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Five Guys Burger Toppings Ranked by Popularity

Check out the most popular toppings at Five Guys.

Janie Murrell, whose sons founded Five Guys, always said that if you can make a good hamburger, you can always make money in America. Beginning in 1986, her sons’ burgers quickly became a favorite in the Washington, DC area. 

five guys burger and cup of fries

The hand-formed burgers, grilled to juicy perfection, and fresh-cut fries made only in pure peanut oil had mouths watering all over the country since 2003 when they began offering franchise opportunities. They entered the market with a boom, selling over 300 franchises in just a year and a half. 

The signature feature that set Five Guys apart from the competition was the array of toppings available to pile atop that juicy burger between fresh-baked buns.

Five Guys Toppings

Here are sixteen Five Guys burger toppings ranked by popularity.

Cheese

Step up to the counter to order a cheeseburger and you’ll get a slice of Kraft American cheese melted between your beef patties.

It’s a thicker slice than what your mom used to put in your grilled cheese too.

From there, add as many more toppings as you want for the same price. Extra cheese won’t cost you any more money either.

While a cheeseburger is one of the most popular items at Five Guys, you can always add more toppings below!


Bacon

You won’t find bacon on the toppings list, but you can order a bacon burger or bacon cheeseburger.

You’ll get the same juicy, hand-formed patties as any other burger. Your friendly Five Guys cook will layer stops of crispy apple-wood bacon atop your burger.

They won’t charge you for asking for extra bacon! 


Pickles

The next most popular topping is the iconic pickle.

You’ll get five Mount Olive pickles to add salty, briny, crunchy goodness to your already awesome burger. Mount Olive has been making pickles since the 1920s right here in the USA.

They pack their fresh pickles and peppers in North Carolina.


Lettuce

Sometimes you want some more crunch than pickles alone can provide.

Add some fresh hand-torn lettuce to add a fresh and crispy texture.

They use fresh iceberg lettuce that can serve as an alternative bun if you are steering clear of gluten or carbs. 

In fact, all of the toppings at Five Guys are gluten free, so you can rest easy knowing all the toppings are available.


Tomatoes

Five Guys has perfected the science of optimum hamburger enjoyment.

When you order tomatoes, you’ll get two slices for maximum coverage and an “even tomato-to-bite ratio every time.”

Tomatoes are so popular on Five Guys burgers that the average location uses about 350 pounds per week. 


Grilled Onions

According to Donkey from Shrek, not everyone likes onions.

But the onions at Five Guys are hand-chopped and grilled on the flat top and have made the top half of the list of 16 Five Guys toppings, ranked.

The savory sweetness of grilled onions is a winner with Five Guys fans. 


Mayo

Heinz has been making condiments since 1869 and they don’t just specialize in ketchup.

They make an exclusive mayonnaise recipe that you will only find on your burger at Five Guys.

Always get just the right amount of mayo spread evenly over a soft, fresh-baked bun. 


Ketchup

You won’t be surprised to hear that Five Guys uses only America’s favorite ketchup.

With 150 years of experience making ripe, juicy tomatoes into thick, rich ketchup, the Heinz company has perfected the recipe.

Like all the toppings on this list, you can order extra ketchup for no extra cost. 


Mustard

Order mustard and you’ll get French’s Classic Yellow Mustard to complement the other toppings on your delicious burger.

French’s, which is made by McCormick, uses only stone ground, #1 grade mustard seeds.

They skip the artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives too. Enjoy the tangy taste of mustard with no worries. 


Grilled Mushrooms

The majority of ingredients at Five Guys are absolutely fresh. One of the few frozen ingredients you’ll find there are mushrooms.

But these baby portabellas are hand-picked and packed fresh to lock in the flavor. They grill them to order and pile them onto your burger with care.

If you love mushrooms on a burger, don’t shy away from this topping.


Jalapeño

You can really spice up your burger with fresh or grilled Jalapeños.

These peppers don’t come out of a jar at Five Guys. They are freshly chopped in-house for the best jalapeño flavor.

Order them fresh for a spicy crunch or grilled for a slow, savory burn. 


Relish

Add more tangy sweetness to your burger with Sweet Green Relish from Mt. Olives.

The same company that makes perfect pickles for Five Guys also brings you their sweet and sour relish.

Don’t be afraid to ask for extra; an average location will use about a gallon of relish each week. 


Green Peppers

Perhaps the least expected item on the list of Five Guys burger toppings is green peppers.

Fresh, thinly sliced green peppers add a bright, vivid crunch to your burger. Like the onions and jalapeños, they can grill your green peppers.

Some fans of this restaurant say to order all the grilled veggies together for an impressive and enticing burger. 


Bar-B-Que Sauce

Put a little smoky sweetness on your burger with Cattlemen’s BBQ Sauce.

Cattlemen’s, brought to you by the French’s Food Company, has been brewing BBQ sauce for over 50 years.

They make a rich, thick sauce for optimal coverage and cling without extra starches or fillers. Combine Bar-B-Que sauce with grilled onions and jalapeños for a savory southwest-style burger. 


Hot Sauce

Kick it up a notch with Frank’s RedHot Original Hot Sauce.

Made from a premium blend of aged cayenne peppers, Frank’s has been bringing the heat for over a century.

Founded in New Iberia, Louisiana, Frank’s Red Hot became the original buffalo wing sauce in 1964. It happens to be excellent on burgers too!


A-1 Steak Sauce

Implied in the name, A-1 Steak sauce is the best of the best.

A blend of tomato purée, vinegar, raisin paste, orange puree, garlic, dried onions, and other ingredients results in this classic condiment made by Kraft Heinz Foodservice.

This distinctive flavor is not just for steak anymore. Elevate your burger with A-1. 


Five Guys Toppings

  1. Cheese
  2. Bacon
  3. Pickles
  4. Lettuce
  5. Tomatoes
  6. Grilled Onions
  7. Mayo
  8. Ketchup
  9. Mustard
  10. Grilled Mushrooms
  11. Jalapeno
  12. Relish
  13. Green Peppers
  14.  Bar-B-Que sauce
  15. Hot Sauce
  16. a-1 Steak Sauce

Final Thoughts

With so many delectable Five Guys burger toppings there are nearly limitless options for a customized, perfect burger.

Keep in mind that cheese and bacon are not listed on the ‘toppings’ menu. Step up to the counter to order a cheeseburger or bacon (cheese)burger then proceed to your topping selections.

You can opt for the classic lettuce, tomato, mayo, and ketchup burger like you have in the backyard on a summer day.

Check out other popular burger toppings you can add at your next barbecue!

You can pile your patties high with several toppings or keep it simple. At Five Guys, you have the freedom to build a burger as unique as you. 

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Written by Erin B.

Erin lives in East Passyunk and enjoys checking out the local restaurants in South Philly and beyond. Her favorite restaurants are those with spicy food and outdoor seating so that she can bring along her dog, Miss Piggy.