The Unhealthiest Fast Food Burgers—Ranked!
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. While burgers served at popular, sit-down restaurant chains may have the most calories and fat of them all, there are still 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 saturated fat 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 pack at least two beef patties and some even include several slices of bacon. And after, don't forget to read 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve a Comeback.
Hardee's Double Western Bacon Cheeseburger
This burger doesn't boast the typical toppings. Two charbroiled beef patties are stacked on top of two fried onion rings, two melted American cheese slices, and doused in BBQ sauce. It's no wonder this burger made the naughty list!
Culver's Mushroom & Swiss ButterBurger (Triple)
This triple patty stacker is packed 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.
Culver's Bacon Deluxe (Triple)
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. Clocking in at a whopping 76 grams of total fat, this sandwich has as much fat as 15 tablespoons of plain cream cheese.
Burger King Bacon King
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 316 calories, 16 grams of total fat, 7 grams of saturated fat, and 713 milligrams of sodium.
Burger King Triple Whopper Sandwich with Cheese
The third 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).
Carl's Jr. Monster Angus Thickburger
The runner-up is the Carl's Jr. Monster Angus Thickburger, which packs nearly 1,300 calories and 90 grams of saturated fat. In addition to two beef patties, this burger also stacks four strips of bacon, three slices of American cheese, and a generous amount of mayo. Dare we say this meal is a heart attack on a bun?
Whataburger Triple Meat Whataburger
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.
For more, be sure to read: The 5 Healthiest McDonald's Burgers, According to a Dietitian.