The Unhealthiest Fast Foods of 2019
Not all fast food menu items are created equal. While most chains have wised up and now have at least a handful of healthy dishes to choose from, our favorite fast food joints still know how to create one heck of an unhealthy entree—be it a loaded hamburger packed with tons of trans fats or a massive sundae that has several days worth of sugar.
Below, we've unveiled 2019's unhealthiest fast food disasters. We've limited the list to items that were introduced this year, but even with that restriction, there were plenty of nutritional nightmares to choose from.
Scroll down to see which sandwich has nearly two days worth of salt, and which caffeinated beverage has more sugar than seven Krispy Kreme glazed donuts!
Red Robin "French Onion Ringer" Burger
This behemoth of a burger includes a flame-grilled beef patty, Swiss cheese, crispy onion straws, French Onion spread, and tomatoes on an onion bun crowned with melted provolone and topped with a tower of three crispy-fried onion rings. In other words, it's no surprise that it boasts more than half of a woman's recommended caloric intake for an entire day. Be warned: if you're going to Red Robin before February 2020, when it's removed from the menu, avoid this burger at all cost.
Burger King Double Pretzel Bacon King Burger
What do you get when you combine two quarter-pound burger patties, bacon, American cheese, mustard, and mayo on a toasted pretzel bun? A salt fest! Launched to time up with Oktoberfest, this burger has more than 1,900 milligrams of sodium, which is dangerously bloating. Sodium puts a strain on your heart by raising your blood pressure.
Arby's S'mores Shake (Large)
This Arby's beverage, which features a vanilla shake blended with s'mores syrup and topped with a drizzle of Ghirardelli chocolate sauce, Hershey's milk chocolate pieces, crumbled graham crackers and mini marshmallows, is a downright disaster. From the calorie count to the harmful amount of carbs and sugar, this is one drink we'll be happy to say goodbye to in December 2019 when Arby's takes it off their menu.
Baskin-Robbins USS Butterscotch Sundae
This Stranger Things-themed dessert, which debuted in July 2019, is essentially a banana split with the addition of three triangle waffle cone "sails" so that it resembles a ship. Though this confection may look cute, it's nutrition profile is anything but. For starters, 25 grams of saturated fat is nearly two days worth of the cholesterol-boosting substance.
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Wendy's Double Bacon Jalapeño Cheeseburger
This burger matches the Burger King Big King XL's amount of bad-as-can-be trans fats, but it has more calories, fat, and sodium than that burger. That likely has something to do with the fact that this meal, which was introduced to Wendy's menu in July 2019, is comprised of a half-pound beef topped with pickled jalapeños, applewood smoked bacon, American cheese, crispy fried onions, a savory cheese sauce, and a smoky jalapeño sauce.
Burger King Big King XL
Burger King attempted to dethrone the Big Mac with this monstrosity back in January 2019. The half-pound burger apparently had 175 percent more beef (and 82 percent more calories) than the Big Mac. It was topped with two slices of American cheese, sliced onion, pickles, lettuce, and special Stacker sauce on a toasted sesame seed bun, so it's nutrition profile isn't exactly surprising. The three grams of FDA-baned trans fats, which have been proven to increase your risk of developing heart disease and stroke, are especially troubling. We're just glad BK pulled this burger off the menu soon after introducing it.
Olive Garden Giant Chicken Parmigiana
The Giant Chicken Parmigiana, which basically takes up an entire plate, was part of Olive Garden's limited-time Giant Italian Classic menu in April 2019. It was topped with marinara sauce and melted mozzarella, and was served alongside fettuccine alfredo—which helps to explain why the meal is more than 1,600 calories. The massive feast also had a whopping 108 grams of fat and more than 4,000 milligrams of sodium, which is nearly the same as nine single-serve bags of Rold Gold Pretzels.
Arby's Bourbon BBQ Barrel Stack Sandwich
The Bourbon BBQ Barrel Stack, a summertime addition to Arby's menu, featured a barrel-aged Kentucky bourbon barbecue sauce, pit-smoked ham, smoked brisket, a crispy-fried buttermilk chicken filet, brown sugar bacon, cheddar cheese, and crispy onions. Though this sandwich shockingly had less than 900 calories there was still enough salt in this meal to last you a day. Instead, opt for one of the best low-sodium fast food orders.
Sonic Blast With Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (Large)
Not only does this cookie dough-loaded shake contain more than half the recommended calorie intake for a day, but it also has more than four days worth of sugar and a shocking amount of carbs. What's more? This cookie-inspired beverage also packs two grams of uber-harmful trans fats and more sugar than a pint of Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia ice cream.
Buffalo Wild Wings Southern Chicken Sandwich
From a culinary perspective, this sandwich made with a hand-breaded, beer-battered (with Lagunitas IPA) chicken breast, Swiss cheese, bacon aioli, Napa slaw, and pickles on a challah bun is all over the place. It just so happens to be a nutritional nightmare, too. Though it's not the most caloric item on this list it's got a cringe-worthy amount of sodium and manages to pack in a gram and a half of artery-clogging trans fat. You think BWW is trying to compete with Popeye's new Chicken Sandwich?
KFC Spicy Mac & Cheese Bowl
KFC took a bowl of mac and cheese (made with a three-cheese blend no less) and made it even unhealthier by tossing in popcorn chicken that's been covered in the chain's Nashville Hot sauce. The result is a dish that was loaded with sodium and heavy on the carbs. It seems like it wasn't received as well as KFC thought it would be back in August, as the meal is no longer offered on KFC's menu.
Quiznos Pit-Smoked Brisket Sandwich (8-Inch Sub)
Sure, this brisket was lovingly smoked for 13 hours, but that doesn't justify taking down an eight-inch sub with as much sodium as two Nissin Top Ramen cups. You don't have to fret over how bloated your belly would be after taking down this sub—it was discontinued in October 2019.
Arby's Beer Cheese 'N Double Beef Sandwich
Is a sandwich with roast beef, beer cheese sauce, crispy onions, and beer pub mustard on a toasted pretzel bun really worth jeopardizing your health for? Not only did this bad boy, which was featured on Arby's "Meatoberfest" menu, have a whopping amount of sodium, but it also contained more than 20 percent of your suggested daily value of carbohydrates.
Burger King Spicy Chicken Caesar Sandwich
Burger King's newest take on the classic salad involves a spicy crispy-fried chicken breast filet, lettuce, tomato, creamy Caesar sauce, bacon, and shaved parmesan cheese on a toasted potato bun. Needless to say, it's far from healthy. Just look at that fat content!
Dairy Queen Cinnamon Roll Shake
Dunkin' Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Signature Latte with Skim Milk (Large)
With 81 carbs and 72 grams of sugar, drinking one of these seasonal beverages is the rough equivalent of eating more than seven Krispy Kreme glazed donuts.
Burger King Rodeo King Burger
The Rodeo King, which graced Burger King menus in summer 2019 after a nearly two-year hiatus, featured two quarter-pound, flame-grilled beef patties, three half-strips of thick-cut bacon, onion rings, BBQ sauce, American cheese, and mayo. That's why it was more than 1,200 calories, is packed with saturated fat and has enough carbs to account for about 20 percent of your suggested daily intake.
KFC Nashville Hot Chicken and Waffle Sandwich
This savory and sweet combo—a fried chicken breast filet with Nashville Hot sauce, sandwiched between two waffles and served with a side of Mrs. Butterworth's syrup—gets failing marks for both sodium and sugar. It's also heavy on the carbs and boasts more than 1,000 calories. Yikes. November 2019 was the second time KFC offered the limited-time chicken and waffles (after debuting it last year), and we hope it's also the last.
McDonald's Snickerdoodle McFlurry
McDonald's describes this Snickerdoodle dessert as a "creamy, sweet treat perfect for the holiday season." The thing is, the fast-food chain didn't specify exactly how sweet this limited-edition festive treat is. It boasts 65 grams of sugar, which is almost three days worth of sweet stuff.
Dunkin' Holiday Egg Nog Signature Latte (Large)
Dunkin' always has a holiday line-up of seasonal drinks, but this year they added a doozy. Their November 2019-released Eggnog Signature Latte is basically a latte that's been injected with a whole bunch of added sugar. More specifically, it combines the flavors of eggnog and cinnamon and is crowned with whipped cream, caramel drizzle, and cinnamon sugar. The result is a sickeningly sweet drink that also accounts for about a day and a half's worth of added sugars.