Five Guys dethrones In-N-Out as most favorite burger chain

Five Guys dethrones In-N-Out as most favorite burger chain

In-N-Out held the title of America's favorite burger chain over the past two years in the poll.

In-N-Out, which had been the nation's favorite burger chain for the past two years, has just been unseated by Five Guys Burgers and Fries, according to the Harris Poll's annual EquiTrend Study.

Researchers found that McDonald's was the most familiar restaurant to people who were surveyed but, yeah, they weren't even voted as being in the top five places where you can grab a burger.

Five Guys, which first opened its doors in 1986, in Arlington, best known for its straightforward burger offerings with limitless toppings and fresh-cut fries cooked in peanut oil.

The poll was conducted between December 20 and February 21, surveying 100,000 consumers aged 15 and over. Burger King, Jack in The Box and Carl's Jr. didn't crack the top 10 list. It expanded out of the Northern Virginia area in 2003 and has grown to 1,500 locations throughout the United States.

In-N-Out was founded in California in 1948 and has more than 300 locations in California, Arizona, Texas, Nevada, Oregon and Utah. That figure is now 68 percent, with Five Guys reaching 81 percent familiarity among Generation Z and millennials.

The Cheesecake Factory was named best casual dining restaurant, Ben & Jerry's was ranked the best ice cream and FroYo shop and Papa John's was named the best pizza chain.