Percentages of Fast Food Burger Chain Menus That Feature Bacon

I just came across this infographic from fellow burger blog Burgatory that shows the percentage of burgers at Checkers that feature bacon. This made me wonder two things: What are the bacon-topped burger percentages of other chains, and how good are burgers from Checkers? Even though I doubt many people care about the first question, I poked around a bunch of menus to find out, and I'll be damned if I let such precious research go to waste. (I'll get to the second question in a bit.)

I picked some big burger chains, counted the number of burgers on their official websites' menus (leaving out kids' meals, limited specials, and burgers that didn't come on buns), and noted the ones topped with bacon. From highest to lowest percentage:

Five Guys | 50% bacon out of 8 burgers
Bacon Burger
Bacon Cheeseburger
Little Bacon Burger
Little Bacon Cheeseburger

Wendys | 47% bacon out of 17 burgers
Bacon Deluxe Single
Bacon Deluxe Double
Bacon Deluxe Triple
Baconator Single
Baconator Double
Baconator Triple
Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger
Double Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger

Hardee's | 38% bacon out of 16 burgers
1/3 Lb. Texas Toast Bacon Cheese Thickburger
1/4 Lb. Texas Toast Bacon Cheese Thickburger
Six Dollar Texas Toast Bacon Cheese Thickburger
1/3 Lb. Bacon Cheese Thickburger
1/3 Lb. Frisco Thickburger
2/3 Lb. Monster Thickburger

Sonic | 33% bacon out of 6 burgers
Sonic Bacon Cheeseburger
Bacon Cheeseburger Toaster Sandwich

Checkers | 31% bacon out of 13 burgers
Bacon Cheese Champ
Bacon Double Checkerburger with Cheese
Bacon Cheese Double Cheese

Carl's Jr | 31% bacon out of 13 burgers
Western Bacon Cheeseburger
Double Western Bacon Cheeseburger
Guacamole Bacon Six Dollar Burger
Western Bacon Six Dollar Burger

Jack in the Box | 21% bacon out of 14 burgers
Bacon Ultimate Cheeseburger
Sourdough Jack
Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger

Burger King | 20% bacon out of 15 burgers
Double Stacker
Triple Stacker
Quad Stacker

McDonald's | 15% bacon out of 13 burgers
Angus Chipotle BBQ Bacon
Angus Bacon and Cheese

And to end this list off with two of my faves, In-N-Out and Shake Shack (yeah, I know it's not a big chain) don't offer bacon on their burgers (although Shake Shack has offered a peanut butter and bacon burger as a special).

Wendy's has the most bacon-topped burgers on their menu (eight), while McDonald's and Sonic have the least (two).

This information isn't very useful, but there you go. I guess this would be more useful if we had a burger chain bacon taste test to go along with this. (...I don't think I'm ready for that.)

Back to my second question, "How good are burgers from Checkers?" Followers of @ahamburgertoday on Twitter agreed that the burgers are bad ("It's not worth it"; "if you're constipated then definitely yes"; "just a mediocre fast-food burger"), but the fries are okay.

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