Five Guys at intu MK is the perfect family burger joint

Alicia Approved column: With every hangover, comes an urge to scoff fast food, writes Alicia Babaee.

But we mustn’t tar Five Guy with that brush; this isn’t just some hangover fix.

Five Guys, founded in America in 1986, has a no freezers, microwaves or tin openers philosophy.

It serves real food, cooked fresh from scratch. It just happens to be great for a quick, casual meal, too.

Its burgers are handmade daily on site, with grain-finished, Irish minced beef.

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Its potatoes are also hand cut daily and cooked in peanut oil.

Timers are banned; chefs rely on their senses and instincts, as with all great cooking.

The menu is uncomplicated – burgers, hot dogs and sandwiches.

But if you’re in a burger joint, there’s only one real contender.

Most of us went for bacon cheeseburgers, some going for full-size (two patties) and others going for the ‘little’ option (one patty).

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The impressive range of unlimited free toppings includes pickles, tomato, jalepenos, mushrooms, onions, peppers and sauces galore.

Between us we had six combinations out of a possible 250,000!

I kept it simple with fresh onions, pickles, lettuce and ketchup, while the hubby went for pickles, grilled onions, jalapenos and hot sauce.

The patties are thin, but incredibly juicy and tasty. You order and pay at the counter, then collect your food when your number’s called.

We ordered three regular fries between six – which turned out to be far too many!

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We had both Five Guys and Cajun style, but preferred the less salty Five Guys ones.

The drinks menu is exciting. We had milkshakes – peanut butter, strawberry and vanilla – and all were thick, creamy and moreish.

The rest of us had refillable soft drinks from the Coca-Cola freestyle machine, which allows you to choose any soft drink (Coca-Cola, Fanta, Sprite etc) and add flavours such as orange, lemon and lime or raspberry.

I enjoyed the beloved Still Fanta of my childhood!

For the six of us, it would have come to around £78. It’s not a cheap option, but it is a delicious one.

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Alicia is an award-winning freelance editor, copywriter and communicator. To talk to her about how she can help your business, connect with her on LinkedIn.

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