- A Five Guys employee shared his tips for getting the most out of your money at the chain.
- He says people may not know that fry servings always get an extra scoop and that hamburgers have two patties.
- A small fry feeds one or two people, and order a “little” burger if you want one patty, he said.
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At Five Guys Burgers and Fries, a few things about the menu stray from the more recognizable fast-food structure. There are no meal combinations, the word “little” means small rather than kiddie-sized, and toppings are left up to the diner.
A more noticeable difference is the pricing. At my New York City location, a little hamburger – which, if ordered without toppings, is a single patty on a bun – costs $US7.29 ($AU10). (Prices vary by market, and you can check your local menu on the chain’s website.) A little fry order costs $US4.09 ($AU6), and the next size up jumps to $US5.09 ($AU7).
Maezion Henix, a Five Guys employee in Shreveport, Louisiana, who recently went viral for his behind-the-scenes TikTok videos, told Insider there are a couple of ways customers can avoid spending more money than they have to.
His first tip is a standard practice that diners may not know about: Each fry order gets an extra scoop.
“Our small fry feeds one to two people, our regular fry feeds two to four people, and our large fry feeds four to six people,” Henix said. “So if I see two people coming in, I’d tell them to get a little fry to help them save some money.”
He told Insider that he’d recommend the little fry because regardless of what size the two people order they’ll get an extra scoop tossed in their bag. Henix said he gives the team member working the fry station a heads up that the order coming through is for two people.
When it comes to the burger, don’t be fooled by the word “little,” Henix said. If you order a burger or a cheeseburger, you’ll get the more expensive two-patty version. If you’re not trying to spend extra on a double, specify that you want a single patty.
You can take the opportunity to load up on toppings and make the single patty as filling as you’d like. All toppings, from lettuce to pickles to grilled mushrooms, are free. To avoid paying for more food, order your burger dressed “all the way,” with tomatoes, pickles, grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, ketchup, mayonnaise, lettuce, and mustard.