EAT THIS, NOT THAT! – Next time you’re in the mood for a fast-food burger and you want to sink your teeth into the best, consider heading to one of these chains where the beef is never frozen.
The chain uses all-natural beef that is free from hormones, steroids, and antibiotics and, of course, is never, ever frozen. The chain also takes its buns seriously, baking three types daily. In addition, its hand-cut fries feature Chipperbec potatoes, a variety it says is grown to be made into the best french fries.
While Hoppdoddy doesn’t have a large footprint, it is actively growing and seeking to expand. It currently has 50 locations in eight states.
2. Elevation Burger
Elevation Burger is one of the few fast-food spots that serves 100% USDA-certified organic ground beef in all its burgers. The chain even grinds its own beef in-house and hand-pats every burger before throwing it on the grill.
The chain takes pride in other ingredients, too, cutting its fries in-house every day and cooking them in heart-healthy olive oil. While the chain isn’t huge—it has a little over 30 locations concentrated in the Northeast—it is one of the healthiest burger chains out there.
3. Five Guys
The “guys” at Five Guys are serious about fresh meat. So much so that they couldn’t even freeze their burgers if they wanted to. Per the restaurant’s website: “There are no freezers in Five Guys locations, just coolers.”
The fresh, handmade burger patties are clearly worth the expense and effort, as this chain has grown from a D.C.-area niche spot to a global phenomenon in a generation with over 1,400 locations in the U.S.
Wendy’s uses fresh, never-frozen beef, and the chain wants to make very certain you know that—the slogan is plastered all over the menu, blog, and advertising materials.
In fact, Wendy’s has been serving fresh beef since its founding in 1969, at least within the contiguous U.S. states, Alaska, and Canada. Sorry, Hawaii.
Smashburger seasons, smashes, and sizzles its meat, but never freezes it, at all of its over 200 locations …