A Five Guys Employee’s Tips for Saving Money on Your Order

  • A Five Guys employee shared his tips for getting the most out of your money at the chain.
  • He says people may not know fry servings always get an extra dose and hamburgers have two patties.
  • A small fry feeds one to two people, he said, and order a “little” burger if you want one patty.

At Five Guys Burgers and Fries, there are a few things about the menu that stray from the more recognizable fast-food structure. There are no meal combinations, the word “little” means small rather than kiddie-sized as some might assume, and toppings are completely left up to the diner. 

A more noticeable difference is the pricing. At my New York City location, a Little Hamburger, which if ordered without toppings is a single patty on a bun, costs $7.29 — prices vary by market and you can check your local menu on the chain’s website. A little-sized fry order costs $4.09, and the next size up jumps to $5.09.

But Maezion Henix, a Five Guys employee in Shreveport, Louisiana, who recently went viral for his behind-the-scenes TikTok videos, told Insider that there are a couple of ways customers can avoid spending more money than they have to.

His first tip comes from a standard practice that diners may not know about: Each fry order gets an extra scoop. 

Five Guys meal cheeseburger and cajun fries

An order of Cajun fries at Five Guys.

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“Our small fry feeds one to two people, our regular fry feeds two to four people, and our large fry feeds four to six people,” Henix said. “So if I see two people coming in, I’d tell them to get a little fry to help them save some money.”

He told Insider that if he’s working the register and sees two people walk in, he recommends a little fry because regardless of what size they order, they’re going to get an extra scoop tossed into their bag. Henix said he even gives the team member working the fry station a heads up that the order coming through will be for two people. 

Five Guys meal cheeseburger and cajun fries

A Five Guys cheeseburger has two patties.

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When it comes to the burger, don’t be fooled by the word “little,” Henix said. If you order a burger or a cheeseburger, you’re going to get the more expensive, two-patty version of the sandwich. So if you’re not trying to spend extra on a double, be sure to specify that you want a single patty.

You can then take the opportunity to load up on toppings and make the single patty as filling as you’d like. All toppings from lettuce to pickles to grilled mushrooms are free. To avoid paying for more food, go right ahead and order your burger dressed “all the way” with tomatoes, pickles, grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, ketchup, mayonnaise, lettuce, and mustard. 

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