These 20 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. 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.
The Breakfast Burger, Perkins
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PERKINS: THE BREAKFAST BURGER

Calories: 1,120
The Breakfast Burger isn't quite the biggest calorie bomb on Perkins' burger menu. But it may well be the hardest to resist at this morning mecca, since it's topped with hash browns, maple bacon, cheddar cheese, and a fried egg.

Double Bacon Smokehouse Burger, Mcdonald's
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MCDONALD'S: DOUBLE BACON SMOKEHOUSE BURGER

Calories: 1,130
McDonald's most diet-busting burger looks tame in comparison to the rest of this list, but it's no less a contender. Your quarter-pound patty will be topped with sharp white cheddar, smoked bacon, fried onion strings, sweet mustard, and a decadent-sounding smoky bacon-onion sauce.

The Bloomin' Burger, Outback
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OUTBACK: THE BLOOMIN' BURGER

Calories: 1,160
If you just can't get enough of Outback's famous Bloomin' Onion, you can get it on a bun, too. Your burger will come topped with onion petals, cheese, lettuce, tomato, and Outback's "spicy signature bloom sauce."

Super Big Boy, Frisch's Big Boy
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FRISCH'S BIG BOY: SUPER BIG BOY

Calories: 1,190
A double-decker bun and a big dollop of tartar sauce crank up the calorie count on this otherwise simple half-pounder with cheese, lettuce, and pickles. Watch the sides at Frisch's: Your two choices could easily add 500 calories or more to this already hefty plate.

Southern Charm Burger, Red Robin
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RED ROBIN: SOUTHERN CHARM BURGER

Calories: 1,210
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.

The French Quarter, Mimi's Café
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MIMI'S CAFÉ: THE FRENCH QUARTER

Calories: 1,280
A calorie-laden burger has never seemed so cultured. Mimi's serves its French Quarter burger on grilled garlic-parmesan sourdough, topping it with avocado, Swiss cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, and Thousand Island dressing.

Hickory Brisket and Bacon Burger, Bj's Brewhouse
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BJ'S BREWHOUSE: HICKORY BRISKET AND BACON BURGER

Calories: 1,280
As its name suggests, BJ's Hickory Brisket and Bacon Burger features a heap of smoked brisket, barbecue sauce, and bacon atop the beef patty. But don't forget the mayo and two types of cheese, pepper jack and cheddar, to round out your indulgence.

Monster Thickburger, Hardee's
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HARDEE'S: MONSTER THICKBURGER

Calories: 1,300
At Hardee's, the only thing more extreme than the racy commercials is the burgers. Case in point: the Monster Thickburger, with two 1/3-pound patties, two slices of smoked bacon, cheese, and mayo. Go for the gold and make it a 1-pounder by adding another patty (and another 290 calories).

Quesadilla Burger, Applebee's
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APPLEBEE'S: QUESADILLA BURGER

Calories: 1,330
If you're "eatin' good in the neighborhood" tonight, beware of this Mexican-American mashup. The Quesadilla Burger is served up on a tortilla stuffed with beef, pepper jack cheese, smoked bacon, pico de gallo, lettuce, and Mexi-ranch sauce. Adding fries brings you to 1,770 calories — and perilously close to the 2,000-calorie daily recommendation for most people.

Fried Cheese and Bacon Burger, Logan's Roadhouse
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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 like lettuce, tomato, and onions.

OMG Burger, Beef O'Brady's
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BEEF O'BRADY'S: OMG BURGER

Calories: 1,430
Beef O'Brady's OMG Burger keeps it simple, but in large quantities. You'll get a ¾-pound Angus patty, four slices of American cheese, four slices of smoked bacon, lettuce, and tomato piled onto your bun.

Rodeo Burger, Burger King
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BURGER KING: RODEO KING

Calories: 1,480
Clocking it at almost 1,500 calories, the Rodeo King is among the most over-the-top fast-food burgers. It's not exactly road food you can easily eat on the go, as you'll get more than a half-pound of beef, three half-strips of smoked bacon, onion rings, barbecue sauce, mayo, and cheese piled onto a sesame-seed bun.

Sriracha Big Beef Cheeseburger, Friendly's
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FRIENDLY'S: SRIRACHA BIG BEEF CHEESEBURGER

Calories: 1,580
"Feel the burn!" Friendly's says of this half-pounder. Consider that your reminder to grab some antacids before tearing into the chain's the most indulgent burger, which is doused in smoky sriracha sauce and topped off with fried onions.

Cheese Curd Bacon Burger, Buffalo Wild Wings
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BUFFALO WILD WINGS: CHEESE CURD BACON BURGER

Calories: 1,640
Some evil genius at Buffalo Wild Wings decided that you can never have too much of a good thing, topping this massive cheeseburger with Wisconsin cheese curds in all of their fried glory. Rounding out your heart attack: bacon and a dollop of "cool heat sauce."

The Boss Beef Burger, Chili's
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CHILI'S: THE BOSS BEEF BURGER

Calories: 1,660
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.

Atomic Burger, Hard Rock Cafe
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HARD ROCK CAFE: ATOMIC BURGER

Calories: 1,664
Clogged arteries were never this spicy. Hard Rock's Atomic Burger features a half-pound of angus beef, fried onions, fried jalapenos, pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle aioli on a brioche bun.

Big Hootie Burger, Hooters
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HOOTERS: BIG HOOTIE BURGER

Calories: 1,690
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 simple but massive Big Hootie, which serves up not one but two half-pound patties on a toasted brioche bun with lettuce, tomato, onions, and cheese.

The Factory Burger, The Cheesecake Factory
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THE CHEESECAKE FACTORY: THE FACTORY BURGER

Calories: 1,750
Interestingly, there aren't any exotic toppings on the Factory Burger to push the calorie count so high. But the fact that it's big enough to require an entire loaf of sourdough bread in place of a bun tells you all you really need to know.

Buffalo Wing Burger, Dave and Buster's
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DAVE AND BUSTER'S: BUFFALO WING BURGER

Calories: 1,912
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?

The Whole Hog, Pizzeria Uno
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PIZZERIA UNO: THE WHOLE HOG

Calories: 3,120
Shield your eyes, nutritionists. The Whole Hog burger features four different kinds of meat — ground beef, sausage, bacon, and pepperoni — for more than a pound in total. There are also three cheeses, pickles, and a generous dollop of garlic mayo. Add fries and you're taking in close to 3,600 calories in a single meal, not to mention more than 250 grams of fat.

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