Five Guys: Burger chain price fury after $36.50 receipt for just burger, fries and small drink

Does valet parking and VIP seating come with this too?

An uproar over a pricey bacon cheeseburger and fries at a Five Guys burger outlet is causing a stir on social media, baffling many over why the meal deal cost a customer nearly $40.

Five Guys is a US burger chain which has a number of restaurants in Australia including in Sydney’s CBD, Penrith in Sydney’s west and Melbourne’s Southbank. This year it will open at Sydney’s Accor and CommBank stadiums.

Its local prices have also come under scrutiny after a food reviewer bristled at paying $215 for six burgers with added fries and drinks.

A user account on X/Twitter exposed the popular fast food joint by posting a receipt he found on Reddit that showed a bacon cheeseburger in a US Five Guys – on its own – cost $US12.49 ($18.91), reported the New York Post.

The receipt also displayed a drink priced at $US2.89 ($4.37), and small fries for $US5.19 ($7.86) — all amounting to $US21.91 ($33.16).

And, even more eyebrow raising was a tip spotted on the receipt for $US2.19 ($3.31).

Altogether, with tax also added on separately, that amounted to $US24.10 or $36.48.

“Five Guys prices are out of control,” the X user wrote. “$24 for one person”.

“I guess I was expecting about $12 to $15 per person for Five Guys. $22 (without tip) just seems to cross a line. What is the right amount these days?” the post, which garnered over 25 million views asked.

Social media users stormed into the comment section, with many sounding off on the pricey meal they feel comes from an “overrated” fast-food joint.

Aussie’s fury at Five Guys’ prices

In Australia, Five Guys opened in 2021. But one foodie was less than impressed by the prices.

TikTok creator Fred, who posts under the handle @abrakebabra_reviews, said he paid $215 for six burgers, four lots of fries, and three milkshakes.

Yet, said Fred, it was only on a par with Hungry Jack’s offerings.

“I cannot justify paying this amount of money for this. I’d go straight to Hungry Jacks,” he said in a video shared this week.

“The honest truth is it is f***ing sh*t.”

He ended his TikTok rant by describing the burger as “slop” and telling Five Guys to “go back to where you came from”.

Five Guys prices in Australia vary compared to America. Burgers in Sydney start at $17 and can come in at $21 for one topped with bacon and cheese.

Milkshakes are $9.90, while fries cost between $5.90 and $9.90, dependant on size.

So while Americans my be frustrated at the price of Five Guys – it’s still cheaper than the same products in Australia.

– with New York Post.

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