The Frankenburger: A McDonald's-Burger King-Wendy's Experiment

Beware the Frankenburger! It's the frightening product of a careful -- and often disgusting -- experiment to make the tastiest fast-food hamburger possible. If you took the best elements from a Big Mac, a Whopper, and Wendy's Half-Pound Double with cheese, what would you get? You'd get the Frankenburger, my friends. And when we say "best," well, everything's relative.

In the picture above, and all those below, we have, left to right: Big Mac, Whopper, and Wendy's.

To the buns! The Big Mac bun is almost too dry and tasteless to be believed. Wendy's bun has nice heft but is also desiccated and tasteless. Burger King wins by default with bread that's sweet and chewy almost like a potato bun.

Onward to sauce and vegetables: The Whopper is squirted with mayo, Wendy's Half-Pound Double with mayo and ketchup. Only the Big Mac has that pinkish special sauce -- tasting vaguely like Thousand Island dressing, it's obviously the best sauce going.

Vegetables are a different story. The Big Mac is dressed with a sad pile of limp iceberg lettuce and a few scrawny pickles. Wendy's offers pickle, lettuce, onion, and tomato, but those tomatoes taste like death. The Whopper takes it just because its vegetables are not terrible.

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