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Tried double cheeseburgers from 5 fast food chains and the cheapest burger blew me away

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Double cheeseburgers from White Castle, Wendy’s and Shake Shack. Erin McDowell / Insider; Deutschlandreform / Shutterstock; Sheila Fitzgerald / Shutterstock; Kiran / Shutterstock captures

A Burger King double cheeseburger cost me $ 2.29.

Tried double cheeseburgers from 5 fast food chains and the cheapest burger blew me away

Burger King’s double cheeseburger. Erin McDowell / Insider

This sandwich was definitely worth the price. It was less than what I usually pay for my morning coffee.

It comes with two of the chain’s beef patties, American cheese, pickles, mustard, and ketchup on a sesame seed bun.

Tried double cheeseburgers from 5 fast food chains and the cheapest burger blew me away

Burger King’s double cheeseburger. Erin McDowell / Insider

It is accompanied by a slice of cheese.

This burger was super filling, but I liked the other burgers that I tried more.

Tried double cheeseburgers from 5 fast food chains and the cheapest burger blew me away

Burger King’s double cheeseburger. Erin McDowell / Insider

I immediately tasted the thick beef patties. The burger had traveled a little over 15 minutes from my local Burger King to my apartment, but the meat was still juicy and the cheese well melted.

The pickle slices were thick and crunchy, and I enjoyed the sesame seed bun, which added a nice element of texture. But I thought there was just a little too much ketchup, which will probably vary depending on who is making your burger that day.

It was also a bit heavy for my taste. It filled me up a bit more than I expected before embarking on the rest of the taste test. Still, for a burger that costs a little over $ 2, that might be more of an asset than a hindrance if you want a big, inexpensive lunch.

In fourth place was Wendy’s double cheeseburger, which the chain calls a Double Stack. I ordered it for only $ 2.59.

Tried double cheeseburgers from 5 fast food chains and the cheapest burger blew me away

Wendy’s double cheeseburger. Erin McDowell / Insider

It was about the same price as burgers from McDonald’s and Burger King.

A Wendy’s double cheeseburger comes with two junior size burger patties, American cheese, ketchup, mustard, pickles and sweet onion.

Tried double cheeseburgers from 5 fast food chains and the cheapest burger blew me away

Wendy’s double stack. Erin McDowell / Insider

The toppings looked a bit stingy and they were clustered in the middle of the sandwich. I would have liked to see them more spread out.

The burger bun was chewy and light, and the toppings had a ton of flavor.

Tried double cheeseburgers from 5 fast food chains and the cheapest burger blew me away

Wendy’s double cheeseburger. Erin McDowell / Insider

But I had to take a few bites to get to the toppings in the center.

The toppings themselves were amazing. I thought the pickles were the tastiest of the burgers I tried, and I liked using an onion ring rather than diced onions. Although I would have liked a little more.

McDonald’s double cheeseburger cost me $ 3.79.

Tried double cheeseburgers from 5 fast food chains and the cheapest burger blew me away

McDonald’s double cheeseburger. Erin McDowell / Insider

It was slightly more expensive than the Burger King version but had more toppings. It came with an extra slice of American cheese and chopped onions, and it was always affordable.

McDonald’s double cheeseburger includes two beef patties, pickles, chopped onions, ketchup, mustard, and two slices of American cheese.

Tried double cheeseburgers from 5 fast food chains and the cheapest burger blew me away

McDonald’s double cheeseburger. Erin McDowell / Insider

I was interested to see if the added toppings would increase the flavor.

I thought all the ingredients came together well in this burger, but the bun was a bit dull.

Tried double cheeseburgers from 5 fast food chains and the cheapest burger blew me away

McDonald’s double cheeseburger. Erin McDowell / Insider

The bun held everything together and was a good size, but it was a bit too soft and didn’t have much flavor on its own. But I liked the amount of condiments and didn’t find them too potent.

The chopped onions added a lot of flavor and the burger patties were juicy although they were thinner than Burger King’s. I liked the added cheese but didn’t think it was totally necessary.

Shake Shack’s double cheeseburger was the most expensive burger I have tried.

Tried double cheeseburgers from 5 fast food chains and the cheapest burger blew me away

Double cheeseburger shake shack. Erin McDowell / Insider

It cost me $ 9.49 for a double cheeseburger. I was able to customize my toppings, but opted for pickles, onions, and Shack sauce.

Right away I thought the burger was huge.

Tried double cheeseburgers from 5 fast food chains and the cheapest burger blew me away

Double cheeseburger shake shack. Erin McDowell / Insider

The burger patties were perfectly crispy on the outside and topped with gooey melted cheese. The pickles also looked big and homemade. It was even heavy to pick up.

The toppings were generous and the chain’s signature sauce added a ton of flavor.

Tried double cheeseburgers from 5 fast food chains and the cheapest burger blew me away

Double cheeseburger shake shack. Erin McDowell / Insider

The cheese was thick and perfectly melted.

However, biting into the Shake Shack burger was a bit overwhelming.

Tried double cheeseburgers from 5 fast food chains and the cheapest burger blew me away

Double cheeseburger shake shack. Erin McDowell / Insider

The burger was huge, which was both an asset and a hindrance. I struggled to take more than a few bites.

However, despite being the most expensive burger, I really thought it was worth the price. The burger patties were a lot thicker than other burgers I’ve tried, and the toppings definitely won out in terms of flavor.

Overall I was impressed – but drunk.

Finally, I tried the White Castle Cheese Double Slider.

Tried double cheeseburgers from 5 fast food chains and the cheapest burger blew me away

Double cheeseburger from the white castle. Erin McDowell / Insider

White Castle sliders tend to be eaten in pairs, so I ordered two. Each burger cost me $ 2.09, so I ended up paying just $ 4.18 for a generous amount of food.

The burgers were small but full of flavor.

Tried double cheeseburgers from 5 fast food chains and the cheapest burger blew me away

Double cheeseburger from the white castle. Erin McDowell / Insider

The burgers smelled strongly of onions and condiments the second I removed them from the bag.

The amount of toppings on each burger was generous.

Tried double cheeseburgers from 5 fast food chains and the cheapest burger blew me away

Double cheeseburger from the white castle. Erin McDowell / Insider

The pickles were crunchy and tasty. While the burgers each had a bun sandwiched in the middle of the burger, it wasn’t too breaded – instead, it allowed the flavors to really blend together while still being filling.

I was blown away by the cheeseburgers at White Castle – a result I certainly did not expect.

Tried double cheeseburgers from 5 fast food chains and the cheapest burger blew me away

Double cheeseburger from the white castle. Erin McDowell / Insider

As the cheapest and smallest burgers I expected them to be a bit dull. However, I have found that good things certainly come in small packages. The onions, condiments and pickles were tasty, but it was the beef that really sealed White Castle’s victory.

The small but mighty burger was the tastiest I’ve tried, easy to eat, and perfectly affordable.

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