The Best & Worst Menu Items at A&W, According to a Dietitian


This A&W classic hamburger is as healthy as they come. Served on a burger bun with ketchup, mustard, and pickles, this beef patty has 20 grams of protein, 18% saturated fat, and 28% salt.

Double Papa Burger

Two beef patties, two pieces of cheese, and A&W Papa sauce make the Double Papa Burger one of the worst on the menu. In addition to 52% DV of salt and 60% DV of saturated fat, it includes 11 grams of sugar, mostly from Papa sauce and ketchup.

3-Piece Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders

The healthiest A&W chicken order is 3-piece Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders. Although it provides 1,100 mg of sodium (48% DV), it's low in fat and rich in protein. Each order contains 40 grams of protein, which is needed for satiety, muscle.

Hand-Breaded Chicken Club Sandwich

Tenders with a bread, bacon, cheese, mayo, and garnishes make the Chicken Club Sandwich the worst chicken choice. Each serving comprises 25% saturated fat and 60% sodium. The tenders add just under 500 calories to the sandwich.

5-piece Corn Dog Nuggets

Five-piece corn dog nuggets are the healthiest hot dog option. Salt and saturated fat are less than 15% DV per serving. While it has 8 grams of protein, the corn dog breading provides nearly the same amount of carbs as a hot dog bun.

Coney Cheese Dog

The Coney Cheese Dog is the unhealthiest hot dog since cheese sauce and hot dogs are heavy in salt. Each coney cheese dog includes 50% DV of salt, thus one may not satisfy.


An order of french fries is A&W's greatest side. Fried potatoes aren't very healthy, but they're nutritious. These 4-ounce orders include 3 grams of saturated fat (15% DV) and 460 milligrams of sodium (20% DV).

Cheese Curds

Fried cheese isn't healthy, but A&W's cheese curds are the worst side. A regular-sized cheese curd provides nearly 100% of the DV for saturated fat and 53% for salt.

Mini Oreo Polar Swirl

The small Oreo Polar Swirl's 6-ounce cup will satisfy any sweet appetite. Polar Swirls are the best on the menu and quite filling, however they include a lot of added sugars.