Who has the best fast food burger, and why? Discuss.
Burger King Triple Whopper.
Carl’s Jr. Double Western Bacon Cheeseburger.
I find Burger King gross. McDonald’s is pretty good as infrequently as I have it. I think I’ve only ever had Wendy’s once, and I don’t remember what I thought of it.
Back Yard Burgers. A little pricey but so worth it.
Im livin in Malaysia, everything here is spicy and halaal. So I dont eat pork, but they have some good fast food makers such as McDonald, KFC, King Burguer, Subway… but My elected best fast food burger is the Paprica, inside the UTP building, the boss is an Australian guy, and he managed to make a super burger. It weighs 5KG (11,5lb), which is just too much for a simple human like me.
I haven’t heard of any of these chains in the comments besides Wendys….
I think Rally’s has a pretty decent burger. It tastes less artificial than the others.
I like the Carl’s JR Double Western Bacon Cheeseburger, Sure it’s not fancy, but it is satisfying.
Hamburger Union, Not sure if they’re an international chain or just UK.
Of the ‘big three’ international chains, BK has my vote for the best way to raise your cholesterol.
Man, there’s no tastier way to get a salt and grease boost after a few beers.
You should construct a poll with these submissions.
To be honest, fast-food and quality rarely go together.
Most of the fast-food burgers share the same base flavor the only difference is the sides, condiments selections and their respective quanities.
5 Guys gets a nod from me as well. Wendys and BK are pretty soild choices for the price.
Edit: Forgot to mention this one local sub shop which makes this one killer cheeseburger hoagie. Artery-clogging goodness.
If anyone here ever comes to Seattle, there’s a small burger ‘chain’ around here called Dick’s Drive-In (or just ‘Dick’s’). Their burgers are delicious, greasy, and reasonably priced. Their fries are delicious, and very well equate to a bag of grease, starch, and salt; this may be a good or bad thing, depending on personal preference.
Dick’s doesn’t have a large menu, but they’ve become masters at making the few things they make. Those few items are so delicious, you’ll be yelling “I LOVE DICK’S!” in no time.
If you happen to visit the one on N.E. 45th St, there’s an awesome record store right next to it that you should definitely check out.
I live next to one and you are probably right, but Dick’s is famous for refusing to customize their burgers, and I don’t eat relish, so no Dick’s for me. 🙁
I’m so glad to see all the burger lovers on TR 😀
Braum’s. It’s a regional chain (central/north TX, OK, NM). Really, really tasty burgers that are pretty cheap.
I didn’t expect to see anybody else that has been to a Braum’s before, but I totally agree. They are delicious and a HECK of a deal! A 2/3lb cheeseburger, fries, and a drink for $6.66 FTW! Oh and their ice cream is pretty good too.
Since I’ve been on my diet, they’ve been a frequent destination for my one splurge meal a week-tasty, and cheap. Love it.
I’m suprised not one person said Shake Shack…. 45 minutes lines for the best burger out ;p
Pat Lafrieda’s meats are second to none.
Rod’s Drive Inn – Home of the Ugly Burger
Holy crap – another person here from little Havre, Montana!
Yes, Rod’s makes a great quick burger. Far better than anything from the nationwide chains.
Hardee’s $6 burger (or whatever they’re calling it now) tastes the best, but I end up getting McDonald’s McDoubles for $1 a lot more often.
Why no love for Jack in the Box? I don’t get it…
Some of us have [url=http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=5687<]long memories[/url<].
Oh come on, that was a long time ago! I was still in grade school when that happened!
Until I clicked the link, I thought you were referring to blowing up Jack!
Jack got stuck with a bad meat order 17 years ago, but that's happened to other restaurants since, and for a lot of different meats and vegetables too.
The real problem with Jack in the Box in this survey, though, is that the strength of their product is in their buns, not their burgers.
Because Jack in the Box just removed their Mini Sirloin burgers from their menu.
I’m actually going to shoot for the middle ground here… Best price and best tasting burger is what I shoot for, for me that’s Wendey’s Jr Bacon Cheesburger. They’ve had them for years and for the price, they’re hard to beat. Little bit of greens and a decent burger.
When I count price, I would have to agree on Wendy’s. I don’t really eat burgers from the large US chains (McDs, BK, Wendys), but it’s tough to beat a $1 burger with cheese, bacon, lettuce and tomato.
Burger Fuel in NZ make decent gourmet burgers, I think as long as youd have good quality fresh ingredients anyone can make a great burger. Need a nice fresh bun, good quality beef patty, and fresh vegetables like lettuce, tomatoe, pickle and whatever else you like. a little Aioli is nice on a burger too
The White Lady in NZ .. beats all burgers in the world. !
60+ years of a great cart
Personally I say Portillo’s (a Chicagoland + area place). However, if you’re going there you should be getting a hot dog.
I love Portillo’s, and recently found one out in California by Knots berry farm
Joes BestBurger hands down. too bad it closed down in NYC. Lean, fresh, supah thick, and real. It tastes like MEAT not SALT! No frozen McCrapyWendyKings here. nuff said!
I like Red Robin, Fuddruckers, Wendy’s and can tolerate McDonald’s or Burger King.
However, around Austin, I think that the newest chain, MightyFine Burgers tops them all. They are run by the same company (love it or leave it) that runs Rudy’s BBQ.
Who has the best burger? Hmmmm
Maybe this guys do:
Hardees. Nice and meaty. I wish they had one around here 🙁
I also liked the Steakhouse XL whatever from BK. Cheese and jalepenos. Mmmm.
Jack in the Box has a good sourdough burger…
Of course, there are better, but I wouldn’t call them “fast food”.
For those on the other side of the Mississippi, Hardees is Carl’s Jr.
The divider’s not the Mississippi. Hardees goes at least into eastern Kansas.
Culver’s Butterburger is the best of the fast-food joints in my estimation. I rather like Steak & Shake’s greasy “steakburgers” because the patties are thin and the edges develop a nice, satisfying crispiness. Wendy’s meat patties are consistently good-tasting. They’re neither frozen nor overcooked, which is the exception to the rule in fast-food establishments. But their buns and other burger-bits aren’t as consistently good, unfortunately.
Of the fast food around here, these are definitely the best. Wendy’s, oddly enough, is probably second for me – I really like their burgers, but you get a +1 for Culver’s. Booyah
1. Arby’s Roastburgers (not really burgers, but they are f-ing delish and contains less fat/cholesteral than real burgers).
2. Five Guys. Burgers are nice and beefy and their cajun fries are yum.
And a distant third would be Burger King for their Whoppers and Stackers. Like their chicken fries more than their burgers though.
For a franchised chain I would say Five Guys. Never tried In N’ Out, none within 100 miles of me.
Used to swear by Burgerville but the location really impacts the quality. I don’t go much anymore because too many times I’ve gone and ended up with a flattened average burger.
Went to 5 Guys recently and it was indeed delicious. Even my son scarfed it down and he’s beyond picky for the food he’ll eat.
I tend to not go fast food though and there are so many high-end burger places ($9-15) that really put everything else to shame. My personal favorite is a burger from a place called South Park here in Portland that is unbelievable, so juicy and bacony.
Helvetia Tavern burger is fantastic, but I wouldn’t call it fast food
Whataburger. Accept no imitations
But I will always have a special place in my heart for the Sourdough Jack.
Carl’s Jr’s Western Bacon Six Dollar Burger
…. When Earl isn’t working.
It’s not really fast food I guess, but it’s not a sit down place like Chili’s.
I do love the Fatburger.
Hooters. They have the best buns.
Home-made? Get some mince, some eggs, flour, salt, some spices. BAM!
I have to agree. The burgers I make myself are the best – they’re always cooked EXACTLY as I like them, and they never, ever sit under a heat lamp next to some disgusting french fries.
Burgerville. Local, high-quality beef, local veggies and cheese, no artificial crap. Good stuff.
I guess I should put a plug in for [url=http://uneedaburger.com/menu.html<]these guys[/url<] and [url=http://lunchboxlaboratory.com/menu/LBL-menu.pdf<]these guys[/url<] even though, while definitely burgers and apparently awesome, they're not "fast food." (They're also not cheap. Fifteen bucks for a burger? Then again, now many burger places get rated by Zagat's and Gourmet magazine?)
There are times when I regret living in a small town in the middle of nowhere. This is such a time.
Yuk you eat animal corpses? Oh well it’s a big universe. 😉
Harvey’s Angus beef burger with bacon and cheese!!!
I discovered Mooyah when I was in Houston for a robotics competition. Amazing. Fresh ingredients, cut and cooked right in front of you. Crunchy lettuce, juicy tomato, and a flavorful patty. Buttered bun really made it stand out flavor wise, and the whole thing looked like it was from a commercial. And plenty of crispy bacon, not just a wimpy one or two pieces.
Hands down my favorite fast food burger.
Mooyahs is pretty good. It seems expensive for a fast food burger
Portillo’s bacon cheeseburger is probably my favorite non-fast food burger but my favorite burger is Dairy Queen’s Flamethrower. Now if I could only get my intestines to like them as much as I do…
Just opened a Five Guys in Montreal, I’m a big fan.. otherwise, Harvey’s.
Local Irish pub (McKibbons) makes a decent burger too.
In-N-Out. And it really isn’t close.
agreed. if i was contemplating moving out west, in-n-out would get a few spots in the pro column.
We just got them in Dallas and they don’t taste any different than the millions of other chains
five guys, all the way
Screw this, get a slider or two and put it on the grill for 5 minutes. Satisfaction.
you guys and your friggin burgers.
Del’s Charcoal Burgers with a Fried Twinky in Richardson TX. I get the double meat double bacon Double Cheddar Burger.
Also I like the “All in Burger” from Red Hot n Blue.
There’s a local chain in the Dallas area called “Twisted Root,” which serves great hamburgers. It’s a little bit slower than a McDonalds, but it’s quicker than a Red Robin.
Twisted Root in dallas used to serve their burgers with brisket in them. They were way better then. You need to try Del’s Charcoal Burgers in Richardson, TX (just south of the Plano twisted root about 2 miles). Now THAT is a burger.
There’s a local chain in the town where I was born called “Krekel’s,” which makes incredibly greasy but awesome tasting burgers. Made with hate and care by underpaid high school students, greasy enough to turn a paper bag transparent in minutes, they’ll melt through the sack and into your heart.
If life hates you enough to ever put you in Decatur, Illinois, find a Krekel’s and order a double cheeseburger. You’ll thank me.
It’s a close call, but I’d have to say:
[*<]Burgerville. Absurdly delicious burgers. The waffle fries are better than the normal fries, but those also excellent, too. Their shakes are phenomenal. And yet, they're not afraid to show you the calorie counts...
[/*<][*<]Five Guys Burgers and Fries. Really good, juicy burgers, almost as good as Burgerville. I love their french fry pricing model, where a small order ends world hunger while a larger order crushes the world population to death.
[/*<][*<]Red Robin. Very good burgers, not much more to say.
[/*<][*<]Wendy's. My wife likes the chicken burgers there so I go there more frequently than other fast food places. I do find their burgers to be good, better than many other fast food places.[/*<]
[/list<]There is a place near my house called Violettas which has burgers maybe [i<]slightly[/i<] better than Burgerville, but it's not a chain.
Thank you, needed to make sure Burgerville was represented. Too bad you can’t get them outside of the NW.
(Although I can’t agree about Wendy’s.)
Five Guys. Great burgers, exceptional topping selection, good prices and service, and awesome fries.
Five Guys doesn’t have a very broad menu, but they exemplify the plan of “Do one thing and do it very well”.
Have to second this. Five Guys has fantastic burgers and fries. Other fast food burgers (BK, McD, Wendy’s, etc.) can’t even begin to compare.
For those in the SF Bay area, I’ll put in a plug for ‘The Counter’. While not exactly ‘fast and cheap’ (the 1/3 lb version sells for $8.95), they are particularly good. My son made me try the local In-N-Out after an approx 20 year hiatus, and all I can say is – they don’t make ’em like they used to. I do intend to try Five Guys next – after all the positive press they’ve gotten, they’d better live up to the hype.
Yea, In-n-Out could be a little more juicy like a Five Guys, however their shakes are always good. I was surprised that McDonalds’ angus burgers are not bad for the money (not to mention free 20mbps wireless). There’s only one casual joint I know of that can top these food-wise, and that’s Pearl’s on sutter in San Francisco. You’d have to visit a fancy non-fastfood restaurant to get better.
Then again, for that money I could pick up a less-processed heaping plateful of roast beef with fixings from Bogy’s Hofbrau in South SF.
The counter is the best burger place… period. Not fast food but worth every penny. Their sides are also really good as well, worth spending $20 a meal on.
Depends on how you define ‘Fast Food’. I’ve been partial to Wendys and Burger King (pretty much in that order), but in recent years, I’ve come to like Sonic’s burgers, although I don’t think of them quite as ‘fast’ as others.
Now if we’re talking other sandwiches:
Hoagies/submarine sandwiches – The “White House” in Atlantic City, *hands down*
Cheese steaks – Luigi’s in Wildwood, NJ
Hot dogs – Jimmy John’s on RT#202, West Chester, PA (just a couple miles north of the PA/DE line).
(Sorry White Castle fans – they just taste like crap to me!)
Cheesesteaks only exist in Philly. Elsewhere they are Steak and Cheese. Also, fuck jersey.
I’ll thumb you up cuz I agree whole heartedly.
Philly steaks generally are overrated. Canned/processed fake cheddar cheese (artificially flavored/processed ‘whey’ by-product cheese) on a steak sandwich? *Yechthpew!*… >Real< sliced American cheese and marinara sauce all the way, bab-ee! And the cheese has to be thoroughly melted into the meat/onions and gooey and runny throughout the sandwich. THAT is a REAL cheesesteak…
I’ve tried the obligatory Pat’s and Geno’s, and they suck no matter what the eagle-beaked comedian David Brenner says. Jim’s steaks on South Street are a little better, but the only steak sandwich in Philly I found that was better than all of the “name” joints was a little sidewalk walkup-window joint (which has indoor counter service as well) on South Street called ‘Ishkabibbles’. Despite ‘pop myth’ however, Philly cheesesteaks are *not* the best. Jersey steaks are better, and if forced to eat steak sandwiches from PA, I’d rather head up to Reading, PA, as they’re generally better, and there are more corner steak sandwich shops than Philly can shake a steak….er, stick at…
I agree steaks in reading are better. Thats where I’m from. V&S cheese steaks are the best on the planet. I just consider Reading close enough to Philly for it to be a real steak. American cheese, soft roll, no sauce, no onions.
Well, Reading has often been called ‘Little Philly’. 🙂
V&S are *awesome* cheesesteaks! I’ve been eating those my whole life. Unfortunately, I generally only like the ones made at the original V&S in Shillington as the franchise & satellite stores just don’t quite make them like the one in Shillington (although they aren’t *bad*). The exceptions I found are the stores in West Lawn, Ephrata, and Lancaster. If you ever get down to Lancaster, try House of Pizza, The Steakout,Captain Gus, or ‘The Rendevous’, or JD’s Pazzo Pizza(Ephrata), or his dad’s place Riviera Pizza(Reamstown) Those are awesome steaks/hoagies too.
Virtually all cheese sold as “American” cheese is the exact same “processed whey by-product cheese” that you decried.
Also, fie on you for marinara and onions, y’ninny. Meat and cheese (a sharp prove or chedda) and bread or get out.
Technically, American cheese is indeed a processed cheese, but the processing usually involves >pasteurization<, w/real milk solids added during emulsification, and is not a just a ‘whey by-product’ cheese like canned Cheeze-Whiz/Velveeta-like/taco-bell fake ‘cheddar’ cheese which usually has chemical food coloring and various chemicals for flavoring. American cheese used by sandwich shops usually comes in rolls that need slicing, have lower non-milk solid additives, has a white color (denoting a lack of chemical food coloring), a more natural flavor, and is not the typical ‘wrapped slice’ process ‘orangish rat trap’ cheese most people think of as ‘American’. This is unlike most steak shops who almost >universally< use the canned fake cheeze-whiz sauce on Philly style steak sandwiches.
…Oh, and color me ‘ninny red’ instead of “Broad Street Bully Orange” 🙂 A case of ptomaine on y’all for that garbage!
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[quote<](Sorry White Castle fans - they just taste like crap to me!)[/quote<]
It won't taste like crap when it's 2am and you've had a few. It'll be mana from heaven.
I agree. I don’t know why but white castle is really good at night. They don’t have any where I am from.
[quote<]It won't taste like crap when it's 2am and you've had a few. It'll be mana from heaven[/quote<]
Heh. That's what I used to think about most Philly cheesesteaks after the Philly bands I used to mix finished their gigs. At 2AM, and you were hungry, just about anything tasted good.
I've had White Castle burgers at a few of the older joints in the mid-west 25+ years ago, and they were really good. But most of the ones I've eaten since then were franchise or chain stores in other states, and they just never tasted the same as the older original White Castles. The only White Castle burgers available to me locally are the frozen prefab/packaged burgers at local convenience stores, and they're just pure *garbage*.
The White House in Atlantic City has hard, disgusting bread. The other ingredients are very good, however.
That’s because the rolls they have made by a couple of local bakeries make a hard roll very similar to the type of rolls used in Chicago style Italian Beef sandwiches. You have to like that type of bread I guess. I’ve been a White House hoagie fan for over 30 years. I like the way they hollow out the rolls a bit, and >STUFF< those imported Genoa meats and cheese on them.
I’ve actually seen *fights* break out when the shop announced they were out of rolls with a line a block long standing outside waiting to get in the joint. At one point, it got to be a somewhat regular thing they had to have a rent-a-cop posted outside on Fridays.
Just about every major name who’s ever performed in Atlantic City has eaten there. Frank Sinatra used to have a couple of dozen hoagies packed in dry ice filled styro coolers, and flown out to him in Vegas on his private plane on occasion. The movie “Atlantic City” (starring Burt Lancaster) was partially filmed on location inside the White House, also.
What I had for Lunch…. In-n-Out’s Double Double
Also for chains I like Culver’s Butterburger
In-n-Out burger is sooooooo over hyped.
nope, not at all. Best burgers I’ve ever had. And I’m a fat kid, I know burgers.
what is so different? I have had them twice and at best they are okay
That just looks like double meat and cheese. That isn’t different.
bookmark this page
then go order and consume it
then you can open the bookmark and post about how thankful you are
also, the double double is just double meat and cheese. however double double animal style gets a special mustard sauce and absolutely mind blowing caramelized onions
The meat actually tastes like meat, unlike [insert name of numerous other similar fast-food restaurants here].
The tomatoes they use actually have flavor, unlike [insert name of numerous other similar fast-food restaurants here].
The lettuce they use is crisp and lacks the texture of rubber, unlike [insert name of numerous other similar fast-food restaurants here].
The employees are well-spoken, quick, and professional, unlike [insert name of numerous other similar fast-food restaurants here].
So unless you like bland nigh-expired meat, mushy or merely semi-ripe tomatoes, flat floppy lettuce, and being helped by someone who’s idea of eloquence is speaking most of the syllables of their words, I can’t help but wonder what you think is “over hyped” about In-n-Out.
In-N-Out is the only fast food burger I will eat.
We’re about to get a Culvers here in Tucson. Every time I go back east I mean to get to one, but things conspire against it. But man, if I’m in Chicago, I want pizza every meal, and in Buffalo I want nothing but wings and weck. So I’m excited to finally get to try one.
Double meat animal style.. nom nom nom!
Double double animal style...
With fries well... mmm. (ok In-n-Out fries do still suck, but we're talking about the burgers, not the fries!)
That double double looks worth a go, too bad I can’t get one here in NZ
In-n-Out is ok at best…. completely over rated in my opinion
Wendy’s Spicy Chicken Burger
A&W Mozza & teen burger
edit – 1 not fast food
Something forces to mention Blumenthal’s Blumenburger in here… Although not fast food, still a good reading and wonderfull to watch on television.
(if somebody wants to prepare such one for me, and lives in Belgium or the neighborhood (please let me know).
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I definitely agree that could be one of the best burgers based on the over all preparation. I watched the show where he was working out all of the things that needed to go into the burger to make it just right as he tried different combinations of meat to get the right taste and fat content. Would love to try and make it some time.
Without counting local places and only chains, and only one entry per chain; the burgers I’ve had from best to worst
Gabutto Egg Burger
Carl Jr’s $6 burger
Cheeseburger in Paradise BBQ Cheddar Burger
McDonalds Angus Deluxe
Wendys Bacon Deluxe
White Castle Jalapeno Cheeseburger
BK Angry Whopper
Steak & Shake steakburgers
Red Robin Burnin Love burger
Five Guys Cheeseburger
I’d go with Fuddruckers for a great burger, but they’re *definitely* not “fast”…
I love Fuddruckers!! I love their fake jalapeno cheese. I think their buns are very good. I like to get a double 1lb burger medium rare with double bacon
Definitely a thumbs up on Fuddruckers, but you’re right about “not fast”.
I know Forge loves 5 Guys, but I’m all 5 Guys’d out myself. I know most people think i’m CRAZY, but I really REALLY prefer McDonald’s burgers. Love them.
I’m also 5 guys’d out. When I first had them, I was blown away! Two hot patties grilled when you walk in, dressed 6 ways from sunday. Until I had two in a row that were seriously off. I now consider myself a 5 Guys surivor. 🙂
On the other hand, after the whole ammonia beef thing, I’ve been off McDonald’s, etc. So it’s pretty much just sit-down burgers for me now.
i was off mc’ds burgers way before that…I don’t eat cardboard.
It’s hard to beat Checkers for the value.
Five Guys has been too greasy on a couple of occasions.
I don’t know about Five Guys but the term “too greasy” means you don’t like good burgers! 🙂
or it means your digestive tract can’t handle that kind of grease anymore.
When the grease soaks through the bun and disintegrates it before your third bite of the burger, there’s a problem. The sandwich should hold together long enough to eat.
I remember using paper towels to mop off gobs of grease from the burgers at a local greasy spoon right by my high school…it was grody.
Thier pizza OTOH was good!
Wow, I am so unqualified for this question. I’ve had exactly one burger in the last 16 years. Unless you count things like salmon or oysters or crab cakes on a bun (most purists wouldn’t, and neither do I). Though now that I think about it, I’ve had a couple of lamb burgers in that time. I guess those would count, if they came from a fast food joint. But of course they didn’t.
I’ll be interested in seeing how this goes, though: my impression is that every region has their local favorites that tend to attract the most support vs the big national chains, and lots of people have never tried the favorites from other regions, so it ends up being another case of potted-plant fanboy unpersuadablity.
you would. hippy. 😉
Dude, let’s grab a burger.
I don’t understand.
I’d take that as “which one?”
you really should get yourself a good quality gourmet burger, you’re missing out!
It’s really about my body’s low tolerance of animal fats, not anything about burgers in particular. I avoid bacon for the same reason.
You are not “living the high life”
Around here, definitely Hardees. Best taste, and they’ve got healthier turkey burgers now.
If it’s made with turkey, it’s not a burger.
They don’t taste as good, but at least the mushroom-and-swiss one masks the turkey taste.
I used eat Hardee’s Mushroom burgers all the time, but they closed in my area about 15 years ago. The nearest one is about 20 miles from me, and I just don’t drive 20 miles for *any* burger, period. Cheesesteaks & hoagies – they’re another matter entirely 🙂
If you’re trying to hide the taste of the name of the thing that you’re eating, it’s bad. And probably not worth getting.
Eh. If you’re wanting a burger but you want to watch what you’re eating, your choices are somewhat limited.
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