At Burgerator.com, we do things a little differently. Our mission is to find the best overall burger experience; from the tastiest burger and the most delicious accessories to the service and ambiance of the restaurant. To do this we"ve created a comprehensive ranking system to analyze each individual aspect of what makes a burger great.
We have carefully chosen 13 metrics by which a burger is analyzed. Those categories are:
Tastiness – How tasty is it? It's plain and simple, 1-10, with 10 being the tastiest.
Ambiance – What's the vibe? To completely enjoy a meal, you have to feel good about your surroundings. Scale from 1-10, with 10 being the best.
Accessories –This includes burger toppings (lettuce, pickles, onions etc.) and side accessories (milkshakes, beer, fries, salad, etc.) Scale from 1-10, with 10 being the best.
Size (oz) – This one's easy, how many ounces is that patty?
Price – To standardize as much as possible, the price represents the price of a cheeseburger + fries.
Presentation – We eat with our eyes first. Scale from 1 to 10; 1 being "you couldn't bear to look at it", 10 being "you couldn't bear to eat it."
Sloppiness – How many napkins do you need to eat this burger? Scale from 1 to 10; 1 being completely napkinless, 10 means utensils were involved...spoons included.
Accuracy – Simple pass/fail ranking. Did you get what you ordered? You specified medium-rare, but this is clearly medium-well. (P)ass or (F)ail.
Service – Great service can make the difference between a burger and a burger experience. Celebrity treatment: 10, silent treatment: 1.
Satiation – How full are you? Patty size is only one small piece; did a meal here leave you satisfied? Scale from 1 to 10; Stuffed at 10, bottom-less pit at 1.
WYCB (Would You Come Back) – This category is meant to be a catch-all. While some of the other factors may influence this decision, maybe there are some unquantifiable factors we've missed that could sway your decision. This is a (Y)es or (N)o category.
Fries – While fries are a component of accessories, we felt it's important to note their uniqueness separately as well. Scale from 1 to 10.
Bun – A bun can "make or break" a burger, enough said. Scale from 1 to 10.
Every time we visit a restaurant, every reviewer gets the chance to rate their burger experience on each of our 13 metrics. After all reviewers have given their opinion, an average is calculated for each metric. As most of the categories are a scale from 1 to 10, the averages will generally represent the group's consensus on a scale from 1 to 10. For the Accuracy and WYCB categories, which are binary ('P' or 'F', and 'Y' or 'N', respectively), the consensus metric is % Pass for Accuracy and % Yes for WYCB.
Once the average for each category is calculated for a single restaurant, those averages are compared to the average for the same categories for all restaurants. The ranks displayed on the homepage represent how these averages relate to each other for each category. For instance, if Restaurant 1 has an average Tastiness score of 8 and Restaurant 2 has an average Tastiness score of 8.5, then Restaurant 1 will rank #2 for Tastiness and Restaurant 2 will rank #1.
Each category has been given a weight as to how much it influences the overall burger experience. Once the restaurants are ranked in each category, we apply the category weights to aggregate the overall rank score. The overall rank score represents the weighted average ranking for the restaurant across all categories. The restaurant with the overall rank score closest to 1 is the "best" overall restaurant based on our category weights. If you care more about one of the categories than we do, you can sort the list by clicking the column header of your choice. If Tastiness is all that matters to you, for example, you can click the Tastiness header and see which restaurant ranks 1st for Tastiness only.