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I tried a viral TikToker hack to get a free burger at Five Guys, and ended up with 2 meals for the price of one

The hack worked, but I got less toppings on each sandwich as a result. Rachel Askinasi / Insider

  • A TikToker shared his hack to get a free cheeseburger from Five Guys, and I tested it for myself.

  • He recommends ordering a double patty burger with all the toppings on the side and an extra bun.

  • The hack technically works, but I’ve found that getting two perfect burgers depends on different factors.

The food bloggers behind the HellthyJunkFood TikTok account shared a hack to get a free cheeseburger at Five Guys.

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JP Lambiase explains his Five Guys hack on TikTok. HellthyJunkFood / TikTok

Five Guys Burgers and Fries regular burgers are made with two patties. If you want a single galette sandwich, you will need to order a “small” one.

Food bloggers JP Lambiase and Julia Goolia have found a way to turn those double servings of meat into two separate sandwiches at no additional cost.

They posted a video guiding viewers through their hack on HealthyJunkFood’s TikTok account (@hellthyjunkfood). The video had 8.4 million views at the time of writing.

So I went to my neighborhood to see if the hack really worked.

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I decided to place my order in person. Rachel Askinasi / Insider

I usually order online for pickup when testing fast food items to minimize time spent inside the restaurant. But for this trial, I thought it would be best to place my order in person. I knew it would take a lot of customization which is not always easy to do on an online order.

I followed their lead and ordered a cheeseburger with all the toppings on the side, plus an extra bun.

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This is all that came in my order and how everything was packed. Rachel Askinasi / Insider

The clerk who worked at the cash register had to check with the rest of her team when I asked if I could put all my toppings aside.

She said an extra bun isn’t something they usually give, but that they would let it slip this time around. I looked on my receipt and it was not listed on the ticket at all.

A regular cheeseburger cost me $ 9.39 at my New York location, while a small cheeseburger would have cost me $ 8.19. If you split the cost of the two-tier sandwich after you’ve split it, you’ll end up with two burgers that each cost $ 4.70 – a huge deal at Five Guys.

In my bag I had a platter with pickles, lettuce, tomatoes and onions, a separately wrapped toast bun, and then a third foil wrapper with my cheeseburger. I also ordered my sauces on the side so I had two separate plastic containers of hot sauce and barbecue sauce.

As I was digging and starting to build my sandwiches, I realized that a major factor in how this hack works is how the patties are stacked.

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One burger had a lot more cheese than the other. Rachel Askinasi / Insider

The Five Guys team member who built my cheeseburger had stacked the two slices of cheese between the patties. It was the same way they were stacked in the TikTok video.

When I separated the two patties, one had a lot more cheese than the other. If I used this hack to share lunch with someone, it would have resulted in an awkward conversation about who was okay with settling for less cheese on theirs.

After trying this division myself, I think if the cheese and patties were stacked alternately, it would make things more even in terms of cheese distribution.

I also realized that the toppings I was given were enough to make a full Five Guys burger.

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I would have appreciated more lettuce and more pickles on each. Rachel Askinasi / Insider

One thing I love about Five Guys is its consistency over fresh tasting, generously portioned toppings. By ordering my toppings for a separate burger, I ended up with less of each item per sandwich.

Each of my burgers got a slice of tomato instead of two, about five small pieces of crisp lettuce, and two small pickles. I was given a large portion of grilled onions so I was able to load them onto each bun.

Overall, this hack works – as long as you’re lucky with a team that’s willing to give you an extra bun on the side.

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I was able to build two burgers for the price of one. Rachel Askinasi / Insider

This tip really boils down to whether you are able to afford an extra bun. If the folks at Five Guys had decided to deny my request for a spare bread, this whole experience would have been a failure.

But if you can get your hands on the bun, and you don’t mind the inconsistency of the cheese or the possibility of having minimal toppings on your sandwiches, you can build yourself two cheeseburgers for the price of one.

Personally, I probably won’t use this hack again. I think for my own life it’s more effort than it’s worth. However, if I was a student again on a budget and tried to make meals as long as possible, then I would probably factor that into my monthly meal rotation.

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