This week the Center for Science in the Public Interest released the 2011 "winners" of their Xtreme Eating Awards [PDF], their showcase of the most caloric, fatty, sodium-filled dishes from chain restaurants. Out of the eight dishes from Cheesecake Factory, IHOP, Denny's, Coldstone, Applebee's, Great Steak, and Morten's, two of them are burgers: IHOP's Monster Bacon 'n Beef Cheeseburger and the Cheesecake Factory's Farmhouse Cheeseburger.
IHOP's Monster Bacon 'n Beef Cheeseburger features two patties of bacon mixed with beef, topped with American and Provolone cheeses, lettuce, tomato, and onion on a Romano-Parmesan bun. The nutritional info: 1,250 calories, 42 grams of saturated fat, and 1,590 milligrams of sodium. Judging from our underwhelming review of the single-patty version, you definitely don't want this burger.
The Cheesecake Factory's Farmhouse Cheeseburger is topped with grilled smoked pork belly, cheddar, onions, lettuce, tomato, mayo, and a fried egg, for a total of 1,530 calories, 36 grams of saturated fat, and 3,210 milligrams of sodium.
(Note: I can't read about all these dishes without thinking of our Serious Eats' fast food correspondent John Edwards and all the chain restaurant food he's tasted so the rest of us don't have to: Denny's Fried Cheese Melt, Denny's Baconalia, every cheesecake at the Cheesecake Factory, and every mix-in at Coldstone to name a few.)