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 (5)__1364170328_67.233.234.38At 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. Hardee's Jim Beam Bourbon Six Dollar ThickburgerRight 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.Hardee's Jim Beam Bourbon Six Dollar ThickburgerIn 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.Hardee's Jim Beam Bourbon Six Dollar ThickburgerIs 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.

Taste: 3.50/10
Value: 4.00/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 8.25/10
Price: $5.39

Overall GrubGrade: 3.50/10

More Info:
Nutrition Facts:
Calories - 960
Fat - 48 grams
Protein - 49 grams
Sodium - 2110 milligrams
Dietary Fiber - 4 grams
Sugar - 34 grams

14 comments on “Review: Jim Beam Bourbon Six Dollar Thickburger from Hardee’s

  1. Alex K. says:

    Those strips of bacon are absolutely laughable.

  2. Christian says:

    Maybe you’re supposed to have a few shots of Bourbon before eating it, and then it doesn’t matter how it tastes.

  3. Jeff in Middletucky says:

    I’ll stick with the breakfast (e.g., the only decent food to be had at Hardee’s).

  4. Sherm says:

    Maybe I’m missing something, but how does a 3.50, a 4.00 and an 8.25 average out to a 3.50 overall Grub Grade? Not being a dick, I swear. Are they weighted averages?

    • Chefprotoss says:

      That’s a fair question. The overall grade isn’t an average. If something tastes terrible and gets a 1, but is portable and gets a 10 for that, making it a 5 overall makes no sense. It still tastes like crap. The first three scores are more of a breakdown of how you ended up at the final score. I find that priority follows the scores top to bottom on the scale. Taste being the most important, followed by value and portability. At least I think that’s how Ryan explained it to me a long time ago, haha.

    • Alex K. says:

      I’m surprised that the Grubbing-On-the-Go rating is so high… I find it pretty difficult to eat a burger while driving.

      Anyway, the Grubbing-On-the-Go rating, from what I can tell, is normally not included in the overall score … it’s separate.

      • Sam says:

        I agree – burgers are one of the more difficult handheld foods to eat while driving. But among comparable burgers (e.g. the FlameThrower), I thought this one was constructed especially well. See how all the onion straws are centered in the middle of the bun? I think that has something to do with it. Then there’s that big leaf of lettuce on the bottom to catch anything that falls. The end result is a burger that holds together like a hockey puck.

  5. Nancy says:

    Carl’s/Hardee’s beef patty has always seemed too dry to me.

  6. DerekLutz says:

    That cost you $6? Well, at least they got you to write Jim Beam on a blog page.

  7. Scrape says:

    Looks like you got a poorly constructed version. I had one of these in 1/4 pound size (Hardee’s burgers are available in 1/4, 1/3, and Six Dollar 1/2 lb weights), and my experience was totally different. Your’s even looks terrible. Yes, the bourbon sauce is very sweet, but thankfully, my Hardee’s used it sparingly. My burger was overflowing with wide strips of crisp bacon that stuck out from under the bun, and the pepper jack cheese added some needed heat to offset the sweet. The onion straws didn’t so much add flavor, but a great cruncy texture, and the produce cooled things off. My burger had great flavor and balance, and considering it came from a fast-food chain, I was impressed.

  8. Walter says:

    Just had the burger right now and I completely agree. All the ingredients are nice, and it tastes like quality (for fastfood), but the bourbon sauce just overshadows everything. The bacon might as well be non-existent, you just don’t taste it, and the beef, which usually has that nice charbroiled taste, just isn’t there. All you taste is the sauce. It’s a good tasting sauce, but it’s too much for the burger. Either they need to use less sauce, or add more bacon and maybe some pepperjack cheese, and charbroil the hell out of that burger so the flavor comes thru somehow. The crunchy onion bits are awesome though, burger has a great bite. I hope they use more of those in their burgers.

  9. Chuck says:

    I had this burger and I was hooked. WOW this was the most amazing fast food burger I have ever eaten. I’m not a foody, just a regular paying customer. I’ve have eaten everything off their menu and this is the only item I came back for. This burger was so good I was worried it may be made with something addictive like nicotine. High calories? Ya, but I want what I want. I weigh 180lbs @ 6’2” and I’m happy to eat less and higher nutritious food the rest of the week to reward myself with this burger.

    I liked the pepperjack cheese, i could taste the bit of heat with my sweet. I am very happy with the generous amount of sauce, i hate dry burgers. The crunchy onions, amazing ! The only critique i have is that the bacon strip probably did not need to be there, bit to my untrained pallet it did not affect my love of this burger.

    If you don’t like it, pretend you do so I can have it again ! 🙂

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