Forbes Top 10 Most Fattening Chain Restaurant Meals: Calorie Menu
A report by Forbes has rated the top 10 most fattening chain restaurant meals—and surprisingly, some of the usual suspects aren’t on the list.
More sit-down restaurants are on the list than drive-thru’s, which might make readers think twice about what they order when they think they’re at a health-conscious establishment.
Fast food restaurants such as McDonald's and Burger King don’t have a single menu item on the Dunbar & Associates-compiled top 10, which looked at 50 chain restaurants in the United States.
The 540-calorie Big Mac and 670-calorie Whopper fell short of even the 10th place by almost 1,000 calories.
The Top 10 Most Fattening Chain Restaurant Meals
- Ribs and More Ribs by Buffalo Wild Wings
Calories: 2,380; Fat: 158 grams; Saturated Fat: 58 grams
- Jalapeño Smokehouse Bacon Burger with Jalapeño Ranch and Fries by Chili’s
Calories: 2,130; Fat: 139 grams; Saturated Fat: 43 grams
- Granny’s Country Omelet by Perkins Family Restaurant (Includes ham, bacon, eggs, cheese and hash browns)
Calories: 2,060; Fat: 81 grams; Saturated Fat: 23 grams
- Smokin’ Q Three-Pack Burger with Onion Rings by Denny’s
Calories: 2,020; Fat: 110 grams; Saturated Fat: 22 grams
- Sunrise Quesadilla Cheeseburger with Fries by Ruby Tuesday
Calories: 1,835; Fat: 126 grams; Saturated Fat: 0 grams
- Large Tuna Melt by Quizno’s
Calories: 1,740; Fat: 135 grams; Saturated Fat: 27 grams
- 6-Piece Chicken Strip Basket with Fries and Gravy by Dairy Queen
Calories: 1,640; Fat: 74 grams; Saturated Fat: 12 grams
- 9-inch Personal PANormous Meat Lover’s Pizza by Pizza Hut
Calories: $1,590; Fat: 90 grams; Saturated Fat: 34 grams
- Pork Milanese with Garlic Cream Sauce and Parmesan Cheese by Olive Garden
Calories: 1,510; Fat: 87 grams; Saturated Fat: 37 grams
- Crispy Calamari and Vegetables by Red Lobster
Calories: 1,520; Fat: 97 grams; Saturated Fat: 11 grams
The recommended average daily calorie intake is 2,000 calories.
Chain Restaurants to Add Calorie Information on Menus
President Barack Obama’s newly-signed health care reform bill requires U.S. chain restaurants with at least 20 locations to display calorie and fat information on menus.
Some restaurants have already started posting health information and have added healthier meals for calorie-counting customers.
[Chain restaurants are] getting ahead of the curve by expanding menus to include more low-calorie choices,” said Keith Gellman of restaurantchains.net, a site that follows the chain restaurant business. “They help keep criticism from health activists to a minimum, allowing customers to eat their onion rings in peace.”