the burgers, Whataburger does not stand alone for offering a chicken sandwich. However, with a brioche bun that’s delectably buttery, the tomato, lettuce and chicken are treated well.
It is the WhataSauce that really gets the taste buds going. Just a single bite has a lot going on so take your sweet time with it.
14. Onion Rings
What goes with your chicken sandwich or burger is also important and the onion rings are a great option.
Try not to think of them as simply an alternative menu item as these stand up for themselves with an exquisite flavor and a coating that is deep-fried to the ideal crispiness while the center is still soft and sweet.
They may be a little more greasy than the french fries but you will likely be licking your fingers anyway. If you want a condiment to go with them then try the Spicy Ketchup or Fancy Ketchup.
15. Jalapeño & Cheese Whataburger
For a standard Whataburger with a bit extra, try the Jalapeño & Cheese Whataburger. The extra spicy hit comes from those slices of jalapeño pepper.
That’s delightfully offset by the cheese yet if you still need to ease the heat down, order a refreshing drink with it. The Jalapeño & Cheese Whataburger brings just the right amount of heat but that beverage will come in very handy.
16. French Fries
Thin and crispy like you would expect, Whataburger’s French Fries are freshly made so they can stand up to be dipped. Try them with a meal or just on their own as the dipping sauces really make it.
Buffalo Sauce, Ranch, Creamy Pepper, Fancy Ketchup or Spicy Ketchup, take your pick. Dive in while they are hot and enjoy how skinny they are which is ideal for dipping.
Of course, you cannot consider Whataburger without their signature menu offering. The Whataburger is where it all began and simply cannot be beaten, just to say its name is to exclaim at its greatness.
Back in 1950 when the fast food restaurant began, the signature Whataburger cost a mere 25c and was considered one of the largest burgers around. Times have changed yet it is still worth ordering just to see what all the fuss was about then.
With a thick burger patty, lettuce, tomato and sauce, you will wonder why you bothered with the burgers elsewhere.
You can customize the burger with some American cheese yet it is worth just sticking to the recipe that has worked so well for decades.
Granted, it may seem smaller than a lot of burgers out there yet for the combination of ingredients it works sublimely well.
How To Customize Your Orders At Whataburger
Now you know which menu items to look out for at Whataburger, it helps to know how to customize your orders too to get exactly the meal you want.
One way to do so is to ask for double cheese which would be a combination of American Swiss cheese and Monterey Jack.
You can slip some fries into the burger for an extra crispiness, though watch out for the height of the eventual burger. If you arrive during breakfast hours from 11pm to 11am, you can request a fried egg be planted on top of your burger.
The sauce is perhaps the most important component for a burger. Jalapeño ranch can work great in a burger for that extra spice, as can Creamy Pepper or Spicy Ketchup.
You can even add a spicy chicken patty to a burger for that change up of meat. For a variation on the Whataburger with bacon and cheese, add in some fire-roasted mushrooms and swap in the American Swiss cheese with honey barbecue sauce.
From the moreishness and sweetness of the sauce to the earthiness of the mushrooms and the creamy melted cheese.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Makes An All Time Favorite At Whataburger?
This seems to be a subjective argument as several menu items can become an All Time Favorite after formerly being a limited time offer.
The Mushroom Swiss Burger was announced as one in 2019 which is added to the Patty Melt and the Honey BBQ Chicken Strip Sandwich.
However, a fourth option may depend on where in the US you are as it could be the Green Chile Double in the Southwest or the Sweet & Spicy Bacon Burger in Central and Southeast America.
What Is Considered To Be The Healthiest Menu Item At Whataburger?
Aside from the burgers, the melts, and the sandwiches, there are menu items that are considered healthy at Whataburger.
Perhaps the healthiest menu item is their Garden Salad which includes fresh vegetables and does away with anything greatest or fried. You can top it with some grilled chicken if you need some protein though.
Granted, with the name ‘Whataburger’, you may expect their menu to be stacked full of delicious burgers, and it is, yet the diversification for other menu items works too.
From their crispy French Fries, to the Cinnamon Roll, Hot Apple Pie, and Onion Rings, there is a lot to go with your burger. Even their melts and sandwiches are worth shouting about too, especially the Whataburger Patty Melt and Whatachick’n Sandwich.
For something different, do not be afraid to delve into their Tex Mex menu for Taquito With Cheese or simply head there early for a Breakfast In A Bun.