Countless comparisons have been made between Five Guys and In-N-Out over the years. With Five Guys opening in Fresno not too long ago (about a year) the local Internet has been abuzz with burger feuds. Everyone has their favorite and there is no convincing the other party. Until now I’ve stayed away from Five Guys, mainly because I wanted the stench of Johnny Rocket’s disgusting burgers to come off the griddle before I ate at there.
My experience there taught me two things. 1) More isn’t always better when it comes to a burger. 2) There is no comparison between a Five Guys burger and In-N-Out.
First things first, burger minimalism. I’ve been an advocate of burger minimalism for quite some time now. I haven’t fully thought out the minimalistic approach on burgers just yet, but there are a few ground rules. No lettuce. No humongous tomatoes. No giant pickles. Bacon of course is always acceptable but only if it’s the same bacon you would eat for breakfast. It needs to be somewhat thick and pretty salty. None of this crappy stuff. Five Guys, however, makes me more of an advocate for a different reason.
I ordered the Bacon Cheeseburger with grilled onions and sautéed mushrooms. First things first. The bacon cost me an extra buck or so and it was pretty much non-existent. If you’re going to go with bacon, make it worth my while. This was a sad excuse for bacon.
Sautéed mushrooms are acceptable too. But it can’t just be smeared on like a mushroom tapenade. I had to push the measly amount of bacon to the side to even find the even more measly amount of mushrooms. So in this case more isn’t always better. Especially if the more is barely more. Five Guys lets you add on toppings but if they’re all paltry, what’s the point?
Second point. There is no comparing to In-N-Out. Simply put, Five-Guys has a bigger patty, bigger bun, offers bacon, different sauces, and just more in general. Oh yeah, they also offer thicker cut, soggy fries. My fries were just okay for about the first 3 minutes. After that they were a limp mess.
So let’s quit comparing the two. The only thing similar is the red and white decor. Beyond that I’m just not seeing it.
Okay enough complaining. The burger overall wasn’t that bad. Heck I’ll even call it pretty good (paltry toppings aside). You can tell the ground beef was fresh and had a good fat ratio (juice and grease).
Will I convert now and spend my fast food burger money at Five Guys now? Probably not. I’d rather just stick with In-N-Out. Or better yet, I’ll make a stop at Dari-Delite.