For those who missed it, the October issue of Consumer Reports included the results of a national survey on fast food hamburgers. 28,000 people voted on the best-tasting burger, and out of 18 burger joints, McDonald’s came in … dead last.
Two restaurants tied for first place in the survey: In-N-Out Burger and Five Guys. I’m not surprised, really, that Five Guys scored high on the list. I’ve had their burgers and thought they were delicious. It’s nice to see them working with fresh ground beef behind the counter.
I have never had an In-N-Out Burger, but my husband has been dying to try one. In fact, we’ve been researching Las Vegas hotels and he got all excited when he saw that one of them has an In-N-Out Burger inside. Please don’t let us choose a hotel based on the fact that it has an In-N-Out Burger inside.
Here’s the list of rankings from the Consumer Reports survey, which I found on various websites. Note that there were several ties:
18. McDonald’s, 5.6 /10
15. (tie) Krystal, Burger King and Jack in the Box, 6.3 /10
14. A&W Restaurant, 6.5 /10
12. (tie) Wendy’s, and Sonic, 6.6 /10
11. White Castle, 6.7 /10
9. (tie) Carl’s Jr, and Checkers Drive In, 6.9 /10
8. Hardee’s, 7.2 /10
7. Whataburger, 7.3 /10
6. Culver’s Frozen Custard, 7.5 /10
4. (tie) Burgerville, and Back Yard Burgers, 7.6 /10
3. Fuddruckers, 7.7 /10
1. (tie) Five Guys and In-N-Out Burger, 7.9
Personally, I have only ever eaten burgers at Five Guys, Hardee’s, Wendy’s, Sonic, Burger King and McDonald’s. And I would generally agree that they should be ranked in the order in which they appeared on the above listing. Wendy’s and Sonic can change places according to the day.
I wonder how much price played a role in folks’ opinions. You know the old saying: You get what you pay for. I also wonder how much public perception and the restaurants’ reputation in the media had to do with it.
Would you all agree with these rankings? Would you eat at ANY of these places? Where do you think the BEST burger in Roanoke, chain or independent, can be found?