Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you most likely know that burgers aren’t exactly good for you. They’re loaded with fat, calories, saturated fat, trans fats, and cholesterol, and cheese and bacon just add insult to injury. Fast food chains are America’s biggest sellers of burgers, and we’ve tracked down the 10 unhealthiest burgers of all.
McDonald’s unhealthiest burger is actually on the lighter end of the spectrum when it comes to fast food burgers; don’t forget that the Big Mac, the gold standard of unhealthy fast food, contains “just” 540 calories. But tipping the scales at 780 calories is the Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese, which clocks in at 780 calories, 45 grams of fat, 21 grams of fat, 2.5 grams of trans fat, 175 milligrams of cholesterol, and 1,310 milligrams of sodium.
Smashburger will let you create your own burger, but out of the predesigned ones available the BBQ, Bacon, & Cheddar Burger (which is topped with fried onions) is the least healthy, with 889 calories, 56 grams of fat, 22 grams of saturated fat, six grams of trans fat, 194 milligrams of cholesterol, and 1,933 milligrams of sodium.
Five Guys’ burgers automatically come with two patties; if you want a single-patty burger, you have to order it “little.” For that reason, this chain’s burgers are some of the unhealthiest around, with the standard bacon cheeseburger clocking in at 920 calories, 62 grams of fat, 29.5 grams of saturated fat, zero grams of trans fat (yay!), 180 milligrams of cholesterol, and 1,310 milligrams of sodium.
Whataburger’s A1 Thick & Hearty Burger (a double-patty burger with American cheese, bacon, grilled onions, and A1 Sauce) is the unhealthiest burger on the menu, with 980 calories, 54 grams of fat, 19 grams of saturated fat, two grams of trans fat, 115 milligrams of cholesterol, and 2,060 milligrams of sodium.
Cracking the 1,000-calorie mark is DQ’s ½ lb. Flamethrower Grillburger, two quarter-pound patties stacked with pepper Jack cheese, jalapeño bacon (whatever that is), and mayo-based FlameThrower sauce. It contains 1,010 calories, 71 grams of fat, 26 grams of saturated fat, two grams of trans fat, 165 milligrams of cholesterol, and 1,670 milligrams of sodium.
The more patties, the more calories, as proven by this triple-decker from Wendy’s. Dave’s Triple (with three quarter-pound patties) contains 1,070 calories, 72 grams of fat, 30 grams of saturated fat, four grams of trans fat, 260 milligrams of cholesterol, and 1,930 milligrams of sodium.
Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr.’s legendarily unhealthy 2/3rd-pound Monster Thickburger is a beast of a burger, and contains an insane amount of calories: 1,340, to be exact. It also clocks in at 96 grams of fat, 34 grams of saturated fat, 275 milligrams of cholesterol, and 3,130 milligrams of sodium, more than double the American Heart Association’s suggested daily intake.