Review: The Most American Thickburger from Hardee’s
I guess I’m the Thickburger guy, and I’m ok with that. This rainy afternoon found me in the drive-thru at Hardee’s ordering a burger with a hot dog and potato chips on it… The Most American Thickburger. We all put potato chips on our sandwiches as children, right? Maybe it’s a lower class thing or maybe just something regional. It’s definitely something directly from my childhood with some extra protein.Hardee’s describes this bit of nostalgia like this:
A split hot dog, Kettle Cooked potato chips, American cheese and 100% Black Angus beef on a fresh baked bun.
I’m not normally a big hot dog eater as I prefer brats, burgers, steak, chicken, salmon, shrimp, octopus or basically anything that isn’t Spam. Nonetheless, I was curious about this item if only for how ludicrous the description. Even the name is ridiculous. But a hot dog on a Thickburger? I’m intrigued.
The first thing I noticed about The Most American Thickburger was that cutting it in half (solely for photographic purposes; I eat my burgers whole like a wild animal) proved treacherous. The pickle/potato chip layer at the bottom of the burger slipped and slid everywhere and it got no easier when I began to eat the thing. As I took my first bite I tasted ketchup, mustard, and hot dog. The second bite was more of the same. And the third. The hot dog had the typical salty, processed flavor that I wasn’t impressed with. The hot dog tasted like fat, for lack of a better description. It did have a good texture to it though and didn’t just mush with every bite.I’d like to tell you about the juicy meat, and the crunchy, salty chips, and the pickles but I just couldn’t taste anything besides a hot dog with mustard and ketchup on it. These three flavors dominated the burger in a way that made it wholly unappealing as if all my different foods got mixed together on my styrofoam plate at a barbecue. As I munched, I pulled out a few errant chips and sampled them on their own as if I didn’t already know what chips tasted like. They lost their crunch and became somewhat soggy at the end of the burger and I found myself wishing they didn’t taste like pickles.All in all this was a pretty disappointing new offering with no staying power. I found myself wishing I had simply purchased another El Diablo like the cashier asked me, instead of this $5.99 monstrosity. This burger is all gimmick with poor, but dominating, flavor and a slippery, haphazard layering of ingredients. Get a regular burger and a bag of chips instead, saving yourself a couple bucks. ‘Murica.
Pros: You can scrape off the hot dog and chips, saving yourself 290 calories.
Cons: Counter-intuitive layering of ingredients made the burger difficult to eat. Hot dog flavor dominated the burger.
Grubbing on-the-go: 3.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 4.00/10
Serving Size 420g
Calories from Fat 550
Saturated Fat 21g
Dietary Fiber 11g