- Five Guys employee Maezion Henix told Insider how the chain makes its burgers.
- He said they are always cooked to a well-done temperature.
- Henix shared the three stages of cooking a Five Guys burger on the grill.
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Five Guys Burgers and Fries has become known for its smashed-flat burgers on seeded buns. One employee, Maezion Henix, shared the secret to how they’re made with Insider.
“We want our burgers leaking,” Henix told Insider. “So when you bite into it, it will be satisfying.”
He said the chain uses a tool to press down on the meat and form that iconic flat – but not too flat, Henix said – patty with imperfect edges that get crispy from the heat.
Henix walked us through each step of the burger-making process as if he were standing at the grill.
First, he said, he’d lay the patty down and let it cook for around one minute. Then, after flipping it over, he’d use the pressing tool to gently smash the burger down before letting it cook for another minute and a half to two minutes on the other side. Finally, he lets it finish cooking for no longer than one and a half minutes on a section of the grill dedicated to allowing the meat to become well-done in the center.
“We have three stages on the grill,” Henix said. “Stage one is the raw burger. Stage two is where you press on it. When you see the blood from the real beef, that’s when you move it to stage three, where you let it finish cooking.”
Once the meat is cooked, the patty can be loaded onto a bun and piled high with whatever toppings the customer wants.
In a video posted to TikTok on August 9, Henix showed his followers how he and his teammates clean the grill after the famous burgers are made. At the time of writing, the video had 2.1 million views.
Henix first went viral for his TikTok video showing followers how the chain’s fries are made. He’s continued to bring his viewers behind the line at Five Guys through his videos on the chain’s milkshakes, Cajun fries, and what happens to all the grease from the grill.