Five Guys vs. Shake Shack: Which burger chain is the best? | The Tylt
Five Guys vs. Shake Shack: Which burger chain is the best?
Five Guys is the loyal friend of burger chains; it will never fail you. As soon as you walk in, you feel welcomed by the simple decor (white and red tile–no other fuss) and smiling staff. If there happens to be a line wrapping through the restaurant, Five Guys has you covered. Simply grab a dish of free, shelled peanuts and snack happily as you wait. And seriously, grab as many as you want, they have boxes and boxes full.
By the time it's your turn to order, you're more than ready for the greasy beauty awaiting you. Five Guys doesn't play around. The regular burger comes with two patties (duh), and the 15 available toppings are all free. No matter how you spin it, you're going to end up with an old-fashioned burger that will warm your soul.
And of course, you can't leave Five Guys without an order of fries. Fries only come in two sizes, small and large, but no matter what you order, you're going to get a brown bag filled to the brim with cajun french fries and dripping in grease (in the best possible way).
Shake Shack has grown from humble beginnings to a full-fledged gourmet experience. Once a simple hotdog stand in Madison Square Park in 2001, Shake Shake now plans to have 200 locations by 2020.
There's a reason this burger chain has had such a meteoric rise: the burgers are 100 percent antibiotic-free, all-natural Angus beef. You can top your burger with applewood smoked bacon, chopped cherry peppers, or Muenster cheese–not exactly your average burger chain options. Shake Shack offers quality not often seen in fast food establishments, and fans continue to reward the chain by spreading their love for its food.
A trip to Shake Shack would not be complete without a milkshake and fries. From the famous black-and-white shake to the perfect, crinkle-cut fries, Shake Shack's quality comes through in each of its menu items. It has something for everyone–even vegetarians!
Serious Eats' Robyn Lee checked out Five Guys and fell in love. After ordering a cheeseburger topped with pickles and grilled onions and an order of fries, Lee had this to say:
I don't know how to describe how perfect that first bite was, through the delicate, salt-studded, crispy crust to the soft innards, but my reaction was probably something like, "Oh my god these fries are made of crack and rainbows and how the hell can fries taste this good oh sweet jesus I'mgonnaeattenmore."
Another Serious Eats correspondent, J. Kenji López-Alt, decided to compare the famed Shake Shake, Five Guys, and In-N-Out burgers. After a meticulous scientific experiment, the team at Serious Eats concluded that Shake Shack was the clear winner in the bun category and made a "strong showing" with toppings, while the burger overall:
...is a marvel of beefy engineering. The flavor and texture of the beef patty is second to none, with an intense beefiness and cooking method designed to maximized browning, and thus our carnal pleasure. Yes, their toppings and bun are great, but at the Shack, it's all about the beef.
Shake Shack was declared the clear winner of all the burgers.