Is there a more quintessentially American dish than a cheeseburger, ideally accompanied by a glass of drink and some french fries? It doesn’t matter if you choose to get cheeseburgers from a fast food chain, a casual restaurant, or a high-end steakhouse; the fact remains that Americans consume a lot of cheeseburgers, and there are a variety of different places where you may get one.
A recent survey found that the average American consumes approximately five hamburgers each month, which works out to almost sixty hamburgers each year. In addition, although some of the respondents would be open to trying something new, more than half of them were guided by their memories when selecting the ideal burger.
In point of fact, one-third of respondents stated that the ideal burger conjured up thoughts of their loved ones, a statistic that has helped fuel the growth of several of the legendary fast-food businesses that are featured on this list of the finest cheeseburgers in the United States.
At the St. Louis Louisiana Purchase Exposition in 1904, which took place in the United States for the first time, the hamburger was introduced. A few years later, in 1934, a hamburger vendor named Charles Kaelin in St. Louis is credited with creating the first cheeseburger by adding cheese to his supply of hamburgers in an effort to give them more flavor.
In 1935, Louis Ballast of Denver’s Humpty Dumpty Drive-In was the one who first registered the name “cheeseburger” as a trademark. Since then, cheeseburgers have won the hearts of people all across the country, but there are now so many fantastic restaurants serving them that it can be difficult to choose which ones are truly worth your time and money.
According to Kyle Jones, head chef at Craft Wood Fired Catering, the best way to get a fantastic cheeseburger is to look for burgers that are created with fresh, high-quality ingredients. “Look for burgers made with fresh ingredients,” he says.
“The menu should also specify the type of bun used (for example, brioche or potato), and whether or not it is toasted; these details can make a significant difference in the flavor and texture of the burger,” These are all good beginning points, even though some fast food restaurants might not have everything on that list on their menus.
1. McDonald’s Quarter Pounder with Cheese
The Quarter Pounder with Cheese has been a customer favorite at the burger joint ever since it was first offered there in 1971, making it a strong contender for the title of most iconic burger that we’ve featured here.
To put this into perspective, McDonald’s claims that they sell “more than 75 hamburgers per second, of every minute, of every hour, of every day of the year.” In 2019, the chain made the move to using fresh beef for the Quarter Pounder, which resulted in a 30% increase in sales.
It includes fresh, juicy patties and toppings—melty cheese, pickles, white onions, and a smear of ketchup and mustard—that work together to produce the ideal balance of flavor and texture. The QPC has been deemed the finest burger at the chain after it has been put through a series of taste tests, and we have called it the best burger at the brand.
You can get it twice, as a deluxe, with bacon, or both, but the quality of the meat shines through no matter which option you choose. It is a little bit more expensive than the other burgers that McDonald’s offers, but it is absolutely worth every penny.
2. In-N-Out Cheeseburger
This iconic dish from the West Coast is a favorite of chefs, celebrities, and millions of people who are hungry. Even if you haven’t experienced In-N-Out’s cheeseburgers, there’s a good chance you’ve seen photographs of hungry celebrities gorging themselves on one of their sandwiches after a long and stressful awards presentation.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that this cheeseburger is so well-liked because the never-frozen patties are served on a freshly baked, sponge dough bun and are topped with real American cheese, fresh or grilled onions, lettuce, tomatoes, and of course, the chain’s famous spread sauce that hasn’t changed since it was introduced in 1948.
3. Burger King Whopper with Cheese
Established in 1957, this legendary sandwich is a veritable banquet in the form of a burger, and we have chosen it as one of the best options available from the King to satisfy our burger cravings. The burger is comprised of a patty that is a quarter of a pound in weight and is topped with American cheese, fresh onion, tomatoes, pickles, lettuce, and mayonnaise.
When it comes to this sandwich, the toppings take center stage. It is likely that the tanginess of the raw onions is what makes the meat flavors stand out so wonderfully, which is presumably why the restaurant sells 1.3 billion Whoppers every year.
4. Shake Shack Shackburger
We gave this cheeseburger from the well-known East Coast chain a high rating, and it came out on top in many other taste tests as well. Many other taste tests refer to this cheeseburger as the “crown jewel” of the brand. A single patty made from all-Angus beef that is 100% ground is placed on a toasted bun and then topped with cheese, lettuce, tomato, and ShackSauce to create this nearly ideal cheeseburger.
It’s one of the reasons why customers are willing to wait in line for this rapidly expanding chain. If there isn’t a Shake Shack outlet near you, don’t worry; the chain has ambitious plans to open 70 new restaurants in 2017, each of which will include a drive-thru.
5. Five Guys Cheeseburger
The straightforward menu at Five Guys, with the burger taking center stage, is the restaurant’s claim to fame. This simple pleasure of American-style cheese melted between fresh patties and served on a soft sesame seed bun is a favorite among chefs, and we adore the uncomplicated pleasure it provides.
On the other hand, Five Guys are all about the customization of their food. Because the toppings are complimentary, you can pretty much design whatever kind of burger you desire. Create the cheeseburger taste combination of your dreams by adding grilled mushrooms, jalapenos, spicy sauce, grilled onions, and other toppings.