The 11 Grossest Fast-Food Abominations in the World

1

KFC, Double Down (U.S.)



America's most famous addition to fast food's global grotesquerie, the Double Down squeezes bacon, two kinds of cheese and a creamy sauce between two fried chicken filets. For a healthier option, you can choose grilled filets for your flesh bun. This pop-culture sensation seems to have inspired Arby's to test a hashbrowns-for-a-bun sandwich called the Bacon Cheddar Potato Cake Melt.

HARLEY: It's cute. We killed it in the third episode of EpicMealTime. Grossness rating: 1/10.

JOSH: This was the inspiration of one of our classic EpicMealTime episodes. We made a version of this little-boy sandwich that would make the Colonel turn over in his grave. We used 10 times the amount of bacon, five times the amount of chicken, mac and cheese, onion rings and all-beef patties. We called it the Death of the Double Down, aka the Double Kill. Grossness rating: I give this a 3/10 just for inspiring us to create something that is actually epic.

Average grossness rating: 2/10.
(Note: 1 is a normal lunch, 10 is an EpicMealTime creation.)

—Our guest judges:
EpicMealTime chief cook Josh Elkin (l.) and host Harley Morenstein

2

Pizza Hut, Crown Crust Carnival (Middle East)



Not since Something Wicked This Way Comes has there been a carnival quite so questionable for your well-being. Pizza Hut's Crown Crust Carnival featured two opulent options for your stuffed crust: fried chicken or cheeseburgers. The chicken-filet version includes more chicken strips as toppings, along with bell peppers, onions and barbecue sauce. The cheeseburger option comes with ground beef, onion, lettuce, tomato and "Pizza Hut's special sauce."

HARLEY: Really ugly that they would throw lettuce on a pizza. If there's one thing the world doesn't need, it's lettuce on a pizza. This gets a failing score for knocking pizza down to a lettuce level. Grossness rating: 4/10.

JOSH: Let's get something straight: Neither pizza nor fried chicken nor cheeseburgers are gross. This creation looks like it would be a party in my mouth, minus the horrible vegetables garnish. I get that this looks like a crown—hence the name. However, the only thing I'll be a king of after eating it is the toilet bowl. Grossness rating: I give this a 7/10 based on the ingenuity and style, but -5 for using too many vegetables. So, 2/10.

Average grossness rating: 3/10.
(Note: 1 is a normal lunch, 10 is an EpicMealTime creation.)

—Our guest judges:
EpicMealTime chief cook Josh Elkin (l.) and host Harley Morenstein

3

Friendly’s, Grilled Cheese Burger Melt (U.S.)



Friendly's took some heat for this 1,500-calorie fatty melt featuring grilled-cheese sandwiches for a bun. "It's deadly," one health policy expert succinctly told ABC News when the burger got national buzz in 2010.  It doesn't appear to be on the menu anymore.

HARLEY: Great item, but they took it down. That makes them Uncle Sam's bitch. If you create something gross, don't you ever back away from it. When we stuffed 50 birds into 10 pigs and attached them ass to mouth to form a centipede, you think we didn't catch flak? We did, but we stood by our abomination, and now we're not allowed in 14 countries. Worth it. Grossness rating: 1/10.

JOSH: Minus that green leafy stuff and whatever that red disc is, this sandwich is something I want to sink my teeth into. It reminds me of the Stockyard Burger creation we made on EpicMealTime, except with a lot less bacon, no bone marrow, and of course this isn't deep-fried. Grossness rating: I give this a passing mark of 6/10 because everyone seems to be putting beef between grilled cheeses these days. Step up, Friendly's.

Average grossness rating: 3.5/10.
(Note: 1 is a normal lunch, 10 is an EpicMealTime creation.)

—Our guest judges:
EpicMealTime chief cook Josh Elkin (l.) and host Harley Morenstein

4

Burger King, BK Pumpkin (Japan)



This past October, Burger King in Japan rolled out this festive oddity, which features two slices of fried Japanese pumpkin (or 10 slices, if you want to go Heavy Pumpkin), a beef patty, bacon, lettuce and a creamy nut sauce made with sesame seeds, peanuts, almonds, cashews and hazelnuts.

HARLEY: This is dumb. Too many nuts for a man to eat on his burger. Grossness rating: 3/10.

JOSH: My problem with this burger is that the burger part is nowhere to be found. I get that they are trying to be clever with the pumpkin, but add it to the beef. This pic illustrates hiding the beef; major points lost. Grossness rating: Pumpkins are good for Halloween and catching squirrels. This gets a 4/10.

Average grossness rating: 3.5/10
(Note: 1 is a normal lunch, 10 is an EpicMealTime creation.)

—Our guest judges:
EpicMealTime chief cook Josh Elkin (l.) and host Harley Morenstein

5

McDonald’s, Sausage Double Beef Burger (China)



They're keeping it simple over in China: Two beef patties, two big ol' sausages and a lattice of mustard. America is holding out for bacon.

HARLEY: The only reason this gets any points is because stacking meat on meat is a beautiful thing. But what are they, 4 years old? You can't get a little creative with this? Don't you have scientists over there or something? Why not make the patty out of sausages or put a cheeseburger sausage together? I hate squandered potential. Grossness rating: 2/10.

JOSH: This creation is amazingly good looking. I would totally take this bitch out and eat the shit out of it. Judging by the looks of this amazing burger, McDonald's in China uses better buns than we consume in North America. Assuming that's a brioche bun, this is on my list of fast-food items I NEED to try. Grossness rating: I give this a loose 7.5/10 because of the overuse of mustard. Reminds of my friend Mel, who bathes in mustard. 

Average grossness rating: 4.75/10.
(Note: 1 is a normal lunch, 10 is an EpicMealTime creation.)

—Our guest judges:
EpicMealTime chief cook Josh Elkin (l.) and host Harley Morenstein

6

Pizza Hut, Double Sensation (Singapore)



Named for its two concentric rings of crust, this complex creation features an outer ring stuffed with mozzarella, parmesan and cheddar, all bubbling out like octopi squeezing through the portholes of the Titanic. The inner ring is also stuffed, this time with "cheesy chicken sausage." And then there are the toppings: turkey ham, mushrooms, bell peppers and salsa on the outer ring, with smoked chicken, zucchini and alfredo sauce on the inner ring.

HARLEY: I love culinary architecture, and this looks like a Michelangelo masterpiece of dough and cheese, except still simple enough for a high-school dropout to create in 12 minutes. That's what EpicMealTime is all about. Grossness rating: 8/10.

JOSH: Sometimes too many toppings distract the allure of what the pizza is trying to achieve. This is the case here. I enjoy all of those toppings on their own and in different capacities. However, when faced with a mouthful of it all, it might be difficult take it all in with one bite. Chicken cheese sausage is definitely something I want on a bun with some ketchup, but when it comes to pizza, less is more—for me, at least. Grossness rating: I give this a 6/10 for creative selection of toppings, however a -4 for making it without proper engineering. So, 2/10.

Average grossness rating: 5/10.
(Note: 1 is a normal lunch, 10 is an EpicMealTime creation.)

—Our guest judges:
EpicMealTime chief cook Josh Elkin (l.) and host Harley Morenstein

7

McDonald’s, Gracoro (Japan)



This croquette sandwich, a seasonal item in Japan since 1993 and often compared to the McRib in terms of niche loyalty, is stuffed with shrimp, macaroni and white sauce, then topped with demi-glace and cheese.

HARLEY: I love weird shit. This is making me feel weird just looking at it. I get the strange feeling that McDonald's shrimp is made from 100% BEEF … but I like it. Extra points for weirding me out. I never get weirded out. Grossness rating: 7/10.

JOSH: I like crab and I like shrimp when I'm at a sit-down restaurant. The last thing I would want on a regular basis is a combination of the two made in less than one minute. I guess that's why this creation is only offered on a limited-time basis, for the past 20 years! I'll take my chances with the McRib in North America. Grossness rating: Because I've never been to Japan to try this abomination, I'll let it sit in the middle ground with a 5/10. I'll review after trying it.

Average grossness rating: 6/10.
(Note: 1 is a normal lunch, 10 is an EpicMealTime creation.)

—Our guest judges:
EpicMealTime chief cook Josh Elkin (l.) and host Harley Morenstein

8

Pizza Hut, Cone Crust Pizza (Thailand, Middle East)



This "cone"-ringed pizza is made with different ingredients depending on the region. In Thailand, the cones on the crust appear to contain alternating combinations of shrimp and cream cheese. In the Middle East, a slightly more tame version includes parmesan-encrusted cones filled with cream cheese and honey-mustard chicken strips.

HARLEY: We have these in Canada and they're called Pizza Cones and they're damn cool. I support this. It's pizza and you don't have to fold your slice like a tired, weak vegan. You can hold it properly with a firm grip and not worry about greasy forearm drip. Grossness rating: 7/10.

JOSH: I love a good cone like the next man. I've also seen pics online that attempt to make actual pizza cones without adding them to the perimeter of the actual pizza. To me, this is somewhat redundant. I would rather have a cone on the go and maybe a slice later on. Grossness rating: This gets a generous 5/10 for ingenuity.

Average grossness rating: 6/10.
(Note: 1 is a normal lunch, 10 is an EpicMealTime creation.)

—Our guest judges:
EpicMealTime chief cook Josh Elkin (l.) and host Harley Morenstein

9

Quick, Dark Vador and Jedi Burgers (France)



If this is the choice between light side and dark, it's no wonder Han Solo swore off "hokey religions." To celebrate the 2012 release of Star Wars: Episode 1 in 3-D, French burger chain Quick created the Dark Vador Burger and Jedi Burger. With a bun tinted black with vegetable coloring, the Dark Vador (sic) featured hot peppers and spicy herbed mayo. And no, those aren't marshmallows on the Jedi Burger. They're mozzarella chunks.

HARLEY: Awesome. Star Wars is awesome, and burgers are awesome. My changes would have been cheese curds on the Jedi burger instead of mozzarella chunks and a pumpernickel bun instead of dying it black. Also, lettuce is dumb once again. Grossness rating: 7/10.

JOSH: These creations are just very innovative. It took a burger joint long enough to figure out that this is a great marketing campaign. Would I eat a black burger? Yes. I'm not a racist, you sicko. The Jedi burger looks delicious, too. The mozzarella reminds me of cheese curds that we like to enjoy on our hometown favorite dish, the poutine. Other than the genius marketing, the ingredients of these burgers aren't as epic as what they stand for. Grossness rating: This gets a 7/10 for the smart marketing. If I can channel my inner "force" and eat the burger without using my hands, it would get a 10.

Average grossness rating: 7/10.
(Note: 1 is a normal lunch, 10 is an EpicMealTime creation.)



—Our guest judges:
EpicMealTime chief cook Josh Elkin (l.) and host Harley Morenstein

10

Burger King, Meat Monster (Japan)



Two beef patties, a chicken breast, three slices of bacon and two slices of cheese all come standard on this 1,160-calorie beast, unveiled in 2011. Optional upgrades include teriyaki sauce, a fried egg and a fish patty.

HARLEY: My score is based on the optional upgrades being included. I love the idea of getting a burger that big, that fast and that cheap. That is the future right there. A burger that feeds you for the day and is available for a couple bucks at the corner and made by a 17-year-old. Grossness rating: 8/10.

JOSH: Options, options. This is a great attempt at differentiating the King and his greatness. Love the different choices, and strongly agree with Harley's comments. But we all know there are more than just 17-year-olds who flip those patties. I'm talking about you, Herbert. Grossness rating: I give this an 8/10 because it's an attempt at making the King a god.

Average grossness rating: 8/10.
(Note: 1 is a normal lunch, 10 is an EpicMealTime creation.)

—Our guest judges:
EpicMealTime chief cook Josh Elkin (l.) and host Harley Morenstein

11

Wendy’s, Foie Gras Burger (Japan)



Aaaaand we're back in Japan, where Wendy's staged a dramatic relaunch in 2011. Its debut menu included a $16 Foie Gras Burger with truffle sauce.

HARLEY: Nothing says YouTube money like walking into a scummy fast-food joint and ordering a $16 burger. This shit is date-night material. Grossness rating: 9/10.

JOSH: Since Wendy took over for her dad (RIP Dave Thomas), Wendy's has taken its craft to a new level. I for one am a huge fan of the direction they took, adding more beef to their burgers and less vegetables (i.e., the Baconator). This foie gras burger sounds and looks delicious. However, if you're from Montreal, foie gras isn't as "epic" as most other countries think it is. Nevertheless, duck liver coupled with truffles wins on my list. Grossness rating: This gets a steady 8/10, but mostly because I love the ingredients.

Average grossness rating: 8.5/10
(Note: 1 is a normal lunch, 10 is an EpicMealTime creation.)

So, there you have it. High class comes out on top. For more from our judges, check out their creations on EpicMealTime each week.

—Our guest judges:
EpicMealTime chief cook Josh Elkin (l.) and host Harley Morenstein