Review: Thickburger El Diablo from Hardee’s
For lunch today, I decided to try a new Hardee’s which is closer to my house, but in a high-traffic area. I was really impressed with the friendliness of the staff. Waiting for my order, not one but two employees asked if I had tried the new burger yet. Once when I paid and then another time when I received the bag. Hmmm. Am I being set up? I was told that it was, in fact, very spicy and that I would love it. It was and I did. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the new Thickburger El Diablo from Hardee’s.
Hardee’s describes the new Thickburger El Diablo like this:
Jalapenos Poppers, Pepper-Jack Cheese, Habanero Sauce, Sliced Jalapenos, Bacon, and 100% Black Angus Beef on a Fresh Baked Bun. The caption on their website states “with four times the heat.” That turned out to be just perfect for me.
With the dual endorsements of the employees backing the intimidating list of spice-laden components, I took my first bite with trepidation and was disappointed for about five seconds. There was no heat. But, as I took my second bite, my tongue started to tingle and my eyes swam out of focus with pleasure.
The heat kept building with every bite but at no point was it uncomfortable. It was warm and decadent, just as a burger such as this should be. The Black Angus beef was juicy and very enjoyable. The soft, buttery bun was lightly toasted, the edges crispy. I felt the habanero sauce delivered a nice kick of heat with a smooth, smoky finish. Normally, I find burgers a little dry and lacking on sauce, but the portion was perfect. The jalapeno poppers were a very interesting addition and really my only complaint. The cheese inside the jalapeno poppers had a synthetic, ‘gubment cheese’ flavor that did not improve the taste of the sandwich. Other than that, they were crispy, fried to perfection, incorporating just the right amount of crunchy texture. The bacon also added another element of crunch. It crumbled with every bite, giving a rich flavor to the mix. The jalapenos were fresh and had plenty of seeds (which everyone knows is where the heat comes from) but surprisingly got lost in the mix as well as the pepper-jack cheese. The other flavors were a bit too intense, but the jalapenos and cheese still lent their texture and a bit of moisture to the burger as a whole.
It’s no secret that I love Thickburgers, which seem to continue improving over time with the additions of premium buns and new ingredients. With the addition of El Diablo, Hardee’s demonstrates they are an innovative burger chain. There’s always some new component to their Thickburgers and they never fail to catch my attention. This burger was no different. It was incredibly flavorful without being overly spicy and ate well. They delivered on the promise of heat which did clear my sinuses, but didn’t linger after I was done eating. I will definitely be ordering this burger again and if you like spicy foods, you should too.
Pros: Classic Thickburger quality, innovative ingredients and taste. Heat.
Cons: Nutrition details. Fake cheese flavor in the jalapeno poppers. Expensive.
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 7.50/10
More Info: http://www.hardees.com/
Calories - 1170
Total Fat - 75 grams
Saturated Fat - 23 grams
Sodium - 3190 milligrams
Carbs - 83 grams
Dietary Fiber - 11 grams
Sugars - 11 grams
Protein - 44 grams