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Best Hamburger Chain --- Take the Poll.........


By pindome

1 year ago



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“Best Hamburger Chain --- Take the Poll.........”

  • In and Out 149 votes
    28%
  • Smash Burger 22 votes
    4%
  • White Castle 24 votes
    4%
  • Carls Jr. 10 votes
    2%
  • Five Guys 190 votes
    36%
  • Wendy's 35 votes
    7%
  • Fat Burger 13 votes
    2%
  • Steak and Shake 23 votes
    4%
  • Shake Shack 37 votes
    7%
  • McDonalds 24 votes
    4%
  • Hamburger Habit 7 votes
    1%

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#151 1 year ago
Quoted from o-din:

Back to Johnny Rockets. There are only a few locations I know of or have been to and all in amusement parks. There are at least a couple in Magic Mountain, and one in Knott's Berry Farm. They bring that old time malt shop diner back to life.
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There is one in the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno. Formerly known as Bally's Reno, the Reno Hilton and the MGM Grand-Reno.

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#152 1 year ago
Quoted from MrBally:

A Smash Burger has sauce smashed into the raw meat patty. Some of their burgers intentionally leave it out. You can request it not be in any burger there that normally has the sauce smashed in.

Not sure that helps. The smashing is the problem. Basically their name ruined the burger. Like the opposite of a good burger. Literally

#153 1 year ago
Quoted from WackyBrakke:

Not sure that helps. The smashing is the problem. Basically their name ruined the burger. Like the opposite of a good burger. Literally

They do a good business. The name is a curiousity. Is the burger smashed thin or something? I gotta stop in and see. It looks normal. It tastes good. I guess I'll go back....

#154 1 year ago
Quoted from PokerJake:

Whataburger and In-n-Out, I wish we had either one up here.

+1 I'm sure we will see them here eventually.

#155 1 year ago
Quoted from bluespin:

Their location list shows public locations in Brea, Orange and Santa Ana.

Thanks. I rarely go to those towns, but they are close by.

Ruby's diner has a similar vibe, but the one by us went away.

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#156 1 year ago
Quoted from kevmad:

Yes Teddy’s is awesome!

First thing we do when getting to Maui.

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#157 1 year ago
Quoted from o-din:

But the best is that Hawaiian burger joint.
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That is a tasty burger.

I can't get em myself because my girlfriend is a vegetarian (so that basically means I'm a vegetarian. )

But I do love the taste of a good burger.

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#158 1 year ago
Quoted from MrBally:

They do a good business. The name is a curiousity. Is the burger smashed thin or something? I gotta stop in and see. It looks normal. It tastes good. I guess I'll go back....

They smash it so it cooks fast. Squeezes all the juicy goodness out. Quite horrid

#159 1 year ago
Quoted from WackyBrakke:

They smash it so it cooks fast. Squeezes all the juicy goodness out. Quite horrid

They are awful and cost about as much as 5 guys. Smashburgers fries are good though.

#160 1 year ago

So just order one of the many burgers there without Smash sauce. They offer customized burgers. You choose the "unsmashed" burger patty.

#161 1 year ago

While I find dairy queen burgers dry they had a mushroom swiss 1/4 pounder recently on the menu that was quite tasty. The mushrooms were in a gravy/jus and melted the cheese. Actually sloppy.

#162 1 year ago

In Packerfan's absence from this thread, I would be remiss if I did not mention Kroll's with two Green Bay and one downtown Chicago locations. A Greta, high-quality custom burger. Grilled over Kingsford charcoal with a toasted bun.

He suggested I try it which I did with my son. We're sold on it.
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#163 1 year ago

The only problem with 5 guys is they build their burgers upside down.

Lettuce and tomato belong under the meat, knuckleheads.

#164 1 year ago

Not the best, but a Sourdough Jack can hit the spot.
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#165 1 year ago

Of all the friendly controversy in this thread and poll, one reigns supreme:

How the hell is McDonald's ahead of Carls Jr aka Hardee's?!

#166 1 year ago
Quoted from goingincirclez:

How the hell is McDonald's ahead of Carls Jr aka Hardee's?!

Because MickyDs makes it's quarter pounder with fresh beef cooked fresh when you order it.

Carls Jr. uses a dry jerky burger patty that might have been cooked hours before. At one time Carls used fresh beef, but not since the 70s.

#167 1 year ago

Good Times burgers are pretty good. Had to stop there on way home from work after reading this thread all day lol.

#168 1 year ago

There are over 420 White Castle outlets, predominantly in the Midwest, Kentucky, and Tennessee. The exceptions are a significant smattering of outlets in the New York metropolitan region, three locations in Nevada, and two in Shanghai.

Yeah I was mistaken, my bad.

I remember once when jack Danger mentioned it I did a quick Google search for location near me and one was in Chicago and one NYC.

#169 1 year ago

At Pup N Taco we deep fried our burger patties, and the chili cheeseburger was really good. We made our chili in house from scratch.

Fries are the infamous but now extinct Frispos that Carls Jr. used to have till sometime in the 80s. Potato pellets mixed with water and then squeezed through a clear cylinder and then the cutter. Golden brown and crispy on the outside, and near a firm mashed potato texture on the inside. Very good.

And say hello to the new version of the classic Naugles Ortega Burger.
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For more about Pup N Taco, feel free to browse this site where o-din started his blogging career. It's only been here and there folks.

http://www.octhen.com/2010/02/remembering-pup-n-taco.html

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#171 1 year ago
Quoted from onemoresean:

Not the best, but a Sourdough Jack can hit the spot.
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I used to like Jack in the Box burgers, but they went away from the sesame seed buns to those awful what ever kind of buns the have now. I rarely eat there anymore, and usually don't get burgers there. I mean, they ruined the Jumbo Jack of all things! Same goes for the Ultimate Cheeseburger.
Appeares I'n not the only one that feels that way: https://www.change.org/p/jack-in-the-box-jack-please-bring-back-the-sesame-seed-bun

#172 1 year ago

As far as chains go I like 5 guys mostly because of the fries. Culvers is good too. But we have a local place called Kopps that I prefer over both, and their frozen custard is amazing!

#173 1 year ago

I have been a lot of places and never seen or been to 5 guys. It is in the lead. In and out second, we don’t have one. We just got our first Sonic in the state open a couple weeks ago.

#174 1 year ago
Quoted from girloveswaffles:

I used to like Jack in the Box burgers

I ate two of their tacos today and they really hit the spot.

#175 1 year ago
Quoted from Darcy:

In & Out opened a pop up location for one day in Greater Vancouver, at a car show. They might enter the Greater Vancouver market in a year or so.

They do the same pop up strategy every few years down here as well.

It's so they don't lose their trademark rights in that country.

Much like Australia, I doubt they will have a permanent bricks and mortar anytime soon.

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#176 1 year ago
Quoted from WackyBrakke:

They smash it so it cooks fast. Squeezes all the juicy goodness out. Quite horrid

Right, so the burger starts as a ball and then they heat it up a lil bit and then smash it down as hard as possible squeezing all the life outta it. What your left with is a thin, dry, burger that’s caramelized on the outside and A well done interior

#177 1 year ago
Quoted from manadams:

Good Times burgers are pretty good

I have to agree Good Times smokes the competition. All natural beef(antibiotic-free) and cheese makes a huge difference, and one of the only burger chains that does not upset my stomach. If you are ever in Colorado try a West Coast Double with Wild Fries-and then drop the mic. Smash Burger/Five Guys/IN N OUT are swag compared to Good Times.
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#178 1 year ago

I’d take this over any of that crap. McDonalds FTW!

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#179 1 year ago
Quoted from o-din:

I ate two of their tacos today and they really hit the spot.

I had some Jack in the Box tacos on pin picking trip a couple of weeks ago. I hadn’t had these in at least 12 years. They were really good.

#180 1 year ago

Don’t see all the love for 5 Guys. Tastes pretty good going in, but it leaves you in about 17 minutes.

#181 1 year ago
Quoted from DBLM:

leaves you in about 17 minutes.

Like Bobby Flays crunch burgers, good but very temporary

#182 1 year ago
Quoted from pindome:

Ranking the best hamburger can be more contentious than the top 100 rankings! Selecting the best burger can be (grounds) for some serious knock down drag out battles but that's what will make this poll more interesting.
I don't know all the local and regional chains so I am gonna go with what I know.
It is pretty hard to beat In and Out, especially for the price. Hint, at In and Out, order the buns double toasted. The extra crunch takes the burger to the next level!
Let the Burger Battle Begin....................

7 of these don’t exist in my area. Limited choices here.

#183 1 year ago

I like a fried egg and potato chips on my burger.

#184 1 year ago

Shake Shack for sure. Not enough people have tried it. And they make real frozen custard. Get a concrete (basically a milk shake without the milk). Shakes are great also. Not crazy about their cringle cut fries, I'm a shoe string guy. I worked for the founder, Danny Meyer at his first restaurant Union Square Cafe. Was hired before they opened

#185 1 year ago

The town I live in won’t allow franchised fast food places to open up here.
We do have a Dairy Queen but it’s grandfathered in since it’s been here since the 60s.

This is the place in town we usually go for burgers. Pretty darn good burgers.

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#186 1 year ago

How the hell is Five Guys leading this...

F'ing salty as hell, and I'm talking about their meat, not my attitude. Overpriced too.

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#188 1 year ago
Quoted from Frax:

How the hell is Five Guys leading this...
F'ing salty as hell, and I'm talking about their meat, not my attitude. Overpriced too.

None of the options are really good . I chose 5 guys because of these bad options I would choose to eat a burger from them before any of the others on the list .

#189 1 year ago
Quoted from Frax:

How the hell is Five Guys leading this...
F'ing salty as hell, and I'm talking about their meat, not my attitude. Overpriced too.

If Red Robbin was an option I would have chose that.

#190 1 year ago

Your choices are basically “The best crap in a bag” hamburger chain.

#191 1 year ago
Quoted from pinaholic:

Shake Shack for sure.

Ours in Florida absolutely suck. I always here how good they are in NY but something is wrong that they can’t duplicate the success up north.

#192 1 year ago

Agree with some fiveguys statements, always regret it after!
I think here in the UK Wimpy is one of the oldest and their burgers are always great unfortunately they have been closing down slowly over the years so not many about now The sauce is amazing.

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#193 1 year ago

Polly's Pie Palace

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#194 1 year ago
Quoted from o-din:

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Polly’s Pies is a bakery restaurant that makes great burgers. Their primary business is making pies inside a restaurant. It was a popular business model in Southern California and their competitors were Marie Callender’s, Hof’s Hut and a few small mom and pops.

Growing up they didn’t have fries, but served really great baked beans instead. They didn’t serve fries because they didn’t want the grease from a fryer to contaminate all the pies that they make. Later someone invented a fryer that didn’t spread so much grease and Polly’s started offering fries.

At Thanksgiving and Christmas Polly’s takes preorders for pies and the bakers will make hundreds of pies overnight for their customers. Nothing tops a nice holiday meal like a fresh baked pie that was made in the last 24 hours

#195 1 year ago

Had my worst chain burger in years here this past July. Horrific. Just like 30’yrs ago.

#196 1 year ago
Quoted from Coindork:

The town I live in won’t allow franchised fast food places to open up here.
We do have a Dairy Queen but it’s grandfathered in since it’s been here since the 60s.
This is the place in town we usually go for burgers. Pretty darn good burgers.[quoted image]

That looks like heaven.

#197 1 year ago
Quoted from Coindork:

The town I live in won’t allow franchised fast food places to open up here.
We do have a Dairy Queen but it’s grandfathered in since it’s been here since the 60s.
This is the place in town we usually go for burgers. Pretty darn good burgers.[quoted image]

How far into Cave Creek is Big Earls? Put it in relation to, say, Brian’s Black Mountain BBQ or the Roastery of Cave Creek? I hit CC two or three times a year and I don’t believe I’ve ever seen it. Next time I’m in town I’ll hit it up.

#198 1 year ago

A&W is big here in Canada. I know they have limited US operations. The main thing with their burger is the seasoning. I love the taste, but it must have some MSG in it because I'm always dehydrated after having a Baby Burger.
Also an onion ring and root-beer specialist.

#199 1 year ago
Quoted from wtuttle:

I know they have limited US operations.

Really? There's one about 3 miles from my house in Dallas.... it's a shared split with a Long John Silvers, but they've been around here for as long as I can remember. A bit scarce these days, but hanging on with LJS.

#200 1 year ago
Quoted from WackyBrakke:

Not sure that helps. The smashing is the problem. Basically their name ruined the burger. Like the opposite of a good burger. Literally

The name probably implies that the burger is so good you’ll want to smash it in your pie hole. They are tasty, I’ll give them that. Their “smash sauce” is good (do they smash that too?) and different than your typical “secret sauce”. Although the secret sauce at All-American Burger is pretty righteous.

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