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11 Supersized Sandwiches Over 1100 Calories

The supersized sandwich is the crown jewel of American dining -- served everywhere from four-star restaurants to your local greasy spoon. But not all sammys are created equal. We're giving a special salute to the true kings of this culinary category -- 11 superstar sandwiches that pack in more than 1100 calories each.

This list will either make you hungry or make you want to throw up.

1. Ruby Tuesday's Boston Blue Burger

Calories: 1140

You're basically eating: 19 cups of Jell-O

You're actually eating: A beef patty topped with deep-fried onion rings, blue cheese crumbles, and homemade barbecue sauce. If that's not enough, fries and the mac'n'cheese are included for no extra charge.

2. Subway 12" Chicken and Bacon Ranch Melt


Calories: 1140

You're basically eating: 16 Oreos

You're actually eating: Melted Monterey cheese, crispy bacon, white meat chicken, peppers, and onions. We're betting Jared didn't shed all those pounds scarfing down this heavyweight hoagie.

3. Whataburger Chop House Cheddar Burger


Calories: 1160

You're basically eating: 4 Snickers bars

You're actually eating: Two beef patties, bacon, grilled onion, and shredded cheddar cheese drowned in creamy steak sauce. This burger is only available in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and Florida.

4. Blimpie's 12" Special Vegetarian Doritos Sub


Calories: 1180

You're basically eating: 6 Hershey's bars

You're actually eating: A layer of Doritos beneath American cheese, carrots, lettuce, tomato, bell pepper, and jalapeños, topped off with salt, pepper, and spicy chutney. It's an off-the-menu sandwich with a serious cult following at a few stores.

5. Burger King's Triple Whopper with Cheese


Calories: 1230

You're basically eating: 1.5 cans of Pringles

You're actually eating: Three flame-broiled beef patties topped with mayo, lettuce, tomato, pickles, ketchup, onion, and pasteurized-homogenized-American-cheese-flavored-product. Prepared your way.

6. SuperSONIC Bacon Double Cheeseburger


Calories: 1280

You're basically eating: 6 Krispy Kremes

You're actually eating: Two quarter-pound beef patties, two slices of cheese, two strips of bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayo.

7. Hardee's 2/3-Pound Monster Thickburger


Calories: 1300

You're basically eating: A pint of Chubby Hubby

You're actually eating: Two 1/3-pound beef patties, four strips of bacon, and three slices of cheese topped with mayo on a sesame seed bun. No veggies allowed.

Image by Wikimedia user JennaPet

8. Cheesecake Factory B.B.Q. Pulled Pork Sandwich


Calories: 1440

You're basically eating: 14 Reese's Cups

You're actually eating: Slow-roasted pork smothered in BBQ-sauce and served on a carb-laden brioche bun. Probably washed down with a slice of Chocolate Tuxedo Cream.

Image by BiggestMenu.com user cuttlfish

9. Friendly's Grilled Cheese Burger


Calories: 1540

You're basically eating: 3 bags of Fritos corn chips

You're actually eating: Three sandwiches in one! It's a greasy beef patty with mayo, lettuce, and tomato... encased by two grilled cheese sandwiches instead of a bun.

10. Denny's Mac and Cheese Patty Melt


Calories: 1690

You're basically eating: 2 sticks of butter

You're actually eating: Home-style macaroni and cheese smothered in cheddar, doused in Frisco sauce, and stuffed between two buttered slices of potato bread, with a hunk of ground beef thrown in for good measure.

11. Hard Rock Café’s The Texan


Calories: 1729

You're basically eating: Your heart out

You're actually eating: A pile of pulled pork the size of your head doused in chipotle and hickory barbecue sauce, topped with cheddar cheese, crispy jalapeños, and fried onions. The pride and joy of the Lone Star State.

Image via Samantha at ALittleSimplicity.com

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Bleat Along to Classic Holiday Tunes With This Goat Christmas Album
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Feeling a little Grinchy this month? The Sweden branch of ActionAid, an international charity dedicated to fighting global poverty, wants to goat—errr ... goad—you into the Christmas spirit with their animal-focused holiday album: All I Want for Christmas is a Goat.

Fittingly, it features the shriek-filled vocal stylings of a group of festive farm animals bleating out classics like “Jingle Bells,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “O Come All Ye Faithful.” The recording may sound like a silly novelty release, but there's a serious cause behind it: It’s intended to remind listeners how the animals benefit impoverished communities. Goats can live in arid nations that are too dry for farming, and they provide their owners with milk and wool. In fact, the only thing they can't seem to do is, well, sing. 

You can purchase All I Want for Christmas is a Goat on iTunes and Spotify, or listen to a few songs from its eight-track selection below.

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What Are the 12 Days of Christmas?
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Everyone knows to expect a partridge in a pear tree from your true love on the first day of Christmas ... But when is the first day of Christmas?

You'd think that the 12 days of Christmas would lead up to the big day—that's how countdowns work, as any year-end list would illustrate—but in Western Christianity, "Christmas" actually begins on December 25th and ends on January 5th. According to liturgy, the 12 days signify the time in between the birth of Christ and the night before Epiphany, which is the day the Magi visited bearing gifts. This is also called "Twelfth Night." (Epiphany is marked in most Western Christian traditions as happening on January 6th, and in some countries, the 12 days begin on December 26th.)

As for the ubiquitous song, it is said to be French in origin and was first printed in England in 1780. Rumors spread that it was a coded guide for Catholics who had to study their faith in secret in 16th-century England when Catholicism was against the law. According to the Christian Resource Institute, the legend is that "The 'true love' mentioned in the song is not an earthly suitor, but refers to God Himself. The 'me' who receives the presents refers to every baptized person who is part of the Christian Faith. Each of the 'days' represents some aspect of the Christian Faith that was important for children to learn."

In debunking that story, Snopes excerpted a 1998 email that lists what each object in the song supposedly symbolizes:

2 Turtle Doves = the Old and New Testaments
3 French Hens = Faith, Hope and Charity, the Theological Virtues
4 Calling Birds = the Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists
5 Golden Rings = the first Five Books of the Old Testament, the "Pentateuch", which gives the history of man's fall from grace.
6 Geese A-laying = the six days of creation
7 Swans A-swimming = the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, the seven sacraments
8 Maids A-milking = the eight beatitudes
9 Ladies Dancing = the nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit
10 Lords A-leaping = the ten commandments
11 Pipers Piping = the eleven faithful apostles
12 Drummers Drumming = the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle's Creed

There is pretty much no historical evidence pointing to the song's secret history, although the arguments for the legend are compelling. In all likelihood, the song's "code" was invented retroactively.

Hidden meaning or not, one thing is definitely certain: You have "The Twelve Days of Christmas" stuck in your head right now.

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