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.Most American Thickburger 1Hardee’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.

Most American Thickburger 2The 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.Most American Thickburger 3I’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.Most American Burger CollageAll 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.

Taste: 3.00/10
Value: 4.50/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 3.00/10
Price: $5.99

Overall GrubGrade: 4.00/10

Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size 420g
Calories 980
Calories from Fat 550
Fat 61g
Saturated Fat 21g
Cholesterol 150mg
Sodium 2590mg
Carbohydrates 70g
Dietary Fiber 11g
Sugars 18g
Protein 42g

30 comments on “Review: The Most American Thickburger from Hardee’s

  1. MP says:

    Oh my goodness – Sodium 2590mg
    “We all put potato chips on our sandwiches as children, right?”
    Nope. Always eat them on the side. Thanks for the review, Dustin. Turns out it is as unappealing as I thought it would be.

  2. AMS says:

    I never ate chips on my sandwich either. Also, I don’t think chips can add any protein because I don’t think there is protein in chips…

  3. Leslie says:

    Yes, to the chips on my sandwiches. I still do it. Gives it a good crunch. Don’t think I’ll be trying this though, as I don’t think you need to combine both hot dogs and burgers in the same bite.

  4. Ray says:

    Why the hate on spam?

  5. Snackeroo says:

    Doesn’t look too great. I wonder what’s going on with Carl’s Jr recently. I hope this falls off the menu fast.

  6. John says:

    Couldn’t help but notice that you farmed this one out. 😀

  7. Dustin says:

    It had to be done and someone had to do it. The people deserve to know!

  8. Richard says:

    Where is the Bacon?!?!!?

  9. bryson says:

    I just had one for lunch yall ordered it wrong … I got mine without lettuce or tomato add bacon and extra chips and let me tell you the burger is amazing taste just like your at a cookout i recommend this burger but order it the way i did !!

  10. Jonathan Wayne says:

    Thanks for falling on the sword for us. This looks disgusting and I won’t be trying it. I never put chips on my burgers either and really can’t think why, it seems like it would be something I would have done. I’ll continue to enjoy In N Out and Five Guys.

  11. JJJ says:

    Yeah, I think I’m gonna have to pass on this. I would imagine that this is just ridiculously salty with the burger patty, hot dog, pickles & soggy chips. 2590 mg of sodium from one burger is a bit much, even for me.

  12. Technosquid says:

    Target demographic 18-34 men… I’ve got one foot out of the demo.

    Ryan’s Nosh Show comments about this were hilarious. It’s all happening too fast! I’m not ready! What’s next, a hot dog as the bun?

    I hope Dustin got hazard pay for this one. Drink plenty of fluids, take a low-dose aspirin, and make sure your health insurance is current.

  13. Ian K says:

    Wow! I wonder if it was just a bad sandwich that was prepared because I thought it was great. I was able to get an early First-Look Review earlier this week before the National launch of the New Most American Thickburger on 5/20 and it’s up on my channel right now! Just search “peep this out” on YouTube to head on over and check it out up close! This is THE Burger of the Summer for 2015! I also reviewed the Limited Test Market-Only Flamin’ Hot Cheetos Thickburger too! I have to say, out of all the fast food chains, Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s is really pushing the envelope to stand out with some truly attention grabbing items!

  14. Justin ST says:

    Just saying, if you guys are going to be so obnoxious about calories and sodium, maybe you should stop reviewing fast food and start a health food/organic blog. Enough is enough.

    • Dustin says:

      Most of the items reviewed here really aren’t for anyone watching their intake. I feel like high calories/sodium comes with the territory when you eat at a place like this, so I’m always a little surprised at the amount of people balking at the nutritional content. I get folks want to be health conscious, but a fast food blog is probably the wrong venue for any kind of outrage over caloric content. Seems like saying a fast food burger is packed with salt is like saying water is wet. As a rule, I won’t even look at the calories until my review is done. That way it won’t influence my genuine impression of the item before I can grade it on how it actually tastes because you’re going to these places for taste and convenience, not a healthy snack.

      • Ryan says:

        Baited 🙂

        • Dustin says:

          Will I ever learn?

          • MP says:

            Never! I’m not a health nut by any means. I like crap sometimes, but I have to think about my overall being (since I’m out of the target demo) & have to differentiate crappier crap from the better crap. Calories I don’t give a crap about, but when a crummy craptacular food like the Burger King crap original chicken sandwich is nothing more than a salt lick, I’m not going to waste my time, arteries or money on it.
            That said, the sodium & concept of this burger is stupid dumb.

        • Justin ST says:

          Excuse me? What are you saying? I wasn’t baiting anyone or being a troll, if that’s what you’re implying. I was raising a valid point. What’s up with this attitude that if you’re criticizing someone, you’re trolling or baiting someone? That wasn’t happening here.

          • Bubbs says:

            “Raising a valid point”? Actually, *we’ll* determine if your point is valid, not you. Obviously your opinion is that your own point is valid. And obviously our opinion is that you’re annoying. Maybe learn something from the interaction?

  15. Jessica says:

    Why would this be a marketing idea??
    Thanks for taking “one for the team”

  16. Darrell Martinsen says:

    Sorry but I absolutely loved this thing. Then again, I’m a big fan of hot dogs, so I knew I would. I love that these companies are taking risks and going for innovative ideas. They won’t all succeed, sure. But if we keep dogging (pun intended) every new idea they come up with, they’ll just keep their menus boring. Keep the good ideas coming! I’ll try them all even though I can’t promise I’ll like them all! 🙂

  17. Nay Nay says:

    I think that maybe Shaggy and Scooby Doo are working for Hardees , because it sounds like something they would come up with.

  18. jwoolman says:

    Try a potato chip sandwich sometime. As many chips as you can fit, crumble them as needed. Especially good in whole wheat pita bread, but any good bread (white or whole grain) will do. With mayonnaise or butter or any really good margarine. Yes, there’s some protein in potatoes and thus in chips. But if in the mood, you can add some cheese. And/or some pieces of sweet bell peppers, any color. But try it plain also. I described the plain version to a friend as my intended celebration after we finished a project, and he recoiled in horror. But he was an M.D. and prejudiced.

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