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Across social media, especially Twitter, Popeyes’ new fried chicken sandwich has been all the buzz this week. Some have even gone so far to say it is the best chicken sandwich they have ever had. If you like fast food chicken sandwiches and odds are you do, it is also likely you have been consumed by the debate between Popeyes’ new, featured product and the famous Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwich, which has taken on a life of its own.

If you’re brand loyal, it’s hard to truly be objective in the battle. Some feel Popeyes has always been better than Chick-Fil-A. Others feel Popeyes is late to the chicken sandwich game and it’s blasphemy to suggest it could ever defeat Chick-Fil-A in a head-to-head contest.  Popeyes’ fried chicken is a more southern, greasy style chicken while Chick-Fil-A’s sandwich is probably the “healthier” option.

This debate will probably never be settled, but we don’t think Popeyes or Chick-Fil-A care very much. Both have gotten tremendous press the last few days.  It’s been estimated that the social media exposure that Popeyes has gotten thus far is equivalent to nearly $24 million in paid advertising.  And lines have been out the door this week at Popeyes across the nation. Some restaurants have even sold out of chicken sandwiches.

Naturally, food writers of all stripes had to jump in.  The Washington Post’s Maura Judkis, taste tested Popeyes next to Chic-Fil-A and Shack Shack’s Chick’n Shack.  Her expert analysis said, “[Popeys] is the crunchiest, crispiest fast-food chicken sandwich out there. It’s also hefty, with a greater surface area than either of its competitors. The bun is more buttery…the chicken is juicy and the pickles are cut thicker.” And her coup de grace was that “the Cajun fries are a better textural accompaniment than waffle fries, which, despite their fun shape, tend to go flaccid.”

Fast Food has become as much of a culture norm in America as signing the Star Spangled Banner before a sporting event, or paying your taxes. It’s quick, it’s cheap, its tasty (for good or for ill), and they’re everywhere. Drive down any business highway and there’s a gas station, a fast food restaurant, and repeat, until you leave civilization.

Theres often debates on who is the best, who is the healthiest, what qualifies a restaurant to be a fast food restaurant, and so forth. The debates are never ending, nor are they ever settled. However, we figured we’d dive into the discussion by rating the Top 5 “In House Burgers” from the major fast food chains just to stir the proverbial pot. These are your traditional fast food drive in scenes that do not include the likes of a Five Guys or a Zinburger. We’re talking the old fashion greasy goodness, pull up, order, and go. With that said, here we go!

1. In and Out – The Double Double 

Not available nationwide, which is a crime, but none the less it holds the top spot. The burgers are the freshest, simplest, and most delicious in our opinion. They don’t overcomplicate things, and they do what they do best, best. If you’re ever on the west coast, In and Out is a must. After you try it for the first time, you’ll know why.

2. McDonalds – The Big Mac

Not available nationwide, which is a crime, but none the less it holds the top spot. The burgers are the freshest, simplest, and most delicious in our opinion. They don’t overcomplicate things, and they do what they do best, best. If you’re ever on the west coast, In and Out is a must. After you try it for the first time, you’ll know why.

3. Burger King – The Whopper

Two words, Mac Sauce. It’s nothing complicated, its essentially a combo of ketchup, mayo, and some other ingredients that we probably don’t want to know, but boy is it good. Double patty, extra bread, the pickles, and the crinkly lettuce, are all there for the sole purpose of complementing the best sauce in the game. For that reason alone, the Big Mac is #2 on the list.

4. Wendy’s – The Classic’s 

The name is powerful. It commands the idea of “A LOT”. It’s a whopping burger! Big, juicy, flame broiled, and littered with toppings including mayo, The Whopper has been a classic for decades, but outside of its history, the value is really in the name. We like it, but we don’t love it, so it hits #3 on the list.

5. White Castle – The Traditional Slider

The Classic Single, Double, and Triple are Dave’s signature burgers on the menu. They’re good, but as the chain’s signature burger, it’s not their best burger. Where as McDonalds and Burger King’s top burgers are the Big Mac and Whopper respectively, we’d argue that Wendy’s is more known for other items on their menu (Baconator, Junior Bacon Cheeseburger, etc.) more so than the classic recipes. For that reason, we have it 4th on this list.

The smallest burger on the list by far, but that’s not why it comes in at 5th out of 5. While the slider is a quick grab, and can be consumed in one bite, the taste isn’t great, the buns are usually doused in grease, and it almost always takes forever when waiting on a dozen at a drive through. You want a good late night munch, White Castle is a great move, but if you can choose between the aforementioned, it comes in 5th place 10 out of 10 times.

Let us know your “house special” burger thoughts in the comment section below. We don’t expect you to agree, we just want to hear why!