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    Best fast food burger chains

    Fast food burgers are something I rarely eat unless travelling, and then fast food burger chains are a common pit stop for me. I am curious how others rate the burger chains. For myself, I look at cooking method (chargrilled versus fried), general taste, burger thickness (one large pattie versus 2 stacked on top of each other), and condiments offered.

    My personal ranking of burger chains is as follows:

    #1 Cookout

    Their burgers are all chargrilled, and in my opinion have the best taste of the chargrilled burgers. They have an offering of either a thin pattie or a larger burger with a think pattie. Then there is a monster burger with one of each. The condiments offered on burgers include such southern favorites as chili and slaw.

    Cookout is growing rapidly in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, but I don't know if they have expanded elsewhere

    #2 Hardees

    The burgers are again all chargrilled, and second best tasting of the chargrilled burgers. Smaller burgers have the thin pattie and larger burgers the thick pattie. I think they were the first chain to start offering thick patties. Condiments are pretty standard

    Hardees started in Greenville, North Carolina and expanded across much of the country decades ago.

    #3 Burger King

    Burgers are chargrilled, but only thin patties offered, Condiments are pretty standard

    #4 Wendy's

    Best tasting of the fried burgers. Condiments are pretty standard

    #5 McDonald's

    Big Mac is one of the better fried burger options given its condiments

    #6 5 Guys

    Fired burgers with thin patties. Fair condiment selection for northern tastes but nothing extra for southerners. For an establishment that sells hotdogs too, it is odd that slaw and chili - pretty standare for hotdogs - are not availible.

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    I am surprised in out burger did not make your list only had it once since it is in the west coast and I am in the east. Wait White Castle did not make your list? No belly bombers for you
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigfrank View Post
    I am surprised in out burger did not make your list only had it once since it is in the west coast and I am in the east. Wait White Castle did not make your list? No belly bombers for you
    I am not familiar with White Castle or in out Burger. We do not have them, and I have not seen any in my travels. I have heard of a chain called Carls, Jr. but I have seen one or eaten there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigfrank View Post
    I am surprised in out burger did not make your list only had it once since it is in the west coast and I am in the east. Wait White Castle did not make your list? No belly bombers for you
    I live down the street from an In N Out, and they would not make my list, either. The Double Double Animal Style (from their "secret menu") seems to be the only one that has any flavor. But it is 980 calories. I can think of a lot of other things I would rather eat for that number of calories (think a huge plae of spaghetti with meat sauce). Also, their fries are mealy and really not worth eating. Their chocolate shakes are good, though. For me, the perfect fast food pig-out meal would be a burger (with chili and everything) from Tommy's Original, Fries from McDonald's (or Chili Cheese Fries from Fatburger), and a chocolate shake from In N Out. Fatburger's burgers are pretty tasty, too.

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    Five Guys Gets my vote

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    No cookout or Hardee's hereabouts, so Burger King tops my list from your list. Burger King varies fro restaurant to restaurant and day to day, so you can't be guaranteed a great burger. Maine has a chain called Governor's that makes a great hamburger and offer them on Monday specials for $4 or $5 served with french fries. Cole slaw can be added for $1. I always look for that special on my June and September trips to Maine.

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    #1 Cookout - I've seen them on my drives through the Carolinas, but have not been. My stepfather said they are decent though.

    #2 Hardees - we had quite a few here in Illinois, and then they all closed. We've gotten one or two back, and I enjoy the sourdough melt

    #3 Burger King, #4 Wendy's, #5 McDonald's - I agree with your sentiments here. The big mac is the only burger at McDonald's that I can still eat. The quarter pounder with cheese was my favorite growing up, but now it makes my stomach upset.

    #6 5 Guys - I ate at one over the weekend for the first time. The burger was OK, as were the fries, but I don't see why people make a big deal about the place.

    I would personally put Culver's as my favorite.
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    There is a new chain called smash burger they use a ball of fresh meat and yes it gets smashed flat.

    IMO the best burgers are the ones you get at the local pubs, 100% fresh ground can not be beat
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigfrank View Post
    There is a new chain called smash burger they use a ball of fresh meat and yes it gets smashed flat.

    IMO the best burgers are the ones you get at the local pubs, 100% fresh ground can not be beat
    I am in total agreement!
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