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The Worst Burger You Should Never Order From Wendy's

There's one menu option that is just downright scary.
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It's safe to say that even the most health-conscious person can't always resist the temptation that arises when you happen to pass the drive-thru of your favorite fast-food restaurant. So if you happen to pull up to a Wendy's, ready to indulge in a cheat meal, and you're having trouble deciding which burger you should order, we're here to help you out. See, there is one menu option that no matter how you spin it is just a no-go.

Yes, there is one Wendy's burger that is truly the worst of the worst and it's one you really should never order. So which is it?

The worst burger at Wendy's is…

Bacon Jalapeño Cheeseburger Triple

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Courtesy of Wendy's
Per 1 burger: 1,260 calories, 86 g fat (33 g saturated fat, 4.5 g trans fat), 2,150 mg sodium, 47 g carbs (2 g fiber, 7 g sugar), 76 g protein

To say this burger is big is an understatement, that's for sure. Here, there are three of Wendy's iconic square beef patties that are topped with pickled jalapeños, Applewood smoked bacon, American cheese, crispy fried onions, a savory cheese sauce, and a smoky jalapeño sauce. Clearly, it's packing a lot of heat, so you would have to be a spicy-food fan to ever think of ordering this burger. But there are just too many red flags to justify eating this in one sitting.

For starters, it's more than 1,000 calories, which is already reason enough to skip this burger. It's also packing a scary 86 grams of fat and 4.5 grams of heart-harming trans fat. The 2015-2020 American Dietary Guidelines say it's best to limit trans fats consumption to as low as possible, which means consuming zero trans fats should be what you're aiming for.

Then you take a look at the sodium, and it's important to keep in mind that the American Heart Association recommends consuming no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day. This burger has more than 2,100 milligrams, which closely approaches your entire daily limit.

In one burger. Without any side dishes.

Plus, there are 76 grams of protein in this burger, which is again, way too much for a person to be eating in one meal. It's been suggested that no more than 30 grams of protein per meal is ideal. (FYI, if you're looking for more helpful tips, your ultimate restaurant and supermarket survival guide is here!)

Which Wendy's burger is the best to order instead?

There really is nothing wrong with a classic, and that same logic applies to your Wendy's order. The Jr. Hamburger clocks in at 240 calories—more than 1,000 less than the monstrosity above. Plus, it only has 420 milligrams of sodium, which again, is much lower than what you would get from the Bacon Jalapeño Cheeseburger Triple. You can even enjoy a junior order of fries with this burger and not have to worry about completely destroying your waistline (and your overall health!) in one meal, something you would have to seriously think about if you ate the other burger and a side dish. And it's all about enjoying an entire meal when you're indulging in some fast-food, right?

Jennifer Maldonado
Jennifer Maldonado is a senior editor at Eat This, Not That!, specializing in food and health content. Read more
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