As fast food has evolved, we can pinpoint several seminal inventions that changed the industry and our expectations as consumers forever. The archetypal burger, the longest-standing fast food dessert, the first stuffed-crust pizza, the sandwich with an unforgettable value . . . all of these items have earned their rightful place in the fabric of our food culture.
Here’s a look back at some of the most defining moments in modern American fast food, one iconic item at a time.
For more, check out 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve a Comeback.
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McDonald’s Big Mac
Probably the most iconic burger on the planet, the Big Mac from McDonald’s is the OG fast food burger. It’s the burger that taught us what fast food burgers could look