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.
Grubbing on-the-go: 4.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 7.00/10
More Info: Hardees.com
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