Review: Jim Beam Bourbon Six Dollar Thickburger from Hardee’s
The latest addition to the Hardee’s/Carl’s Jr. Thickburger family is the Jim Beam Bourbon Six Dollar Thickburger. I’ve always been intrigued by the Hardee’s Monster Thickburger, which I remember reading about in my mom’s Reader’s Digest when I was young. At the time, the magazine cited it as the worst fast food burger out there, at 1,417 calories and 107 grams of fat. This stunning statistic sparked a lifelong fascination with grossly unhealthy foods. To this day, I love watching Epic Meal Time or going to Eat This, Not That and reading all their lists of the worst food in America. I’m not sure if the Hardee’s Monster Thickburger holds the crown for the worst fast food burger any longer, but it still stands out in my mind as the quintessential example of absurdly unhealthy fast food.At 960 calories and 48 grams of fat, the Jim Beam Bourbon Six Dollar Thickburger is not quite as impressive as its famed predecessor, but it still isn’t going to help you achieve your beach body any time soon. Hardee’s describes the burger like this:
A 100% Black Angus Beef Thickburger, Jim Beam Bourbon Sauce, Two Strips of Bacon, Garlic Onion Straws, Pepper-Jack Cheese,Tomato and Lettuce all served on a Seeded Bun.
Angus beef: good. Bacon: good. Onion straws: good. Setting aside the periodically dicey quality of BBQ/Bourbon sauce in the fast food world, there doesn’t seem to be much that could go wrong here. Let’s see how the Jim Beam Bourbon Six Dollar Thickburger lives up. Right away when I opened the box, the smell of onion straws came wafting out at me. As I ate, I was impressed with the way the thick, seeded bun held everything together – burgers that fall apart are my pet peeve. Coming from someone who doesn’t like lettuce and tomato on their burgers, I thought the lettuce and tomato were fresh and inoffensive. As you can probably tell from the picture below, the bacon was small and left a lot to desired. And beyond a little creaminess, the cheese did not add much.In fact, I couldn’t taste much on this burger besides the Jim Beam bourbon sauce, which was ridiculously sweet and all over the place. There were two layers of it – one above the patty and one below. Due to the sheer quantity of garlic onion straws coating the inside of the bun, I did catch the occasional savory, gritty bite of onion, but the dominant flavor profile of this burger by far is sugar. I’m pretty sure Jim Beam collaborated with Willy Wonka to create this sauce. I couldn’t even taste the burger at all.Is this necessarily a bad thing? Well, if you love sweet onion flavor (really sweet), this burger is for you. But if you’re looking for a typical cowboy burger with equal parts onion, bacon, burger and barbecue, you’re not going to find it here. I actually think this burger would work well as a chicken sandwich, or something that needs a flavor kick. But on this sandwich, I’m giving it a “needs work.” Or a “give me more bacon.” Or “hey, I wasn’t ready for dessert yet.” Try again, Hardee’s.
Pros: Structurally sound, fresh lettuce and tomato, lots of onion straws.
Cons: Sad bacon, tasteless burger, way too sweet.
Grubbing on-the-go: 8.25/10
Overall GrubGrade: 3.50/10
More Info: http://www.Hardees.com/
Calories - 960
Fat - 48 grams
Protein - 49 grams
Sodium - 2110 milligrams
Dietary Fiber - 4 grams
Sugar - 34 grams