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These Gut-Busting Cheeseburgers Have More Than 1,000 Calories

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Diet-Busters on a Bun

Burgers don't exactly spring to mind when we think of health food, but they're a cheap and tasty staple at restaurants all over the U.S., so we can't blame you for indulging every once in a while. But choose carefully, or you could be downing half your daily calories – or worse – in just one sitting. In honor of National Cheeseburger Day, we peeked at the menus of chains across the country to sound the alarm about some of the worst offenders, and ranked them from lowest to highest calorie counts.

Note: Calorie counts may vary by location

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Five Guys Bacon Cheeseburger
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Hardee's: Triple Spicy Western Bacon Cheeseburger

Hardee's: Double Spicy Western Bacon Cheeseburger

Calories: 1,060 
At Hardee's, the only thing more extreme than the racy commercials is the burgers. Case in point: the Triple Spicy Western Bacon Cheeseburger, with two patties, two slices of bacon, two slices of cheese, jalapeño coins, barbecue sauce, and onion rings. (Though there used to be a Triple Spicy Western Bacon Cheeseburger.)

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Perkins: The Breakfast Burger
Red Robin Southern Charm Burger
Dwight W./Yelp

Red Robin: Southern Charm Burger

Calories: 1,140 
We reckon you'll need quite an appetite to plow through Red Robin's Southern Charm Burger. It's made with a half-pound of brown-sugar-glazed beef that's slathered in honey barbecue sauce, then topped with candied bacon, caramelized onions, mayo, and extra-sharp cheddar.

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Cheese Curd Bacon Burger, Buffalo Wild Wings
Super Big Boy, Frisch's Big Boy
Joe E./Yelp
Mimi's Café: The French Quarter
Logan's Roadhouse: Fried Cheese and Bacon Burger

Logan's Roadhouse: Fried Cheese and Bacon Burger

Calories: 1,340
A Logan's specialty, the Fried Cheese and Bacon Burger unabashedly tops your beef patty with a hot disc of fried cheese, smoked bacon, Thousand Island dressing, and some extraneous healthy stuff such as lettuce, tomato, and onions.

Hooters: Bacon Mac & Cheese Burger

Hooters: Bacon Mac & Cheese Burger

Calories: 1,350
Hooters might be famous for its wings (and certain other things), but it has its own slate of outrageous burgers. The king of 'em all is the decadent Bacon Mac & Cheese Burger, which serves up not one but two quarter-pound patties on a toasted brioche bun with mac and cheese and bacon.

The Boss Beef Burger
Brandy G./Yelp

Chili's: The Boss Beef Burger

Calories: 1,530
One look at the gut-busting Boss Beef Burger – "the burger all other burgers report to" – and you'll be frantically searching your purse for some Pepto. It features smoked brisket, rib meat, jalapeno-cheddar smoked sausage, bacon, cheddar cheese, barbecue sauce, and homemade ranch.

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The Cheesecake Factory: Bacon-Bacon Cheeseburger
Quesadilla Burger, Applebee's
Andy R./Yelp
Hickory Brisket and Bacon Burger, Bj's Brewhouse
Jessyca C./Yelp
Beef O’Brady’s OMG Burger
Doug S./Yelp
Buffalo Wing Burger
Steph K./Yelp

Dave and Buster's: Buffalo Wing Burger

Calories: 1,912
Shield your eyes, nutritionists. If you can't decide between a burger and wings, now you don't have to. With the Buffalo Wing Burger, Dave and Buster's has topped an already-massive angus-blend patty with chicken tenders tossed in buffalo sauce, then added blue cheese and onion straws. There's also celery, so this totally counts as health food, right?

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