Food & Nutrition

We Tried 8 Fast-Food Cheeseburgers—This One’s the Best

3. A&W

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I’ll be honest with you, when I think of A&W, I don’t really think of burgers. Root beer? Obviously—it’s one of our favorites at Taste of Home. Carhop classics like corn dogs and chili cheese fries? Yep! But not burgers. After testing their cheeseburger, though, I have to say I’m thinking twice on that one! This chain’s cheeseburger offering was pretty darn good: the beef tasted fresh (not frozen), the bun tasted like it came right from the bakery, the cheese was nicely melted and the condiments were perfectly portioned—no sloppy burger here!

Bottom line: If you’re craving a burger fast, do not forget about A&W! You’ll be pleasantly surprised.

2. Sonic

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When I think of Sonic, I think of carhop service and all kinds of slushies—even pickle-flavored ones. I don’t think of a stellar burger, but that’s exactly what I got when I swung by for a taste test. My first impression with this cheeseburger was that it was huge! It was easily the largest of any I tried and one of the tastiest. The beef in this burger was really flavorful and well seasoned with salt and pepper. On top, there was a slice of American cheese (not as melted as I wanted), mustard, pickles and a few additions unique to the fast food burgers I tried: mayo, lettuce and tomato. I was a bit hesitant about swapping ketchup for mayo, but once I tried it, I didn’t much miss the ketchup.

Bottom line: If you’re in the mood for a generous burger with all the fixings, make your way to a Sonic. You won’t regret it! Read up on these fast-food facts that are actually false.

1. Culver’s

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At the end of the day, though, nothing could beat a Culver’s ButterBurger. The chain’s trademark burger is made with fresh Midwest-raised beef and Wisconsin cheddar stacked up on a lightly buttered bun. The result was the best fast food burger you could hope for. This option offered me the juiciest burger with the best beef flavor—not too salty, just perfectly savory. I also liked how the crispy toasted bun paired with the melted cheese and that extra layer of flavor courtesy of the butter. Doesn’t butter make everything better?

If there’s any drawback to Culver’s it’s that there’s occasionally a little wait (I waited about three minutes) for your food, but that’s because your meal is being made fresh to order, and I think that’s worth it.

Bottom line: Culver’s offered up a juicy, satisfying burger that’s worth the wait. Pair it with their signature frozen custard and you’ve got fast food heaven. 

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