Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Five Guys, In-N-Out top Consumer Reports' burger survey

Posted By on Wed, Sep 8, 2010 at 9:30 AM

click to enlarge The burger at Five Guys shared top honors with In-N-Out.
  • The burger at Five Guys shared top honors with In-N-Out.

We need to get jobs giving burger surveys. The latest ranking of grilled patties comes courtesy of Consumer Reports, which asked more than 28,000 subscribers to rank burgers at fast-food restaurants on a scale of 1 to 10, for an article set to run in its October issue.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries and In-N-Out Burger topped the list of 18 chains (wow, there are 18 burger chains?), with an average score of 7.9. Bringing up the rear was McDonald's with a paltry 5.6. Jack In The Box fans will be disappointed to hear that the chain coming back to Kansas City, Kansas,  managed only a 6.3.


A Consumer Reports reporter put the survey results to the test by visiting McDonald's and Five Guys. The magazine was quick to point out that he isn't a trained taster (but "he's eaten a lot of burgers"). Way to keep employing the scientific method on this one, guys. Nevertheless, the reporter wasn't shy with his evaluation:

[On Five Guys] The patties had a bit of searing along the edges, a chewy

texture (the chopped meat was fairly coarse), and a beefy flavor. They reminded our reporter of minute steak. The meat was juicy but left an oily taste in his mouth. The bun was soft and spongy.

[On McDonald's] The meat tasted mild and more greasy than beefy. It was easier to bite through than the Five Guys patty and was uniformly round and brownish-gray. The major flavor came from the toppings. The bun was airy and bland.

Fuddruckers managed a second-place finish, with an average score of 7.7, but that doesn't do us a lot of good; the Fuddruckers on Metcalf closed in April. We'll have to settle for Sonic, which received a 6.6, just a hair lower than White Castle's 6.7. 

Tags: , , , , ,

Comments (4)

Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

More by Jonathan Bender

Most Popular Stories

Slideshows

All contents ©2015 Kansas City Pitch LLC
All rights reserved. No part of this service may be reproduced in any form without the express written permission of Kansas City Pitch LLC,
except that an individual may download and/or forward articles via email to a reasonable number of recipients for personal, non-commercial purposes.

All contents © 2012 SouthComm, Inc. 210 12th Ave S. Ste. 100, Nashville, TN 37203. (615) 244-7989.
All rights reserved. No part of this service may be reproduced in any form without the express written permission of SouthComm, Inc.
except that an individual may download and/or forward articles via email to a reasonable number of recipients for personal, non-commercial purposes.
Website powered by Foundation