Hungry Jack's, we need to talk.
If you still haven't decided what to eat for dinner tonight, you might be tempted to head down to Hungry Jack's to take advantage of the latest discount vouchers. If so, we recommend plumping for the Chicken Royale meal or Flame-Grilled Whopper Junior with chips.
But for God's sake, avoid the Ultimate Double Whopper meal. We mean it.
The Ultimate Double Whopper comprises two flame grilled beef patties, two slices of cheese, a rasher of bacon, hand-cut tomatoes, lettuce, pickles, onion, mayo and tomato sauce on a toasted sesame seed bun. It's basically a Double Whopper with bacon and cheese added.
A standalone Ultimate Double Whopper packs in 4860 kilojoules of energy. That's 4860kJ. It also contains 75.6g of fat, 56g of carbs 1920mg of sodium and nearly 10g of sugars.
When you add a large fries and Coke to the equation, you're looking at a total kJ count of 8060. That leaves you with just 560kJ for the rest of the day, including breakfast and lunch. (Based on the daily recommended energy intake for an average adult.)
By contrast, a Whopper contains just 2900kJ of energy. Even the Double Whopper weighs in at almost one thousand kilojoules less than the near-identical Ultimate version. When you look at those numbers, are cheese and bacon really worth the extra calorie hit?
Look, don't get me wrong. I don't think there's anything wrong with an occasional fast food meal (our Taste Test and Takeaway Truth series wouldn't exist otherwise.) But if you regularly choose the most indulgent option on the menu - in Hungry Jack's case, by a country mile - you probably need to reassess your life choices.
If the above sentence hits too close to home, here are some slightly healthier options for your consideration. They're not nearly as bad for you but will still fulfil your cravings for fatty food. You should probably also avoid these burgers from Hungry Jack's rivals.
Burgers aren't always a bad choice for lunch or dinner. But some options are obviously worse than others - and the potential damage to your waistline is considerable.