Burger Battle

I’ve talked about how much I love burgers before, but since BuzzFeed came out with a post today listing reasons why In-N-Out is Better than Five Guys, I feel like I must comment on this. But before I do, I should note that I like both of those burger chains (chains!) for different reasons, but one of the biggest reasons why I’d prefer In-N-Out over Five Guys is:


In-N-Out’s cheeseburger is $1.85 and is tasty and satisfying. Sure, it’s smaller than the Five Guys cheeseburger, but if you want another patty, it’s $2.75. That price point is pretty unbeatable, but I may also be biased as a California guy, so maybe you D.C.-ers can convince me otherwise.


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deepomega (#22)

They serve very different purposes. In-N-Out is a McDonald’s replacement, and for this purpose it is wonderful. But Five Guys is, taste-wise, objectively better. And the fries don’t even compare, fries at In-N-Out are greasy shoestrings that get nasty five minutes after they’re cooked, Five Guys fries are wonderful spiced chunks of heaven.

Bill Fostex (#573)

@deepomega Plus free peanuts (little cheeseburger + free peanuts + free water < $5).

Bill Fostex (#573)

@deepomega Plus they let you throw the shells all over the floor, which is great if you’re a closet savage and Policy is the only thing stopping you from dropping your trash wherever you happen to be standing at the moment.

JanieS (#1,826)

@deepomega In-N-Out french fries are an insult to the name of potatoes.

lizard (#2,615)

@Bill Fostex with all the peanut allergies out there im surprised they let you do this.

Bill Fostex (#573)

@lizard Five Guys is also a great place to practice your right to open carry.

@lizard I’ve only been to Five Guys a few times, but I’m pretty sure the behavior @Bill Fostex is describing is more “grudgingly tolerated” than “allowed.” I mean, all over the TABLES, sure.

Bill Fostex (#573)

@stuffisthings To some, it’s a defining feature of the chain.

josefinastrummer (#1,850)

@lizard People with peanut allergies should not go to Five Guys. Don’t ruin my peanut shell throwing fun!

lizard (#2,615)

@josefinastrummer haha i agree totally !

vicky austin (#2,938)

NorCal native/DC resident here. In n Out Forever. Shake Shack is almost as good (their fries are for sure better), but don’t tell anyone I said so.

MuffyStJohn (#280)

@vicky austin I have to admit that I don’t “get” Shake Shack. It’s the cost of a Five Guys burger with In-And-Out quality.


highjump (#39)

Five guys burgers are larger and taste better. They also don’t freeze their ingredients, make the burgers to order, and prepare everything in an open kitchen so I worry less about fast food horror story situations. The topping options at five guys are varied (and again, fresh!) plus if you’re a non-meat eater or just poor they will make you a delicious grilled cheese with a bunch of veggies on it for like $3. Five guys 5eva.

Blackbird (#2,196)

@highjump The grilled cheese with veggies is why I like Five Guys. And I live in California, so this is high praise. In-N-Out is kind of lame for vegetarians. :(

lucaluca (#3,167)

@blackbird In-N-Out will do a grilled cheese for you! Just ask!

RosemaryF (#345)

In & Out is a regional chain that has an intense following that tolerate their ABYSMAL fries for a middle of the road burger.

(Says the Texas girl who would tattoo WHATABURGER 4 EVA on her person to advertise her horse in this race.)

“If a chain restaurant is headquartered in your city, does it count as local?” — Ancient hipster koan

honey cowl (#1,510)

Obviously Dick’s? Anyone? Someone else from Seattle please?

blueblazes (#1,798)

@Lauren Um, duh. I assume this story was framed as In & Out vs. Five Guys because Dick’s is on a whole other plane of meatygoodness. Or should we jump directly to Red Mill since they have multiple locations now? Anyway, there are decent burgers to be had.

Runawaytwin (#2,693)

Shake shack.

Chuck13 (#3,148)

I’m a Five Guys fan. They really do a great job with their whole menu. And I’ll second the opinion above that their fries are amazing. Shake Shack is, like many things from NYC, horribly overrated.

limenotapple (#1,748)

We don’t have an In-n-Out where I live, but I finally did get to try it on a trip to SF recently and…it was good! Great even! I do like Five Guys but I would like to be able to buy just a normal size portion of french fries for a lower price. I don’t need to have a mountain of french fries, and I don’t want to pay almost $4 for an order of french fries that I’ll only eat a small portion of. Also, the little sized burger is plenty for me! It tastes like something I would make at home, and that’s why I love it.

eraserface (#1,628)

DCer here: In-n-Out is better. Sorry dudes. They always find rats at Five Guys, and it’s too greasy for me.

Marissa (#467)

Native Californian here. I really prefer In-N-Out. I can’t even remember anything about the burger I had from Five Guys but I definitely didn’t love the fries. I did have Shake Shack the last time I was in New York and it was great.

In-N-Out/Shake Shack > Five Guys

Megano! (#124)

I had a falafel burger today, from neither of these places. It was pretty good.
I have been to a Five Guys but I don’t eat beef so their veggie/chicken non-options were kind of bullshit. The fries were great tho.

josefinastrummer (#1,850)

I hate Five Guys fries! Hate them. The burgers are good but not as good as In n Out. And Shake Shack wins my vote.

But lucky for me, I live in a city with a lot of NON-CHAIN restaurants that serve excellent burgers. If you are in Philadelphia, go to the Royal Tavern and get the burger. Who cares if your waiter is a hipster? It’s good food! ;)

Chuck13 (#3,148)

Of course, when it comes to fries, McDonald’s rules them all!

MuffyStJohn (#280)

Reason #1 to go to Five Guys: bacon egg and cheese breakfast sandwich (preferably with tomatoes, grilled onions, and jalapenos).


julnyes (#2,807)

Never been to an In-and-Out; Five Guys needs to get a darn veggie burger for us non-beef eaters! So my vote goes to Shake Shack for their portobello mushroom burger and intense shakes – so delicious!

Now I just want some Culver’s

josefinastrummer (#1,850)

@Anna Jayne@twitter Yeaaaa Butter Burgers!

ennaenirehtac (#199)

In-n-Out burgers are much better than Five Guys burgers. It is true that In-n-Out fries are not good, though. PTerry’s fries beat out both (Austin chain).

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