Fast Food Review: Gold Rush Chicken Sandwich from Roy Rogers

As you have probably noticed, we are big fans of Chick-fil-A here at GrubGrade.   When it comes to the classic chicken sandwich or nuggets they are tough to beat.  In my opinion, there is one chicken sandwich that Chick-fil-A cannot top.  A true marvel in the quick-serve universe…the Gold Rush Chicken Sandwich from Roy Rogers.  I was introduced to this sandwich not that long ago by Ryan, but the sandwich has been on the menu since the early 1990s. In my opinion, this is the standard bearer for all fast food chicken sandwiches.

Gold Rush Chicken Sandwich from Roy Rogers

The Gold Rush sandwich is a fried chicken patty topped with Monterey Jack Cheese, bacon and a golden “BBQ” sauce. This so-called “BBQ” sauce is actually more reminiscent of honey than BBQ sauce.   One interesting fact about the sauce is that one of the ingredients is actually anchovies.  Don’t worry though, nothing about the sauce tastes anything at all like anchovies.  The sweet sauce is so tasty, that many people ask for it on the side so they can dip their fries in it. Chicken, cheese, bacon and honey might not sound like the best combination, but they work so well here.  The chicken is moist, tasty and is very lightly breaded so you don’t miss out on the nice chicken flavor. The mild cheese adds more texture than flavor and is a worthy addition to the sandwich.  As is the case with a lot of chicken sandwiches, bacon is added and it works as a wonderful addition.  The salty and smokey flavor combined with it’s crisp texture contrasts well with the moist chicken and melted cheese. All this deliciousness is topped with the sticky and sweet “BBQ” sauce.  There is a great balance of flavors with the Gold Rush that is sometimes hard to come by with fast food.  Way too often a meal can lose points by adding  just one ingredient that can throw the whole chemistry off.  The creators of the Gold Rush should be commended for keeping the flavors complimentary to one another rather than have one dominating feature.  It’s tough to find much wrong with this sandwich, but one negative would be that the sauce can be a bit messy, so be sure to get plenty of napkins just in case you have an overload.

Gold Rush Chicken Sandwich from Roy Rogers (open)

The Gold Rush sandwich is so good that it is one of the only reasons I go to Roy Rogers.  I don’t even have to look at the menu because I know I’m going to order the #5, which is the Gold Rush sandwich combo. It’s tough to pass up a delicious chicken sandwich, golden fries and drink.  This #5 combo will set you back $6.09, but I’ve been known to add a buttery Roy’s biscuit to the mix for a little extra change.  You can go to any fast food spot and get your run of the mill chicken sandwich.  You know the one with thick breading, topped with wilted lettuce, unripened tomatoes and way too much mayonnaise.  If you are lucky enough to have a Roy Rogers near you, I’d suggest you give this unique chicken sandwich a fair shot.  Apparently, I’m not the only fan of the Gold Rush as it is the second highest seller at Roy’s, right behind their classic roast beef sandwich.  Welcome to the top of the list Gold Rush, our highest rated fast food review thus far.  GrubGrade Hall of Famer.

roys fries

Make it a #5

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Pros: Chicken is moist and flavorful. No heavy breading to get in the way. Sweet sauce is unique and not found on other chicken sandwiches.

Cons: If I have to nitpick, the sandwich can be messy due to excess sauce. The bun is nothing to write home about.

Taste: 9.75/10
Value: 6.00/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.00/10
Price: $4.09 sandwich, $6.09 for the #5 combo

Overall GrubGrade: 9.75/10

Nutrition Facts:
Calories- 558
Total Fat- 30 grams
Saturated Fat- 9 grams
Cholesterol- 35 milligrams
Sodium- 1326 milligrams
Carbs- 51 grams
Protein- 22 grams

22 comments on “Fast Food Review: Gold Rush Chicken Sandwich from Roy Rogers

  1. Bear Silber says:

    Nice right up James. Now Mr. Rogers (can I call you that?) if you’re going to call your sangwich the Gold Rush would you mind heading out West with it? COME ON!!!! I want one, that looks fantastic. California deserves another Gold Rush. lord knows we need it.

    I don’t know how I would feel about that sauce, is it not overly sweet?

    “…but I’ve been known to add a buttery Roy’s biscuit to the mix for a little extra change. ” – Hahah, I love it.

    I’m be honest with you….a messy sangwich is not a con in my book :P I hate eating in my car and don’t mind using a few extra napkins…as long as I’m not cutting down a couple trees to enjoy it.

    Ryan and his chicken obsession…I need to try these things so I know how his tastebuds feel…they’re probably some of the happiest out there….aside from the Ben & Jerry’s food techs.

  2. As Ryan knows I’m a big Chick fan myself! This thing looks like it has too much stuff on it for my taste.

    As for the messy issue my mom use to tell me, “The best things are the messiest!”

  3. Adam Bomb says:

    I reeaaallly want to try one of these. There are no Roy Rogers restaurants near me, though :(

  4. AK says:

    Mmmm….and adding that to the awesomeness of Roy’s fries.

    ….I think I’m going to have a coronary. But the Roy’s is worth it.

  5. Ian says:

    Yeah I can vouch for the gold rush sandwich. I have been getting them since 1998 at least and its pretty much the only thing I get a Roy’s. All their menu items are pretty awesome though, the crabcake is excellent when they have it.

  6. Evan says:

    I’m having deja vu reading this review for some reason.

  7. I am with Evan…big case of deja vu. Did they add bacon this time around? This looks awesome though. However, 2 hour drive to Cincy to get one….eh….

  8. cress says:

    Chick-Fil-A Original Chicken Sandwich. Simple is better. Although this sandwich does sound tasty.

  9. Roy Rogers says:

    Thanks for the great review!

    Roy!

  10. Heather says:

    I have to vouch for this sandwich as well. I have been eating this sandwich since it came out-although I do not indulge very often. It is my #1 choice at Roy Rogers. This is the best fast food sandwich out there. The sauce is not too sweet and as Ryan stated, there are just the right amount ingredients that work perfect together. If you get the opportunity and you do not try this sandwich, you are truly missing out. :(

  11. J says:

    Oh yes, this sandwich is mighty super fantastically tasty. No, the sauce is not too sweet at all. It’s kind of like a honey-mustard bbq sauce. And combined with the fried chicken breast (not just a fried chicken pattie), monterey jack cheese, bacon….it’s just a wonderful explosion of flavor and texture. No matter how full you may be from already inhaling a Roy’s real Roast Beef sandwich, french fries, a chicken leg and biscuit or two, you will still feel compelled to finish every bite of this sandwich so that you do not miss out on the entire experience. It is soooooooo good.

  12. moroboshi says:

    I am one of the lucky folks who grew up in Frederick, MD during the 80’s and ALWAYS had an abundance of Roy Rogers restaurants because the company that ended up owning the RR trademark (Plamondon Enterprises) and still operates 18 of the stores is based in Frederick.

    The Gold Rush is my favorite RR sandwich, but there are a few other menu items that are way up there on the “tasty” list — The Double-R-Bar Burger, which is a cheeseburger burger topped with ham, the fried chicken (best in the area, unless you head to Harper’s Ferry and visit Cindy Dee’s diner), and the strawberry shortcake, which is essentially a hot, buttery roy’s biscuit topped with soft-serve ice cream and strawberries.

    In Frederick, Roy Rogers is known for having the best tasting fast food overall, but may cost you a dollar or two more for your meal. Also, for some unknown reason, many locals refer to the restaurant with a French flair by calling the stores “Ro Roget” (pronounced row ro-zhay) – I suppose it would be for the same reason people call Target “Tar-zhay”…

    If you have the chance to visit a Roy’s, do it.

  13. new england rep says:

    Do not be fooled. This sandwich is the best fast food item anywhere on the planet. The ‘bland’ bun is just that bland. Without the blandness of the bread, you wouldnt be able to taste the rest of the oddball mix of fried chicken, crispy bacon, monterrey jack cheese, and the Boss of all Sauces. I only wish i had the recipe to this sauce as is is most definitely Ambrosia sent from somewhere other than this universe.
    To people saying its too much sandwich for their liking, please please go out and find a roys before saying that. Not only will you become addicted to this marvel, you will salivate at just the thought of having one. I am fortunate to have a Roys within a hours drive, and Ordering #5 with double sandwiches just makes it worth the drive alone. A side order of the biscuit along with a baked potato instead of fries hits that certain spot in your crave filled day.

  14. It looks and sounds so tasty, but when you mentioned anchovies… you really put the halt on my hunger. I’m still intrigued however…

  15. Anthony Reed says:

    Amen. The horrific reality is that Hardee’s bought most of the franchise up and shut them down or rebranded them as Hardee’s. They are now independently owned and very hard to find – but I will occasionally make the 30-minute drive to Virginia to get a Gold Rush – they are that good, and the only thing that tops the Arby’s Chicken Bacon Swiss in the realm of chicken sandwiches.

  16. Ian says:

    Honestly, why are you people talking ’bout chick-fil-a? You’ve obviously never had a gold rush if you even think about that swill when someone says gold rush. a couple pickles and a greasy piece of fried chicken on a bun is somehow amazing? Must have missed that part.

  17. this has to be on my to try list, too bad no clue where nearest Roy Rogers is….it just looks so damn good

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  19. Mike says:

    I have a Roy’s about a stone’s throw from my condo. I reward myself with a Gold Rush about once a month. They’re so unbelievably good.

  20. richard groh says:

    the only roy rogers on long island was 5 miles away from my house and they closed to down last summer, didn’t really appreciate it now id do anything to get it back!

  21. jimjoe says:

    gold rush chicken is the best fast food sandwich period in my opinion…and il throw roys roast beef up there too when its cooked nice and pink and not well done as it is sometimes..overal roy rogers is my favorite place to stop for a quick meal..thank god for the one in sturbridge mass…only one left near me

  22. andrew kriss says:

    I have a Roy Rogers at a rest area 45 miles away. I ALWAYS crave a gold rush chicken sandwich. when I go to Roy’s, I get at least 2, probably 3… hats off to the sweetest, smokiest, crispiest sandwich !!!!

    Andrew upstate NY