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This Is Why Five Guys Burgers Are So Consistently Good 

The answer isn't as secretive as you may think.

The reputable burger chain that started as just one small store in 1986 has exploded to nearly 1,500 locations worldwide today, and it's primarily thanks to the establishment's commitment to serving unrivaled burgers. The question is, what is it that sets Five Guys gargantuan burger apart from its competitors? Aside from size, we would argue it has a lot to do with the quality of the burger.

It's really no mystery why the burgers from Five Guys are so good, nor is it a surprise that its burgers cost a few dollars more than those at other popular fast food chains: everything is made fresh. For example, you'll never get a once-frozen patty when you go to this chain. In fact, on the restaurant's website it clearly states, "There are no freezers in Five Guys locations, just coolers." (Related: McDonald's Is Making These 8 Major Upgrades.)

You pay more because you are getting a burger that's made from fresh ground beef and patted down by (gloved) hand shortly before you even order it. All of the other ingredients and toppings are also prepared fresh each and every day. Five Guys employees are said to spend an average of three hours before the restaurant opens preparing foods needed for meal orders that day. This includes slicing tomatoes, onions, pickles, and the other of the 12 toppings the chain offers.

That plethora of toppings is, of course, another reason this particular burger stands out among the rest. As the chain states on its site, there are more than 250,000 ways to customize a Five Guys burger, so you could get a slightly different meal every single visit.

Finally, the chain's stringent food safety standards are also worth noting. Each burger is cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 160º Fahrenheit, also known as well-done, so you cannot order a Five Guys burger rare. While this policy rankles some foodies, it ensures the meat is as safe as possible to eat. It also means you can expect to get the same quality burger no matter which Five Guys location you visit, from the original spot in Arlington County, Virginia to the store in Billings, Montana.

And you can expect to love it every single time.

For more, be sure to check out The Unhealthiest Fast Food Burgers—Ranked!

Steven John
Steven John is a freelancer writer for Eat This, Not That! based just outside New York City. Read more about Steven