Finn lives in California's central valley. He enjoys writing food reviews.
My Fast Food Burger Guide
I've sampled a lot of burgers and rated them according to several factors, including quality and price. Let's get right to it!
Jack in the Box
Price: $8 to $10
This has been one of my favorites for many years. A burger patty, cheddar cheese, onion rings, bacon, and barbecue sauce make it a delicious meal.
This is one of the more filling ones; at almost 1,000 calories, if you take in the meal, you get more than half a day's worth of fuel.
This is one hamburger that is hard to default on. Other than the price, which makes it one of the more expensive fast food offerings, the burger is a guaranteed hit if you are a fan of cheeseburgers.
The price, however, is one of the setbacks. I can still recall a time when you could set down a $5 bill, order this meal, and expect some change. I guess inflation is everywhere, especially in fast food.
Price: $15 to $20 (for a meal)
Well, I almost walked out immediately after looking at the menu but thought that I should at least give this place a try.
The first thing that struck me was the prices. For a small hamburger, you can expect to pay over $6. For a bacon cheeseburger—which is what I wanted—you will probably fork out $10.
The hamburgers really are not that special. They do taste like they are hand-pressed and fresh grilled. The patties have an odd shape—they are not round. The beef is actually pretty good, but not worth the extra funds in my opinion.
The French fries are not that much better. They are freshly cooked, but the other place (In and Out) has much better chips.
There isn't much of a variety here either—burgers and hot dogs. I don't think I saw chili on the menu. I guess fresh-cooked is sort of an in thing today and many of the fast food franchises, including McDonald's, are taking advantage of it.
Honestly, I would probably head to In and Out if you want a fresh burger. It's not as big. But then again, there is always Carl's Jr.
I really don't understand what the fuss with Five Guys is about. And my meal—a small burger, French fries, and a shake—was almost $15. At least the cook put some extra fries in my bag. I think he saw the expression on my face when I looked at the menu.
Which Fast Food Burger Has the Most Fat?
I wanted to include the nutritional facts earlier in the article due to the fact that these are important numbers to consider when you consume food. I didn't include the proteins or nutrients but instead focused on the areas which most people seem to be concerned about: fat content, sodium, carbs, etc.
These are serious details to keep in mind when eating. Most people neglect their diet until it is too late. They are diagnosed with diabetes, acquire a heart condition, or come down with some other ailment that may have been avoidable had they paid attention to what they put into their mouths.
While I enjoy fast food, putting together this article was an eye opener for me when I compiled the chart below.
Please keep in mind that some of the figures may vary depending upon what you add to your burger, but the numbers alone should probably inspire you to consider healthier choices on a frequent basis.
Jack in the Box
Price: $6 to $8
Well, this is not your typical burger at Freddy's. It's actually a chopped steak sandwich—which is basically what a burger is—pressed into a patty form.
The meat is delicious and you can have your basic Freddy Burger with cheese, onions, and a variety of other toppings.
The French fries at this place are really neat as well. Thin and crispy, but very filling.
When I'm in the mood for a unique burger, I head out to Freddy's. It's filling and very tasty and better than your average fast food sandwich.
Price: $8 to $10
This is a relatively new restaurant where I happen to live on the West Coast. By 'new,' I mean within the past 10 years or so.
The habit offers large-portion burgers with fresh bread and toppings. Portions are generous and the burgers have a charbroiled taste because they are (supposedly) cooked on an open flame. (I really didn't pay attention to the details when I ordered my food.)
The fries are fresh cut, which seems to be fashionable nowadays.
As far as value for your money, you get a nice-sized burger that tastes fresh for a pretty good price. There is a nice variety of options to pursue as well: barbecue bacon, avocado, and cheeseburgers.
Many locations offer other meats to choose from such as chicken or steak.
This is a great value when you feel like going out to a burger restaurant. Usually, they are pretty crowded during peak dining times which is a testament to their popularity.
Price: $5 to $7
Well, this was one of my favorites years ago. You get a toasty bun, a fresh cooked patty, and your choice of toppings. You can choose the meal with a side of fresh-cut fries and a soda or shake.
There is a lot of hype surrounding the place. I think the last time I tried In-N-Out, it wasn't as good as I remembered it. I don't know if the franchise's quality is slowly subsiding now that it's expanding as much as it is or if it is a sign of the times.
The burgers are still pretty good, but they do seem to be getting smaller. The best part about In-N-Out is the French fries which are made right in front of you with the potatoes diced up right in the restaurant.
It's a pretty good deal as far as fast food is concerned. I recommend it if you're hungry or happen to be driving by and catch a whiff of the delicious aroma that surrounds every In-N-Out burger place.
I like the fact that the buns are usually grilled crisp with a toasty coating and just the right kind of seasonings.
They are supposed to have a good reputation for taking care of their employees as well.
Jack in the Box
Price: $6 to $8
One of the staples at Jack in the Box is the Sourdough Jack.
The sandwich includes a patty, bacon, Swiss cheese, tomato, and dressing on a sourdough patty. I usually skip the tomato and dressing.
Overall, it's a pretty good sandwich. I sometimes find the meat to be a little dry, but I do like the bacon and cheese.
Most of Jack in the Box's food tastes the same and this is no exception. While not spectacular, this burger hits the spot. With the fries and the drink, it makes a good combination for lunch or dinner.
It's good if you're traveling or looking for a local staple, and the price is right.
I would recommend it.
Price: $12 to $15 (plus tip)
One of the promises made by this establishment is the bottomless French fries. Unfortunately, my recent experiences with Red Robin have taught me that they are not very generous with this rule. Often they will bring me a plate with six to eight steak fries. Sometimes, they taste like they were re-fried too.
The burgers are usually pretty good, and my favorite is the Whiskey River.
The patties are not that large—they may have been at one time—and are what you can expect from a regular fast food restaurant.
The taste is average even though the ambiance of a sit-down restaurant is supposed to add to your dining experience. You should ask yourself if it is worth paying twice the price. Unless you are here for a business meeting or an afternoon cocktail before your lunch, you might be better off somewhere else.
I've had both the chicken and the beef version of the Whiskey River and have to say that the taste of the food is not that much better than I could expect from somewhere else. The buns are packaged and not made fresh in the restaurant. The toppings are pretty standard.
Overall I would probably skip it.