Thursday, September 29, 2011

Hardee's New Steakhouse Thickburger: Gut Check Investigates

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 4:30 PM

ETTIE BERNEKING
  • Ettie Berneking

Gut Check likes to eat. So when we heard about the new "steakhouse" burger at Hardee's, we jumped at the chance for an excuse to consume.

Unlike those other fast-food hamburger joints where a pile of thin beef patties passes for a real burger, the new Thickburgers are honest-to-goodness thick. We're talking about a burger that measures two inches high* of juicy, beefy patty.

These new hunky hamburgers are a twist on those outrageously pricey burgers found at upscale steakhouses. And after selecting the Six Dollar Burger from the drive-through menu at Hardee's, we can only say bravo.

The price is terrific...$7 for the combo, and the flavor is full of fatty, soon-to-have-a-heart-attack deliciousness. We're talking one giant juicy patty, buried under a bed of crispy onion strips, a heavy serving of crumbled blue cheese, steak sauce and mayonnaise. That's one hell of a flavor explosion. And of course there's a tiny sliver of lettuce and scrap of tomato for those who are watching their calorie intake.

But while we'd match the flavor of this burger against any of its fancier versions, the presentation is purely fast-food style. Napkins are a must with this burger -- lots of napkins. Gobs of A.1. steak sauce, mayonnaise and melted Swiss cheese drip off the bun, which is a bit smashed from the quick handling and the lettuce is more than wilted after a few minutes under the weight of the burger. But this is part of the appeal of the fast-food drive through.

Gut Check puts its messy, mayonnaise-covered hands together for these new Thick Burgers. Bring it on, "better burgers."

*ish.

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