The Best Burger Battle: Five Guys vs. Whataburger vs. In-N-Out

When it comes to fast food burgers, you’re probably used to eating at McDonald’s or Burger King, but most people would not consider those the best burger restaurants. That’s because there are three restaurants that top all others in the industry: Five Guys, Whataburger, and In-N-Out.

Although these three restaurant chains aren’t as widely available as McDonald’s, you should have access to at least one of them. But just a warning: Five Guys will probably be more expensive than any other burger from a fast food restaurant, however, it is well WORTH it!

Five Guys

Best Burger: Five GuysFive Guys was founded in Lorton, Virginia, in 1986, so it is not that old of a company. There are currently over 1,000 locations throughout the United States and Canada and many more are planned.

As mentioned earlier, Five Guys prices can be a little high if you’re not used to eating there. Their regular Hamburger is about $5.39, so you are probably shocked, right? However, keep in mind that the regular Hamburger has 2 all-beef patties and almost any toppings you want.  That’s only about $1 more expensive than the Double Whopper from Burger King.

What’s so special about Five Guys? The most important aspect is the freshness of their food. They do not start cooking till you order, which means you can see them make your burger right in front of you. Although their burgers are simple, you can add any toppings you want including:

  • Mayonnaise
  • Lettuce
  • Pickles
  • Tomatoes
  • Grilled Onions
  • Grilled Mushrooms
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Relish
  • Onions
  • Jalapeno Peppers
  • Green Peppers
  • A.1. Steak Sauce
  • Bar-B-Q Sauce
  • Hot Sauce

Other than having tasty burgers, Five Guys also offers Little Hamburgers and Cheeseburgers, which come with only one patty. They also have a Veggie Sandwich, Grilled Cheese, BLT, Hot Dogs, and Fries.


Best Burger: WhataburgerWhataburger is a much older restaurant than Five Guys as they started in 1950. There are currently over 700 Whataburger locations, which is slightly less than Five Guys, but they are mainly available in the southern part of the United States.

Whataburger prices are a little cheaper than Five Guys, however, if you get the Double Meat Whataburget, it will end up costing about $1 less than the Five Guys Hamburger so the price difference is not huge.

The burgers from Whataburger are similar to Five Guys, although they tend to be slightly smaller and the beef-patties aren’t as thick or meaty. The original Whataburger comes with mustard, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and diced onions, but you can customize it how you like it.


Best Burger: In-N-OutIn-N-Out is a much smaller company than Five Guys and Whataburger with only about 280 locations in 5 states including California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and Texas. Having been founded in 1948, it is the oldest of the three companies.

In-N-Out food is CHEAP! By cheap, we mean it is very inexpensive. Depending on which location you go to, you can get their Cheeseburger or Hamburger for less than $2 or combos for less than $4. Their menu is very simple. They have Cheeseburger, Hamburger, Double-Double, French Fries, Combos, and drinks.  So while your choices are quite limited, the choices that are available are spectacular.

If you are looking for a cheaper burger, In-N-Out is a better choice than both Five Guys and Whataburger without a doubt!


So now that we know a little bit about each of these restaurants, how does their food stack up against one another?

Winner: Five Guys

You will usually get a different answer depending on whom you ask, but we think Five Guys has the best burger of the three restaurants. Their burgers are the tastiest, the meatiest, and you have many toppings to choose from. As a side, you can also get as many free peanuts as you want!

Second Place: Whataburger

The second place would be Whataburger, however, it was close. Although we thought Whataburger tastes slightly better, we can understand many choosing In-N-Out instead. Both burger joints have their own special taste, but neither compares with Five Guys.

Third Place: In-N-Out

And the third place would be In-N-Out. Although In-N-Out has a loyal following that would argue that it’s the best burger in the world, we didn’t think so. Their burgers don’t tend to be as juicy or meaty as Five Guys. However, they make some great fries, which they’ll cut up right in front of you.


So there you have it. In our opinion, you get what you pay for, and the most expensive restaurant of the three tends to be the best tasting as well. And while the other two choices are not bad, we just don’t think they’re even close to Five Guys.

If you have all three of these restaurants near you, you should consider yourself lucky, as In-N-Out and Whataburger are not available in the northern part of the country.

Which of the three do you like the most? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. Five-Guys and Cheeburger-Cheeburger suck Jack in the box,Whataburger and in and out are much better burger joints. I don’t understand how people can eat Five-guys that stuff is greasy even for fast food and way too expensive for what it is. You can only add so many topping before it just gets real nasty.

  2. I live in atlanta, & I’ve never heard of whataburger. I’ve heard of in-&-out but obviously it is inaccessible. So I’ve only tasted five guys and I can say that it’s really good. But when I went there, it wasn’t all it was hyped up to be. I also tried it again, and it was great that time. But that’s just my experience. Maybe the other restaurants are better

  3. Better Opinion says:

    Yeah, in your opinion Five-Guys is better. Whataburger>Five Guys

    1. Better Opinion says:

      Also to add there is a larger variety of burgers and combinations at Whataburger. Also they have chicken with gravy and Texas toast; seriously think about that. “Their burgers are the tastiest, the meatiest, and you have many toppings to choose from. As a side, you can also get as many free peanuts as you want!” If that’s all you have to offer for Five Guys then that’s pretty pathetic. (I’ve eaten at all three establishments multiple times and Whataburger is levels above the rest.)

  4. burgerlover says:

    The last time I had an In-N-Out burger was a couple of years ago and the quality had gone down. Reasonable prices, though. Like everyone else I know, I never go to Five Guys because it’s so overpriced (close to $11 for a double cheeseburger and fries). You can get the same at In-N-Out for half that, which is the price point FG should be hitting. Five Guys is better than McDonald’s and Burger King (which isn’t saying much), but not worth the money.

  5. 5 guys just too damn greasy for me. You can call it “juicy” but man I get an upset stomach eating there. Otherwise the taste is okay. Fries there are horrible on the grease-o-meter. I dig the peanuts though 🙂

  6. So for me the go to sauce on my burger is 1,000 island dressing or at least ketchup/mayo. Therefore I would not need to try a Whataburger. Mustard is for hotdogs in my world!
    My favorite by far is In-N-Out Burger double double which has the perfect meat to condiment ratio. Five guys is far too greasy and over priced.

  7. Shannon Lewis says:

    Five Guys tastes like McDonalds on a good day. Doesn’t come close to In-n-Out or Whataburger. I have eaten at Five Guys 4 times, in 3 different locations, & felt ripped off each time. Their fries are good, though.

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