In order to eat healthier, you also need to know what to stay away from. I found seventeen burgers offered at fast food chains that contain more than 1,000 calories. Yes! Believe it or not, you have the capacity to eat half of your daily caloric allotment in just one burger if you follow the standard 2,000 calorie/day as seen on all food labels.
Did you know that the fattest fast food hamburger will set you back 1,400 calories and a Hardee 108g of fat? The sodium in that same burger will cost you 2770mg which exceeds the daily sodium intake suggested by Mayo Clinic of 1,500-2,400mg. And, that is without french fries or a drink. And that fat burger is popular, it is 3-1/2 years old, and was voted "Best Hamburger 2007" by Best of CitySearch. A bit scary, no?
Remember back in the day, when the Big Mac was considered the fattest burger in town. Well, today, you can eat two Bic Macs (540 calories/ea.) for one Jack in the Box Bacon Ultimate Cheeseburger (1090 calories). Also, the fat in that same Jack burger is the equivalent of about 7 tablespoons of butter (not factoring in trans or sat fats. Just fat as a visual.) One more tbsp and you have a stick. (Avg.butter is 11.25g fat/tbsp)
In the chart below, I highlight the 17 fattest burgers over 1,000 calories. All the info is based on the nutritional charts of each fast food place as of April 2008. But, not all the fast food chains have burgers over the 1,000 mark, so in the second section, I listed the fattest burger that the particular fast food chain offered. The fast food chains listed are (in alphabetical order): Burger King, Carl's Jr, Hardee's, Fatburger, In-N-Out, Jack in the Box, McDonald's, Sonic, and Wendys.