When I'm short on time and money, yet big on appetite, I'll typically go to one of the 3 three main burger joints: McDonald's, Burger King or Wendy's. Each has its own challenges related to keeping things gluten free. For example, did you know that McDonald's has wheat ingredients in its fries? Unfortunate but true. Wendy's fries are gluten free, and if you make sure by asking, are sometimes fried in their own designated fryer, making them gluten free. Burger King's fries are gluten free, but they are always fried in the same oil as wheat-battered food = off limits!
I decided to document the way that each of the big 3 serve their burgers minus the buns. Although I love Wendy's burgers, their staff never seem to be knowledgeable about gluten issues, and always look at me like I have an additional alien head growing out the side of my head. The presentation of their bun-less burgers is typically less than spectacular. Here's what a few burgers with lettuce and tomatoes looks like served up. Wendy's came in THIRD in my little secret shopper GF competition.
Burger King actually has a button stating "Carb-Free" that they use when people order burgers with out buns. Burger King staff also seem to know a little about gluten issues and never make me feel like I'm some kind of neurotic picky food person. Although I'm always happy with the service and the product, their presentation could use a little improvement. Here's what their GF burger presentation looks like. Burger King came in SECOND PLACE.
Finally, the champion of GF Burger presentation is McDonald's by a mile! Every time I order bun-less burgers from McDonald's, I'm treated with courtesy and the presentation is often exceptional. McDonald's does GF burgers the best, which is why they've earned FIRST PLACE in my secret shopper GF competition. Here's their burger presentation.