With each changing season seems to come a new slew of foods with catastrophic calorie counts—you health-minded foodies out there know exactly what we’re talking about. And if you’ve ever been curious how bad these trendy eats actually are, you’re going to love our latest column: Worst Food in the World. In each installment, we find out just how villainous these nutritional nightmares really are. Taking center stage in today’s edition is “The Big Max,” a burger created by Moshe Tamssot at McDonald’s new “Create Your Taste” kiosk in Chicago.
Not familiar? The fast-food giant is testing a create your own burger concept in over 2,000 of their locations across California, Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The touch-screen kiosks—which let customers customize their burger using 30 different ingredients—can also be found throughout Australia. Curious about just how creative of a burger he could create, Tamssot went to his local Chi-town McDonald’s to create the meal of his dreams. Here’s what he asked for:
Two Quarter Pounder all-beef patties (319 calories)
1 artisanal bun (120 calories)
10 orders of bacon (1,000 calories)
10 orders of sharp white Cheddar cheese (1,128 calories)
10 orders of pepper jack cheese (1,100 calories)
10 orders of American cheese (693 calories)
10 orders of chili lime tortilla strips (350 calories)
10 orders of jalapenos (17 calories)
10 orders of guacamole (830 calories)
10 orders of grilled mushrooms (30 calories)
10 orders of grilled onions and 10 orders of crisp red onions (92 calories)
10 orders of green leaf lettuce (15 calories)
10 orders of crinkle-cut pickles (72 calories)
10 orders of McDonald’s special sauce (1,500 calories)
10 orders of mayonnaise (585 calories)
10 orders of sweet BBQ sauce (395 calories)
10 orders of creamy garlic sauce (1,500 calories)
10 orders of ketchup (58 calories)
The best part? He rounded out his meal with a large Diet Coke.
After crunching the numbers, we estimate that his order comes in around 9,804 calories (that’s the equivalent of 25 McDoubles!), 801 grams of fat and 251 grams of saturated fat, with over 12 days worth of salt! Instead of downing the burger at the Golden Arches, Tamssot took it home so he could throw it on a scale—and in was 3.8 pounds! While he didn’t say whether or not he actually ate the massive meal, if we had to guess, there’s no way he’d ever be able to down the entire thing. For those of you curious enough to try to order something similar from your local Golden Arches, do yourself a favor and split it with 30 of your closest friends. Or just take a cue from What 8 Diet Experts Order at McDonald's.