We know a lot of ridiculous fast food facts and clearly the importance of the top-ranked pizza chains, so it comes as no surprise that we’d take a stab at ranking who’s got the best fast-food style burger around. Whether or not your place has a drive-thru or a jungle gym, if it’s a quick, hunger quenching burger chain that makes us salivate at just the thought, we’re interested. See how you feel about our burger rankings, then shoot us a line of angry hate mail to counter our beef-loving argument.
12. Burger King Whopper
Don’t be mad when you see McDonald’s isn’t on the list. They have great fries, but when it comes to the biggest burger chains, we’ll take a Whopper over a Big Mac. Introduced in 1957, the Whopper is the signature burger of “the BK lounge,” originally sold for 37 cents. Nearly 60 years later, it’s $3.27 and has gone through a number of changes.
11. Carl’s Jr. Most American Thickburger
Introduced in the summer of 2015, Carl’s Jr., well-known for their sexy ads, added a new charbroiled item to their thickburger list. A beef patty with a split hot dog and kettle chips. This is truly a sloppy American classic, given it has more calories than 20 chicken nuggets.
10. Shake Shack Shackburger
Allegedly the East Coast’s answer to In-N-Out, Shake Shack has been around for only a little over a decade. It started from a hot dog cart in New York and turned into a custard-serving, wine-toting experience. The Shackburger is a classic Angus beef dream.
9. Triple Meat Whataburger
With more than a thousand calories, this Whataburger gives three times the meat madness as a classic Whataburger with enough sodium to practically choke a horse. Delicious to the last bite, it continues the tradition of bigger burgers since 1950.
8. The Counter Burger
Albeit a little different in its style of serving, The Counter is a modern take on good burgers delivered the new way. Founded in 2003, the high-end “fast casual” chain serves up half-pound, high-quality burgers with fresh ingredients, offering the option of alcohol and sides of sweet potato fries to go with a clean dining, quick gourmet experience.
7. Fatburger’s Original Fatburger
With a number of burger variations, ranging from the Skinnyburger to the XXXL Fatburger, the once three-stool, near-70-year-old L.A. burger stand went into franchising only recently. Whether you’re into the works or keeping it plain and simple, Fatburger is another of the top sit-down fast casual burger joints in America.
6. White Castle Original Cheese Slider
Small in calories but big in name, people apparently travel great distances for the tiny delight that is White Castle. With a slice of American cheese, this simple, once five-cent slider has been around longer than your grand mommy, established in 1921 and still adored to this day.
5. Wendy’s Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger
When it’s good, it’s just about the best of the guilty pleasure foods there is. Wendy’s has long been a staple fast-food joint, one of the largest in America, and with good reason: It has one of the cheapest and most delicious fast-food style burgers on the block. And it has bacon!
4. Five Guys Bacon Cheeseburger
One of the best of the early fast casual chains, Five Guys celebrates 30 years of scrumptious burgers, hot dogs and fries, getting its start in Virginia. Their Bacon Cheeseburger houses more than 900 calories, but it’s worth every bite. With more than a quarter-million ways to customize your juicy meat, how could you go wrong?
3. Steak ‘n Shake Original Double ‘N Cheese
It’s hard to say what makes Steak ‘n Shake so great. Is it their devil-may-care stance toward perfectly shaped burger patties, or perhaps their toasted buns? The Original Double ‘N Cheese is a perfect example of how a fast-food chain can avoid gimmicks and just serve up solid burger happiness.
2. Umami Manly Burger
Of all the fast food type burgers, this is likely the most gourmet. Ground in-house and cooked medium rare, Umami understands the art of beef cooking, the importance of good ingredients and the essential nature of a good side dish. Between their Manly Burger and Truffle Burger, you can’t choose a wrong direction. And if you add Maple Bacon Fries or the truffle or sweet potato fries, it’s nearly impossible for your mouth to not enjoy itself.
1. In-N-Out Classic Cheeseburger
There is nothing better than a classic cheeseburger, a touch of nostalgia, paper hats, solid fries and tasty shakes all at an unbearably cheap price. In-N-Out wins out our Best Chain Burger with us, as it not only serves up quality fresh burgers in a flash, it has the ability to transport us to another time, if only briefly. And that spread! It’s delicious.
There’s truly nothing better in life, the first thing most Californians buy when they get out of the airport, unless you’re into one of the guiltiest food pleasures of all time, then we’d recommend the Double-Double Animal Style.