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The Unhealthiest Fast Food Burgers—Ranked!

These burgers are the biggest offenders when it comes to calories, fat, and sodium.

Fast food has a bad reputation for a number of reasons, especially burgers. More often than not, burgers from fast-casual places contain too many calories and are loaded in saturated fat, and sodium—all of which can wreak havoc on your health.

Burgers served at popular, sit-down restaurant chains have the most calories and fat of them all, however, there are a handful of burgers from fast-food chains that are equally as bad.

Here's how we determined our list:

Methodology: In order to identify the unhealthiest fast-food burgers in America, we compiled a list of the most caloric burgers from 17 of the most popular fast-food restaurants nationwide. The burgers with the most calories, in most cases, also have the highest total fat, saturated fat, trans fat, and sodium contents as well. To break ties, we chose the burger with a greater amount of sodium and deemed that one less healthy. We also only considered the top two most unhealthy burgers at each restaurant to ensure we represented a diverse range of restaurants on this list. We also only considered fast-food restaurants that provided all the nutritional information. No sides were considered in this ranking either. Every burger on this list has at least 1,000 calories.

Now, here are the 7 unhealthiest fast food restaurant burgers in the country, ranked from the least unhealthy to the absolute worst of the worst. Notice that a lot of the burgers on this list either contain three beef patties or include several slices of bacon. For some, they contain both.

7

Culver's Mushroom & Swiss ButterBurger (Triple)

culvers mushroom swiss butter burger
Courtesy of Culver's

Nutrition: 1,060 calories, 68 g fat (29 g saturated fat, 2.1 g trans fat), 988 mg sodium, 44 g carbs (2 g fiber, 6 g sugar), 68 g protein

This triple patty stacker is packing in calories and fat, which makes it one of the least healthy fast food burgers out there. White button mushrooms that are sautéed in butter and seasoned with pepper, parsley, garlic, and salt sit between three beef patties. And if there wasn't enough butter on the mushrooms already, there's even more coating the bun. For some, this burger contains an entire day's worth of protein at nearly 70 grams.

6

Culver's Bacon Deluxe (Triple)

Bacon deluxe burger
Courtesy of Culver's

Nutrition: 1,090 calories, 76 g fat (30.5 g saturated fat, 2.1 g trans fat), 1,430 mg sodium, 42 g carbs (1 g fiber, 10 g sugar), 60 g protein

As if the Culver's Deluxe sandwich wasn't already a triple whammy with three beef patties, the bacon version is even more so, with a few slices of bacon sandwiched between the bun, too. With 76 grams of total fat, this sandwich has as much fat as 15 tablespoons of plain cream cheese.

5

Burger King Bacon King

burger king bacon king burger
Courtesy of Burger King

Nutrition: 1,150 calories, 79 g fat (31 g saturated fat, 3.5 g trans fat), 2,150 mg sodium, 49 g carbs (2 g fiber, 10 g sugar), 61 g protein

Any burger called the Bacon King is bound to have a lot of calories, right? Not only is this BK burger loaded in calories, but it also contains a whopping 31 grams of saturated fat. For a healthier bacon-burger option, opt for the restaurant chain's bacon cheeseburger, which clocks in at 320 calories, 16 grams of total fat, 7 grams of saturated fat, and 710 milligrams of sodium.

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4

Carl's Jr. The 1/2 lb. Guacamole Bacon Thickburger

carls junior 1/2 lb guacamole bacon thickburger
Carl's Jr. NZ/Facebook

Nutrition: 1,200 calories, 89 g fat (30 g saturated fat, 3 g trans fat), 1,990 mg sodium, 51 g carbs (4 g fiber, 12 g sugar), 46 g protein

Guacamole on a burger? It's no wonder this burger packs 1,200 calories and 89 grams of total fat! You might think the avocado contributes healthy fat to this meal, but when there's already half of a pound of beef coupled with bacon, there's really no need for additional fat.

3

Hardee's 2/3 lb. Monster Thickburger

hardees 2/3 lb monster thickburger
Hardee's/Facebook

Nutrition: 1,300 calories, 90 g fat (33 g saturated fat, 4 g trans fat), 3,140 mg sodium, 53 g carbs (2 g fiber, 13 g sugar), 76 g protein

Two 1/3 pound beef patties comprise the majority of this burger's insides. Another four strips of bacon, three slices of cheese, and a swipe of mayonnaise all take this burger to a whopping 90 grams of total fat. If you order the 1/2 pound cheeseburger from Hardee's, you get half of the calories (640) and about one-third of total fat (33 grams).

2

Burger King Triple Whopper Sandwich with Cheese

triple whopper cheese
Courtesy of Burger King
Nutrition: 1,220 calories, 82 g fat (32 g saturated fat, 4.5 g trans fat), 1,470 mg sodium, 50 g carbs (2 g fiber, 11 g sugar), 71 g protein

The second unhealthiest fast-food burger of them all is Burger King's Triple Whopper with Cheese. This burger costs you about two-thirds of your daily allotment of calories, about a day and a half's worth of saturated fat, and over half of your daily need of sodium (2,300 milligrams).

1

Whataburger Triple Meat Whataburger

whataburger triple meat
Eric H./Yelp
Nutrition: 1,885 calories, 84 g fat (23 g saturated fat, 3 g trans fat), 2,080 mg sodium, 221 g carbs (8 g fiber, 119 g sugar), 70 g protein

Finally, the unhealthiest fast-food burger of them all without a doubt is the Triple Meat Whataburger clocking in at nearly 1,900 calories, which is what most people eat in a full day. Three five-inch beef patties are layered on top of one another with a slice of American cheese in the middle, which explains why it packs nearly an entire day's worth of sodium in between the buns. Steer clear of this burger to avoid a massive stomach ache.

Cheyenne Buckingham
Cheyenne Buckingham is the news editor of Eat This, Not That!, specializing in food and drink coverage, and breaking down the science behind the latest health studies and information. Read more
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