I’ve tried the biggest burgers at 5 fast food chains and my favorite flavor was freshly grilled.

Wendys Daves Triple, Burger King Triple Whopper and McDonalds Big Mac with chain logos in circles

I’ve tried the biggest burgers at McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, In-N-Out and Shake Shack.Erin McDowell/Insider; New York Russ/Shutterstock; Savvapanf Photo/Shutterstock; rafapress/Shutterstock

  • I’ve tried the biggest branded burgers at McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, In-N-Out and Shake Shack.

  • I found that some very large burgers were more appetizing than others.

  • Burger King’s Triple Whopper impressed me with its fried patties and fresh toppings.

The double cheeseburger from Shake Shack was surprisingly large.

Shake shack double cheeseburger in paper packaging on blue background

Double Cheeseburger Shake Shack.Erin McDowell/Insider

It cost me $9.49 not including tax. I was able to choose the toppings, but chose pickles, onions, and shack sauce.

The burger patties were perfectly crispy on the outside and topped with gooey melted cheese.

Shake shack double cheeseburger in paper packaging on blue background

Double Cheeseburger Shake Shack.Erin McDowell/Insider

The pickles also looked big and homemade. It was hard to even lift. The toppings were generous and the chain’s signature sauce spices it up. The cheese was also thick and melted nicely.

However, in my opinion, biting into a Shake Shack burger was a bit overwhelming.

bitten in a shaker double cheeseburger in paper packaging on a blue background

Double Cheeseburger Shake Shack.Erin McDowell/Insider

Burger was hugewhich was both an advantage and a disadvantage. I struggled to survive more than a few bites.

Despite the above average price, I definitely thought it was worth it. The hamburger patties were much thicker than many other burgers I’ve tried and the toppings definitely overpowered them.

Overall, I was impressed… but stuffed.

My preferred burger was the classic: McDonald’s Big Mac.

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McDonald’s Big Mac.Erin McDowell/Insider

I had a conflict over whether McDonald’s biggest hamburger was the Big Mac, which is physically the biggest thanks to the extra bun, or the double quarter-pound burger, which has the most meat. I decided to try both to avoid any controversy among McDonald’s fans who would argue over which one is bigger.

The Big Mac cost me $6.49 at my local McDonald’s before taxes.

The sandwich had a generous layer of pickles, lettuce and sauce.

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McDonald’s Big Mac.Erin McDowell/Insider

The burger patties were not stunning, nor was the sandwich in general. I also liked the Big Mac’s spicy creamy sauce. However, I thought the added bun made the sandwich look too much like bread and other flavors were a bit lost in my opinion.

The sandwich was a good size and very filling, but I wasn’t thrilled with the flavor profile.

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McDonald’s Big Mac.Erin McDowell/Insider

I just wish there was more flavor going on. Between an extra bun and a generous helping of Big Mac sauce, it was all I could taste. Tomatoes, cheese, or just other seasonings could take the sandwich to the next level.

4×4 is the largest burger in In-N-Out and is part of the chain’s “not-so-secret” menu.

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Entrance-exit 4×4.Erin McDowell/Insider

Also called “Quad Quad”, this giant burger is made up of four beef patties, four slices of cheese, lettuce, tomato, spread, and the option of adding onions. At the In-N-Out restaurant I visited, it cost $7.20, making it the second cheapest burger I’ve had.

The huge burger was hard to hold in one hand, let alone bite into.

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Entrance-exit 4×4.Erin McDowell/Insider

Looking at it, it was just So a lot of meat. I suppose you must have a really big appetite to get through all this.

Every element of the burger was delicious, from the juicy beef patties to the layers of cheese, fresh lettuce and tomatoes.

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Entrance-exit 4×4.Erin McDowell/Insider

However, I found that the extra patties interfered with my meal rather than adding it.

It was overstuffed and the vegetables did little to balance the amount of meat and cheese in the burger. The buns also started falling apart while I was eating. To be honest with myself, I personally would never order this again. While tasty, it was just too much meat for my taste.

I also tried McDonald’s Double Quarter-Paunder with Cheese. I preferred it to Big Mac.

McDonald's Double Quarter Pound Burger

Double quarter-pound McDonald’s with cheese.Erin McDowell/Insider

Looking at the burger in the box, I immediately noticed that it had more meat than a Big Mac. The meat was clearly the star of the show, and the rest of the toppings were barely visible under the cutlets and bun.

The burger cost me $9.69 before taxes.

Double Quarter Pound with Cheese comes with a whopping half pound of meat, pickles, onions, ketchup and mustard.

McDonald's Double Quarter Pound Burger

Double quarter-pound McDonald’s with cheese.Erin McDowell/Insider

I found this burger to be quite tasty, especially thanks to the seasonings and large chunks of crunchy pickles. However, I wasn’t thrilled with the bun – while I usually love the sesame seed bun, I found it to be quite soft, airy, and artificial in taste.

I would order this burger again.

McDonald's Double Quarter Pound Burger

Double quarter-pound McDonald’s with cheese.Erin McDowell/Insider

Despite a ton of meat, the burger didn’t seem too heavy to eat. I thought it was a real sandwich, especially compared to the giant burgers from Shake Shack and In-N-Out.

The second best burger I had was Wendy’s Dave’s Triple.

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Triple Wendy Dave.Erin McDowell/Insider

When I pulled up to Wendy’s local diner, this very large hamburger wasn’t even on the menu. However, thanks to my research on the Internet, I still decided to order it. I was wondering how popular this sandwich is and how many people choose the triple patty burger.

Dave’s Triple Burger is $7.69 before taxes.

Wendy’s Dave’s Triple Burger comes with almost a pound of beef, American cheese, crisp lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, ketchup, mayonnaise and onions.

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Triple Wendy Dave.Erin McDowell/Insider

The sandwich was hard to find but all the ingredients were well balanced. There was a large portion of tomatoes, pickles and cheese so it didn’t look like the beef patties would be too strong.

I thought this burger had a ton of flavor, the cheese was perfectly melted and the patties were very juicy.

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Triple Wendy Dave.Erin McDowell/Insider

Although I personally couldn’t finish it all, I definitely thought the flavors were there and it was good value for money.

If I changed anything, it would be the addition of mayonnaise. It ended up mixing with tomato juice in an unappetizing way, creating a tomato-mayonnaise sauce that toned down other flavors.

My favorite burger I tried was Burger King’s Triple Whopper with Cheese.

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Burger King Triple Whopper with cheese.Erin McDowell/Insider

Like Dave’s Triple, the Triple Whopper also comes with three quarter-pound beef patties, though those at Burger King are grilled. The burger cost me $11.28 before taxes, making it the most expensive burger I’ve had.

Unlike all other burgers, the Triple Whopper only comes with one slice of cheese.

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Burger King Triple Whopper with cheese.Erin McDowell/Insider

However, I felt like it allowed the other flavors of the burger to really come through, and it resulted in less gut-filling and more appetizing food.

The lettuce, tomatoes and onions tasted very fresh and gave the burger a delicious crunch that I found some of the others didn’t have.

I also liked the beef patties in this burger the best I’ve had.

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Burger King Triple Whopper with cheese.Erin McDowell/Insider

The hamburger patties had a lot of smoky, savory flavor that made the sandwich look like it had just been taken off the grill. I also thought that the shape of the patties, which were larger in circumference but flatter than some other burgers, made the sandwich easier to eat.

Overall, I really enjoyed this burger and would definitely order it again if I have an appetite. While I’m not sure it’s worth more than $10, it was a very generous portion and the most delicious of all without being overly large.

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