What is your favorite all-time burger?
In the 1890s and early 1900s, the hamburger was thought to be polluted, unsafe to eat, and food for the poor. Street carts, not restaurants, typically served them. It wasn’t until J. Walter Anderson and Edgar Waldo “Billy” Ingram opened their first White Castle, that hamburgers became a main staple sold in restaurants. Today, if all hamburgers eaten by Americans in a year are arranged in a straight line, it would circle earth at least 32 times.
McDonald’s holds the record of selling 300 billion burgers to date. More than 75 of their burgers are sold each second. Every month, approximately nine out of 10 American children visit a McDonald’s restaurant. McDonald’s is Brazil’s largest employer. When McDonald’s opened an outlet in Kuwait shortly after the end of the Gulf War, the line of cars waiting to eat there was seven miles long.
In 2005, Advertising Age recognized Ronald McDonald as the number two top-10 advertising icon of the twentieth century, behind The Marlboro Man. Advertising Age selected the McDonald’s slogan “You Deserve a Break Today” as the best advertising campaign of the twentieth century. Other notable slogans were Burger King’s “Burger King, Home of the Whopper” and Wendy’s “Where’s the Beef?”
Contrary to popular belief Whataburger was the first fast food restaurant to use quarter-pound beef patties. The first Whataburger was sold for twenty-five cents through the window of a portable building on August 8, 1950 in Corpus Christi, Texas. They took in fifty dollars on its first day. Four days later they took in $141.80 and sold 551 burgers.
Among the hamburger restaurant mascots was Big Boy, a plump boy with red-and-white checkered overalls with the words “Big Boy” spread across his chest. The first McDonald’s mascot was “Speedee,” a little chef with a hamburger hat. McDonald’s later settled on the iconic Ronald McDonald—and today 96% of American children recognize him.
Gordon Ramsay’s Burgr, located in Planet Hollywood on the Las Vegas Strip, features a $14 “Hell’s Kitchen Burger” that is the highest rated burger in Vegas. The winding lines to order any item at this popular spot is similar to waiting to get on a Disneyland amusement park ride. Each burger begins with a short rib, brisket, and chuck patty that’s been seared over a wood-fired grill and basted in Devonshire butter. The Hell’s Kitchen Burger is topped with roasted jalapeños, avocado, roasted tomato, and creamy asadero cheese held together with toasted, milk-based brioche.
When the 21 Club introduced its gourmet burger in the late 1940s, New Yorkers were shocked that an upper-class establishment would offer something as lowly as the burger—and at the exorbitant price of $2.75, compared with McDonald’s’ 15 cents. It was a hit.
Here are America’s top favorite fast food hamburgers in descending order:
5. Burger King Whopper—Most popular in Alaska, New Mexico, and South Dakota
4. Whataburger Original Whataburger—Most popular in Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas
3. Five Guys Bacon Cheeseburger—Most popular inFlorida, Pennsylvania, and New York
2. Five Guys Hamburger—Most popular in New Jersey, Alabama, and Kentucky
1.. In-N-Out Burger Double Double—Most popular in California, Washington, and Arizona
What is your favorite burger?