BOSTON - APRIL 3: Boston, MA 040313  Five Guys' Bacon Cheeseburger All the Way and fries photographed on April 3, 2013. (Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff)/ G
The Only Type Of Oil Five Guys Uses In Its Food
By Chase Shustack
Five Guys doesn't consider itself an ordinary hamburger restaurant and prefers to consider itself a business dedicated to "reinventing" the fast food hamburger. Five Guys also knows that a burger isn't a burger without a side of fries, and only one type of oil is allowed to fry up fries.
Five Guys exclusively uses peanut oil to fry its food, and according to Chad Murrell, the son of founder Jerry Murrell, the use of peanut oil helps give the fries a much better taste and texture. "Lots of people prefer to use hydrogenated oils for a crisper fry," explains Murrell, adding, "But we want that melt-in-your-mouth buttery taste that nonhydrogenated oil offers."
While this may be true, the extensive use of peanut oil in Five Guys' kitchens may challenge those with peanut allergies. Five Guys does have notices outside of its establishments to allow customers to know about the peanut products it uses, and no signs seem to point towards a change as peanut oil remains a popular choice for the company.