- A TikToker shared his hack for getting a free cheeseburger at Five Guys, and I tested it out myself.
- He recommends ordering a double-patty burger with all the toppings on the side and an extra bun.
- The hack technically works, but I found that getting two perfect burgers depends on different factors.
Food bloggers JP Lambiase and Julia Goolia figured out a way to turn those double servings of meat into two separate sandwiches for no extra charge.
She said an extra bun isn’t something they usually give, but that they would let it slide this one time. I looked on my receipt and it wasn’t listed on the ticket at all.
A regular cheeseburger cost me $US9.39 ($AU13) at my New York City location, while a little cheeseburger would have cost me $US8.19 ($AU11). If you split the cost of the double-stacked sandwich after dividing it, you’d wind up with two burgers that each cost $US4.70 ($AU6) — a huge deal at Five Guys.
In my bag, I had a tray with pickles, lettuce, tomato, and onions, a separately wrapped toasted bun, and then a third tin foil package with my cheeseburger. I also asked for my sauces on the side, so I had two separate plastic containers of hot sauce and barbecue sauce.
When I separated the two patties, one had way more cheese on it than the other. If I were using this hack to share lunch with someone, it would have resulted in an awkward conversation about who was OK with settling for less cheese on theirs.
After attempting this split myself, I think if the cheese and patties were stacked in an alternating pattern, it would make things more even in terms of cheese distribution.
Each of my burgers got one slice of tomato instead of two, around five small bits of crispy lettuce, and two small pickles. I was given a large helping of grilled onions, though, so I was able to load those on each bun.
But if you can get your hands on the bun, and don’t mind the inconsistency of the cheese or the possibility of having minimal toppings on your sandwiches, you can build yourself two cheeseburgers for the price of one.
Personally, I probably won’t use this hack again. I think, for my own life, it’s more effort than it’s worth. However, if I were a student again on a budget and trying to stretch out meals as far as I could, then I’d probably work this into my monthly meal rotation.