Hmm... sounds like the local rumour when I was younger that Big Mac sauce was made of ground worm protein. It's true that McDonalds's used to used minced chicken in the nuggets, but I'm pretty sure it's actually all white meat now, and not bleached. This coming from a man who eats chicken several times a week. The minced chicken was pretty gross. Reminds me of the other childhood rumour that Hubba Bubba gum had spiders in it.
There are a few local burger places around here, but they tend to be a bit too pricey for my liking.
When I was growing up in a small town there was a local organization that set up a burger stand every summer for a few weeks in front of a local grocery. They were really good and cheap. My grandparents still live there, I'll have to ask if that is still done. Sadly, the grocery has been replaced by a CVS.
Heard of In-N-Out, but never tried one, none in this area. Steak-N-Shake is regional, but good as it is prepared to order (more diner than fast food). They are steak burgers. Love the shoe string fries and hand dipped chocolate malts too!
I don't eat much at Wendy's. Used to, but got burnt out on it. My favourite was their taco salad. Their food isn't too terrible.