Any place afraid to cook your burger to your desired doneness is not worth eating. Since 5 Guy fries their burgers beyond burnt and squeezes every bit of natural juices out of the patty, I can only assume that they don't trust the quality of the meat, or thier employees. All the free toppings confirm my fears.
"Since 5 Guy fries their burgers beyond burnt and squeezes every bit of natural juices out of the patty
". This is simply not true. They fry their burgers until the juice runs clear
(which means that they have reached an internal temp of 165), NOT
until no juice remains. (See Glenn1234's
And the reason they do this has nothing
whatsoever to do with "not trusting the quality of their meat or employees
". As has been recognized by most above, Five Guys is is "fast food". Success in the "fast food" category requires a consistent, predictable product: visit any McD's in the world and their food is the same; I have choked down their crap in New Castle, PA, NYC, Paris, McKinney, TX, B.A., and Rio and it's always the same
Of that group, (McD's, Wendy's, BK, In-N-Out, Steak 'n Shake, Culver's, Whattaburger, DQ, Jack-in-the-Box, etc.) they serve the juiciest
If you want to order something less than well-done, then bitch about what you are served, go to Chili's, TGI's, Ruby T's, or Applebee's! With wait service they are confugured to cook-to-order -- and they charge accordingly!
As Five Guys originated in Northern Virginia where (I know it's hard - and somewhat frightening - to believe
out of every eleven
adults has a law degree
, their frying their burgers until the juice runs clear has everything
to do with avoiding litigation! Back in the 1980's when Jack-in-the-Box had an e-coli "incident" in the Pacific NW, their NOVA stores closed almost immediately - never to return to that lucrative market.
(And before Mr. Hoffman tells us yet again how Waffle House prepares his burger to order I will, based on my former Maryland and Virginia food & health certifications, assert that the highest risk of e-coli comes from cooking frozen patties to anything less than well-done)!