What Not to Eat: Denny's Macho Burger

“A hand-pressed beef patty on a grilled Cheddar bun with lettuce, Cheddar cheese, chili, tortilla chips, sour cream, freshly made pico de gallo and jalapeños.” Got that?

Denny’s new Macho Nacho Burger isn’t for sissies. What red-blooded American would order just a plain beef patty with humdrum lettuce, tomato, onions, and ketchup?


Real men need a burger with something more—say, another entire menu item—on top. Something like nachos…and nearly everything you can get on nachos, like cheese, sour cream, and chili. Nothing like topping your ground beef burger with ground beef chili.

The burger alone has 1,020 calories (half a day’s worth) plus 25 grams of saturated fat and 2,170 milligrams of sodium (more than a day’s supply of each). It’s equal to two McDonald’s Quarter Pounders with Cheese. And that’s without your choice of “wavy-cut French fries, hash browns, seasonal fruit or dippable veggies.” As if a Macho Nacho buyer is going to order dippable veggies.

With fries, your total comes to 1,530 calories and 30 grams of saturated fat spiked with 2,280 mg of sodium. Now you’re up to three Quarter Pounders with Cheese.

Our advice: nix the Macho Nacho. Stick with the Cranberry Apple Chicken Salad, the Chicken Avocado Sandwich, or another Fit Fare Light item (they have less than 550 calories).

Denny’s is “celebrating 60 years as America’s diner.” Let’s hope its patrons get to celebrate their 60th.

Tell Denny’s what you think about its Macho Nacho Burger: (800) 733-6697.


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27 Replies to “What Not to Eat: Denny's Macho Burger”

  1. Whew. Glad everyone else thinks this sounds disgusting, too. I thought maybe it’s just because I’ve been a vegetarian for 20+ years. Thanks for restoring my faith in (some parts of) humanity, gang!

  2. Must you put a picture of this on your site? Reading the description is bad enough. The picture should be a foldout in a food porn magazine.

  3. Can’t report on nutrition without a sexist ad hominem attack, huh? I guess you don’t like Mexican food, or perhaps Mexican people as well. Your tactics remind me of religious proselytizing, and they will have the exact same result: Driving away potential allies by forcing an insular, cult-like belief system on them. Nice work.

  4. I would happily split one with my husband, and then eat half of my share.

    I have a dog. That’s what the leftovers are for.

    1. Please! Do not give any of those leftovers to your dog! The salt alone is bad for him no less what they put in the hamburger!

  5. Thanks, Ira. They just don’t get it do they? I’m calling Denny’s and asking that they add a scoop of chocolate ice cream on the top.

  6. Denny’s burgers doesn’t contain meat that’s sustainable like Burgerville & In N’ Out does. So I rather stay away from them.

  7. Smart men don’t eat this scary bad garbage. Denny’s should be ashamed of themselves. No conscience. Anything to make a buck!
    How depressing.

  8. I HAVE to AGREE with the people who are saying “It doesn’t even LOOK good.” I have an “old” friend who eats at Denny’s on a regular basis. Sure wish I could convince him otherwise. The CONCEPT is OK,IF you made it yourself with QUALITY ground beef,fat-free sour cream, avacado & jalapenos, it COULD BE PRETTY GOOD.

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