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Stacey Brooks

In-N-Out robbed of most influential burger

The Double-Double at In-N-Out Burger. (Facebook Photo)

Time Magazine just came out with a list of the 17 most influential burgers in history.

They claim they interviewed burger historians (I didn't know there was such a thing!) and experts to determine which patties made the biggest impact on the burger industry—and the world at large.

Coming in at No. 1: The White Castle Slider.

The magazine said the "now-iconic square patty" that debuted in 1921 was the first burger to spawn a fast-food empire.

Although I grew up in New York eating White Castle sliders as a kid, I completely disagree that it is the "most influential" burger in history. I guess part of this depends on how you define influential.

The McDonald's Big Mac and Burger King Whopper are certainly two of the most well-known burgers in America. But when I think of influential I think of something that changes our behavior and has a cultural impact.

I have never seen a fast food chain that has more passionate customers than In-N-Out.

Just look at social media. People get off airplanes and post about how they're heading straight to In-N-Out because the chain doesn't exist where they live and it's the best burger they've ever tasted.

Celebrities are constantly posting pictures of their In-N-Out drive-through runs on their Twitter and Instagram accounts. Beyonce even posted a picture of her and her husband, Jay Z, on their private plane eating burgers from In-N-Out as they flew home after a concert. Think about it, they can choose anything in the world to eat and that's what they picked?

Yup! Because it's a one-of-a kind burger, that's delicious and memorable.

I'm sorry Time Magazine, but your burger experts and historians simply got it wrong.

About the Author


Stacey hosts KTAR's entertainment reports weekday mornings on Arizona's Morning News. You can also hear her bright-hearted female perspective on the air as she "fills-in" on various talk shows on KTAR. She is the host of a weekly video feature on KTAR.com called, Short Takes, and writes a pop culture blog for the website as well. Stacey received a Bachelor's degree from Cornell University and a Masters in Journalism from Northwestern. She has been a Radio Host and TV Contributor in the Valley for more than a decade, and was named Best Voice on Radio by Phoenix Magazine. A multi-faceted host, Stacey describes herself as a news and entertainment junkie and someone who is passionate about pop culture. As the co-host of annual Radiothons, Stacey has helped to raise millions of dollars for Phoenix Children's Hospital. When she's not on-the-air, Stacey loves to hike, travel and spend time with her husband, Todd, and toy poodle, Skyler.

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