I say, if you're gonna break that diet, do it in style. No need to count calories here: you can be certain that any one of the following gastronomic monstrosities will exceed your daily recommended intake of calories (not to mention cholesterol, sodium and various kinds of radioactive waste). So without further ado, we present the gooiest, most absurdly extravagant bad-for-you feasts America has to offer (to which we owe supersizedmeals.com a hearty thanks). Let's start with the most creative concoctions first:
The Luther Burger
Legend has it this Decatur, Georgia specialty was invented by Luther Vandross himself (that is, before he died from complications involving diabetes, hypertension and stroke in 2005). It's a bacon cheeseburger served between two halves of a Krispy Kreme donut.
Half hamburger, half hotdog, this bad boy is a hot dog wrapped in a beef patty, then deep fried and covered with chili, cheese, onions and topped with a fried egg. And yes, you get fries with that.
Macaroni, Cheese, and Mini hot-dog Tiramisu
Created from Superbowl leftovers by the culinary wizards over at Stuff Magazine. Behold!
More heart-clogging fun after the jump.
In 'n' Out's 100x100
Part of In 'n' Out's not-so-secret "secret menu" is the build-it-as-high-as-you-want burger special -- you just ask for a double-double, plus x number of patties. At a cost of $97 -- and 19490 calories -- the 100x100 is truly the mother of all burgers.
Chef Christine Nunn was inspired by the pretentious-yet-mammoth burgers she found at Disney World, which inspired her to make her own, in honor of the fat-making mouse. Her creation is called "Burger Mountain," and is topped with tomato confit, mushroom duxelles, onion jam and bernaise sauce.
How about some animal fries to go with all that burger? Courtesy In 'n' Out, of course: this is fries with pickles, cheese spread and grilled onions.
Hardee's Monster Thickburger
In honor of Mental_floss writer John Green's excellent second novel, An Abundance of Katherines, in which his characters eating nothing but Monster Thickburgers. I had thought this burger to be a fantabulation on John's part, too strange to be real, but no -- all 1,410 calories, 107 grams of fat, and 2740 mg of sodium are available at your local Hardee's. Weirder still, since Hardee's introduced the burger a few years back, its same-store sales have increased nearly 10 percent. (That's a lot of Thickburgers.)