Outback Steakhouse is a restaurant chain known for its steak, ribs, and other red meats. They famously advertise with their signature Australian-accented spokesperson (even though the chain is actually American, not Australian at all). It’s owned by Bloomin’ Brands, a company that also runs the chain restaurants Bonefish Grill, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar. But of all the chains this corporation owns, Outback Steakhouse is the largest and most successful.
Their one fatal flaw? They don’t greet you at your table with a bread basket. Part of the complicated reason restaurants give you bread is actually to make you feel hungrier — and since Outback Steakhouse has so many calorie-dense, overloaded menu items, you’d think they’d capitalize on the opportunity.
Let’s face it: You don’t go to Outback because you’re craving a salad — but even still, some of their items have more saturated fat and calories than you might expect.
The unhealthiest item on their menu might not surprise you — it’s world famous for being impossibly greasy and humongous. But the other options on this list might seem like average menu options. If you have health concerns when you’re going out to eat, it’s important to know which orders could put your health at risk.
For your reference the next time you eat at the nationwide chain, here are the menu items with the most calories.
We also collected the healthiest Outback Steakhouse menu items.
The Blue Cheese Bacon Burger is a regional menu item, meaning you won’t find it at every Outback Steakhouse location. But that might be for the better — this burger will land you 1,380 calories of cheesy, bacon-covered red meat. Hello, heartburn! It has 86 grams of fat and 2,160 milligrams of sodium, and that’s not including any sides or fries.
Outback Steakhouse offers either a half rack or a full rack of their popular baby back ribs. They’re served with a tangy barbecue sauce and French fries, plus an add-on of rice. The full order is 1,410 calories and 2,200 milligrams of sodium. There’s no way you’ll go home hungry.
You can order Outback Steakhouse’s chicken wings as a party platter or as an appetizer. We’re not sure how this passes for an appetizer, however. One regular order of the Kookaburra Wings, served with blue cheese and celery, is anywhere from 1,400 to 1,450 calories, depending on how spicy you want your sauce. They’ll also tack on 3,700 milligrams of sodium — apparently their secret blend of spices involves a lot of salt.
Most Outback Steakhouse locations offer crab cakes as an appetizer or serve crab meat as an accompaniment to a piece of tilapia. However, at some regional locations, there is an option to order either two or three crab cakes as an entrée. Crab cakes are often deep-fried and loaded with fatty ingredients — these are no exception. If you opt for three crab cakes, your order will be 1,470 calories and 119 grams of fat.
No one orders dessert expecting something low-calorie to arrive at the table; but this order might be more than you bargained for. It’s an “extra generous” pecan brownie topped with ice cream, chocolate, chocolate sauce, and whipped cream. The portion is generous, and so is the calorie count — the dessert is 1,500 calories and contains 120 grams of sugar. If you’re feeling one of these symptoms after eating it, you might have overindulged on your sugar craving.
We’re genuinely confused as to why this weighty, cheesy meal is on the menu as an appetizer. Sure, it’s appetizing, but it’s large enough for multiple meals. The greasy tortillas are stuffed with slow-roasted ribs, Monterey Jack cheese, a chipotle spread, cilantro, and green onions, served with a generous dollop of sour cream on the side. The regular size is 1,590 calories and 107 grams of fat. To scale it down to 820 calories, you can order the small size instead.
You might think that the chicken quesadilla would be lower in calories and fat than the one filled with red meat — but in this case, you’d be wrong. The Alice Springs Chicken Quesadilla is loaded with chicken breast, bacon, multiple cheeses, sautéed mushrooms, and a generous slather of honey mustard sauce. The regular size contains 1,620 calories and 98 grams of fat. If you’re craving the quesadilla stuffed with ribs, you’re not saving yourself any calories by choosing chicken breast.
Not all locations offer this deep-fried chunk of meat, but depending on where you dine you might come across Chicken Fried Chicken and Chicken Fried Steak on the menu. The chicken is slightly lower in calories and fat than the steak, but anything fried is going to throw your calorie number overboard. Served with mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables, the Chicken Fried Chicken is 1,630 calories, 102 grams of fat, and 4,100 milligrams of sodium.
If you order the Aussie Cheese Fries, you might want to share. Especially if you order the large — these fries are smothered in bacon, ranch dressing, and two different types of cheese and will load you with 1,770 calories and 117 grams of fat. Are these fries really worth that? They might be, but you could probably get better fries elsewhere.
Can’t decide on which grease-soaked appetizer to order from Outback? With the Aussie Signature Sampler, you’ll get a combination of three of the fattiest, cheesiest, most caloric items on their appetizer menu. They serve their Bloomin’ Onion petals, Steakhouse Mac & Cheese Bites, and a sample-sized portion of the Aussie Cheese Fries. The monstrous combination is 1,780 calories and 125 grams of fat.
The Chocolate Tower is a towering slice of rich chocolate cake smothered in a sweet raspberry sauce. Sounds like your average dessert, right? There’s nothing average about how much sugar is in just one slice of it, though — 199 grams. That’s nearly the same amount of sugar you would consume from eating 20 donuts or slurping down four Frappuccino’s. The sugary slice has 1,780 calories.
They don’t just fry chicken at Outback Steakhouse — they fry steak. And, like you would expect from any deep-fried portion of greasy red meat, the caloric consequences are monstrous. This entrée, including the side of mashed potatoes and vegetables, contains 1,880 calories, 125 grams of fat, and 4,560 milligrams of sodium.
Outback Steakhouse is famous for its Bloomin’ Onion—a deep-fried delicacy of specially-prepared onion served with their spicy signature sauce. How Outback Steakhouse manages to prepare the onion this way used to be somewhat of a mystery. Now, people have discovered this fancy device they use to make it, and Chrissy Teigen even managed to learn how to prepare one herself. If you love the Bloomin’ Onion as much as she does, however, you might want to reserve it for special occasions. The Bloomin’ Onion is 1,950 calories and 155 grams of fat.
The Steak Quesadilla and Fries is another regional item not sold at every location. It’s an entrée, unlike the similar Steakhouse Quesadilla, and a larger portion. Including the French fries, this menu item contains 2,000 calories, 125 grams of fat, and 3,260 milligrams of sodium.
Didn’t think it could get any fattier than Outback Steakhouse’s famous Bloomin’ Onion? Try topping that greasy monstrosity with an entire order of French fries, then smothering the tower of fried food with melted Monterey Jack and Cheddar cheeses and chopped bacon. This is all served with a side of mayo-based bloom sauce and spicy ranch dressing. Some are calling it the unhealthiest appetizer in history, with an appalling 2,960 calories, 221 grams of fat, and 5,660 milligrams of sodium. But Outback isn’t planning on scaling back the fat content anytime soon — according to the chain’s origins, their greasy cooking methods could be the secret to their success.
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