America’s Fast Food Burgers Ranked From Worst To Best

Everyone loves burgers, right? Have you ever wondered which fast food burger takes the crown as the best burger in America? Well, here are the results…

Although the world is full of delicious food that we could chow down on whenever we want, there’s just something about a burger that stands above the rest. Whether it’s the succulent meat, crisp lettuce leaves, or the cheese that oozes out of these burgers, they just can’t be beaten on taste, texture, and just the general enjoyment of eating them. Of course, burgers taste so much better when someone else cooks them for you. That’s just a scientific fact.

Many of the biggest fast food chains in the world have various options when it comes to burgers, and you can bet your bottom dollar that all of them are fighting it out to be crowned the best. However, there can only be one winner in the race to be the best fast food burger in America, and we’ve now got the official rankings from worst to best…

30. Red Robin Whiskey River BBQ Burger

Coming in at number 30 is the Red Robin Whiskey River BBQ Burger. Have you ever tried one of these before? If you have, you’ll know that it’s often hard to keep all of the contents within the bun at all times – and you’ll know that’s the sign of a decent burger.

Red Robin’s popular burger comes complete with one burger patty with mayonnaise, lettuce, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, crispy onion straws, and the piece-de-resistance, the Whiskey River BBQ Sauce.

As if that recipe wasn’t enough to tempt you, those looking to fill their boots with some Red Robin for their dinner also have the option to make their Whiskey River BBQ Burger a monster burger. After all, who wouldn’t want an extra patty with cheese to finish off a day of hard work? We certainly would.

29. Jack in the Box Ultimate Burger

Although there are oodles of fast food chains around the world, there are some people who just can’t get enough of Jack in the Box. Perhaps it’s those yummy mini churros they sell?

Or what about the $2 onion rings that we just can’t get enough of? Well, it might actually have something to do with the Jack in the Box Ultimate Burger.

One of the things that customers love too much about this burger is the fact that it comes in a delicious buttery bakery bun and is then filled with all kinds of goodness. We’re talking two beef patties, mayonnaise, mustard, ketchup, and both American and Swiss-style cheese. It’s the kind of burger that you could eat all day, every day – but it’s not quite the best. We wonder who has nabbed the top spot?

28. McDonald’s McDouble

If you spend your days hanging out underneath the golden arches and shouting “I’m lovin’ it!” at the top of your lungs, then there’s a high chance that you have tried all of the burgers on the weird and wonderful menu.

While McDonald’s has released some rather questionable burgers over the years, most customers can’t get enough of the McDouble.

In fact, it’s the 28th most popular burger in the United States. Inside McDonalds’ iconic buns are two 100% pure beef patties that are then topped with pickles, chopped onions, mustard, ketchup, and melting American cheese. It’s not the kind of burger that comes with all kinds of bells and whistles, and it seems as though this simplicity is what makes it stand out from the crowd. Plus, it’s only 390 calories, which puts a smile on our faces.

27. McDonald’s Cheeseburger

Sometimes in life, you just need to remember what it’s like to be a McDonald’s Cheeseburger. Sure, you could try and make your life complicated and make sure that you’re completing all of the work you need to do and more every single day, or you could just keep it simple instead.

Do what you need to do, and then leave it there.

That’s where the McDonald’s Cheeseburger comes into play. It’s one of the most simple burgers on this list, but it seems as though that’s exactly the reason why so many people like it. This burger is the same every time you eat it – and it’s that kind of consistency that people love. Featuring one beef patty topped with pickle, chopped onions, mustard, ketchup, and American cheese, there’s nothing fancy about it. It’s a McDonald’s Cheeseburger.

26. McDonald’s Double Quarter Pounder

McDonald’s seems to be doing pretty well with their burgers on this list, so we have a feeling that Ronald McDonald will be partying it up extra hard with his clown mates this evening.

Those who are looking for something a little more robust for their McDonald’s burger adventure might want to go for the McDonald’s Double Quarter Pounder with cheese, of course.

As you can probably tell by the name, this particular burger features two quarter pounder patties, which means that it’s perfect for the meat-eaters among you. These patties are served on a sesame seed bun that is filled with tangy pickles, slivered onions, and two slices of cheese. Everything about this burger comes in a double, but it’s still number 26 on the list, so we’ve still got some serious burgers to go…

25. Burger King Whopper, Jr.

With the word “Whopper” and “Jr.” in its name, it’s hard to know what the Burger King Whopper Jr. is all about. Is it a big burger? Is it a bite-size burger? Well, one thing we know for sure is that it makes its way into the charts as the 25th most popular fast food burger in America.

Burger King is often known for its burgers, but this one is actually classified as a sandwich filled with a delicious flame-grilled beef patty.

As if that wasn’t enough, the sandwich is also filled with all kinds of yummy ingredients such as fresh lettuce, juicy tomatoes, ketchup, crunchy pickles, creamy mayonnaise, and sliced white onions. The burger itself comes in at around 310 calories, but if you want to add the thick-cut French fries, onion rings, or drink to this meal, that number is certainly going to shoot up.

24. Sonic Cheeseburger

If you prefer to have your food on the go, then you might be a huge fan of Sonic Drive-In and their burgers. After all, it’s pretty cool to have your burgers delivered to your vehicle by roller-skating servers who look as though they traveled forward in time from the 1950s.

This fast food chain has numerous burgers to their name, but sometimes the simplest ones are the best.

That’s certainly the case for the Sonic Cheeseburger, which proudly takes its place as the 24th most popular burger in America. What you see is what you get with this burger, as it’s a straightforward meal that’s oozing with deliciousness. That’s because you can’t go wrong with a beef patty topped with chopped onions, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, American cheese, and your choice of ketchup, mayo, or mustard.

23. Smashburger Classic Smash

If you have ever been to Smashburger, you’ll know that the customer is always right. That’s because those who order from this fast food chain actually get the chance to customize their own burgers with their own choice of filling.

You can either choose to have one of their signature burgers with a 100% certified Angus beef patty, grilled or crispy chicken, or a black bean burger for the non-meat eaters.

While there are various different burgers to choose from, the Classic Smash burger seems to be one of the most popular. Simple in its construction, the beef and black bean burgers come complete with lettuce, onion, tomato, and pickles, and also include American cheese, ketchup, and Smash Sauce on a classic bun. The chicken Classic Smash comes with mayo in a multigrain bun. Which one are you going to choose?

22. Five Guys Cheeseburger

With their iconic red and white logo, there’s no doubt about the fact that Five Guys has proven to be extremely popular over the years. Serving everything from hot dogs to delicious milkshakes that will fill you up in seconds, these guys have got their menu nailed.

Of course, the people of the world are always going to have their favorites, and the American people just can’t get enough of the Five Guys Cheeseburger.

While it may not be the healthiest burger on this list, coming in at a whopping 980 calories, it’s certainly full to the brim with all kinds of ingredients and toppings. The Five Guys Cheeseburger features two grilled patties in between a toasted bun and then topped with two slices of Kraft American cheese that melts between the meat. You can also add as many other toppings as you like.

21. Fatburger Burger

With a name like Fatburger, you just know that this fast food company is going to deliver something truly epic. After all, you wouldn’t be as inclined to head to the restaurant if it was called HealthyBurger, would you?

People who head to fast food joints to eat burgers want juices oozing out of their meat, they want cheese everywhere, and they want to feel a little dirty afterward. That’s just the way it goes.

The Original Fatburger Burger features a ⅓ lb beef patty that’s topped with what Fatburger call “The Works.” This includes the bun, the patty itself, mustard, relish, onions, pickles, tomatoes, lettuce, and mayo. You can opt to have some of these items removed if you want to, but who would want that? The only sticker is that cheese is an add-on for all burgers here.

20. Hardee’s Original Thickburger

If you’re a fan of Hardee’s and love to either order takeout from this fast food joint or go into the restaurant itself, you’ll know that they offer some delicious burgers.

Coming in at number 20 on the list of America’s best burgers is the Hardee’s Original Thickburger, which you may have eaten before.

This burger comes complete with a ⅓ lb Black Angus beef patty that has been chargrilled to perfection and is topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, red onion, ketchup, dill pickles, and mustard. It’s also served in a premium bun, and if that doesn’t tempt you, then we don’t know what will. The best thing about Hardee’s is that you can add or remove any ingredients you want from your overall burger, which means that you can customize it to your taste buds.

19. Jack in the Box Sourdough Jack

Although there’s no doubt about the fact that everyone loves to eat a burger in the traditional burger bun, there’s something about a change in pace that gets everyone all excited.

After all, sometimes it feels good to break from the norm, doesn’t it? That’s where the Jack in the Box Sourdough Jack comes in to play.

As you can probably tell by the name, this burger is a little different from anything else on the fast food market, and that’s all to do with the bread. Instead of using a traditional burger bun, these guys have used toasted sourdough bread. Okay, you could say that it’s more of a sandwich than a burger, but it’s still filled with delicious toppings such as bacon, Swiss-style cheese, tomato, ketchup, and mayonnaise. Does this float your boat?

18. In-N-Out Animal Style Burger

Do you ever feel like an animal? Drifting through the wind, wanting to land at In-N-Out for a delicious burger? Okay, so Katy Perry might not be asking us to appear on her next album anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean that the Animal Style Burger from In-N-Out isn’t something special.

Americans have had their say on this burger, and in their eyes, it’s the 18th most popular fast food burger in all the land.

Found on their secret menu that isn’t so secret anymore, this burger has gone down extremely well with those who have a rumble in their stomach. That’s because customers get to choose the burger of their choice, and it’s then topped with lettuce, tomato, a mustard-cooked beef patty, and you then have the option to add pickle, grilled onions, and extra spread.

17. Carl’s Jr. Original Six Dollar Thickburger

There’s something so satisfying about ordering a burger called the “Thickburger,” but what’s even more satisfying is ordering a burger that’s just $6. I mean, can you really get any better than that? The Carl’s Jr. Original Six Dollar Thickburger may be similar to the Hardee’s Original Thickburger – considering they share the same parent company – but it seems as though the general public just like this one more.

Perhaps that might have something to do with the ⅓ lb chargrilled Angus beef patty, melted American cheese, the two slices of tomato, lettuce, red onions, pickles, mustard, mayonnaise, and the ketchup that all reside on a premium bun. That’s just a hunch, though. Of course, like at Hardee’s, customers also get the chance to customize their Thickburger as they see fit. You can even smother it with pickles if you want.

16. Fuddruckers The Original Fudds

If you know anything about Fuddruckers, you’ll know that this place prides itself on supposedly having the “World’s Greatest Hamburgers.” While that statement is still out for debate, there’s no doubt about the fact that The Original Fudds burger has gone down pretty well with people across America.

One of the main reasons for that is because their burgers are completely made to order, which means you can have the juices oozing out, you can keep it in the middle because you can’t decide, or you could have it completely chargrilled.

As if that wasn’t enough, you get to eat the fresh buns that are made in each fast food restaurant every single day, and you can then top it off at the toppings bar. Yes, you can go with your own flow here and put whatever you want on it. Sound good?

15. Shake Shack Shackburger

If you’re feeling a little peckish and know that a Shake Shack is just around the corner, then you’re certainly in luck.

This place seems to serve everything, and you can even start off your meal with some frozen custard and then finish with a flat-top hot dog if you’re feeling really wild. While this place is also known for their shakes, their burgers have also become pretty legendary.

All of their patties are made with 100% all-natural Angus beef, and you’ll be happy to know that burgers are also served on their non-GMO Martin’s Potato Rolls. The Shackburger rocks in at 530 calories for a single patty, but you can double up and bump up the numbers to 790 if you’re feeling really hungry. This burger is then topped with lettuce, tomato, and the legendary ShackSauce. It’s simple, but it’s also effective.

14. White Castle Sliders

Everyone loves an underdog, right? There’s nothing better than coming out from the back of the group and showing the world that you’re pretty special – and that’s exactly what White Castle did with their sliders.

While this fast food chain has not appeared on this list before, it seems as though the underdog has made itself known as the 14th most popular burger in America.

This slider is made with a beef patty that is steam grilled on a bed of onions and then served with a slice of pickle. You can normally top these sliders with the cheese of your choice and let all of the cheese melt out like you know you want it to. Of course, most people who head to this fast food joint can’t just eat one of these sliders. You need to eat at least three every sitting, right?

13. Culver’s ButterBurger Cheese

Everything tastes so much better when it’s covered in cheese, and that’s just a scientific fact that everyone should know.

Thankfully, the Culver’s ButterBurger Cheese comes with more than enough cheese for you to enjoy – and it’s also pretty delicious. Using fresh patties, customers have the chance to buy this burger in a single, double, or even triple.

The fresh buns are lightly buttered to add that little something extra, and the patties are then topped with American cheese. Of course, you do have the option to add other ingredients to your burger, but sometimes the most simple burgers and the tastiest. This is true when it comes to the Culver’s ButterBurger Cheese burger, and a single will set you back around 460 calories. Not bad. Not bad at all.

12. Carl’s Jr. Western Bacon Cheeseburger

Have you ever had one of those days where you just crave some bacon? Perhaps you crave the smell you’re greeted with when you see it sizzling in front of you, and perhaps you just can’t wait to hear the crunch of the crispy edges.

Bacon just seems to make everything better, and that might be why the Carl’s Jr. Western Bacon Cheeseburger is so popular.

This burger has come in as the 12th most popular burger in America, and it’s full of bacon! This particular burger comes complete with a chargrilled 100% Angus beef patty, two pieces of bacon, melted American cheese, two delicious onion rings, and a whole load of BBQ sauce. It seems to have everything that you could need to put a smile on your face, but it still hasn’t taken the number one top spot…

11. McDonald’s Quarter Pounder with Cheese

We’ve seen the Double Quarter Pounder, but would you believe that the ordinary McDonald’s Quarter Pounder with Cheese is deemed to be better than its bigger brother?

Yes, this ranking proves that size doesn’t matter as much as we thought it did, because it seems as though you just can’t go wrong with a normal Quarter Pounder with Cheese.

Featuring a ¼ lb beef patty that is cooked to perfection, this burger is then topped with slivered onions, two slices of melted cheese, tangy pickles, and then served on McDonalds’ iconic sesame bun. No McDonald’s burger would be complete without some ketchup, either, so you’ll be happy to know that there is more than enough for you to get a little dirty while eating this burger. Do you like this one?

10. Steak ‘n Shake Double ‘n Cheese Steakburger

It’s not every day you get to eat a steak for just $3.99, but it seems as though that’s exactly what Steak n’ Shake offers its customers. Yes, you probably won’t believe it, but this place really does serve steakburgers that are grilled to perfection and then placed within their delicious buns.

While this fast food joint offers various different burgers for their patrons, there’s something about the Steak ‘n Shake Double ‘n Cheese Steakburger that gets everyone talking.

It’s sold as their most popular steakburger, and that’s probably because there are no frills attached. This burger features American cheese, and then you can add whatever you want to the top. You can go for the whole shebang and add all of the possible toppings, or you could just slather your steak in mustard relish. The choice is yours.

9. Whataburger Original Whataburger

If you’re the kind of person that loves to eat burgers on a regular basis, then you’ll know that there’s nothing better than washing down this burger with something fizzy and something sweet.

Well, you’ll be happy to know that Whataburger offers all kinds of sides and desserts to keep your stomach full, but there’s no doubt about the fact that their Original Whataburger is perhaps one of their most famous products.

Although it’s simple in its recipe, the Original Whataburger features mustard, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and diced onions. It’s the kind of thing that you just have to eat with a whole meal because you can’t miss out on those delicious Whataburger fries. Anyone else super hungry right now? Just us? We still can’t wait to see which burger hit the top spot.

8. Wendy’s Dave’s Hot ‘n Juicy Double

Anything with the word “double” in its name is an instant winner with us because it’s always nice to know that you’re getting more bang for your buck.

The Wendy’s Dave’s Hot ‘n Juicy Double will set you back around 810 calories – but it’s totally worth it, right? Many people just can’t get enough of this burger because the meat always tastes fresh and is pretty darn juicy.

The patties are then topped with American cheese, pickles, crisp lettuce, tomatoes, mayonnaise, ketchup, and served on a toasted bun that will just give you that little bit of crunch. Known for being extremely hot and juicy, it seems as though most people don’t mind getting their clothes a little mucky every now and then. It’s all done in the name of deliciousness.

7. McDonald’s Big Mac

There’s a high chance that you’re pretty familiar with the McDonald’s Big Mac because it seems as though this burger has been around since the dawn of time.

While it didn’t quite get to roam with the dinosaurs, it has been able to keep its place near the top of the leaderboard since 1967 when it was first introduced. This is McDonalds’ most popular burger, and it seems as though people just can’t get enough of the mouthwatering ingredients.

Featuring two burgers in one, this burger consists of two beef patties that are sandwiched inside of another bun that’s slap bang in the middle of the actual sesame seed bun. Also topped with shredded lettuce, American cheese, and pickle slices, the real piece-de-resistance is the famous Big Mac sauce. You can probably taste it right now, can’t you?

6. Wendy’s ¼ Lb. Single

Sometimes all you want is a simple burger, and it seems as though the Wendy’s ¼ Lb. Single gives people exactly what they want.

Wendy’s has got so many burgers under their company umbrella, and there’s no doubt about the fact that we could easily chow down on all of them over the course of one day. However, the people have spoken, and apparently, this one is the 6th most popular burger in their arsenal.

This burger consists of a ¼ lb of fresh beef that’s cooked to perfection, crisp lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion, mayonnaise, ketchup, and some delicious American cheese. If you’ve ever had one of these before, you’ll know that there’s nothing better than seeing the cheese ooze out the side of the bun when you’re getting ready to bite into it.

5. Wendy’s Baconator

Do you have the need? The need for bacon? Well, we don’t blame you. You’ll be happy to know that there are many fast food joints out there that will provide you with all of your bacon needs, and the Wendy’s Baconator is one of them.

It’s the perfect burger for the carnivores amongst you, but it’s fair to say that vegetarians and vegans might want to avert their eyes.

That’s because this burger features two beef patties, alongside a whopping six pieces of Applewood smoked bacon! As if that wasn’t enough, this burger is also topped with a whole load of American cheese, ketchup, and mayonnaise. As you can imagine, it’s not the healthiest burger on the menu – but you’ve gotta treat yourself, right? Who cares about the 950 calories?

4. Burger King Whopper

We’ve had the Burger King Whopper Jr., so now it’s time to introduce that burger’s older brother. Yes, this is a huge hello and welcome to the Burger King Whopper, which is the fast food chain’s most famous burger.

In fact, it’s just missed out on the bronze position as the best burger in America.

This burger is actually classified as a sandwich and features a ¼ flame-grilled beef patty that’s then topped with fresh lettuce, tomatoes, mayonnaise, pickles, sliced onions, and crunchy pickles. The whole thing sits within a soft sesame seed bun and can be eaten on its own or with a meal. Of course, it would be a waste of a journey to not embrace Burger King’s famous thick-cut fries and onion rings. Oh, and you then have to wash it all down with some soda.

3. Five Guys Bacon Cheeseburger

Five Guys seems to have dominated the fast food world over the past few years, and it’s safe to say that they certainly know how to make their burgers.

Coming in as the 3rd best burger in America is the Five Guys Bacon Cheeseburger – which is just as delicious as it sounds. Featuring two perfectly cooked beef patties, one of the best things about this meat is the fact that you can tailor it to your own tastes.

Fancy it well done? No problem! Want to keep it a little pink? Five Guys can do that for you! Atop these two patties are two strips of the crispiest bacon you will ever find, and two slices of Kraft American cheese. The whole thing is encased in a sesame seed bun, and if you haven’t tried it, you should probably do that right away.

2. In-N-Out Double-Double

One of the coolest things about In-N-Out as a company is that they make their very own burger spread, and nobody quite knows what’s in it. However, what we do know is that it’s absolutely delicious.

The Double Double certainly features this delicious sauce, but that’s not the only thing it has to offer.

The In-N-Out Double-Double is made using two 100% American beef, two slices of American cheese, onions which you can choose to be sliced or grilled, crispy lettuce, and juicy tomatoes. It’s a simple burger, but it’s this kind of simplicity that has given it the chance to stand in the second position as the best burger in America. What do you think? Do you agree? If you don’t, then we’re sorry to say that you’re part of the minority…

1. Five Guys Hamburger

This is it. The moment you have all been waiting for. Topping the charts as the most popular burger in America, the Five Guys Hamburger is one of the best things we’ve ever tried.

Yes, that’s a fact. Of course, there are some pretty weird and wonderful burgers on this list, but it seems as though most people just can’t get enough of a basic burger that does the job and tickles the taste buds.

That’s because the Five Guys Hamburger doesn’t come with any fancy additions or new flavors. Instead, it’s formed of two fresh patties that are then placed in their famous bun. It’s then down to you whether you want to add any toppings or condiments. If you do this, however, it’s always best to remember that less is more.

ADVERTISEMENT