JOIN or LOGIN  |  

Gross Fast Food Menu Items

Misc | By The Top 13 on April 21, 2010

As we proved with our list of the Top 13 Fast Food Chains, we enjoy stopping for fast food every now and again. Given the number of choices available to the fast food consumer, the chains have competed with one another to come up with the most memorable food products, often with nasty results, including most recently KFC's Double Down. Today, we count down the 13 grossest regular fast food menu items, ranked based on their lack of regard for conventional food standards and your physical health.

expand all
KFC Double Down

1

KFC Double Down

The recently-introduced Double Down tops this list due to its outrageous premise of replacing the bread of an otherwise "nutritious" bacon, cheese, and spiced mayo sandwich with two pieces of fried chicken (a grilled version is also available). While other items on this list pack more calories and fat, this product stands out due to its willingness to subvert our expectations of exactly how unhealthy a chicken "sandwich" can be.

Hardee's Monster Thickburger

2

Hardee's Monster Thickburger

Clocking in at 1420 calories and 107 grams of fat, this burger has already achieved infamy as one of the unhealthiest food products ever conceived and has been called "the fast food equivalent of a snuff movie" by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. It features two 1/3lb. patties, three slices of cheese, four pieces of bacon, and mayonnaise on a buttered bun. Damn.

KFC Famous Mashed Potato Bowl

3

KFC Famous Mashed Potato Bowl

Famously described by Patton Oswalt as "a failure pile in a sadness bowl," this product combines mashed potatoes with corn, fried chicken, gravy, and cheese. While we enjoy every one of those things individually, combining them all together produces something that is singularly unappetizing and strongly resembles an attempt by the kitchen to dispense of leftover food.

Taco Bell Pacific Shrimp Taco

4

Taco Bell Pacific Shrimp Taco

This taco, which is filled with six marinated shrimp, lettuce, salsa, and Avocado Ranch Sauce, actually sounds somewhat appealing. That is, until you consider the source. Taco Bell is widely accused of using poor quality meat in all of its food items, and the mere idea of them handling raw shrimp is disturbing enough to land it on this list.

CiCi's Pizza Macaroni and Cheese Pizza

5

CiCi's Pizza Macaroni and Cheese Pizza

Although CiCi's is only a regional pizza chain (with locations in 33 states), we felt it fair game for this list. As such, including this abomination was a no-brainer. A pizza crust topped with cheese sauce, then cheese, then macaroni and cheese, this pizza is the ultimate cheese-and-carb overload. Sadly, it is a very popular item at CiCi's value-priced pizza buffets.

Burger King Meat'normous Omelet Sandwich

6

Burger King Meat'normous Omelet Sandwich

This massive breakfast sandwich features a sausage patty, two slices of ham, three slices of bacon, cheese, and eggs on a toasted bun, along with 47 grams of fat. With its heft and ridiculous self-aware name, it takes the top spot on this list for breakfast items, edging out Hardee's similarly appointed Monster Biscuit.

White Castle Chicken Rings

7

White Castle Chicken Rings

It is probably true that these chicken rings are comprised of the exact same ingredients as a typical fried chicken nugget. Yet, their unnatural ring shape transforms what might be appealing fare into morbid curiosity. Perhaps we're being a bit prudish, but very few meats are appealing in ring form, and chicken is definitely not one of them.

Hardee's Monster Biscuit

8

Hardee's Monster Biscuit

Dubbed the breakfast "sequel" to the Monster Thickburger, Hardee's Monster Biscuit piles bacon, sausage, ham, cheese, and eggs between two biscuit halves. At 770 calories and 55 grams of fat, this is actually worse for you than Burger King's Meat'normous Omelet Sandwich, but we ranked it lower due to the less amusing name and more conventional biscuit base.

White Castle Pulled Pork Sandwich

9

White Castle Pulled Pork Sandwich

This offering from White Castle makes this list in large part due to the commercial below, which aired during the height of swine flu hysteria. But this item is well-suited for its demerits as well, combining pork and sweet BBQ sauce for a frighteningly low price of 99 cents.

McDonald's McGriddle

10

McDonald's McGriddle

We are generally fans of McDonald's breakfast options, but the McGriddle is a rare misstep. Available in numerous varieties, the McGriddle takes the biscuit or english muffin usually found at the Golden Arches and replaces it with syrup-infused griddle cakes. The result is a greasy, unnecessarily sweet mess.

Pizza Hut Cheesy Bites Pizza

11

Pizza Hut Cheesy Bites Pizza

Pizza Hut has been experimenting with stuffing cheese in the crust of its pizzas for over a decade now, but its Cheesy Bites pizza takes that concept to the extreme by replacing the pizza crust with 28 individual dough-and-cheese balls, each seasoned with garlic butter flavor. We can't help but be impressed by Pizza Hut's vision here, even if we're disgusted by the product.

Burger King Loaded Steakhouse Burger

12

Burger King Loaded Steakhouse Burger

With this burger, Burger King endeavored to take a dinner plate from a steakhouse and put it all on a bun. The Loaded Steakhouse Burger is, as its name suggests, a "steak burger" piled with bacon, cheese, crispy onions, A1 sauce, and, wait for it, baked potato topping. At 970 calories, this burger is loaded alright.

Long John Silver's Baja Fish Taco

13

Long John Silver's Baja Fish Taco

We're really not trying to pick on Yum! Brands (the company that owns A&W, KFC, Long John Silver's, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, and Wing Street), here, but this offering from Long John Silver's makes our list by going a topping too far. The Baja Fish Taco is a flour tortilla filled with half a fried fish filet, lettuce, a tangy mayonaise-based "Baja sauce" and, oddly, "crumblies," which are Long John Silver's fried batter bits that cover the bottom of their platters.

expand all

Comments Leave a comment

stillathreat ★★

Reading this list made me feel sort of ill. While everything on this list is kind of gross, the idea of buttering a hamburger roll just seems particularly wrong.

8:50 AM   Apr 21, 2010

rjasonf 

I've only tried one item on this list (McGriddle) and I actually enjoyed that, everything else makes me feel a little queasy.

9:54 AM   Apr 21, 2010

ajay ★★

I wouldn't call myself the healthiest dieter around, but at least I've never eaten any of these things. CiCi's is the only restaurant here I've even visited in the past three years. And I'd have to say, if I had to choose, I'd easily try the Mac & Cheese Pizza, while the Baja Fish Taco is the last thing I'd caught dead eating... cause I'd die.

But I'd have to say

10:20 AM   Apr 21, 2010

ajay ★★

Totally effed up that comment.

10:22 AM   Apr 21, 2010

jason ★★

I think I'd actually eat the Baja Fish Taco before anything else here, but that's not exactly a high compliment. That shrimp taco, on the other hand, is terrifying (and I like shrimp tacos).

11:20 AM   Apr 21, 2010

dcavaleri 

I can't believe the Baconator from Wendy's didn't make the list. From Wikipedia: The Baconator consists of two 4oz. beef patties, two slices of American cheese, six strips of bacon, mayonnaise, and ketchup on a bun.

11:26 AM   Apr 21, 2010

zircona1 

Hardee's has several items that gross me out. They have a breakfast burrito that's filled with eggs, sausage, ham, bacon, cheese, potatoes and gravy that looks disgusting - you couldn't pay me to eat it. They also have a Prime Rib Thickburger where it's got sliced prime rib on top of a hamburger patty. Wow, two kinds of beef on the same bun!

12:30 PM   Apr 21, 2010

DiscountSounds 

I've only tried the White Castle items. They're both fine for fast food. Long John Silver's is the worst. Arthur Treacher's bitchez.

1:03 PM   Apr 21, 2010

PulpAffliction ★★

Okay.

I take huge issue with the Double Down's inclusion on this list. The Double Down is just Chicken Cordon Bleu by way of fast food. Breaded chicken breast? Check. Stuffed with swiss cheese and cured pork? Check. What's more, the Double Down has 540 calories, which, while a lot, is actually the exact same as a Big Mac and 130 calories less than a Whoper. It even has the same ammount of sodium as the aforementioned two burgers. Simply put, it's not that disgusting, it has a haute-cuisine dish as its antecedent and its actually kind of delicious.

1:49 PM   Apr 21, 2010

PulpAffliction ★★

(everything else on the list is absolutely disgusting. especially that kfc vomit bowl.)

1:51 PM   Apr 21, 2010

Five_Hole 

I've never had CiCi's Pizza Mac & Cheese Pizza but I have tried it before at a local pizza joint and it is surprisingly good. I don't believe they included the extra cheese sauce (in place of tomato sauce) though so that could make a big difference.

2:44 PM   Apr 21, 2010

abujabu 

this list and hype over the double down goes to show how backwards everyone's views are exactly on nutrition. I think the grilled version of the double down, sans cheese would actually be one of the healthiest things you can get at a fast food restaurant. Fat is not the enemy, processed food, grains and starches are.

4:23 PM   Apr 21, 2010

jason ★★

You make a good point - the Double Down is *relatively* low on calories and high on protein. By fast food standards, it's not THAT unhealthy (at least compared to other items on this list), but sodium and cholesterol are still health issues. All that said, it's still gross.

4:56 PM   Apr 21, 2010

bludevil007 

something about a McRib just grosses me out.

4:30 PM   Apr 26, 2010

bdouble 

Hold on a second. At 3am after the bars close, it's White Castle's chicken rings and onion rings 10 packs! And as far as gross goes. Any place that serves fish taco's pieriod.

6:41 PM   Jan 17, 2012

Please Join or Login to leave a comment