There’s no doubt that Texans love their Whataburgers, but we wondered how Harmon Dobson’s creation would stack up against other popular chains nearly seventy years after he flipped his first patty.

So in a highly unscientific blind taste test, we invited eleven randomly selected Texas Monthly staff members to rank from one to five the basic cheeseburgers from Five Guys, In-N-Out Burger, Shake Shack, Smashburger, and Whataburger. Only after the voting ended did the eaters find out which burger was which. Below are the final scores and some notable comments.

Photograph by The Voorhes
Photograph by The Voorhes

1. Whataburger

Total score: 46/55
First-place votes: 5
One-liner: “I love you.”

2. Smashburger

Total score: 42/55
First-place votes: 4
One-liner: “That bun is butter-kissed.”

3. Shake Shack

Total score: 41/55
First-place votes: 2
One-liner: “Okay bun-to-patty ratio.”

4. In-N-Out Burger

Total score: 19/55
Last-place votes: 5
One-liner: “I do see a little pink on my tiny, tiny patty.”

5. Five Guys

Total score: 17/55
Last-place votes: 6
One-liner: “Not worth the calories, but I’d still eat it.”