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In-N-Out Lost Its ‘Best Burger in America’ Title to This Chain

According to the Harris Poll's annual EquiTrend Study, America’s new favorite burger chain is Five Guys

Everyone loves a good burger, but there’s some feisty competition to be crowned the king of beef. The Daily Meal believes that the best chain burger in America is Shake Shack’s ShackBurger, but a new survey contends that the all-time best burger in America is actually Five Guys (we placed them at number three). In-N-Out lost its title in the annual Harris Poll EquiTrend study to the classic greasy burger chain with more fries than frills.

In-N-Out had been the two-year reigning champion of this user poll, which asks users to rank consumer brands of all stripes in categories like familiarity, quality, and how likely they are to consider buying from the brand. Five Guys Burgers and Fries was closely followed by In-N-Out, then Shake Shack and Wendy’s.

In other food-related categories, the Cheesecake Factory was named the casual dining brand of the year, Starbucks (unsurprisingly) snagged first in the coffee category, and Chipotle failed to even rank on the list of Mexican casual restaurants. Papa John’s won best pizza and Subway beat out Panera for the top sandwich brand.

Searching for the big beef beyond the chain? Check out our ranking of the 101 Best Burgers in America.

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