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Best in Wichita Metro Burger Challenge 2022: How does Hardee's rate?

Hardee's
The Hardee's visited is located at: 3216 E Harry St, Wichita, KS 67218

By Mike Thayer

I'm traveling around the Wichita Metro, sampling the burger offerings from any joint that has burgers on the menu, local, regional, national chain, it doesn't matter. In order to determine a true champion of burgers in the metro, I'll have to sample them all in the name of "burger science" (cough).  For the burger criteria, click here.

Needing some dinner I visited Hardee's to sample their version of a classic bacon cheeseburger.  It's been about three years since I've had one of their burgers, a Monster Thickburger, which I found to be over-hyped and underwhelming.

Hardee's Bacon & Cheese Angus Burger
Initial visual reveals typical sloppy fast food prep, lettuce on one side of the burger, tomatoes on the other.  Bacon sticking out like a cow's tongue.

Here's the description of what I'm sampling on this occasion, their Bacon & Cheese Angus Burger from the restaurant's website:  A 1/3 lb.charbroiled 100% black angus beef patty, crisp bacon, melted American cheese, tomato, lettuce, red onion, and mayonnaise, served on a toasted potato bun. 

What Hardee's serves is a Whopper wannabe and that's not saying much.  The 1/3 pound patty was overcooked (typical fast food prep) and lacked seasoning.  The bacon had some nice, solid smoky notes but the 'X' application of it... shame on you Hardee's, the consumer doesn't get bacon in every bite!  From a culinary standpoint, that's just a flat out lazy way to put bacon on a burger, I don't care if it's fast food we're talking about.  It fails in the EASY opportunity to provide robust and complete bacon flavor and it does absolutely nothing for visual appeal.  I've given this culinary lesson before, but here I am repeating it for Hardee's: If you're only applying two strips of bacon to a burger, then you either do half slices side-by-side for proper coverage, or you shape the bacon in triangles before cooking.  Two slices of triangle shaped bacon provides excellent bacon in every bite coverage without adding a lot of time to prep work.

Hardees Bacon & Cheese Angus Burger
Applying bacon to a burger like this should be a crime!

The rest of the burger was unremarkable as well.  There was the typical sloppy fast food sandwich assembly, with lettuce to one side of the burger, tomatoes to the other side.  The onions weren't exactly a generous portion either, so unless an adjustment was made by yours truly before eating, I wouldn't have gotten ALL veggies in every bite.  The mayo was creamy and there was a nice toast on the bun, saving graces for a burger that has similar flavor notes to a Whopper.

Side Note:  The Crispy Curls fries were pretty tasty.  They that light crispy exterior and the seasoning Hardee's puts on these is spot on.

Under the lid reveal
Sloppy sandwich prep, skimpy on the onions.

Costing me $10.95 the Hardee's Bacon & Cheese Angus Burger scored 48 out of a possible 63 points, earning it just 3 stars.  If this was a BK Whopper w/cheese & bacon vs. Hardee's Bacon & Cheese Angus Burger battle, BK wins.  But there are better burgers out there to be had, even in fast food no less.

3 stars

Hardee's fails in making a classic
Nice toast on the bun, but otherwise Hardee's pretty much fails at properly making a classic burger.

Located at 3216 E Harry St, Wichita, KS 67218, I hit the drive thru at around 4:30pm.  There was only one vehicle ahead of me in line.  The service was polite but a bit slow.  You would think the soda that comes with the combo meal would be provided to the customer right after they pull up to the window and pay.  A drink to sip on while the wait for the burgers and fries is on...  'jus say'n.

Related: Food Review: Hardee's Monster Thickburger

Related: How does Hardee's stack up in the Fish Sandwich Challenge?

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