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.