You can find much more information about your privacy choices in our privacy policy. To avoid apples-to-oranges comparisons, we skipped the ultra-basic offerings and limited-time-only specials, opting for each restaurant’s premium burger, the option that best defines the menu. Perhaps it’s because the king diverted the realm's attention to the Impossible Whopper, a genuinely good offering that tastes more like a glory days Whopper than the original does. Accordingly, many consider the Five Guys’ cheeseburger to be the best fast food burger in the U.S. 3.

You'd be hard-pressed to find a chain that won't boast about its "high-quality" ingredients, but it's absolutely true here: You won't be getting any flaccid lettuce or translucent tomatoes.

It was dry as kindling, yet its minuscule moisture made the stale-tasting bun crumble into a heap. Shredded lettuce usually scores a point or two in my book (it prevents the patties, other toppings from sliding as much), but these lifeless greens added an extra layer of sad to this burger. Two patties, cheese, lettuce, onion, and pickles are all stacked between sesame seed buns. The Whopper used to do the crown proud, a hearty, flame-broiled behemoth stacked high with veggies that inspired frequent pangs of desire in my slightly clogged heart.

The chain's slogan is "from the farm, not the lab," meaning that customers can choose from a menu of free-range beef burgers, as well as gluten-free, meatless, and vegetarian options.

-- Gianni Jaccoma, The Build: Ultra-juicy and thick 1/4lb patty with little pockets of grill char; American cheese on the top and bottom; thick strips of onion; pickles; ketchup and mustard; sesame-seed bun. There’s a reason that In-N-Out is a mandatory burger for anyone visiting the West Coast. By clicking continue below and using our sites or applications, you agree that we and our third party advertisers can: this link is to an external site that may or may not meet accessibility guidelines. The menu item consists of two beef patties layered with Wisconsin cheese, tomato, lettuce, raw onions, and pickles. I kind of forgot about this thing already. If you flipped it upside down and removed the bun’s bottom, it might even look like a salad topped with a beef disk. In-N-Out is a California-based chain that first opened in 1948, and has since expanded to have over 300 locations. The cheese, sauce, and pickles are doing a lot of heavy lifting to balance the saltiness and the dryness of the burger, as well as the rather plain bun. Although the menu varies from country to country, There's one place in the world where McDonald's arches aren't yellow — they're bright blue, Shake Shack started off as a hot dog cart, Shake Shack or the West Coast joint, In-N-Out, is better, Whataburger first opened in Texas in 1950, more than 800 restaurants across 10 states, The restaurant has a relatively large menu, Culvers began in Sauk City, Wisconsin, in 1984, some may say it's even better than In-N-Out, but a professional chef suggests ordering, The restaurant uses a "smashed" approach when cooking the patty, Some say it's the least guilty burger they've tried, Dave Thomas opened the first Wendy's in Columbus, Ohio, in 1969, Wendy's has also made efforts to change its menu items, The 10 best fast-food chicken restaurants across the US, 10 of the best spicy items you can order at fast-food chains, What 14 chefs order at fast-food restaurants. But seeing as the rest of the menu seems patently designed to be consumed while under the influence of memory-compromising substances, it’s understandable. The restaurant uses a "smashed" approach when cooking the patty, which makes the beef rather thin and lean. -- AK, The Build: Medium-thick patty topped with American cheese loaded with pickles, lettuce, tomato slices, and diced onions; split top bun swiped with mayo, Jack in the Box gets a lot of attention for its stoner-friendly mashups, mega-stack chicken sandwiches, and the presence of egg rolls and tacos where they otherwise have no business existing.

), the closest point of comparison for the Double is probably the McDonald's Quarter Pounder with Cheese. Some say it's the least guilty burger they've tried. Just a little salt and a lot of juice. The Original Fudds lets you build your own burger thanks to its produce bar. It also boasts that its buns are made fresh each day. “The Impossible Burger was nearly nonexistent on Yelp before 2016, but spiked in 2018 and is on track to be one of the biggest food searches of 2019.” But, of course, there are plenty of meaty options to be had — and there’s a decent chance one of these affordable restaurants isn’t far from you.

Found in pretty much every city in America, McDonald’s remains one of the top locations to buy a burger.

The Big Mac is just too classic to leave off of this list.

-- Kat Thompson, The Build: Two fresh-grilled, hand-formed patties topped with slices of Wisconsin-made American cheese; red onions, pickles, and tomatoes on the bottom; grilled Kaiser-adjacent fluffy bun dabbed with butter. Worse yet, this patty is too thin and gray (not enough char) to stand against the vegetables. If you're feeling bold, you can also drizzle the burger with cheese sauce. This thing is generous with the toppings, piling lettuce and tomato on top of those signature square patties, but the burger's flavor is never overpowered by the other ingredients. -- Dustin Nelson, The Build: Iceberg lettuce, white onion, tomato, and crinkle cut pickles concealing a wide, thin, flame-kissed patty topped with American cheese; crumbly sesame-seed bun slightly coated in mayo and ketchup. But as burgers got bigger, the Whopper seems to have lost its confidence. People line up around the block for a taste of a savory Shake Shack burger. And of course, the special sauce makes this burger stand out from the crowd. Wendy’s has been doing its “never frozen” thing since well before its Twitter feed started shit-talking McDonald’s, and the chasm in quality between it and its many competitors speaks volumes to the difference it makes. But it’s also a nifty trick because the absence of a Sonic in most big cities means that when you see one off a highway, you’re immediately drawn to it. Fast-food places like McDonald's and Wendy's sell classic burgers that won't break your bank, while stops like Whataburger and In-N-Out have gained a loyal following. You're not here for a burger.

It's a juicy treat, and some may say it's even better than In-N-Out.