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In-N-Out, Fatburger, Culver's Throwdown

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Last week, my travel schedule happened to work out that I was able to eat at an In-N-Out, Fatburger, and Culver's all within four days. Normally, I wouldn't have that many burger meals on the road, but it seemed like a great opportunity to compare.

I can't get any of these three where I live, so occasionally being able to have one of the three is a treat. But my own personal throwdown was fun.

All three burgers were great...regular Fatburger, Double-double animal style, and Deuxe Butterburger.

My pick....Culver's. Had a great seared crust on the outside of the patty, but still juicy inside. And the buttered toasted bun held the sandwich together well.

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  1. Unbelievable --- this has been the 10 year debate between myself (Calif born and bred) and my BF (Wisconsinite)... The only thing that we both agree on is that Fatburger doesn't even belong in the category -- it's always been a double-double vs butterburger battle.
    Thanks for taking one for the team with such a protein packed throwdown! We can finally let this rest with your tie breaking results. Culver's it is!!!

    1. I'm from Calif. and I cant speak about Butterburgers but between In n Out and
      Fatburger In n Out double double animal style wins hands down. Fatburger is good but greatly overpriced once you add anything to it. For instance a double chili cheese burger at Fatburger - a dollar for each slice of cheese(2) and a dollar for a tiny dollop of chili and you are out 3 bucks before you even start with the burger!

      1. Out of curiosity, where were the stores you ate in located? Seems to me it's a long way between the I-N-O and Culver's that are closest together, but maybe things have changed with expansions.

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        1. re: johnb

          I think you can hit all three in AZ

          1. re: ClockworkOrange

            You can. Two Culver's just opened here in Phoenix--one only about a block from my office. I haven't tried it yet, but it got pretty good reviews from my co-workers.

            1. re: ajs228

              Yes, now I see that from the location map. Previously the closest ones were in Colorado.

              Why not add 5 Guys to the throwdown? They are about to open a location in LAX. PHX can't be far behind. Then it would be possible to do all four in one day. Think of the possibilities.....!

              1. re: johnb

                It hurts my arteries just thinking about it. In a good way :-)

            2. re: ClockworkOrange

              Yep...in Mesa, they are all within a 2-mile radius of each other.

            3. re: johnb

              Actually, the In-N-Out and Fatburger outlets were in Las Vegas. I hit the Culver's in O-Fallon, Illinois after my flight back to St. Louis.

            4. Culver's - I like In-N-Out a lot (for fast food), but I had Culver's for the first time this weekend and the crust on the edges you mentioned were just awesome. The onion rings were also very good (In-N-Out's fries are their weakness IMO) and the service is friendly. I'm gonna have a hard time settling for a lesser fast food burger after the Deluxe @ Culver's. All hail the ButterBurger!

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              1. re: azhotdish

                I grew up in Milwaukee, lived in LA for a few years, now I'm back in Wisconsin. Don't get me wrong, there are few things better than watching planes land at LAX while chomping down a Double Double. But, I agree that Culver's wins the burger competition hands down. They're much juicier and have a better true beef flavor.

              2. This is seriously depressing. In and Out is like a fantasy place to me. While I rarely eat fast food, Popeyes excepted, I've read enough about In and Out to imagine if I ever went out West, I'd seek them out just to eat the Nirvana of fast food burgers.
                Taste being subjective, if there are people that think Culvers is better, I'm probably going to be disappointed.
                Culvers came to Des Moines maybe 8 years ago. I had a butter burger then. It was OK. I remember saying I would not make a special trip to ever get one.
                Last year I tried another. It was awful. Thin, dry, and tasted as if had been coated with salt. Salt was ALL I could taste.
                Around here I find B-Bops to be much better. Maybe the Nirvana of fast food burgers is right down the street from me.
                Nothing, however, compares to fresh ground beef, right off the charcoal on the deck.
                Thank God Spring is here.

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                1. re: Bobfrmia

                  Well, everyone is different. I have eaten Culver's twice and I don't really care for it. It was ok but really nothing special. But I LOVE In-n-Out. When you finally get to one, I don't think you'll be disappointed.

                  1. re: Bobfrmia

                    I always have been fond of B-Bop's burgers. Going down Douglas Ave in Des Moines to Porky's for a cherry Coke used to be a huge treat for me, though we never did eat there, for some reason.

                    1. re: spellweaver16

                      If you ever had, you would know the reason.
                      Their signature item was pork tenderloins. They had a dozen or so varieties, based on toppings. The loins themselves were prefab, compressed, pork like substance. That's not to say they were terrible, you just didn't appreciate them as a pork tenderloin.

                      1. re: Bobfrmia

                        Like most of the pork tenderloins in Iowa? lol I didn't even like pork tenderloins until I tried one that didn't come from a Sysco box. Our local restaurant up the street was running a special on them one Saturday night and it changed my perception forever. The meat had a grain, and it was so tender! It rocked my world.

                    2. re: Bobfrmia

                      Don't put InO on too much of a pedestal. I did that and was rather underwhelmed. I thought it was a good FF burger but really nothing that special. Perhaps I was convinced it would be more by the fanboi's

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