Burger Battle: Delta VS. United Domestic First Class Cheeseburgers

by Anthony Losanno
Burger Battle

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One of the simplest and often safest choices in First Class is often the cheeseburger. Both Delta Air Lines and United Airlines currently offer this as a choice on domestic routes. I sampled both of them recently and decided to put them head to head in a burger battle. Who’s burger will reign supreme?

Brioche Bun


Delta’s bun was just lightly toasted. The United burger’s bun was overdone with the bottom a bit stuck to the dish. Both were brioche.

Winner: Delta



Both burgers had melted cheese. The United cheese was melted more (likely because it was cooked longer). I liked that Delta had cheese under and over the patty.

Winner: Delta



United provides lettuce, tomato, and pickles as well as ketchup and mayonnaise packets. Delta offered a dish of mustard, a ketchup packet, and pickles on the burger. The United burger has caramelized onion and jalapeños.

Winner: United

Burger Patty

Burger Patty

If I can choose a temperature for a cheeseburger, I’m always going with rare. I know I’m not getting this in flight, but I also don’t want it super well done. Delta’s burger actually had some pink in the middle while the United patty was overcooked and a little dry.

Winner: Delta

United French Fries


Tomato Salad

Side Dishes

United just began serving French Fries. I reviewed them here. They’re tasty if the flight attendants leave them in long enough to be crispy. Delta served a bowl of sliced grape tomatoes and corn. It was a tasty side dish and reminded me of summer barbecues. United also served a Pie in the Sky cookie and Delta included a packaged Bell’s Cookie. For some reason, United also served a roll. I’m not sure why more carbs were needed.

Winner: Tie

Delta Cheeseburger


United Dinner


Both burgers were good, but I have to give the nod to Delta since the burger was cooked better. This impacted the bun and it was a bit melted to the plate. Side dishes were similar. There is something novel about having fries in flight, but they need to be cooked long enough to be crispy.

Winner: Delta

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1 comment

Greg June 22, 2023 - 9:02 am

A hamburger isn’t appropriate for a premium cabin meal, period.


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