Fast food is a staple ingrained into our lives as much as just about anything else. The fast food burger came to us in 1921 and has done a lot with its 100-year history. There are worldwide chains to regional ones but each with their own special hook. There have been many players over the years but only the strong have survived. This is the list finding the best fast food burger.
#25 Jack in the Box – Buttery Jack
Jack in the Box’s Classic Buttery Jack features a seasoned 1/4-lb. beef patty topped with melted garlic herb butter, a slice of provolone cheese, creamy tomato sauce, lettuce, tomato, and a special “signature” bun. Their burgers have an interesting beef mix making for a consistent and satisfying experience. At #25 just making the best fast food burger list.
#24 Burger King – Whopper
The Whopper is a hamburger, consisting of a flame grilled 4 oz beef patty, sesame seed bun, mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, pickles, ketchup, and sliced onion. It is a big guy for a solo patty, both in thickness and circumference. You need to pay attention to this one or it will get away from you. A staple since 1957.
#23 McDonalds – Big Mac
Two all beef patties (1.6 oz each), special sauce, etc. We all know one of the American classics out there, the McDonald’s Big Mac. The mix of patties, bread, cheese, veggies and that special sauce set the bar years ago for what could be a deluxe burger and it has remained a solid option easily findable anywhere.
#22 A&W – Papa Burger
The Papa Burger from A&W is two (1/3 lb) perfectly seasoned 100% pure beef patties – raised without the use of hormones or steroids – topped with pickles, a slice of onion, ketchup, mustard and Teen sauce (basically mayo), served on a freshly toasted sesame seed bun. This best fast food burger has been coming at you since 1922.
#21 Dairy Queen – Cheeseburger
Dairy Queen cheeseburgers are simple and efficient. They pack the right amount of punch and if you need more you can easily get a second. It consists of one 100% beef patty topped with melted cheese, pickles, ketchup and mustard served on a warm toasted bun. It may not seem like the conventional choice, but trust us, DQ has more than just ice cream.
#20 Checker’s / Rally’s – Bacon Roadhouse
The onion ring component alone on this one put it into best fast food burger territory but built around it is an amazing food experience. Two hand-seasoned, 100% beef hamburger patties topped with crispy bacon, American cheese, melted Cheddar, crispy onion tanglers, smoky Honey BBQ sauce, and ranch dressing all on a toasted sesame seed bun.
#19 Smashburger – Bacon Smash
A classic 100% certified Angus beef patty with applewood smoked bacon, American cheese, lettuce, tomato & mayo on a classic bun. The burger patties are pressed firmly against the flat top grill creating a singe throughout the entire patty that has texture and layers. There may be other best fast food burgers out there, but this is a great high-end package at a good price.
#18 Sonic – Sonic Double Cheeseburger
Two perfectly seasoned 100% pure beef patties layered with crinkle-cut pickles, chopped onions, fresh shredded lettuce & ripe tomatoes with your choice of mustard, mayo or ketchup. Like they say, seeing double has never been tastier. Like everything at Sonic, this brings back memories of the old drive-in days and sparks joy in every bite. There are not many bells and whistles to this one, it is just a solid buy every time, there for you.
#17 Carl’s Junior – Six Dollar Thickburger
A 1/2lb. Charbroiled Black Angus Beef Patty, Two Slices of Melted American Cheese, Lettuce, Two Slices of Tomato, Red Onions, Pickles, Mustard, Mayonnaise and Ketchup, served on a premium bun. Premium everything, in fact, this baby is jammed packed with all sorts of goodness. From the people that made burger commercials sexy, get ready for a party in your mouth.
#16 Wendy’s – Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger
This is a small burger, but it is always a bang for the buck and an explosion of flavor. It is a thin patty on a simple with lettuce, tomato, bacon and a big dab of mayo. It is so simple but all the pieces together create something special. You used to get these for $0.99 apiece but due to inflation that has become a thing of the past. Another classic for the list of best fast food burger.
#15 Portillos – Bacon Double Cheeseburger
Portillos serves up a burger lover’s dream. A massive 2/3 pound char-broiled juicy beef patty with mayo, crisp lettuce, a red ripe tomato slice, sliced red onion, pickles and ketchup served on a freshly toasted old fashioned style bun. Like everything at Portillos, these are made with tremendous care and are served fresh from the broiler to you.
#14 Wayback Burgers – The Rodeo
This beast is a monster, the onion ring is about the size of your head and there are two of them. Get ready to eat. A two-patty Texan delight. Topped with cheddar cheese, our signature crispy onion rings, and a tangy BBQ sauce. According to them, tangy enough to kick anyone off their mechanical bull.
#13 Halo Burger – QP Burger
Halo Burger is a Michigan institution and has been for close to 100 years. Original called the Kewpee, its name is a phonetic sound-out of the original name. The Q.P. is also a short form reference to the patty size, a quarter pound hamburger. This still today remains one of the Halo Burger’s most popular sandwiches, especially with olives. Standard burgers come with the normal fixings, but also have extras like olives and banana peppers.
#12 Culver’s – Culver Deluxe Butterburger
Culvers starts with fresh, never frozen beef. They layer on real Wisconsin cheese, crisp lettuce, ripe tomatoes, pickles, sweet red onion and their signature mayo. The burger is great and high end, but what really brings it home with their signature lightly buttered, toasted bun. The price can get a bit high on these compared to other chains but it is pretty much worth it.
#11 Dick’s Drive In – The Deluxe
You are probably getting tired of hearing things like 100% beef and fresh-baked bun, but thats because these are the diamonds in the rough. It is not easy to find an amazingly balanced burger, for a good price, consist every time. Dick’s is one of those places and deserves your respect. Another classic from a classic drive-in inspired vibe.
#10 White Castle – Original Slider
The white castle burger is unlike any other. They aren’t grilled, they’re steamed. They stack a pile of onions on the grill, then put 30 patties on top. The steam travels through the onions and cooks the burgers, while the holes in the burgers let the steam get inside and through the patties. They make them in small slider form only and are even better when topped with their special dusseldorf mustard.
#09 Fat Burger – Original Fatburger
Fresh, ground, 100% pure lean beef, grilled to perfection and built-to-order. Served on a freshly toasted sponge-dough bun. Order with “The Works” (Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Mayo, Mustard, Pickles, Relish) or customized with your selection of fresh toppings and add-ons, such as bacon or a fried egg. The burger is super high quality and delicious.
#08 Original Tommy’s – Chili Cheeseburger
Original Tommy was the one who was able to tame the chili burger. It is so hard to make a burger that keeps everything in place and works together over the life of the burger. The sexy bad boy of fast-food burgers is original Tommy’s Chili burgers, it is just dirty enough to make you want to not take it home to mom. The chili is fantastic and when mixed with the warm bun and hearty patty makes for a winner.
#07 The Habit Burger Grill – Double Charburger
Habit Burger rocks a two chargrilled beef patties, crisp lettuce, fresh tomato, caramelized onions, pickles, and mayo on a toasted bun gem. The burgers seem unassuming but since 1969 has been slowly growing the reputation as having the best fast food burger on the coast. It is the simplicity and the freshness of ingredients against the balance of everything. It has its name for a reason, it is habit-forming.
#06 Fudruckers – Make Your Own Burger
This one is kind of cheating because you are actually making it, but just the meat patty and bread alone could get this one to #6 on this list of best fast food burger. Even though you could forget all the amazing toppings, you certainly shouldn’t. They have more options than anywhere else and everything is fresh and big in flavor.
#05 Whataburger – Bacon & Cheese Whataburger
This Whataburger burger comes with a large bun, large beef patty, American cheese, three bacon slices, tomato, lettuce, pickles, diced onions, and mustard. The patty style is a wide two hander that is also paper thin and since it is freshly made, packs incredibly flavor. While your there, try the ketchup, people claim it is magical.
#04 Five Guys – Bacon Cheeseburger
No one thought you could make a big restaurant-style burger for the fast-food price. That was until Five Guys came along. A 3.3 oz burger is topped with anything you could want. There are gems like roasted mushrooms and jalapenos, and their burgers are built to be topped. Everything is made on the grill right in front of you and it is done quickly. Probably one of the larger burgers on this side of the list of best fast food burger.
#03 Steak n Shake – The Original Double ‘N Cheese Steakburger
The sear along the very edge of these burgers is what dreams are made of. The patties (2.2 oz) are razor thin creating this flakey, crispy flavor train. It is finished up with american cheese and a choice of lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions, mayo, and Heinz ketchup. This is a throwback to an older soda jerk diner type of place and it is fantastic. When you are on one of their old-timey stools, late at night, you will be in heaven with this best fast food burger candidate.
#02 Shake Shack – Shackburger
A classic 4oz patty cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato and their special ShackSauce (your thousand island like sauce). The flat top grill to this mixture of meat makes for a sear that delivers a flavor and mouth warming explosion of flavor. The cool lettuce, mayo and fresh bun against the patty make for a meal that is like a warm hug.
#01 In-and-Out – Double Double
A classic with two 1.3 oz patties. So fresh and quite possibly, pound-for-pound and dollar-for-dollar, the best fast food burger on the planet. No freezers or microwaves are used, everything is made right there and with the absolute best ingredients out there. In-and-Out actually pays their staff a good wage so they care about your food and infuse extra happiness vibes into it.