Culver’s Wins Best Fast Food Cheeseburger

The Thrillist gave our beloved fast-food chain the honor in The Fasties awards.

The Double ButterBurger with Cheese, a creation of Wisconsin-based Culver’s, reigns supreme as the country’s best cheeseburger, an honor bestowed by The Fasties, the fast-food awards cooked up by Thrillist, the New York City-based media website that covers food, drink, travel and entertainment.

“You’d be hard-pressed to find a chain that won’t boast about its ‘high-quality’ ingredients, but it’s absolutely true here: You won’t be getting any flaccid lettuce or translucent tomatoes,” Thrillist noted of Culver’s premium burger. “Every one of these beauties is made-to-order and emerges piping hot, with its Wisconsin-made cheese adding a wonderfully balanced touch of sharpness atypical of American cheese. This is the ideal fast-food burger, one that feels like it came from a mom n’ pop shop, and whose flavor is all the more transcendent with a side of cheese curds and a frozen custard.”



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Thrillist claims to have dispatched its most trusted fast-food experts from around the country to visit each major chain to chow down premium cheeseburgers and see how they stacked up overall. Each burger was judged on its ingredients, aesthetics, freshness and “overall deliciousness.”

Thrillist noted that Culver’s continues to expand beyond its Midwest base, which will allow consumers in other parts of the country to judge for themselves whether the Double ButterBurger with Cheese is worthy of its meaty ranking.

The Culver’s burger edged out In-N-Out’s Double-Double, which ranked second overall, and Sonic Drive-In’s SuperSonic double cheeseburger, which held down the third spot. 

Read Culver’s statement about the big win, below: 


“Culver’s was founded on the idea of providing excellent service and high-quality food made with the best ingredients. So, it is extremely gratifying to hear from guests or, in this case, Thrillist about the love they have for our food. It’s even more special to see our Double Butterburger with Cheese recognized because it’s one of our signature dishes (ranking right up there with our Fresh Frozen Custard). What really makes it stand out is that every Culver’s ButterBurger starts with fresh, never-frozen beef which is cooked to order for its great signature steak taste. We specifically cook with fresh beef so we don’t lose any of the flavor our guests have come to expect and enjoy. It’s also important to note every Butterburger is cooked to order which means it doesn’t touch the grill until after you order. We carefully handcraft each ButterBurger specially for each guest and it shows. The finishing touch is topping each with a lightly buttered, toasted Kaiser bun. Not only does it add more flavor and texture to every bite, it’s what makes a ButterBurger a ButterBurger.”


– Eric Skrum, Culver’s spokesperson




Rich Rovito is a freelance writer for Milwaukee Magazine.