Burgers………what’s your favorite fast food burger?

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McDonald’s ….do you like it?  This article asks “Does anyone buy a Big Mac for the taste?”  Yes, I do!  I raise MY hand, I don’t mind saying.  I have a Big Mac maybe every five years because it’s not good for me, or you!, but I like the taste!  I like the Thousand Island dressing on it, I like the cheese…….I like it all!

My favorite burger has always been Bob’s Big Boy’s (which comes with a gorgeous red pickle relish sauce on it…so good)…Are they national?  Have you had one? … with fries and cold, crispy salad with their famous Blue Cheese dressing on it?

I also like Burger King very much and am so glad that they took one off the corner about 2 blocks away because I loved to stop by there too frequently!

A funny story is that my stepson who lives in Munich adores CARL’S jr…He emailed me recently the dates he’s coming to visit this March and mentioned that we have to have what he calls the”Alex (last name) Memorial Burger together” when he arrives.  Yes, we’ll certainly have the Western Burger he adores!



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47 Responses to Burgers………what’s your favorite fast food burger?

  1. I vote for a Wendy’s burger. Back when I was on the Ideal Protein diet,we were allowed to buy a Wendy’s burger and eat the meat (not the bun because of counting carbs).

    Mr. AOW’s vote: a tie between Burger King’s Whopper and a Big Mac.

    PS: We rarely eat fast food burgers because my burgers are to die for. It doesn’t take long to fix them, either, and I serve them on Pepperidge Farm’s onion hamburger rolls.


  2. Favorite side for both Mr. AOW and me: Burger King’s onion rings.


  3. Impertinent says:

    “In N Out” for me. Problem is…there are none east of the Mississippi! 😦
    Second choice would be Checkers. Great fries too.
    Third…McDonalds Big Mac.


  4. Wendy’s Junior Bacon Cheeseburger, hold the mayo, add catsup.
    Medium fries, crispy or I’m coming inside.


  5. Kid says:

    I like Big Macs but haven’t had one in years. My fist job at 15 was at McDonalds as a grill man making them. Small fries.


  6. bunkerville says:

    Free coffee at Chick f lee (Sp) this month. I will take their BLT with chicken and save a cow!


  7. John M. Berger says:

    Well, I grew-up on White Castles* which are, sadly, not available here in Colorado. Yeah, I know that they are little ‘gut bombs’ but nevertheless, irresistible. So here my favorite is Steak ‘n Shake. I’ve heard that “In ‘n Out” Hamburgers are fantastic but we don’t have them either; at least not yet. I seldom, if ever, order sides.

    *White Castle is still a family owned business that they will not franchise or extend beyond Kansas City. If one could be franchised in Denver it would be a veritable GOLD MINE.


  8. silverfiddle says:

    Like everyone else here, I rarely eat fast food, but my favorite is Smashburger.


  9. The Western Bacon Cheeseburger from Carls Jr. Love that burger with the onion ring soaked in BBQ sauce in the middle. Come to think of it, their onion rings weren’t too bad, either. And throw a shake in there… one of the many things I miss about living on the West Coast.


  10. John, that doesn’t explain all the White Castle joints in Michigan.
    and while I don’t get there as often as Wendy’s , either a Steak n Shake or a Culver’s Butterburger will fill the bill and satisfy.


  11. Or Five Guys.
    But I’m too young for heart trouble.


  12. John M. Berger says:

    “John, that doesn’t explain all the White Castle joints in Michigan.”
    I’m not sure what you mean. I am sure that the ‘system’ goes as far north as Minneapolis. My reference to Kansas City is how far [west] they operate; at least the last time I looked. Their headquarters are located in Columbus, OH.


  13. Sorry, John.
    It read like they wouldn’t expand “outside” KC.


  14. Impertinent says:

    @JMB….White Castles are thriving in NJ. Used to by two sacks of them on a Friday nite.Back when they were 15c too.


  15. I’ve never had a Smashburger.

    But Elevation Burger? Yum!


  16. skudrunner says:

    Whataburger of course.
    I do like the Carl’s JR commercials best but not that fond of their food.


  17. woodsterman says:

    Bob’s Big Boy? Wow that brings back memories. I’ll bet it’s been 50 years since I’ve had one of theirs. We used to stay on Balboa Island and there was one there.

    My favorite place is “In and Out Burger” I could live on the Double Doubles with the grilled onions. Next is Carl’s Jr. and their “Big Carl”. I do love Big Macs, but they’re half of their original size at 6 times the price. I’m a two Big Mac and small fries sort of guy, but at $10.00 I’ll pass.


  18. juleslandia says:

    I have pretty much eliminated fast food (FF) and soda from my life, but every once in a while I’ll have a burger. I do love McDonalds, but do not indulge often. It’s a total treat when I do and I make sure to eat verrrrrrrry slllllllllowly. Not because it’s healthy to chew your food thoroughly, but because I want the moment to last as long as possible. (sometimes I go just for the fries, but that’s another topic)

    Another great FF burger is Y-Not in Torrance, CA. The FF burger I miss the most is Whataburger in Texas (which has burgers on the menu even during breakfast hours). There is nothing like a Whataburger with cheese with piled high with jalepenos. While technically not considered fast food, probably the BEST burger I’ve ever had is at Cowgirl BBQ in Santa Fe, New Mexico … covered in cheese and green chilis.

    I’m hungry.


  19. geeez2014 says:

    AOW….I think we all love burgers at home but there’s just something ‘different delicious’ at fast food places! Tell us what you put in your burgers…

    Ed B…you cracked me up with “i’m coming inside”….great point!
    And I don’t know if I’ve had Wendy’s, tho we do have them in LA

    Imp..the In’n Outs are too far for me to drive to….particularly in dinner traffic, but I have had them and they are SO good.

    SF: I don’t think we have Smashburger here..tell me about them!

    John, …I’ve only had the White Castle that come frozen in the store…we have no White Castle restaurants in California, as far as I know. I’m thinking they’re WAY better NOT frozen but I did kind of like it…

    The Real Dave….where’d you come from? You sound like a real foodie the way you perfectly described the beauties of a Carl’s Western Bacon burger….I have a food blog I don’t keep up with much anymore, but here’s the address if you’d care to take a look:

    Woodsterman…isn’t Bob’s THE BEST EVER!? Oh, my gosh! There’s still one in Burbank, California, the original. My stepson goes to car shows there Friday nights when he’s here from Munich and, by about 10pm, he brings me home a Bob’s….which I’ve had the oven warming for…I stick it in there for about 10 minutes and it’s even better because the bun kind of crisps on the edges. DELICIOUS!

    Skudrunner..”What a Burger”? Never heard of that…!!


  20. Baysider says:

    Here’s another you’ve not heard of, possibly: Pono Burger. I used to favor Carl’s, then In-n-Out. Of all the chains I’d stop by In-n-Out first now. But Pono Burgers are almost to die for and you can get them truly medium rare on a gluten-free bun with fig jam and caramelized onions. Their fries with a garlic aoli are out of this world good fries. Yes, fast food. (Now, can everyone tell I live in California? In case there’s a question, Mr. B’s fave is Umami Burger.)


  21. Kid says:

    If we want to branch out a bit on this subject.., we have a meat grinder at home and will grind up some good quality chuck, sirloin, and rib eye or other higher quality meats that come up on discounted prices and make burgers out of that. Pretty good. You need some fat in the mix to make them juicy, then the taste comes from the rib eye and such.
    The best burger I’ve had out so far was at a Bobby Flay place in a local casino. Bobby’s Burger Palace. The fries and dipping sauce are extremely good.also.



  22. John M. Berger says:

    “we have no White Castle restaurants in California, as far as I know. I’m thinking they’re WAY better NOT frozen but I did kind of like it…”
    No, as I said, their “system” does not extend westward beyond Kansas City. As much as I miss them I tried the “frozen” ones once……absolutely no comparison-sorry!


  23. geeez2014 says:

    Jules! For heaven’s sake….welcome! I hope you’re doing well. Your descriptions have ME drooling, though I can’t eat much of the hot stuff anymore! 🙂
    Skudrunner just above your comment mentioned WHATABURGER, too….I wonder what makes them so delicious!?

    Baysider….I heard of a fig jam for meatloaf just the other day and that sounded SO good. I like that place on Ocean Park, too…I think it’s called THE COUNTER, with ANYTHING you want on them. I’m sure you could get your particular needs on any burger there, and ANY burger, for that matter!

    Kid, but it’s never QUITE the same as a fast food burger…maybe it’s just me! Maybe it’s the whole ambiance thing of fast food…or that smell when you get it home and open the hot bag with the goodies inside!?? I DO love a great burger at home, but….
    You know I like Greasy Spoons, so…as much as I love to cook gourmet foods, you know COMFORT FOODS are my faves! And yes, you absolutely have to have some delicious fat in a burger or it’s waaaay to dry and untasty.


  24. geeez2014 says:

    John, the frozen were very salty and the buns were like chewing gum, but there was a whiff of something I thought’s probably very good when fresh. They have to be as so many people love them. Are they always smallish?


  25. Baysider says:

    I would LOVE to try a Counter. After my braces were off it was a first stop – but the location I went to (out of area) had closed. Glad to know they’re still around in other places – Ocean Park? So close!


  26. Mustang says:
    There was a time when I would stroll through McDonalds, Burger King, or Wendy’s … but then as I got older and started thinking seriously about the slugs who are handling food in the back, I decided to avoid such places; my great statement of defiance, I suppose. As I am very close to John’s age, I too recall White Castle, and I like the food at Steak & Shake. Now-a-days, I am more likely to get a steak sandwich at Firehouse … always good food there and the employees are (gasp) clean.


  27. geeez2014 says:

    Baysider…let’s go together some Thursday after Study to the Counter.

    Mustang, I SO know what you mean. I try to drive those thoughts from my mind. I was at the window at the local KFC about 10 years ago and had ordered the barbecued chicken sandwich only to watch the guy with his naked hand patting down the top of the bun after he’d placed it over the bottom half of the sandwich. I took it but ate only the chicken from the inside and didn’t go back until about 2 years ago when I just had to have a couple piece of fried chicken. Man, that bugged me. You’re absolutely right…they do have strict rules and most hands are covered, etc ., BUT…
    Still, I often think that about better restaurants, too….waiters sneezing into food, etc.


  28. John M. Berger says:

    “Are they always smallish?”
    ALWAYS! I remember when I was in high school, circa 1961, they were 121/2 cents apiece to entice buying a bag of 8 for an even dollar. Another fact is that they have always been square so as to maximize the grill space. I think Wendy’s, another Columbus based company, copied that for the same reason. Started in, I think 1922, WC is the oldest fast food hamburger chain in the nation.


  29. Mark says:

    Hardee’s has the best these days!


  30. lisa says:

    I always preferred a Burka King 😉 dbl cheeseburger plain,this way it comes out piping hot. We have another place nearby I hear is supposedly the best called Great American Burger


  31. lisa says:

    I always preferred a Burka King 😉 dbl cheeseburger plain,this way it comes out piping hot. We have another place nearby I hear is supposedly the best called Great American Burger


  32. lisa says:

    Sorry for the duplicate comment


  33. Juleslandia says:

    OMG … totally forgot to include The Counter!!! There is one in El Segundo too, but the one in Torrance has a FULL BAR. They make an amazing BOURBON vanilla milkshake (to.die.for). I get a burger salad on field greens instead of bread (so I don’t feel guilty about the fried pickle chips). It is delish. Z, I think we should go. It’s been way too long since I’ve seen your face (I have to tell you about my Narcissist encounter @ The Counter). ❤


  34. geeez2014 says:

    Jules…name the day! Come up some Sunday and we’ll go to The Counter for lunch. ON the other hand, I don’t want to go as far as Torrance, but that milkshake sounds DEEEELICIOUS! Oh, my gosh!

    Lisa…I’m duplicating at AOW’s almost every comment…that makes me nuts but I guess it just happens from time to time to all of us..no worries.
    I agree with you about just the beef on the bun with some cheese….terrific.
    And I used to live near a Great American Burger (about 3o years ago…geeZ, I never thought I’d say “30 years ago, I did ANYTHING!”), I THINK it was called…and they were good but their fries were REALLY good as I remember. I wonder if it’s the same chain; must be.


  35. lottajoy says:

    I LOVE White Castles, but found out that if you eat them in your car and go elsewhere, you smell like B.O. But they’re worth it, especially when the buns are steamed, greasy, yet crisp on the edges. None in our area of Florida and the frozen ones lack the…..crisp and greasiness that makes them great. For taste, it’s now STEAK AND SHAKE, but they’ve gotten so small you have to have a double and they’re an hour away.


  36. Mustang says:

    @ Lisa

    I’m almost afraid to ask, but … “BURKA King?”


  37. John M. Berger says:


    Triple meat patty W/ anything on it but cheese @ $.50 more, $4.00- BFD! I’d still love to have an “In and Out”. Honestly, Z try one and tell me if they are so good or what. I don’t know who else to ask. (Smiley Face).



  38. Z,
    It’s not so much what I put in my burgers as what I put on them: Omaha Steak Seasoning (before cooking). I sear the burgers at high heat to seal in the juices, then cook to at least medium wll.

    Sometimes, after the burgers are cooked, I put on a smear of Walden Farms Hickory Smoked Barbecue Sauce, which has no fat, no carbs, no sugars, no calories, etc. All flavor, I tell ya!


  39. geeez2014 says:

    AOW….sounds great!!


  40. Leticia says:

    I’m a sucker for Fat City burgers, I LOVE the avocado bacon burger! Yum!!


  41. fredd says:

    Whataburger is the best, by far. Too bad they are not around my neck of the woods. There used to be a burger chain in New Mexico and Arizona called Lotta Burger, haven’t seen them in years, they had a hamburger the size of a dinner plate. Ooooh, Baby. I’m drooling just thinking about those units…..

    Kid is right: home grind a ribeye steak, form it into a 1/2 pound patty, doesn’t get any better. Then melt some Wisconsin sliced cheddar on it, and put the works on the toasted and buttered sesame seed bun: tomato, onion, lettuce, and then slather with thousand island dressing. Just call it the Kid Burger. Or the Fredd Burger.


  42. John M. Berger says:

    “Whataburger is the best, by far.”
    We had them for a while, here in Denver, and I really liked them. Then just like some great fried chicken franchises, we had, they just disappeared. Speaking of fried chicken franchises the last time that I went to the near monopolistic KFC, some 3 years ago, I got what amounted to 3 fried parakeet legs, a biscuit and some 5 cent sugary drink for (drum roll) $9.00 !!!!!!!!!!! I haven’t been back since and don’t intend to. Are they that bad elsewhere?


  43. Kid says:

    Fredd, Man I gotta try that. Thanks.


  44. geeez2014 says:

    the toasted and buttered and sesame’d bun is THE KEY…along with not having too lean a meat..got to have the ribeye, though I hate to think of grinding a ribeye steak!
    And THousand Island.
    Man, you just described a Bob’s Big Boy….and that excellent red/pickle relish.. oy,
    it’s DINNER TIME in L.A…hurrah! Okay, I’m having a chicken thigh and salad, but…it’s FOOD~! 🙂


  45. fredd says:

    Kid: If I’m lyin’, I’m dyin’. (unlike Brian Williams). The Kid Burger is the way to go.
    Z: yes, you have to close your eyes when you feed a big, thick juicy ribeye steak into the grinder, it doesn’t seem right, but as far as burgers go, it’s the ONLY way to go. And toasted, buttered sesame seed bun is mandatory: it should be a law.


  46. Z, just call me a lurker that’s been by here many times, just haven’t posted. I don’t really consider myself a foodie, just someone who can appreciate a good burger.

    Juleslandia, I used to live in Torrance CA and I fondly remember Y-Not Burgers. May visit in a year or two, hope it’s still there.

    I might add to my burger preferences the Krystal burger (kinda-sorta the White Castle of the South). Many times have I snuck by there in the late evening and devoured a bag of burgers in my car in the parking lot, disposing of the evidence on the way home.


  47. FB says:

    Carl’s Jr hands down especially since they have the grass fed, no hormone, no antibiotics hamburger. But overall I avoid fast food places because of how animals are treated when meat is mass produced. Or I get a fish sandwich.


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