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Worst Food in the World: The Most American Thickburger

This beef patty-hot dog combo has more calories than 21 Chicken McNuggets.

Listen Up!

Worst Food in the World: The Most American Thickburger

This beef patty-hot dog combo has more calories than 21 Chicken McNuggets.

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 Carl's Jr. and Hardee's The Most American Thickburger. It makes its fast-food debut tomorrow.

To whip up the just-in-time-for-summer menu item, Carl and Hardee throw a beef patty, a split hot dog and a layer of thick kettle-cooked potato chips in a hamburger bun. They also throw on ketchup, mustard, tomato, red onion, pickles and American cheese for good measure. The burger will cost your waistline 1,030 calories (that’s more than you’d find in 21 Chicken McNuggets) and a day’s worth of artery-clogging fat.

Our advice: If you dare order this diet-derailing monstrosity, don’t opt for the combo meal. The small fries pack on an additional 360 calories, and depending on your drink of choice, you’re looking at 270 more sipped through a straw. Better yet, don’t order The Most American Thickburger at all. Especially if you want to avoid, well, getting thick. So what should you order instead? If you find yourself at Carl’s Jr., opt for the 480-calorie Guacamole Turkey Burger; if you’re dining at Hardee’s, we recommend the 440-calorie Little Thick Cheeseburger. And if you’re craving some crunch, you can BYO small bag of potato chips and still fall well under the 1,039-calorie mark.

If you're headed to Carl's Jr., just don't fall for their healthy-sounding Veg It Meatless Guacamole Thickburger. It's one of the 5 Worst 'Healthy' Fast-Food Menu Items in America.