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


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

  • In and Out 149 votes
    28%
  • Smash Burger 22 votes
    4%
  • White Castle 23 votes
    4%
  • Carls Jr. 10 votes
    2%
  • Five Guys 189 votes
    36%
  • Wendy's 35 votes
    7%
  • Fat Burger 13 votes
    2%
  • Steak and Shake 23 votes
    4%
  • Shake Shack 36 votes
    7%
  • McDonalds 24 votes
    5%
  • Hamburger Habit 7 votes
    1%

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#201 35 days ago
Quoted from pinaholic:

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

They also sell beer, which is a nice touch. IPA and a burger. Yum!

#202 35 days ago
Quoted from MrBally:

There is one in the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno. Formerly known as Bally's Reno, the Reno Hilton and the MGM Grand-Reno.

Johnny Rockets is in the Luxor in Vegas. They are all over NY/NJ. In lots of malls. And at 6 Flags.

#203 35 days ago
Quoted from o-din:

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.[quoted image]

Was that the Ruby’s at the end of the HB pier?

#204 35 days ago
Quoted from TheFamilyArcade:

Johnny Rockets is in the Luxor in Vegas. They are all over NY/NJ. In lots of malls. And at 6 Flags.

Johnny Rockets is owned by Dan Snyder, who also owns 6 Flags. And the Redskins.

#205 35 days ago

Chuck-A-Burger was a local St. Louis chain that had about 8 locations in the 60's-80's. They are down to only their original location but they have one of the best burgers you will ever eat. They also serve draft root beer in frosted fish bowl mugs. Very close to the St. Louis airport if you are ever in town.

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#206 35 days ago
Quoted from TheFamilyArcade:

so good you’ll want to smash it in your pie hole

Or so bad that I want to smash my face in with a brick for paying for it in the first place, which is exactly how I feel about Scheisse....err..Smashburger. Really gotta +1 that comment up there...as much as I do like In and Out, this really is more "which shit do you prefer when you're backed into a corner" more than "Which of these are actually GOOD?"

And on record as a native and still Texan...let me just say...Whataburger is way, way overhyped. It's great that the food always comes out hot (except fried pies. Good luck with that.) and fresh, and the burgers are FREAKIN' HUGE....but really at the end of the day, it's still the same old thing you could make at home. Whataburger to me shines more brightly with their other offerings aside from straight burgers. Oddly, one of the best things they have is just a condiment....spicy ketchup. But their burgers either tend to be on the "ridiculously fatty, dripping, and awesome" or "dry as shoe leather" depending on the location, and I've very rarely ever seen a middle ground. And they're *extra terribad* when they're dry and overcooked.

#207 35 days ago
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#208 35 days ago
Quoted from RTS:

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.

The cornerstone of a nutritious breakfast! Especially when washed down with a tasty beverage!

I had a late night Whopper last night, and it was a guilty pleasure. They throw so much mayo and tomato/onion/lettuce/pickles on those things that they actually have a fresh taste to them. Rarely get them, always enjoy them. Shout out to the BK Lounge!

#209 35 days ago
Quoted from adol75:

How White Castle doesn’t win this poll is beyond my comprehension.

I grew up on both White Castles and Steak 'n' Shake Steakburgers in the Midwest. Miss those days...

#210 35 days ago

Motor City

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#211 35 days ago
Quoted from TheFamilyArcade:

Their “smash sauce” is good (do they smash that too?) and different than your typical “secret sauce”.

See post #150 for the answer.

#212 35 days ago

Donkey Burgers!

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#213 35 days ago
Quoted from MotorCityMatt:

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The "Rat Burgers" at Tel-Way in Detroit are pretty tasty too. Won't win any awards and your car may get broken into even if doing a carry-out.

#214 35 days ago
Quoted from MotorCityMatt:

Donkey Burgers![quoted image]

Ate at the one on Ford Road last week!

#215 35 days ago
Quoted from Frax:

Or so bad that I want to smash my face in with a brick for paying for it in the first place, which is exactly how I feel about Scheisse....err..Smashburger. Really gotta +1 that comment up there...as much as I do like In and Out, this really is more "which shit do you prefer when you're backed into a corner" more than "Which of these are actually GOOD?"
And on record as a native and still Texan...let me just say...Whataburger is way, way overhyped. It's great that the food always comes out hot (except fried pies. Good luck with that.) and fresh, and the burgers are FREAKIN' HUGE....but really at the end of the day, it's still the same old thing you could make at home. Whataburger to me shines more brightly with their other offerings aside from straight burgers. Oddly, one of the best things they have is just a condiment....spicy ketchup. But their burgers either tend to be on the "ridiculously fatty, dripping, and awesome" or "dry as shoe leather" depending on the location, and I've very rarely ever seen a middle ground. And they're *extra terribad* when they're dry and overcooked.

I used to travel to Texas for my old job a few times a year. Tried Whataburger for lunch and thought it was awful. Gave it another try a few years later and said never again. Since I was on an expense account I just settled for Steak Houses for dinner and BBQ, Chick-fil-a, Or, since 2010, In-N-Out for lunch in the Metroplex and San Antonio.

Or, Braum's for lunch but there burgers are just so-so. I go for the Ice cream sundaes. The best in the Southern Midwest.

#216 35 days ago

Not a chain, but had to show you this one. Check this burger out from Back Bay Pool Bar at one of the hotels in Bonnett Creek near downtown Disney. Crispy Cream donuts as buns, bacon, onions, cheese, etc., messy as could be, but tasted great.

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#217 35 days ago
Quoted from bluespin:

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.

The Pollys near us opened in the late 60s and I can't remember them never not having fries as I thought they were part of their Sunday dinner special that included a burger and a piece of pie for $1. But the beans are excellent. They had a player piano and a bunch of scrolls that we could work ourselves. They provided the dimes.

It's still there in the same location, busy as ever.

Quoted from TheFamilyArcade:

Was that the Ruby’s at the end of the HB pier?

Balboa Pier.

#218 35 days ago

Read on MSN last week that KFC was testing a 'Beyond Meat' product. "Thought they have been doing that for the last 20 years".

#219 35 days ago
Quoted from bluespin:

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.

I went and got two more. And $2 onion rings too.

#220 35 days ago
Quoted from wtuttle:

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.

They were founded in California around 1920. There's over 1100 US locations. I actually ate at the Dearborn, Michigan location today that, when opened around 1984, was the prototype "modern, non-Drive-In restaurant". It had the Root Beer processing plant in front in a glass enclosed room. After leaving there, I drove past two other locations on the way home. Not limited in the US by any means.

That said, the Canadian A&W is a totally separate company from the US one and has almost a thousand locations. They were spun-off in the early '70's. Look close at the logo of the Canadian and US restaurants. They are different. In fact, the US operations scrapped the Mama, Teen and Baby Burger names from the menu in the late '80's. We still have the Papa Burger though.

#221 35 days ago
Quoted from Frax:

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.

One here in the Cincinnati area too.

#222 35 days ago
Quoted from Frax:

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.

Used to have one here in Norwalk with a drive thru, one in nearby Stonewood Mall in the food court, One on Imperial Hwy in La Habra that had car hop service,and I believe there used to be one in Fullerton (maybe O-Din can confirm this one) but they're all gone now.

Edit: There also used to be an A & W / Long John Silvers in Manhattan Beach. Also Gone.

#223 35 days ago
Quoted from o-din:

The Pollys near us opened in the late 60s and I can't remember them never not having fries as I thought they were part of their Sunday dinner special that included a burger and a piece of pie for $1. But the beans are excellent. They had a player piano and a bunch of scrolls that we could work ourselves. They provided the dimes.
It's still there in the same location, busy as ever.

Balboa Pier.

The Polly’s Pies in Artesia is the one that didn’t have fries until maybe the 80s.

#224 35 days ago
Quoted from Darcy:

Read on MSN last week that KFC was testing a 'Beyond Meat' product. "Thought they have been doing that for the last 20 years".

Replace KFC with Taco Bell and you've got that right!

#225 35 days ago

Fuddruckers
Kuma’s Corner
5 Guys

#226 35 days ago
Quoted from MrBally:

The "Rat Burgers" at Tel-Way in Detroit are pretty tasty too. Won't win any awards and your car may get broken into even if doing a carry-out.

I sometimes drive by Tel-Way on Michigan Ave on my way to tuning pianos. Those burgers better be awfully good to warrant parking in that area.

#227 35 days ago
Quoted from Electrocute:

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

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Kinda pretentious on your part, sure we all have our favorites but to call these chains product "crap in a bag" is not accurate. Some of these guys make some really good burgers and when you factor in the price it's a pretty damn good deal. Are there better burgers out there, sure but for around five dollars they are pretty tasty. Chains like Red Robin, Applebee's etc. make decent burgers but they are well above the five-ish dollar threshold. I have spent over $50 for a burger in some of the ultra fancy restaurants and some of the five dollar guys are not to far behind. Price is definitely not indicative of quality. And sometimes you just feel like a good greasy burger for a good price.

In and Out is closing the gap with Five Guys.
In and Out around 300 locations over 200 in California. Five Guys 1,500 locations. If In and Out was nationwide like Five Guys I'm pretty sure they would be in a commanding lead.

The Burger Battle continues.............................`

#228 35 days ago
Quoted from Chisox:

Five Guys is winning this poll? Really? Every time I’ve been there I say “never again” when I leave. Maybe I’m just hitting the shitty ones. I am a burger snob and a fat ass though and say never again out the door of a lot of burger places.

5 Guys must be better else where, here in the Midwest it stinks. Give me Culvers.

#229 35 days ago
Quoted from girloveswaffles:

I believe there used to be one in Fullerton (maybe O-Din can confirm this one

On Orangethorpe across from Monkey Wards near Harbor. A+W on tap was great.

There was a Goony miniature golf and a Giant Slide as well as The Anaheim Drive In that same area so it must have been some kind of entertainment hub of the town before I came along. The slide was closed and the golf was super run down even when I was a kid. The drive in became defunct later like all the rest of them.

Our H. Salt went away when the landlord jacked his rent about 15 years ago. I remember when it opened that glass heater case was always full. Gotta use the malt vinegar though. No Long John Silvers in sight.

#230 35 days ago

Not trying to be pretentious, but some you guys must be huge if you are eating this stuff as frequently as indicated in some of these posts.

I’ve been conscious of eating relatively healthy over the last couple of years and I’m still a bit of a lard ass.

#231 35 days ago
Quoted from girloveswaffles:

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

That was quite some time ago as I recall. When they RUINED the Jumbo Jack. Way back in the day (you’re gonna have to drop back to the 70s and 80s) that was my favorite. I couldn’t begin to count how many of those I ate. Then one day I got a Jumbo Jack, and it wasn’t a Jumbo Jack any more. It wasn’t a slight change, it wasn’t even close. Totally different and terrible. I couldn’t believe it. I can’t remember when that was, probably somewhere around 20 years ago. I have never been back to Jack in the Box since, no joke.

#232 35 days ago

Wienerschnitzel had a decent gut bomb chili cheeseburger but they recently changed the meat patty, and it's not so good anymore. If it works, why fix it?

#233 35 days ago
Quoted from xsvtoys:

When they RUINED the Jumbo Jack.

Jumbo Jack tiny now. It used to be much bigger.

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#234 35 days ago

Does anybody in the Ohio area remember the Hamburger Giant statue? I think it was in or near Toledo when we were there in the early 70s.

#235 35 days ago

Just finished reading best burger in Boston, and it concluded with none of the chains making the list. Proving you need quality beef to make a great burger - and none of the chains start with what it takes.

#236 35 days ago
Quoted from jeffspinballpalace:

Just finished reading best burger in Boston, and it concluded with none of the chains making the list. Proving you need quality beef to make a great burger - and none of the chains start with what it takes.

I just searched OC and Habit is the only one in the poll that makes the list at #16.

#5 on the list is looking pretty good though.

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#237 35 days ago

The Habit kills all above.

#238 35 days ago

For those that have Hulu and like Burgers this show is a good watch

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#239 35 days ago

Freddy’s is the best chain burger I’ve had

#240 35 days ago
Quoted from CNKay:

Aren't there only like two white castles in the whole country?? I don't think they are a chain anymore, more like a link.

There are 420 locations but I mostly go to the ones in Las Vegas, Im there often for work.

And amazing discovery of the day there are 2 in China !

#241 35 days ago

The last LJS (not KFC / LJS or other combination) I saw was in Altus Oklahoma two years ago. There's one in Winslow Arizona just off I-40. But the last Long John Silvers I knew of in SoCal was in Riverside, and it's closed also. A group of us that go to Banning for tech days used to stop by there on the way back. At least there's a Raising Cains in Riverside to go to on the way back now.

#242 35 days ago

All this talk of burgers who is good made go to White castle for dinner tonight burgers ,onion rings and cheese fries. yes the shake also. I drove past a five guys on my way to white castle and it was a ghost town. Its been there over 5 years used to have lines out the door. Went in there because i guy i knew worked there and was talking all high and mighty about it. Made 3 visits and never been back.There is a fudd ruckers just down the street from there with open steak and shake the rest in town have closed up. Have a gift card for smashburger but a 25 min ride to get to one. Johnny rockets failed here 1 year and poof.
Haven't had any in n out so far so i can't say anything about them. I have a Cluvers with in walking distance of home thats run poorly so drive i 8 minutes to another one thats run right. Also have lots of local choices in town also. Have all the usual suspects serving what they claim as beef with in 2 miles of my door 2 hardies/carls jr 2 golden arches, 1 burger king. have to go 10 minutes to get wendys. The jack in box is always empty by me.

#243 34 days ago

New Shake Shack opened here last week so based on this thread thought I'd give it a try. Terrible. I thought 5 guys was overpriced. $20 for two hamburgers, one order of fries and two drinks. And mediocre taste. Dont see it sustaining.

#244 34 days ago
Quoted from MrBally:

They had one that said "The best $5.00 burger there is". I got the manager and walked him to the sign. I told him I'd like to try the "Best $5.00 hamburger" where is it on the menu? He started with the old errr, ummmm, hmmm, Then he suggested the "Little Hamburger" on the menu. I asked why doesn't the wall hanging say "the Best $5.00 Little hamburger"? He had no answer.....

Every restaurant you frequent spits in your food.

#245 34 days ago

Five Guys.

#246 34 days ago
Quoted from jamesmc:

In and Out was founded by the principle of fresh food fast. Local. Friends socialized with the founder for years. And would tell me 20 years ago that he only wanted a localized chain so the supply chain was amazingly consistent. Well that was the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Their now in Texas and other locations 1000 miles from where he intended.

They opened a processing/distribution center in Texas. All locations are still within 300 miles of where the meat is processed, so it's never frozen. In-N-Out is still local in the way that matters; taste.

#247 34 days ago

Not a chain, but when I want a classic American burger I go to Al's French fry!

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#248 34 days ago
Quoted from MrBally:

Braum's for lunch but there burgers are just so-so. I go for the Ice cream sundaes. The best in the Southern Midwest.

Spot on. Food at Braums is.......put it this way. If I want the greasiest, fattiest hamburger? That's the only time I ever get a burger there. I avoid all other food on their menu. But yeah, the ice cream is great. It's the only place I have that I can order...

A PEPPERMINT MALT. Yes, seriously. Word to any food place...you want my business? 1: Have malts, not just shakes...it's just some powder to add, guys. 2: Peppermint ice cream. The good kind. Not that pink trash with no mints in it.

#249 34 days ago

I really dont get the Five guys hype, I tried a bunch of times and I still dont get whats so special about their burgers (or fries). All I remember is leaving the place with a ton of peanuts’ dust on my shoes

#250 34 days ago
Quoted from Mike_J:

Not trying to be pretentious, but some you guys must be huge if you are eating this stuff as frequently as indicated in some of these posts.
I’ve been conscious of eating relatively healthy over the last couple of years and I’m still a bit of a lard ass.

Why is that even any of your concern?

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