Slater's 50/50 (duh)
I enjoy the occasional fast food burger. But, in your typical fast food burger, the patty isn’t the star. Without the cheese and sauces, fast food burger patties are quite dry and blah. Since becoming gluten free, I typically go for chicken sandwiches at fast food joints because they still have something going on in the absence of the bun. The one thing that the Bacon Insider had going for it, was that the burger tasted delicious even though it was VERY dry! The Bacon Insider has chunks of meaty bacon you can see in the patty which makes it salty and smoky but also results in a hockey puck. With the brioche bun and bacon mayo (and maybe the addition of some cheese) it might have been a pretty good burger. But something that kind of bothered me… the floral shape of the burger. It wasn’t a round patty. It was scalloped. It might be something gimmicky they’re going for, but it makes it seem that much more processed.
The moral of this story is, if you’re simply jonesing for a fast food burger, go ahead and order the Bacon Insider. It’s pretty good. But, if you’re jonesing for a phenomenal burger masterpiece, go to Slater’s 50/50. It’s the kind of burger you dream about. (Those of you who aren't in Southern California and can’t go to Slater’s… get yourself to Southern California already! You’re missing out!)
But, you know, I might be biased because Slater’s has gluten-free buns so I can get the whole experience... and I know the executive chef (Hi Brad!).