Countless fast food restaurants across the
country sell burgers: the choice is almost
It is very important, then, that you make
your choice wisely.
Luckily, we’re here to help.
Here are the most well-known fast food burgers,
ranked worst to best.
Sure, McDonald’s is the biggest and the baddest,
but are they the best?
The short answer is no.
For the sake of fairness, let’s ignore the
disappointing basic hamburger and focus on
the Quarter Pounder.
It’s a pretty simple burger, just meat seasoned
with salt and pepper, your most basic of toppings,
and cheese on their famous sesame seed bun.
The concept is solid, but flawed.
There are far fewer toppings, for example,
than you might find in the burgers sold by
And the speed-focused nature of the restaurants
themselves mean that there’s a good chance
your burger will be less than expertly presented.
The reality is more dry patties and messy
The other them.
They’re not quite as big; they’re not quite
But they are better.
Let’s go with the Whopper here, rather than
their actual plain hamburger which, frankly,
is a sad state of affairs.
The Whopper, however, includes all the toppings
you’d hope for from any chain worth their
The main issues here are a disappointing reliance
on white onion and the ratio of patty size
to other toppings.
But here’s why Burger King wins out over McDonald’s:
The flame-grilled taste of the burgers is
far more flavorful than what you’ll find at
McDonald’s, and BK burgers just tend to be
put together better.
The good things about Shake Shack’s ShackBurger
is the option to double up on toppings, and
the optional applewood smoked bacon.
The patty is thick, juicy, and it’s got a
But here’s the bad news.
There’s not much seasoning, and the burger
as a whole is pretty small.
The quality is often inconsistent, and, well,
that kinda sucks, right?
If your burger’s too small and you can’t be
consistent, you can’t be higher on our best
More like SHAME Shack.
Steak ‘n Shake’s twist on what most call a
hamburger is their “steakburger.”
Their burgers are different from the norm,
made from ground meat that comes from beef
brisket and chuck.
This is something of a point of pride for
the chain, but is it worth all that fuss?
Their Original Steakburger’s toppings are
decent enough, and no one should ever say
no to a properly toasted bun.
The patty itself tends to be juicy and well-sized
and does benefit a little from being made
of a superior cut, but nowhere near enough
to justify calling it a steakburger.
At Wendy’s, the closest thing you’ve got to
a classically-made hamburger is the Dave’s
As well as their patty, you’ve got cheese,
lettuce, tomato, pickle, mayo, and onion.
Good stuff and bad stuff: on the plus side,
there’s the toasted bun, which is a mainstay
feature of any decent burger.
But… where’s the mustard?
It just seems wrong not to include it.
Otherwise, the beef is decent, and the fact
it’s never frozen is a legitimate selling
It makes for a patty that’s actually far juicier
and more enjoyable than most of Wendy’s rivals.
Fuddruckers claims to have the world’s greatest
hamburgers, and while they may not quite be
there, they’re pretty close.
To start, every burger is grilled to order,
which is more than you can say for some of
America’s bigger chains.
The toppings are fully customizable, which
is always a plus, even if the choice is a
The patties themselves are great, too.
They’re never frozen, come from premium cut
beef and, best of all, are nice, thick, and
The Five Guys hamburger is brilliant in simplicity.
It’s two patties on a toasted bun with the
customer’s choice of totally free toppings.
And, since there’s a ton of toppings, the
possibilities are limitless.
The patties are well-grilled and succulent,
the sesame buns are nice and soft, and the
servings of toppings aren’t so heavy they
get in the way unless you want them to.
Few things in our fleeting, mortal lives can
match up to the taste of a nice, fresh Five
True friendship, maybe.
“One, two, three, go.
They’re good, is what we’re saying.
But there’s one major restaurant in America
capable of doing better.
“Why are people so devoted to this?”
“You sound like someone who’s never had an
Yes, the In-N-Out burger.
The menu is simple, but everything is entirely
fresh, vegetables are hand-selected, and pretty
much everything is regionally-sourced and
free of additives and preservatives.
That’s how all food should be done, and they’ve
been doing it a long time.
The patties themselves are cooked to perfection
on the grill, of course, and the toppings
on each burger are generous in quantity without
ever becoming clumsy or overbearing.
You can tell they’re fresh, too, with every
piece of lettuce, onion, or tomato tasting
And that’s not something you can say for the
rest, is it?