Spend some time in Texas and you'll be sure to hear the debate between Texans: Whataburger vs. In-N-Out Burger. They both sling burgers, whip up delicious milkshakes and serve up their sandwiches with a signature sauce. But there can only be one clear burger joint winner; today the people have spoken.
The Whataburger Vs. In-N-Out Debate Proves There Is Only One Winner
With the influx of Californians and west coast residents moving to the Lone Star State, they brought with them In-N-Out to battle it out against Texas' classic fast food restaurant.
All About In-N-Out Burger
Founded in 1948, in Baldwin Park, California, In-N-Out was a pioneer in the fast-food world. They opened the first drive-thru (before then carhops would take your order and wheel your burgers to you) and had a secret menu before it was trendy to have one.
The menu is sparse with only offerings such as cheeseburgers, fries, and milkshakes but each item is executed perfectly, including the double-double and cheeseburger served up Animal style on the secret menu.
Employees hand-cut potatoes for french fries, buns are toasty, and the milkshakes require a spoon from being so thick. The California chain is also highly popular due to its scarcity and can only be found in California, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, and a few cities in Texas. It was its expansion into the Dallas area back in 2010 that started the battle between the two fast-food chains.
Wild About Whataburger
Founded in 1950 in San Antonio, Texas, Whataburger has held a cult-like following since its opening. With over 670 stores in Texas and another 150 in New Mexico, Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, and Alabama.
The menu has something for everyone, whether you like chicken, burgers, fish, salads, or breakfast. Favorites include the Whataburger Patty Melt and the honey butter chicken biscuit if you visit during breakfast hours.
The Whataburger is the flagship burger and comes topped with tomatoes, lettuce, pickles, diced onion, and mustard. Feeling bold? Dress it up with a squirt of spicy ketchup or creamy pepper sauce.
Most recently the brand sold a majority hold of the company to Chicago-based BDT Capital Partners.
So Who's the Winner of In-N-Out vs. Whataburger?
According to USA Today readers, it's Whataburger! In the fight for the Best Regional Fast Food Whataburger took third place while In-N-Out trailed behind in fifth place. Second place went to Tennesse's favorite burger chain, Pal's Sudden Service while first place went to The Habit Burger Grill, which is known for its Charburger. McDonald's didn't even make it on the list.
We also battled the two brands to find the best burger and to the surprise of our many Texas coworkers, we found that In-N-Out's fast food burger was far superior to that of Whataburger.