Whataburger Vs: In-N-Out: Who Is The Burger Champion?

In light of a recent study, Texans are debating which is a better burger place: Whataburger or In-N-Out?


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If an In-N-Out and a Whataburger sat side-by-side, which would you choose?

Mitchell Tyler, Staff Writer

In recent weeks and months, a debate has arisen among burger lovers across the great state of Texas. People are taking sides, and things are getting ugly. The competitors are  Whataburger and In-N-Out.

In one corner: In-N-Out Burger. In-N-Out was founded in Baldwin Park, California in 1948. Since its founding, the establishment has had a simple menu. It boasts creamy shakes and greasy, 100% beef burgers. The simplicity is attractive for many, and Texans have grown to love it since the establishment moved to Texas in 2011. Personally, I enjoy the burgers. They’re filling, just greasy enough, and all around well done. The Double Double is definitely a burger worth eating. A weak point often identified by customers in In-N-Out is the fries. They’re just weird, and there’s no reason to say they’re great at all.

In a recent study, it has been said that Texans enjoy In-N-Out more than their native Whataburger.

The madness must end.

In the other corner stands Whataburger. Whataburger was founded in 1950 in Corpus Christi, Texas. It quickly spread out to other parts of the state. Whataburger is famous for its “All Time Favorites” menu: a segment of food choice that features the Patty Melt, Monterrey Melt, Honey Barbecue Chicken Strip Sandwich, and the Sweet and Spicy Bacon Burger. These menu items, particularly the Monterrey and Patty Melts, are the deciding factor as to what is the better restaurant. Yes, In-N-Out does have an off-the-menu feature called “Animal Style” fries and burgers, but they do not measure up to the All Time Favorites. The issue is that many do not know about the All Time Favorites Menu and their taste buds suffer for it. This is why people think In-N-Out is better.

The danger in saying that Whataburger isn’t as good is in what is consumed on your visit. If a regular cheeseburger from both establishments are sampled, In-N-Out is better. However, when you go to a restaurant, you get the best menu item. Because the best menu items at Whataburger are far, far better than the best menu items at In-N-Out, I can conclude with confidence that Whataburger is a better burger joint. Whataburger has a more specialized menu that is fitted for the tastes of Texans.

In-N-Out is a solid food establishment, but there just isn’t anything special about it, and that’s the bottom line.

If you have any issues with this article or my opinion, eat a Whataburger Monterrey Melt before getting upset. Trust me. If you’re still mad, email me at mitchell.tyler@mckinneychristian.org and maybe then I’ll be able to convince you.