11 Of The Most Popular Foods In The US

By Susanna Redmer on February 25 2020 in Society

Americans can not resist a good burger.
Americans can not resist a good burger.
  • The Girl Scouts perfected the s'mores recipe.
  • Po'boys are usually made with fried seafood.
  • The Pilgrims brought apple tree seeds to America.

The United States has a myriad of different foods that its countrymen love. From sea to shining sea, the US has plenty of different types of food that will satisfy any taste. Americans love food and love sharing their country’s authentic foods with travelers. Your mouth will water as you look through the following paragraphs to learn which foods are popular in the United States.

Apple Pie

Apple pie is one of the most popular pastries in the United States. 

The Pilgrims that settled the U.S. brought apple tree spurs with them to plant in the New World. The trees grew and their apples were used to make pie filling. Apple pie can become a gourmet dessert when vanilla ice cream is served alongside the pie. The apple pie’s simple ingredients of sugar, pastry, and apple filling have found an everlasting place in American hearts.


Americans like to argue over who makes the best burger.

Americans argue over where to find the best hamburger. Hamburgers are made at quick drive-thru restaurants and by gourmet chefs. Hamburger recipes have even branched out to include animals other than beef such as birds and exotic meat blends. Hamburger eaters will add cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, bacon, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, and so much more to make their hamburgers just the way they like them.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches

Americans enjoy peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as a quick snack.

Many Americans grew up eating this lunch staple. To make it, take two pieces of bread and slather peanut butter on one piece of bread and jelly on the other. Then slap the bread together to make a sweet and salty sandwich. Americans choose between creamy or chunky peanut butter and any fruit-flavored jelly or jam to make their favorite sandwich combination. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches feed millions of Americans every year.

Lobster Rolls

Maine lobster is essential if you want to make the perfect lobster roll.

A lobster roll consists of chunks of lobster meat mixed with mayonnaise and lemon and put in between a buttered hot dog bun. Lobster rolls are very popular in Maine, a state that has regular lobster bakes. Lobster rolls are popular with Americans who travel along the east coast in the summer months. 

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Many Americans like their chocolate chip cookies as gooey as possible.

Whether a chocolate chip cookie is baked to be thin and crispy or soft and gooey, they are always an American comfort food. Chocolate chip cookies were first made around 1938 by adding bits of chocolate to a cookie. Now, chocolate chip cookie eaters can enjoy their cookies made with a variety of ingredients like vegan chocolate chips, egg substitutes, white chocolate, and brown sugar.

Texas BBQ

Texas, Tennesee, and South Carolina are barbecue hotspots.

Americans take their BBQ so seriously that there are competitions everywhere to find the best barbecue pitmaster. Americans will take their barbecue with a dry rub or with a sauce. Chicken, pork, and beef are all barbecue staples. Barbecuing goes hand in hand with tailgate parties. Each restaurant and region in the United States makes its barbecue differently, so Americans have a lot of different choices when it comes to eating barbecue.

Clam Chowder

Clam chowder is a great way to warm up on a cold day.

Clam chowder is a staple of the New England region of the US. It may not look the tastiest since it has a creamy color and is lumpy looking, but it tastes smooth and rich. The soup combines potatoes, salted pork, heavy cream, herbs, and clams. Clam chowder is filling and warms the body on a chilly day.


Pizza can have many different types of toppings.

Whether it is frozen or freshly made, Americans love to eat pizza. Friends and family gather around a pizza pie to talk and laugh as they dig into slices of baked pizza dough topped with melted cheese, vegetables, sausage, pepperoni, and whatever else can be dreamed up. Some pizzas are even made with barbeque sauce instead of tomato sauce under the toppings. Different regions of the country have developed different takes on pizza as well. Chicago developed the deep-dish style pizza. The Chicago deep-dish pizza’s crust is high rise and filled with tomato sauce and cheese. New York-style pizza features a thinner crust topped with cheese and other toppings like meats and vegetables. 

Po’ boy

Po'boys usually have fried seafood as a filling.

A po’boy is a sandwich originally from New Orleans, Louisiana. It is usually made with fried seafood of some kind like shrimp, oysters, crawfish, fish, or crab. Lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and mayonnaise are also put on the sandwich. Other varieties of po’ boys include ham, sausage, chicken, cheese, and hamburger. Po’ boy eaters can include hot sauce on their sandwiches if their palettes are so inclined. As with most popular American foods, people will tell you a variety of places to find the best version.

Biscuits and Gravy

You should eat some biscuits and gravy if you want a hearty breakfast. 

For a hearty breakfast or meal, look no further than biscuits and gravy. Biscuits and gravy is another Southern dish that made its way onto family dinner tables and fast-food restaurants. The biscuits are usually made with butter or buttermilk. The gravy is made with meat drippings, pepper, and pork sausage. Biscuits and gravy became so popular because it is made with easily accessible ingredients. It is a filling meal that many used to eat before they went to work in the fields. Now, it is so popular that even some McDonald’s serve it.


S'mores are a perfect snack to eat by the campfire.

Roasted marshmallows and chocolate smashed between two graham crackers results in gooey, chocolatey deliciousness. S’mores are an American staple for campers and children in the summer. The Girl Scouts perfected the s'mores recipe in 1927, and campfires have not been complete without them ever since. August 10 is National S’mores Day.

Delicious American Food

The United States is full of good food that family and friends love to share. The food Americans love can be salty or sweet. It is fried or baked. It is hearty or a quick bite on the go. Food brings people together, and it connects different regions of the same country to one another. The most iconic American foods comprise Thanksgiving Dinner, another meal friends and family share together. American Thanksgiving is a feast where turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie are served. The first Thanksgiving was held in 1621, and it is one of the most popular holidays in the US today.                                                                                                                        

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