Killer Meals

Fattening Fast Food: Deadliest New Menu Items

Some restaurants are ignoring pleas for healthy fare. The Daily Beast ranks the deadliest new menu items.

When one of America’s most recognizable and popular fast-food restaurants swaps french fries for fruit, can sweeping reform be far behind?

Well, yes. Despite obesity-epidemic-driven pressure from Michelle Obama and health-advocacy groups, chain-restaurant menu overhauls are far from mainstream. In fact, while Mickey D’s was rolling out a kids' meal with 20 percent fewer calories this summer, Sonic introduced a 1,520-calorie, double-patty Blazin’ BBQ Hamburger. Applebee’s, a restaurant that offers a menu section devoted to Weight Watchers–endorsed entrees, launched a new menu item—Provolone Stuffed Meatballs—that is stuffed with more than a day’s worth of saturated fat and sodium. And California Pizza Kitchen supplanted its pizza and pasta offerings to include a Mac 'n' Cheese choice with as many carbs as two bagels.

To rank the most fattening of the new crop of fast-food and chain restaurants, we considered new or limited-time entrees that are currently being promoted. Breakfast entrees were considered if they are available all day. They were ranked based on calories, saturated fat, sodium, and carbohydrates, then ranks were totaled to determine the final ranking. Ties were broken by calorie content.

Applebees

1. Provolone Stuffed Meatballs

Applebee’s 

Calories: 1,520
Saturated fat (g): 43
Sodium (mg):
3,700
Carbohydrates:
116

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2. Southwest Burger

T.G.I. Friday’s 

Calories: 1,690
Saturated fat (g): 40 
Sodium (mg):
2,360 
Carbohydrates:
123

3. Smoked Ham 'n Cheddar Biscuit Platter

Perkins 

Calories: 1,140
Saturated fat (g): 32 
Sodium (mg):
5,530 
Carbohydrates:
167

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4. New York Cheddar & Bacon Burger

T.G.I. Friday’s 

Calories: 1,500
Saturated fat (g): 37 
Sodium (mg):
2,690 
Carbohydrates:
120

5. Banana 'n Strawberry French Toast Platter

Perkins 

Calories: 1,410
Saturated fat (g): 25 
Sodium (mg):
2,860 
Carbohydrates:
167

6. Blazin' BBQ Hamburger, double patty

Sonic 

Calories: 1,520
Saturated fat (g): 36 
Sodium (mg):
2,760 
Carbohydrates:
96

7. Kansas City BB Burger

T.G.I. Friday’s 

Calories: 1,380
Saturated fat (g): 25 
Sodium (mg):
4,090 
Carbohydrates:
103

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8. Traditional Mac 'n' Cheese

California Pizza Kitchen 

Calories: 1,439
Saturated fat (g): 54 
Sodium (mg):
1,674 
Carbohydrates:
105

9. Carbonara Ravioli With Chicken

Olive Garden 

Calories: 1,390
Saturated fat (g): 41 
Sodium (mg):
2,280 
Carbohydrates:
83

10. Habaneros Carnitas Pizza

California Pizza Kitchen 

Calories: 1,174
Saturated fat (g): 21 
Sodium (mg):
2,693 
Carbohydrates:
128

11. The Ring Leader Loaded Burger, double patty

Sonic 

Calories: 1,660
Saturated fat (g): 44 
Sodium (mg):
1,450 
Carbohydrates:
66

12. Chicken Fajita Quesadilla Appetizer

iHOP 

Calories: 1,070
Saturated fat (g): 33 
Sodium (mg):
2,400 
Carbohydrates:
70

13. Cinn-a-Stack Pancakes

iHOP 

Calories: 890
Saturated fat (g): 10 
Sodium (mg):
2,260 
Carbohydrates:
138

14. Midwestern Meat and Potatoes Sandwich

Denny’s 

Calories: 1,025
Saturated fat (g): 18 
Sodium (mg):
2,050 
Carbohydrates:
118

15. Hawaiian Tropical Pancakes Breakfast

Denny’s 

Calories: 1,010
Saturated fat (g): 24 
Sodium (mg):
1,900 
Carbohydrates:
106

16. Bruschetta Topped Chicken Salad

Applebee’s 

Calories: 1,110
Saturated fat (g): 18 
Sodium (mg):
3,100 
Carbohydrates:
67

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17. Mixed Grill

Ruby Tuesday 

Calories: 839
Saturated fat (g): n/a
Sodium (mg):
3,211 
Carbohydrates: 86

18. Seafood Mixed Grill

Ruby Tuesday 

Calories: 823
Saturated fat (g): n/a
Sodium (mg):
2,862 
Carbohydrates:
82

19. Monster Bacon 'N Beef Cheeseburger With Bacon Patty

iHOP 

Calories: 1,270
Saturated fat (g): 42 
Sodium (mg):
1,450 
Carbohydrates:
49

20. Caramelized Peach Salad With Grilled Chicken Breast

California Pizza Kitchen 

Calories: 1,187
Saturated fat (g): 19 
Sodium (mg):
1,573 
Carbohydrates:
79