Western Bacon Six Dollar Burger, Carlâ€™s Jr.
Mr. Bad Food is an East Coast kind of guy, but I realize there are no boundaries when it comes to bad foods. So, for this review, I took the advice of 19th Century newspaper editor Horace Greeley who urged, â€śGo west, young man, go west.â€ť
My westward venture took me to the Western Bacon Six Dollar Burger and a fast food joint with the strange name of Carlâ€™s Jr. The chainâ€™s smiling star logo is identical to the logo for Hardeeâ€™s, a chain I not only know of but also featured when I grilled its Monster Thickburger a few months back.
As it turns out, Carlâ€™s Jr. begat Hardeeâ€™sâ€¦ and both chains are notorious for their monstrous burgers.
When you tally up all the Hardeeâ€™s and Carlâ€™s Jr. franchises, you have the fourth-largest American burger chain after McDonald's, Burger King and Wendy's.
Now, before I get to the nasty nutrition numbers, I need to warn you readers to never attempt to eat and drive with this super-sized sandwich that weighs in at 13.5 ounces and is comprised of a charbroiled Angus beef patty, bacon, American cheese, crispy onion rings and tangy BBQ Sauce on a toasted sesame seed bun.
The Western Bacon Six Dollar Burger will gun you down with 1,130 calories (600 from fat), 66g total fat (100% of your Daily Reference Value), 28g sat fat (140% DRV), 150mg cholesterol, 2,540mg sodium (110%DRV), 83g carbs and 47g protein.
Iâ€™m beginning to understand why itâ€™s called the wild, wild west. Sorry boys, but Iâ€™ll take the 3:10 to Yumaâ€¦ and then the next plane to good old Philly, land of cheesesteaks and soft pretzels!
Chew on This: A fast food burger doesnâ€™t have to pad your buns. To lessen the blow, simply order the junior or regular-sized burger and go without cheese or bacon. And never order a burger that has built-in onion rings!