Review: 2/3 lb. Monster Thickburger from Hardee’s

Every good story needs a great villain. The original Star Wars trilogy would have been a faded memory without Darth Vader. Ironically enough, it was Vader that ruined the prequels. A Joaquin Phoenix-less Gladiator would have left us with three hours of just Russel Crowe. There isn’t a tomato large enough to throw at that hypothetical travesty of a film. Since its debut several years ago, Hardee’s 2/3 lb. Monster Thickburger has been lambasted by many critics as the clear villain in the fast food world.

Clocking in at almost 100 grams of fat, it’s easy to see why some would be so quick to declare this as the top antagonist of the quick serve industry. But before we get into that debate, I just want to know if it is any good. Does the flavor beat out the evil? Hardee’s describes the 2/3 lb. Monster Thickburger like this:

Two 1/3rd lb. charbroiled 100% Black Angus beef patties, four strips of bacon, three slices of American cheese and mayonnaise on a sesame seed bun.

First off, this thing is huge. If there was any doubt, this is definitely 2/3rds of a pound of beef. The quality of the beef isn’t half bad, and I really dug the coarse grind. It was slightly overcooked, but in the context of fast food, that was easy to forget. You wouldn’t want a medium rare burger from Hardee’s anyway. I find describing burger buns to be a challenge, so I will say just this; it puts the competition to shame. The cheese and mayo are exactly what you would expect. The bacon however, is pretty bad. Thin salty pork strips would be a better name. With four slices though, a decent bit of piggy goodness still comes through.

What keeps this burger from greatness is a lack of balance. It is fat, on fat, on fat, plus bread. Some acidic tomato or the bite of fresh onion would have boosted this burger to sheer awesome with ease. As is, it tastes kind of plain jane-ish. I decided to dip it in some much-needed ketchup and that did the trick. As far as value is concerned, $5.99 seems just right. It isn’t a value, but with the size of this monstrosity, it is certainly a fair price. All in all, it is an above average burger that needs a little help from the garden, but I guess that would ruin the novelty appeal. I say just for the fun of it, this burger is worth a purchase.

It is easy to see how the Monster Thickburger (1290 calories and 92 grams of fat) has become the scapegoat by critics of the fast food industry. I think you have to find the root of a problem to solve it though. If anyone eats this and can’t clearly see that it is a novelty item, the issue isn’t the burger, it is education. If our high schools can teach you how to do your taxes and show videos of childbirth, they should be teaching more about nutrition. They are supposed to prepare you for the real world, right? It is the job of schools to teach the basics that some parents might miss. Imagine if only parents taught their kids how to drive. The roads would be even worse than they already are. Hence why drivers-ed exists. Why isn’t the same done with food? What are your thoughts on this and should Hardee’s be vilified?

*Note: I am starting the diet season early and will only be reviewing healthy-ish items for the month of December. Two of the reviews are already in the pipeline, but I was wondering what you guys would like to see or how you feel about nutrition in fast food in general. The restaurants we review listen, so let your voice be heard.

Pros: Meat + meat =MEAT!!!. Screw the haters, I like mayo on my burger. Hardee's bread never disappoints.

Cons: This is a one-sided sandwich that needs depth. Fighting for a cause by chasing the wrong problem. George Lucas.

Taste: 7.25/10
Value: 6.00/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 4.00/10
Price: $5.99

Overall GrubGrade: 7.00/10

More Info: Hardees.com
Nutrition Facts:
2/3 lb. Monster Thickburger
Calories - 1290
Total Fat - 92 grams
Saturated Fat - 35 grams
Cholesterol - 210 milligrams
Sodium - 2840 milligrams
Carbs - 47 grams
Dietary Fiber - 3 grams
Sugars - 5 grams
Protein - 70 grams

23 comments on “Review: 2/3 lb. Monster Thickburger from Hardee’s

  1. Dave says:

    In a way, I’m glad that Hardee’s only has one or two locations in my city, and they are way out of the way. That is what restrains me from trying these fat bombs. Thank God.

  2. larry says:

    All in all I think Hardee’s has, perhaps, the best overall fast food burger menu*. Their 1/3 lb cheese burger has near perfect balance in it’s simplicity and most of the time the burgers are hot, fresh, and the produce is decent. Not a fan of their Turkey Burgers.

    They also have sliced/chopped onions so that’s a plus and yes, that burger needs onions and maybe a few pickles to break things up. If I’m having vegetables on my burger, I want mayo 100% of the time.

    For me, that’s too much meat on one sandwich and in fact even the regular burger at Five Guys (with two patties) is more burger then I want. I like a balanced burger, and one with double patties, unless they are McDonald like thin, is typically to much meat. Now, spread out a nice 1/2 lb burger on a good roll and that’s fine too but stacking burgers on burgers…not for me.

    Dining at any establishment is a choice. Why anybody would condemn a menu item or a whole menu for any reason is beyond me.

    I’m on an eating plan myself CP so looking forward to the healthy reviews.

    * I use the term fast food to include the major chains where you can get a burger in the drive-thru. There are of course other definitions and opinions will vary.

  3. SkippyMom says:

    Calories and fat aside – the sodium content blows me away.

    I like that you wrote you are going to review “healthy ISH” fast food offerings, because in my research they are few and far between. I don’t usually pay attention to the fat/calories so much as I concentrate on the sodium due to my restrictions. If something is low in sodium it is usually low in fat/calories – exceptions include chocolate, some ice creams and a lot of candy. :)
    I hope that you will include sodium in your reviews when you do them – and if you find something low in sodium let me know! :) I miss fast food so much and is probably why I enjoy Grub Grade so much.

    • Chefprotoss says:

      Yeah, low sodium food in general is hard to find unless you make it yourself. I will look into it, but off the top of my head, I can’t think of any low sodium fast food items. Any ideas?

      • Tracy says:

        I’ve had to watch my sodium intake since my teens and have learned that the only safe fast food is a Wendy’s baked potato. Their chili isn’t deadly so if you use half a small to lube the potato you have a filling meal with high fiber, low calories, fat and sodium. Also, burgers are seasoned on the grill. If you ask for no seasoning, no cheese or bacon and get rid of the bun and use lettuce instead. Fries can be ordered without salt. Always go in prepared. Who would think that biscuits and pancakes are sodium bombs? I always read online restaurant nutrition guides before I go which is why I cheat at mom and pop diners. What you don’t know won’t kill you…. or just may.

      • Aimee says:

        McD’s fruit salad, hash brown, fruit & yogurt parfait, oatmeal, or apple slices.

        Wendy’s baked potato, get the hot chili sauce to put on it. They used to have oranges & strawberry yogurt, not sure if they still do.

        Basically any place that has a salad, don’t eat the dressing. Make your own with vinegar, oil & spices. They sell TONS of different flavors of each so you’ll never be bored. Don’t have the meat on the salad. Make a chicken breast or some hardboiled eggs, or no salt added canned beans for protein. The grilled chicken at most fast food places is a salt bomb.

        Any sandwich you get, remove the bottom bun, flip it over & eat it open (upside down) faced. The bun has a TON of salt. You can cut down on sodium by leaving the cheese, bacon, etc, off the burger, but every once in awhile I get a junior bacon cheeseburger & it’s fine.

        You can ask for fries unsalted anywhere, but I’m gonna warn you, it just amplifies the taste of the grease.

        Sonic has fresh bananas.

        Sodium likes to hide in diet soda. don’t do it!!

        Good luck! Eating loso gets easier over time.

  4. Meg says:

    I feel like I could throw that at someone and severely injure them.

  5. AO says:

    It’s easy for some people to dismiss vegetables on a burger as superfluous blandness or “rabbit food,” but something like this shows why they have a purpose. Some lettuce and tomato would really help to soften the blow of a half-pound of meat, cheese, and bread.

    Also, I’m wondering: does anyone miss, a little bit, the pre-chargrilled Hardee’s burgers? I think there was a stretch where they’d started selling the Thickburgers, but hadn’t switched to grilling yet. I miss the old, extra-heart-attack-inducing Frisco burger with the griddle-fried patty.

    • Chefprotoss says:

      Old school non-Carls Jr Hardee’s was great. I think the new burgers are on par though. Imo, a flat-top griddle is the way to go for burger greatness.

      Does anyone else miss Hardee’s fried chicken?

      • larry says:

        Some Hardees actually carry the fried chicken to this day. I bump into some on occasion when I’m on the road. IIRC they actually had a chicken chain of stores for awhile.

        When Hardees first opened their claim to fame was “charcoal broiled” burgers. That was a decent burger – we would get some Husky(sp?) Juniors and chow down. That was probably around 1970-75. Good stuff.

      • Sandy says:

        I do. Fond memories of having to make at least one Hardee’s run while vacationing in NC. There aren’t any in the Chicago area. Never had a burger there but always got their fried chicken, no idea why it was so good but I remember craving it. Oh yeah, we would also stop while heading out of NC for their Frisco breakfast sandwiches, heart attack heaven but so damn good.

    • Murray says:

      I was hoping someone would remember the Frisco Burger. In college, we had a Hardees right down the block from us. A roomate of mine was one of these guys who could eat anything and never gain a pound. We used to enjoy our trips to Hardees and get the Frisco Burger all the time. At one point, he caught a streak where he ate 8 frisco burgers in a 7 day stretch. Yikes.

      CPT brings up a good point though, it was really the slab of tomato that made the Frisco as good as it was. Without the tomato, it was just grease-soaked sourdough and a patty slathered in mayo.

  6. Bob says:

    None nearby, but I would try one for sure, it does not look bad. Perhaps some Onion, Tomato and Lettuce to balance it out. Like Larry, I might think the 1/3 is a better choice overall.

  7. Rodzilla says:

    Lots of things I would rather have for that amount of calories.

    Great points about the novelty aspect.

    Examples of restaurants listening?

  8. VanessaG says:

    I soooo agree with you. I’m a 1st grade teacher and it makes me sad/angry about our kids nutrition. You wouldn’t believe what their parents send them for snacks! Anyways, I agree that if we are going to teach them sex-ed, driving, calculus, etc….why can’t we do more about nutrition? I’m excited about you reviewing healthy items in Dec. That’s great!! :)

  9. Obbop says:

    “let your voice be heard”

    In a squeaky whimper I proclaim from within my humble shanty atop the Ozark Plateau;

    Howdy, y’all.

    Convey everything ye wants to convey.

    Too much info/data/opinion is preferable to too little.

    Peering at that burger above I recall the many years ago when I could devour one and still continue eating.

    Of course, I carried ample lard upon my not-so-svelte body but my arduous physical labor kept me in a semblance of “fighting shape” and muscle mass kept the skinnier populace from harassing me.

    However, increasing age and with my body screaming its anguish those days of BIG eating are gone; along with 70 pounds of the enjoyably obtained and maintained lard.

    Life now generally sucks.

    Last night’s supper was a bag of heated-up broccoli with some low-cal salad dressing sparingly applied for flavor.

    But, the body does not rebel digesting that.

    Sniff. Sob.

    I DO revert, to some extent, the wonderful pleasures of bygone years but to prevent the body from rebelling too severely I abstain from “MONSTER” burgers.

    Here in Missouri, fly-over country, a certifiable chunk of “armpit of the USA” infested with ample proportions of the dregs of USA society and a HUGE mass of humanoids so very proud of their ignorance and doing all possible to enhance that ignorance, Hardees exist but, though the locator map for Hardee’s is inaccurate, omitting at least one outlet I know exists and has for at least a couple years, my California years with the Carls Jr. abounding I recall that, generally, Carls Jr. had the yummier, tastier offerings but what with the ongoing evolutions of fast-food joints and my increasing-with-time refraining from eating at fast-food joints well…..I have come to rely upon my infrequent excursions to fast-foodedness, memories and reading the content within this blog.

    Referring to the rare grabbing a fast-burger I buy a smaller one and often omit the mayo for calorie reasons.

    Thus, in a way, I am “eating by proxy” when I read the essays and comments here.

    Burp.

    Burp.

    Here…. have a chunk of lettuce to gnaw upon.

    And, please, think of the Disgruntled Old Coot as you relish your yummy burger, fries, tacos, burritos, etc. etc. etc. and may Santa bring you plenty of goodies.

    Burp.

    Belch.

    Even veggies are a burden to an aging digestive system.

    May be reduced to pureed pees spoon-fed to me by what is hopefully a miniskirt-clad sexy nurse; not that I would be able to enjoy even that past pleasure.

    Sniff. Sob. Burp.

    • TJ says:

      Eating by proxy! I also grew up with Carl’s Jr. out here in Cali of course. Nice to see you over here too :)

  10. Chefprotoss says:

    There was the Arby’s commercial. A Popeyes spokesperson chimed in before. I could list others, but what is important is that the people who make what is talked about on Grubgrade, read Grubgrade for the most part. Wouldn’t you Roddy? =)

  11. CC says:

    I found that this is actually a LOT better if you order it low-carb. When Hardees does something “low-carb” they wrap it in huge pieces of lettuce. The lettuce gives the burger a nice crunch and fits better with the bacon, more like Wendys.

  12. Aimee says:

    I ordered one once.

    I didn’t eat anything else the rest of the day. It’s THAT filling.