It’s National Burger Day and what a brilliant excuse to tuck into your favourite burger, whether it’s a classic cheese combo, a patty enveloped in streaky bacon or a veggie halloumi and mushroom number.
But where do you start when it comes to picking the perfect burger joint?
How about somewhere that boasts about offering more than 250,000 possible topping combinations? Or has sold 13.6 million burgers in the UK since they launched in 2013?
You guessed it – we’re talking about Five Guys. The diner-style restaurant has sold enough burgers in Blighty to reach Paris and back if they were lined up. They have a fresh-not-frozen ethos which promises the perfect patty, whether you opt for a simple hamburger or ‘all the way’ (your choice of burger topped with mayo, lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, ketchup and mustard).
And let’s not forget the hand cut skin-on chips. And the hot dogs. And the milkshakes.
Mouth watering yet? Same.
Team Marie Claire popped in to celebrate National Burger Day, and here are the MC approved combos that you absolutely must try…
Best Five Guys Burger Combos
Holly Rains, Digital Editor
‘I’m an adult with a child-like approach to ordering food, so I went for the little cheeseburger with tomato, ketchup, mayo, and lettuce, fries and an Oreo milkshake. And a Coke. I definitely didn’t need such a vast buffet of American-themed goodness, but my god was the Oreo milkshake a revelation. Thick and Oreo-y with Oreo bits lurking within, my tip is to eschew the straw and just neck it straight from the cup.’
Sunil Makan, Associate Editor
‘I know it’s National Burger Day but I just couldn’t help myself from ordering the hot dog (with onions and hot sauce, should you care). To be totally honest, they’re a thing a beauty. I got mine with a strawberry milkshake – that classic USA combo. And can safely say I’m am completely satisfied with my choice. And since I’m baring it all, I had a bit of a YOLO moment and actually ordered a side of cheeseburger. But I figure it’s no big deal as it’s National Burger Day.’
Jenny Proudfood, Digital Features Editor
‘Five Guys burgers are my absolute favourite – I don’t know if it’s the peanut oil, the American-style cheese or the double beef patties, but I have only ever had sensational experiences. My pick? The bacon cheeseburger with grilled onions, mayo and ketchup. Then a small fries because let’s face it, the portions are ginormous, and a chocolate milkshake, complete with a paper straw (yes, Five Guys!).’
Penny Goldstone, Digital Fashion Editor
‘I’m a classic girl at heart when it comes to burgers, so I always go with a cheeseburger with grilled onions, mustard and ketchup. Team that with some chips and you’ve got yourself a classic meal that will never disappoint.’
Jadie Troy-Pryde, Acting Social Media Manager
‘I can’t resist the bacon cheeseburger with pickles and mayo. It’s a feast: dripping with melted cheese, crispy bacon threaded through the two patties and finished off with tangy pickles and a dollop of mayonnaise. Team it with a vanilla milkshake and you have the ultimate combo.’