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Jan 5, 2012 08:36 PM

The Best Chain(franchise) or fast food hamburger

With all the fine dining I do, and all the exotic eating I do, sometimes I just have to grab a quick bite. Most often a burger. Sometimes I regret that i ate a Big Mac or Whopper for many hours afterwards. White Castles are a whole other level , as we don't just eat one of those. After 8 white castles you think your stomach might explode. In any case, I used to find Soup Burg to be a good burger. I've tried so many places that were total disappointments, such as 5 Guys, not a very good burger. Fuddrucker in its day was good. Goodburger is really badburger. But I did have a good burger the other day at
Cheeseburger Cheeseburger! you have your choice of many many toppings. You have different sizes of burgers, I had the half pounder. If you get the one pounder ( too big) you get a free T shirt if you finish it. The french fries are spiced and seem like fresh cut potatoes not too greasy. So I was pleased with Cheesburger Cheeseburger. No it does not compare to Corner Bistro, Spotted Pig, Walkers etc etc But what is your best chain store hamburger,,,,we all have to go to these places once in a while.

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  1. Well, it's only in NJ, but my vote goes to 25 Burgers. I have loved everything I've ordered from there. In fact, it's ruined me for nearly any other burger. Except maybe Damon's Ribs (also a chain). They have a very good burger with a nice chargrilled taste. Both places will serve the burger the way I want it cooked.. medium rare. Cheeburger cooks to medium and up only. I do like Cheeburger's grilled cheese, though.. also available with multiple toppings. I usually keep mine to cheddar/american, tomatoes, and extra mayo. I don't like Five Guys, either.

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    1. re: MarlboroMan

      I know TGIFridays only cooks medium and more well done, but Cheesbrger Cheesburger made my burger medium rare , I guess I got lucky.

      1. re: foodwhisperer

        I was always able to get my burger medium rare at Fridays, but it's been a few years since I've eaten at one. Is it possible that the 'must be cooked medium or above' is a local thing due to law? I know some states feel for some reason that diners aren't smart enough to choose how much, or little, they want their meat to be cooked.

      2. re: MarlboroMan

        Marlboro, re: 25 Burgers, did you ever have the El Paso or the Chipotle Bison burgers there? I was wondering how they were?


      3. My vote would be for Houston's or Ted's Montana Grill - for a semi-national fast food chain Carl's Jr is the most consistent or if you can find a good five guys but they are very inconsistent.

        1. IMO...the best chain burger can be found at Culvers!

            1. re: greygarious

              Most of my searches come up empty. I guess i did forget to search that one. I'll never pass this course!

            2. Elevation Burger hands down. Still love a Fudd, but all near ones have closed - we alter travel plans to get there once a year. We have a local CC, but EB is way better!