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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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8. Cheesecake Factory B.B.Q. Pulled Pork Sandwich
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.
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9. Friendly's Grilled Cheese Burger
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
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
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.
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