I tried 5 signature burgers from major chains. This meaty beast was the winner.

Irene Jiang / Business Insider

All burgers are equal, but some burgers are more equal than others.

I compared the Wendy’s Dave’s Single, the McDonald’s Big Mac, the Burger King Whopper, the Shake Shack ShackBurger, and the Five Guys cheeseburger in a burger showdown for the ages.

I judged the burgers based on visual appeal, meat quality, taste, and juiciness. Each burger was beautiful in its own way, but Five Guys ultimately won the pageant.

Here’s why:

Signature burger taste test five guys cheeseburger handIrene Jiang / Business InsiderA Five Guys cheeseburger with the ‘all the way’ toppings option.

The Five Guys cheeseburger comes as a double unless you ask for a small cheeseburger, which means the signature sandwich is a hulking hunk of meat by default. It’s large, heavy, and multicolored, even if the bun is a little flat.


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The “all the way” toppings get you all the sauces, sautéed mushrooms and onions, crunchy green pickles, a slab of tomato, and a couple of lettuce leaves. All the toppings were fresh and flavorful, but the bright green pickles really stood out with their memorable crunch and tartness.

Signature burger taste test five guys cheeseburger biteIrene Jiang / Business Insider

I could sing the praises of Five Guys’ fatty, beefy, moist patties all the way to the grave. They were a little more well-done than I usually like, but I can just ask for them to be cooked medium rare next time. A squeeze test confirmed what I already knew: The beef was chock full of delicious meaty juice.

A thick, generous slice of cheddar cheese was melted into the lightly charred grooves of the patties, gluing them together for the ultimate savoury tag team. Topped with generous veggies and sandwiched between two meek and pleasant buns, Five Guys’ beef and cheese could do no evil.

Altogether, Five Guys accomplished a hearty and flavorful classic burger with a well-rounded taste and completely customisable quality ingredients. Even though the other burgers were great in their own ways, I’ll be going back to Five Guys when I crave a classic burger done right.

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