Apr 8, 2015

Review: Hardee's - Thickburger El Diablo

The Hardee’s/Carl’s Jr. Thickburger El Diablo features Jalapeno Poppers, sliced jalapenos, habanero sauce, bacon and pepper jack cheese with a ½ or ⅓ lb. patty served on a fresh baked bun.

I got the ⅓ lb version at my local Hardee’s for $5.99.

The Thickburger El Diablo had a lot going on. It definitely brought the heat. The habanero sauce didn’t seem particularly spicy when I tasted it independently but as I ate, I noticed it building up. The Jalapeno Poppers and sliced jalapenos lent another level of heat to the burger as well as providing some nice texture. The Poppers added a bit of crunch but, as Q pointed out in his review of them, weren't satisfyingly gooey. It would have made for a messier sandwich but I think it would have been a good trade off. The sliced jalapeños were moist, plentiful, and flavorful. No complaints.

Of the four spicy ingredients the sandwich boasts, the pepper jack cheese was the least prominent. The cheesiness on the burger came more from the Jalapeño Poppers, while the slice of pepper jack took a backseat. The bacon also didn’t stand out consistently. It seemed like an afterthought on my burger and wasn’t even present on a large portion of it. The large beef patty proved to be the dominant meat and luckily Hardee’s burgers feature good seasoning and grilled taste.

Overall, Hardee’s Thickburger El Diablo delivered what it promised but didn’t quite live up to my expectations. I was looking forward to this sandwich, but nothing about it makes me want to go back and get another one.

Nutritional Info - Hardee's 1/3 lb. Thickburger El Diablo (393g)
Calories - 1170 (from Fat - 670)
Fat - 75g (Saturated Fat - 23g)
Sodium - 3190mg
Carbs - 83g (Sugar - 11g)
Protein - 44g

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