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. Bacon 3-Way BurgerHardee’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.Bacon 3-Way BurgerI 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.Bacon 3-Way BurgerThe 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.Bacon 3-Way BurgerI 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.

Cons: Bacon.

Taste: 4.00/10
Value: 4.00/10
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
Nutrition Facts:
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

12 comments on “Review: Bacon 3-Way Thickburger from Hardee’s

  1. Johnnyboy says:

    I guess it would taste better without the bacon jam, sugar and extra SODIUM? I guess then it wouldn’t be called Bacon 3 ways. LOL!

  2. James says:

    they should just bring back the El Diablo. That was hands down one of my top 3 fast food burgers, ever.

  3. Steven T says:

    I had it. It was okay. Just nothing special. I probably went at a bad time too cause I got my order right away so thus the meat and everything was probably sitting for a while already. I would give it another shot if I’m near Carl’s again. Just nothing to go out of the way for.

  4. Mike D says:

    Had 2 today – first and last- When I want a burger with bacon, I want to taste the burger and bacon, but I got neither. All i got was a sweet mess of the jam mixed with crumbles of something unknown!!

    Definite fail, stick with real bacon and not the imposters!

  5. Chelsea says:

    I feel that there needs to be some mayo? This just screams dry to me. Looks good, but i’ll probably pass.

  6. Mike says:

    This is the worst Thickburger I ever had.

  7. rob says:

    Someone at corporate pitched it as “People will eat anything with bacon on it!”

  8. MP says:

    Well your mother (who clearly didn’t raise you right & probably dropped you on your head multiple times for sport) is the worst person that ever existed & should be burned at the stake. You and all future offspring should be sentenced to a lifetime at a hard labor camp while effigies of all of you burn on front porches every night. Just kidding, of course. It’s possible Hardee’s just came up with a sh*t burger (more does not always equal better, & look at that horrendous sodium count) & I despise all trendy hipster foods.

  9. Barnaby says:

    I lol’d at the blogger declaring himself a martyr prepared to face down the overwhelming horde of readers whose lives will be turned upside-down due to his not enjoying all the sandwich toppings. I suppose these days *everyone* wanting an audience is insisting they are a victim of hate & discrimination, even food bloggers 🙂

  10. doctorx0079 says:

    I actually thought the bacon strips and burger patty were good. The strips of bacon were nice and smoky. It doesn’t really seem to benefit from the jam or the rest of the stuff though. Makes we want to try just a “regular” bacon cheeseburger from Hardee’s.

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