Photo Jay Caboz
  • We rigorously tested burgers from four leading fast-food outlets.
  • One particular burger was so bad, testers refused to finish it.
  • The winner was Burger King, with Steers a close second.


Amid fierce competition in the fast food market, we set out to find the best beef burger for your buck. All the burgers we tested cost below R50.

Our tasting team pitted Steers, Burger King, Wimpy, and McDonald's burgers against each other. We each tasted all four burgers and scored each on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the best).

The patties were also weighed and the presentation of the burgers compared.

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Here is how South Africa's fast-food burgers stacked up.

Steers


Photo Jay Caboz
Photo Jay Caboz

Classic Beef Burger will cost you: R47,90
Patty weight: 77g.
Average score: 7.8 out of 
10

This burger was certainly the sauciest. There was a lot going on: pickles, barbecue sauce, diced onions, and mustard. But this burger didn’t manage to pull it all together.

Our tasters loved the patty, which actually tasted like real meat, but were not fans of the bun, which tasted stale.

The burger was also expensive, and we didn't get any sides for the price.


Burger King

Photo Jay Caboz
Photo Jay Caboz


Big King Burger will cost you R44,50. (It also comes with medium chips and unlimited soda).
Patty weight: 70g.
Average score: 8 out of 10

 It was nicely presented and had three slices of bread and two patties.

The meat was beefy and tasted flame-grilled. The tangy mayonnaise sauce was definitely a favourite.

The chips were tasty, and with unlimited cool drink, this also offered the best value. 


Wimpy

Photo Jay Caboz
Photo Jay Caboz


Wimpy Burger will cost you R49,90. (It also comes with regular chips).
Patty weight: 70g.
Average score: 3.7 out of 10

Most of the tasters refused to finish this burger. It lacked any flavour and all that came out was the pungent taste of pickles. What relish there was appeared slimy.

The burger was also dry and the amount of cheap tomato sauce was found wanting. There was too much bread for the small amount of fillings and the bun was dry and stale.

The chips that came with the burger were translucent in colour, soggy and bland.


McDonalds

Photo Jay Caboz
Photo Jay Caboz

Beef Quarter Pounder will cost you R48,50. (It also comes with chips and a drink).
Patty weight: 84g.
Average score: 6.3 out of 10

Despite boasting the biggest patty, it was dry and tasteless. The burger as a whole, however, was not a disappointment. It was appetising and flavourful despite minimum relish.

The tasters loved the chips, which quickly disappeared, as well as the drink that came with.


The result: Burger King, with Steers a close (but expensive) second.

Burger King makes the best fast-food hamburger according to our testers, with Steers coming close in average scoring. But once you factor in that the Steers burger is more expensive – without the chips and drink Burger King throws into the deal, there is no contest when it comes to value.

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