Review: Texas BBQ Thickburger from Hardee’s
With a heat index of 103, I thought to myself: “What are my lunch options? Order a pizza? Pick up some ice cream? No, what I need is a Thickburger.” So I hopped into my topless, doorless Wrangler and sped through traffic to my favorite Hardee’s. While baking in the drive-thru, I had time to reflect on what might have been a very poor decision. My reflections were thankfully misguided as I really enjoyed the new Texas BBQ Thickburger from Hardee’s.
Hardee’s describes their Texas BBQ Thickburger like this:
A 1/3lb. Charbroiled Black Angus Beef Patty, American Cheese, Smoked Brisket, Cattlemen’s® Mesquite BBQ Sauce and Texas Toothpicks® on a Fresh Baked Bun.
I was somewhat impressed by the smoked flavor of the brisket seeing as it actually tasted liked smoked brisket. A rarity in fast food. However the meat itself was fairly dry, which the light smears of Cattlemen’s Mesquite BBQ sauce (while quite tasty, with a sweet, tangy zing) did little to combat. True to my nature, I wanted more sauce on the burger.
The Texas Toothpicks were crunchy and slightly greasy, but didn’t have much flavor other than a slight oniony taste. There also weren’t spicy in the slightest. I hadn’t read the sign thoroughly or really even paid attention to the pictures and I thought they were just pieces of onion rings… oops. The American cheese was the same processed, mediocre slice you’ll find on 98% of fast food burgers everywhere and unremarkable in any way.
The bun was oddly sweet. It reminded me of a Tumblr post (I think) where the British wanted to know why American bread had such a high sugar content and always tasted like cake. It was indeed a bit sugary. A bite of the bun by itself actually had the flavor and consistency of a Hawaiian roll. This is a quality I find to be somewhat off putting on other Thickburgers and in bread in general, but it worked surprisingly well on this sandwich due to the sweetness of the BBQ sauce. The beef patty was delectable as always and quite filling at 1/3 pound in addition to the weight of the brisket.
While a couple of the ingredients may have been subpar or flavorless and despite being a touch too dry, this sandwich was more than just the sum of its parts. Everything came together in a pretty decent sandwich made by a company obviously working hard to keep their menu fresh and inventive. It’s not my favorite Thickburger, but I’m glad I tried it. Go out and try one but as always, get some extra sauce on this one.
Pros: Quality ingredients, tasty sauce, c'mon it's a Thickburger!
Cons: Bland cheese, tasteless Texas Toothpicks, needs more sauce.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.75/10
Overall GrubGrade: 7.50/10
More Info: http://www.hardees.com/
Serving Size 334g
Calories from Fat 380
Saturated Fat 15g
Dietary Fiber 4g