Review: Bacon 3-Way Thickburger from Hardee’s
Once again, ladies and gentlemen, it’s Thickburger time. And this one is riddled with bacon. Bacon three ways. Is it Christmas in July, or is it too good to be true? A Thickburger with 3 different kinds of bacon on it? I don’t know about you but my first thought was my wish had been granted. This intrepid grubber is on the scene with your first taste of the new Bacon 3-Way Thickburger from Hardee’s. Hardee’s (also available at Carl’s Jr.) describes the new Bacon 3-Way Thickburger like this:
Applewood-Smoked Bacon Strips, Bacon Crumbles, Bacon Jam, lettuce, tomato, and cheese on a 100% Black Angus Beef patty.
First off, this burger is messy. Just picking it up and setting it back down resulted in quite a bit of bun slippage, which unsettled some of the bacon jam and really just made the thing hard to get a grip on. My first bite was almost hesitant. I didn’t want this moment ruined by a slippery burger or having expectations which can’t possibly be met. But ruined it was.I was severely underwhelmed by the burger. The bun was the standard Thickburger bun, fairly dense with almost a sugary flavor about it. Like a sweet hawaiian roll. Lettuce and tomato were fresh and juicy without completely soaking the bun. Standard quarter pound patty underneath tasting of quality beef and a slight char. American cheese gives this burger an almost unpleasant plastic taste. Listen folks, bacon jam is an incredible idea. It’s some fantastical ingredient out of a pretentious hipster burger joint that makes their own craft beer in the back, but you have to do it right and they really missed the mark here.The bacon strips were thick cut, but too dry and lacking in any sort of flavor. They gave the burger a more toothsome quality but didn’t deliver on the savory flavor you would expect from bacon. The bacon strips had a leathery texture almost like jerky, but without the seasoning. The bacon crumbles were more of the same, however I suspect they were made from lower quality meat than the strips as they felt greasy on the tongue and again they made the jam seem oversalted. The crumbles combined with the jam gave this sandwich a sloppy joe texture both on the plate and in the mouth and just disappointed. I didn’t even want to finish it.I guess this makes me a villain. Or perhaps a hypocrite. As the self-proclaimed Thickburger guy and lover of bacon, I’m saddened to report that I found one I didn’t like one bit. Go ahead internet. Tear into me and insult my mother. I was just deeply unimpressed. The thing was a mess of salt and sugar and the ingredients simply uninspired. No balance or thought besides BACON… and even that part was poorly executed. I could call this new concoction a half-hearted attempt and that would be kind as it is utterly forgettable. My guess is this burger won’t be making it to the permanent menu. Don’t believe me? Try it at your own risk.
Pros: Everything but the bacon.
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.00/10
Price: $4.99 for the 1/4 pound version
Overall GrubGrade: 4.00/10
More Info: hardees.com
1/4 pound version:
820 calories, 46 grams of fat, 16 grams of saturated fat, 125 milligrams of cholesterol, 2140 milligrams of sodium, 65 grams of carbs, 4 grams of fiber, 22 grams of sugar, 41 grams of protein