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message 1: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments Consumer reports has survey results on the best/worst fast food burgers...I can't find a complete list, but here's an article about it:

http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04...

Carnivores, are McDonalds burgers that bad? Are Five Guys burgers that good? What are the good/bad burgers?


message 2: by Kevin (new)

Kevin  (ksprink) | 11469 comments greasy is good. for a few minutes. then it is queasy city. flame broiled is better. prob burger king is the best. hardee's seems to care the most about how they taste and are presented. i really don't eat much fast food.


message 3: by Heidi (last edited Sep 07, 2010 01:32PM) (new)

Heidi (heidihooo) | 10825 comments EWWW!!!

(Wendy's, if I must burger; I'd rather Arby's or Subway, though)


message 4: by Lobstergirl, el principe (new)

Lobstergirl | 24262 comments Mod
In a pinch, I'll eat practically anything. McDonalds burgers are at the bottom, I will say. But Burger King, no! I find their flamebroiled burgers delightful, and their fries are better than McD's too. I've never had In-n-Out or Five Guys. But the sexual puns possible in that sentence disturb me.

I have also found the customer service and attitude at McD's to be terrible, at least in Chicago. I guess people might say, "well, what do you expect for someone making minimum wage?" But at Arby's I've found the customer service to be excellent and the employees have good attitudes. So it's entirely about management and training. The fish rots from the head down...


message 5: by Phil (new)

Phil | 11665 comments My wife likes five guys.

My wife likes the burgers made by the Five Guys Burgers & Fries chain. She also likes the burgers at a local place called Marv's.

I like McDonalds (I'm not really a burger guy).

How many people would really like In-n-Out if they divorced themselves of the nostalgia (for some) and cultishness (for others) of the chain?


message 6: by Stacia (the 2010 club) (last edited Sep 07, 2010 10:01PM) (new)

Stacia (the 2010 club) (stacia_r) In-n-Out has terrible fries. The burgers are decent - not the best, but good. I miss the chain because we don't have them where I live now, and we're stuck with pretty much McD's, Wendy's etc. which are not very exciting for fast food.


message 7: by Phil (new)

Phil | 11665 comments By the way, I discovered recently that the default burger at Five Guys is a double. If you want only one lump of meat you have to explicitly say so (order the "little" burger).


message 8: by Dr. Detroit (new)

Dr. Detroit | 6027 comments Best:



Worst: All the rest.


message 9: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments Just in your mouth, Barb? Doesn't barfing a little mouth taste worse than just about anything?


message 10: by Jim (new)

Jim | 6485 comments Culvers is rated 6th best, and although I don't eat fast food much, I don't mind a Culvers burger. They were started just down the road from Madison.


message 11: by Dr. Detroit (new)

Dr. Detroit | 6027 comments Barb wrote: "OMG Clark, that picture actually makes me want to vomit little bit."


Candy ass...


message 12: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan Lopez | 4728 comments Every now and then, especially when I'm driving a long distance and passing a lot of chain restaurants on the highway, I'll get a craving for Burger King. Good stuff basically, but the indigestion afterward makes me wish I had ordered a side of Rolaids with my meal.


message 13: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments Burger King's veggie burgers are ok if you're in a rush.


message 14: by Gus (new)

Gus Sanchez (gussanchez) I stay away from McDonald's and Burger King, only because I know what constitutes "meat" by their standards. They spin a great story about how closely they regulate what meat they use, but, seriously, their meat isn't even worth feeding to feral dogs.

What I love about Five Guys is all their burgers are hand-made, so it's not these frozen patties that have been sitting in freezers for who knows how long.


message 15: by Phil (new)

Phil | 11665 comments Gus wrote: "What I love about Five Guys is all their burgers are hand-made, so it's not these frozen patties that have been sitting in freezers for who knows how long."

I might prefer frozen, machine made patties to those formed by locals who will work for $7/hour and aren't real careful about washing their hands and besides, who cares if the meat was sitting out a little longer than it's supposed to and...


message 16: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments The thing I liked about In N Out was that you could order double cheese hold the meat and wind up with a cheese sandwich.

When we were kids, my family used to stop once a year at Burger King on the way up the Adirondacks from the city. We all ordered cheeseburgers hold the meat and fries and milkshakes, and my sisters and I looked forward to it all year long.

McDonald's never let you have cheese-and-bun sandwiches.
Wendy's sometimes did, and if not, there was always the baked potato option.


message 17: by Dr. Detroit (new)

Dr. Detroit | 6027 comments Sarah Pi wrote: "McDonald's never let you have cheese-and-bun sandwiches. "


They do now. When I order them for my daughters, the reaction I usually get is a thousand-yard stare, drooling, mouth breathing, and crickets chirping in the background.

But someone in the back by the grills usually knows what I'm talking about.


message 18: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments Glad to hear it.

My sandwiches were in the dark days before Subway. Touring vegetarian got way easier as Subway proliferated.

The only place I've been stymied in the last ten years was Memphis on a Saturday night in 2003.


message 19: by Meels (new)

Meels (amelia) I don't know about "fast food", maybe this doesn't count. But, if you live in the Portland area and you haven't been, you need to go to Stanich's:

4915 Northeast Fremont Street
Portland, OR 97213-1728
(503) 281-2322

And, order the "World's Greatest Burger"...go hungry, great fries.

*WARNING! This is NOT health food. But, you can eat your oatmeal and veggies tomorrow.


message 20: by Meels (new)

Meels (amelia) P.S. It's a dump, but it's worth it. And, the one on the West side is gone now (John's Landing), that brother sold out when his wife got terminally ill.


Stacia (the 2010 club) (stacia_r) I'm so not a vegetarian, but there is a burger that a restaurant just outside of town makes, and it's a combination of oatmeal, grains and different cheeses. The thing is SO good. Does it taste like meat? Not a chance. It's just something else that's darn good.

It's the only place in the world that I would even dare to eat a non-meat burger at.


message 22: by Meels (new)

Meels (amelia) I dig veggie burgers, and black bean burgers rock. Burgerville has a decent black bean burger. Course, you non-northwesterners don't know about Burgerville. They're toward the top of the fast food burger list.

Burger King is the WORST. Gak! Their fries are disgusting and the burgers taste like gas fumes. *wretches*


message 23: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Paschen | 7125 comments I'm not a vegetarian, but ever since my oldest kid got deathly ill on a burger in the Caribbean, I've been off hamburger in any way shape or form. Oh, the bonding that comes with a retching child. Far from home, looking pale, looking like death, and all for a single hamburger.


message 24: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments We make a veggie burger that meat eaters will happily eat.


message 25: by Jim (new)

Jim | 6485 comments Sarah Pi wrote: "We make a veggie burger that meat eaters will happily eat."

To me it is all about the flavor and texture.


message 27: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments Day 111 looks angry, Sally.


message 28: by [ A ] (last edited Sep 13, 2010 11:58AM) (new)

[ A ] Best Burgers in the universe thus far (plus awesome fries and FRY SAUCE <3):

B&D's in Salt Lake City, UT. Right by the University of Utah. I miss this place so much. No one has fry sauce like them.


Best Burgers in CA:

The Habit (local to Ventura and Santa Barbara County, unfortunately-- they should be world famous!)



I don't understand the love of In-N-Out. We don't have many burger places in MA (New England is much more into subs, pizza, seafood). I moved to CA and everyone was practically falling over themselves to eat at In-N-Out. The line at our local one is always enormous. I ate there once. It was just OK and pretty typical for a fast food burger. I would much rather go across the street to the local burger place called The Habit and have their delicious burgers!


For true fast food burgers and not local joints, my favorite is Carl's Jr (aka Hardees in the Midwest). Their Guac $6 Burger is great!

Jack-in-the-Box even rates higher than In-N-Out for me. :P But I prefer Carl's if we need a super quick (often, after 10 PM) meal.


message 29: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments Has anyone ever had a burger at Terry's Turf Club in Cincinnati? Zu was watching some show on it yesterday on Food Network and they had some good looking burgers.


message 30: by Phil (new)

Phil | 11665 comments I'll take my wife to B&D's and see what she thinks.


message 31: by [ A ] (new)

[ A ] Phil wrote: "I'll take my wife to B&D's and see what she thinks."

You definitely should go! Hopefully not a whole lot has changed in .... oh gosh, 8 years. I can't believe it's been that long!


message 32: by Meels (last edited Sep 14, 2010 08:36AM) (new)

Meels (amelia) Clark, White Castle does rock...as long as you have a strong stomach. :) I need to go back to Chicago to visit the fam and have some WC! I wonder why they never made it out west? Besides the frozen food section...it's just not the same.


message 33: by Meels (new)

Meels (amelia) Sliders.


message 34: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments I can't speak to the actual beef burgers since I get Boca, but Red Robin comes up with some great combos: I like the teriyaki-pineapple burger.


message 35: by Meels (new)

Meels (amelia) I used to like the Five Alarm burger there, but they changed it, now it's like "The Burnin' Love" burger or something dumb. Still tastes good. But, Red Robin is only for when I'm having a shake craving. Vanilla with chocolate sprinkles...hold the whip cream! Fries are pretty good and burgers are above average. No Stanich's by any stretch.


message 36: by Sarah (new)

Sarah | 13815 comments I like their fries with ranch dressing. When I worked at the girl scout camp near Seattle that was a favorite time-off expedition because of the bottomless fries and bottomless strawberry lemonades.


message 37: by Karen (new)

Karen (cali_soleil) I vote for "The Habit". I prefer it over In and Out. Both are west coast.


message 38: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Paschen | 7125 comments In and Out sounds like a bad porno. Kind of like Iowa's Kum and Go gas stations.

WHO thinks of these names??


message 39: by Jim (new)

Jim | 6485 comments Cynthia wrote: "In and Out sounds like a bad porno. Kind of like Iowa's Kum and Go gas stations.

WHO thinks of these names??"


I do laugh every time I drive through Iowa at those gas stations.


message 40: by Karen (new)

Karen (cali_soleil) Of course the teens and young people had their fun with the "In and out Burgers" bumper stickers. At least they used to when the places were still fairly new. They cut them down to read "In and Out urge" Don't see them much anymore.


message 41: by Lobstergirl, el principe (new)

Lobstergirl | 24262 comments Mod
I still associate Jack in the Box with E. coli.


message 42: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven)


message 43: by Heidi (new)

Heidi (heidihooo) | 10825 comments I forgot about Backyard Burgers - they're a fairly regional franchise (mostly between the Little Rock and Memphis area) and their burgers really do taste like they just came off the backyard grill.

They're a bit pricier, and absolutely worth the extra $. Their chicken sammies are pretty tasty, too. My grandmother and I were hooked on the blackened chicken sandwich at one time. Their blackberry cobbler's pretty damn good, too.


message 44: by Dr. Detroit (new)

Dr. Detroit | 6027 comments Amelia wrote: "Carl, White Castle does rock...as long as you have a strong stomach. :) I need to go back to Chicago to visit the fam and have some WC! I wonder why they never made it out west? Besides the froz..."


Carl? I guess I've been called worse...


message 45: by Meels (last edited Sep 14, 2010 08:40AM) (new)

Meels (amelia) Sorry...I've been taking a lot of drugs the last few days...tracking problems.

(I just figured out a few minutes ago that I can hit that "reply" button. I've been copy and pasting manually and putting in the little bits and everything. Again...sorry.)


message 46: by Meels (new)

Meels (amelia) Sarah Pi wrote: "I like their fries with ranch dressing. When I worked at the girl scout camp near Seattle that was a favorite time-off expedition because of the bottomless fries and bottomless strawberry lemonades."

Onion ring sauce...I order a couple of them!


message 47: by Brittomart (new)

Brittomart You guys, I am craving a burger after reading this thread


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