In our quest to find a real hamburger, we ran into disappointment at every corner.  The bigger the chain it seems the poorer the quality. All over cooked and over-seasoned to make it appear appetizing, the old joke “Where’s the beef” came to mind.  If you read the Burger wars introduction to this section you  know where the beef is and was, and processed.

Zagat has released the results of their 2010 Fast Food survey. They interviewed 6,518 diners who ate at chain outlets an average of 10.7 times per month, totaling 837,000 meals. That's a lot of time in fast food land eating so the results might be skewed toward the better food. it's a fair assessment and virtually identical to the results we got. We had Five Guys in First and McDonalds sat at the bottom.

The rankings for best fast-food burger, with Virginia-based Five Guys edging out west coast-favorite and previous years' winner In-N-Out Burger. We could not test In-N-Out burger since we don’t have them in Florida, but while out west we did run into one in Vegas and it’s almost the same as Five guys and we enjoyed both places.

Five Guys has 644 locations across the US and Canada. Best Fast-Food Burger: Five Guys, we agree. We took numerous trips to the depths of burger barfing and the best burgers and fries were Five Guys. 

Simple, good quality, nice portions, good help and busy.  Fresh cooked to order right out in the open. I  like being able to see how my food is being prepared.   I have been in the restaurant business (or I wouldn’t be writing this stuff ) and if you had the opportunity to see what I have seen, you would starve yourself or not eat out.

 Five out of five times the orders were perfect.  If the checkers in Florida weren't going out of business as fast as they opened I would put them ahead of McDonalds. McDonalds had pricing, but not the quality.  The bottom line, 2010 Zagat Fast-Food Survey’s Best Burgers applied to Florida chains. We agreed. Number one Five Guys, followed by Wendy’s,  Burger King, Checkers and McDonalds in that order.  IN-N-OUT was not represented in Florida.

Most of the time, and it really matters little I always go through the complaints companies receive on the web. And I tend to categorize them based on common sense.   I have realized after decades we some really have a few people (customers) who must be on weekends away from the institution, a few managers who need to be replaced, some better training for the employees and treat them well.  With 625 stores and selling millions of products the general consensus after I read some of the most stupid emails I have ever seen, FIVE GUYS comes out on top.

1986: The first Five Guys location opens in Arlington, VA.

1986 - 2001: Five Guys opens five locations around the DC metro-area and perfected their business of making burgers… and starts to build a cult-like following.

2002: Five Guys decides DC metro-area residents shouldn't be the only ones to experience their burgers and start to franchise in Virginia and Maryland.

2003: Five Guys sells out of franchise territory within 18 months and starts to open the rest of the country for franchise rights.

2003 - Present: Five Guys expands to over 625 locations in over 40 states and 4 Canadian provinces.

There are over 250,000 possible ways to order a burger at Five Guys and all contain fresh ground beef.  There are no freezers in Five Guys locations, just coolers. Nothing is ever frozen. They use only Peanut Oil in their fries and menu is trans-fat free.

Slightly more expensive than McDonalds (about a dollar) and other  cheapie, you get real meat, double meat portions are huge and standard, and fries are killer because of the peanut oil, more expensive to cook in but better than transmission fluid. 

This tastes like a real burger and real fries. There are other reasons we made them numero uno: Short menu, no muss, no fuss, the concentration is on the food, not the toys, not the rides and not some clown.  

The food is cooked right in front of your eyes and the employees touching food had gloves on, they have a winner in those aspects in addition to a good burger.