Skip to comments.Burger Battle: In-N-Out Vs Five Guys (Incomplete analysis on an serious matter)
Posted on 07/05/2012 2:02:47 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie
That was a good question, but I didnt have an answer. I could only shrug. I grew up on Whataburgers so I could authoritatively rule them great but Five Guys better. Ditto for Sonic, despite its unstoppable cherry limeade. We all have our local haunts that cant be topped. Around Austin, thats Mighty Fine. Up in Baltimore, Burger Bros. is amazing and I cannot recommend them highly enough. Every town has its own best burger. But among the big chains that inspire fanatic loyalty, which is the best?
Overall Taste. Let me note for the record that both In-N-Out and Five Guys offer exceptionally great burgers and both deserve their cult status. Having tasted both, I understand the fierce loyalty that both inspire. In-N-Out is a fine homestyle burger that can be augmented with sauces and veggies and stacked a zillion ways to make it your burger. Five Guys can bring the heat or whatever taste suits you. In-N-Out is the cleaner burger and its wrap makes it the obvious choice if youre eating on the go. But Five Guys brings a burger that is juicy to the extreme, so much so that you need half a dozen napkins at hand just to keep yourself clean as you bite through it. I prefer the juicier approach, so for me, the east coast approach is the way to go and Five Guys wins on taste. Its burger is simply juicer and tastier than In-N-Out.
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I call shenanigans because there was no mention of In-N-Out 'Animal Style' insider options.
As a midwesterner who has sampled In-N-Out in Arizona, I’m thinking it’s like Coors beer was in the early 70s.
Since it wasn’t available here, it had cult status.
Once it went retail, it was just another beer on the shelves.
Have only eaten In & Out burgers, so can’t compare but sure wish we had them in the Midwest, then MC Ds customers would know what a real fried burger is supposed to taste like. Also love their fresh cut fries.
In Houston, go to Beck’s Prime and order it medium rare. The only thing that will make you happier is oblablah losing all 57 states...
Five Guys blows (and is VERY expensive). In-N-Out is excellent, probably my overall favorite, but Whataburger is very good as well. WB still sells excellent fried pies, unlike those inedible baked frisbees they try to pawn off on you at McD’s.
In Austin I’ve always thought ShortStop has the best ‘commercial’ burgers. Especially if you’re thinking $3 for a burger rather than $6-7.
Having eaten at both, I vote for Five Guys. They give a much tastier burger.
Five Guys is one of the worst burgers I have ever had. And Sonic is a very close second for worst burgers. I realize this is a very subjective subject, just my two cents worth.
I just finished an in n out. They built a 5 guys in town about 2 years ago. I have been to it maybe 4 time and one in arizona. 5 guys is a decent burger, but in terms of value, I think In n out takes it. Every time I have gone to 5 guys I have had to look at my receipt to see “why was it so expensive ??? “ that has happened every time. For example I just got 2 2x2s , 1 3x3, 1 4x4 2 fries and 2 large jumbo drinks at in n out for about 22 bucks. I know that if I bought the same at 5 guys it would be pushing over 30. I do not think the burger at 5 guys is as satisfying of a burger as an in n out...
When I do In & Out it is always on a road trip. (We don’t have one locally.) I like it because it is not so juicy. Nothing like driving and having burger juices all over your blouse.
I disagree. In-N-Out burgers are consistently outstanding with every burger I’ve ever had served fresh and hot with the toasted side of the bun (facing the burger patty) still crunchy when I bite into it. Their fries are also outstanding.
Granted, there’s a lot of artisan burgers I’ve had that are better (and some not) but as far as a chain goes, In-N-Out is the best I’ve ever had.
From the comments on this thread, my conclusion is taste is in the mouth of the beholder.....
The absolutely very best Burgers in the Philly, South Jersey and Allentown Area are at P.J. Whelihans! and their Wings are to die for! Just a great chain owned and run by a great man and Chef, Bob Platzer! I have no financial interest in P.J. Whelihans, but just have invested in a mountain of their Burgers, Wings and a few of their 50 something Beers on tap!
Five Guys rocks. Great tasting burgers, fries with Old Bay. Off my diet these days, unfortunately
Never seen an In-N-Out, so I can’t compare it with Five Guys, at which I’ve eaten several times. Delicious, but “juicy” translates to greasy if it cools off a bit.
I confess I have not eaten an Eastern burger, that being said I give the palm to In-and-Out. In addition, their personnel gives one confidence that they have not spit in your food!
Oh, for the joy of the old Bun ‘n Burger - a New York City staple in the 70s and 80s...
More research, by me, is needed. Much more.
Yep! I am a Burger Specialist, and every time I have tried to consume a 5 Guys Burger, I literally almost drowned in grease! and it’s just a slocky place with help that treats everyone like a pile of horse manure. They make Seinfeld’s Soup Nazi look like Mr. Nice! Just my opinion!