Top 10 Fast food drive-through burgers


Recently, my taste buddies and I went on a mission to find the best fast food burger you can get in a drive-through. All scores are based on averages out of 10 by myself and three others in three categories: appearance, texture and taste.

10. Wienerschnitzel

I guess it goes without saying that a place known for hot dogs would rank the lowest on a list for burgers. The Wienerschnitzel Chili Cheeseburger scored a 4.75 on taste, 3.5 for texture and 2.5 on appearance, clocking in an overall score of 3.5.

9. Whataburger

You’ve got to be pretty cocky to name your signature burger after your restaurant, and it seems like Whataburger is such a restaurant. The Whataburger made out with a taste and appearance score of 5.5, 4.5 in texture and a total score of 5.2

8. Sonic

I’ve got to say, I was surprised that Sonic didn’t rank higher, but the numbers don’t lie. The Super Sonic Cheeseburger was pretty disappointing, taking home a score of 6.25 in both taste and texture and a 4 in appearance, combining to an overall score of 5.5.

7. McDonald’s

More than two billion served doesn’t have to equate to the highest quality burger. The Big Mac recorded a taste score of 6.25, texture of 5 and appearance of 5.25, for an overall score of 5.5.

6. Jack in the Box

A burger is one thing, a cheeseburger is another, but Jack in the Box’s Classic Buttery Jack is on a whole new level. Rounding out with a 5.25 in taste, 4.25 in texture and 7.75 in appearance, the Classic Buttery Jack walked away with a 5.75 overall.

5. Wendy’s

While square burgers still need to prove themselves to the world, the quarter-pound burger from Wendy’s is certainly a step in the right direction. The quarter-pound burger scored 6.5 in taste and texture and a 4.75 in appearance, for an overall of 6.

4. Carl’s Jr.

As my friend Vincent Vega once said about a milkshakes, “I don’t know if it’s worth $5, but it’s pretty fuckin’ good.” Just swap out the shake for the Carl’s Jr. Six Dollar Burger, which scored 5.5 in taste, 7.5 in texture and 7 in appearance. It finished off with a 6.75 overall.

3. Del Taco

This was the first time I’ve ever been to Del Taco and I’ve got to say, I was pretty impressed that a place with taco in its name has an awesome burger. The Double Bacon Cheeseburger finished with a 7.5 in taste, 7 in texture and 5.75 in appearance, for an overall score of 6.75.

2. In-N-Out Burger

Not much of a surprise here. The Double Double scored a 6.75 in both taste and texture and a 7.75 in appearance, netting it an overall score of 7.

1. Burger King

A shocker to everyone, myself included, but BK came out in first place! The Whopper rated 7.5 for taste, 6.75 in texture and 8.75 in appearance, for a whopping 7.5 out of 10. Hail to the King, baby.

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A Double Double from In-N-Out Burger oozing luscious cheese awaits willing taste testers. An Aztec Press journalist, a culinary student, a musician and a retail employee walked into 10 burger joints in town and ranked their signature burgers using a precise scoring system. For science. Really. (Alex Fruechtenicht/ Aztec Press)


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