The 50 Fattiest Foods in the States
The 50 Fattiest Foods in the States
Traditional American fare—just like the American waistline—is looking more than a little pudgy these days.
Even though some states enjoy healthier reputations than others (Yes, Colorado, we mean you), no state is completely guilt-free when it comes to dishes with huge portion sizes, super-high calorie counts, or sky-high fat content.
So if you want to sample some of these regional favorites on your next road trip, your best bet may be to minimize your portion size.
Alabama: Bacon-wrapped meatloaf
With the second-highest obesity rate in the country—behind only neighboring Mississippi—you'd expect to find some fattening culprits in the deep-fried-bacon-loving south. And Chef Kevin Layton of Greer's Market, in Mobile, does not disappoint with his bacon-wrapped meatloaf recipe. "People ask for it on a weekly basis," he told WKRG News in 2008.
Ingredients: Meatloaf made with ground beef, onion, bell pepper, celery, eggs, breadcrumbs, and seasonings, then wrapped in bacon.
Fat content: One 3-ounce serving of 80% lean meatloaf has roughly 14 grams of fat. Each slice of bacon will cost you an additional 3 grams of fat.
Alaska: Eskimo Ice Cream
Also known as Eskimo Ice Cream, akutaq, (pronounced agoodik or agooduk) is a classic native dish that is still popular today. Traditionally, women made a batch of the frosty treat when the men returned with a freshly killed polar bear or seal. Today, modern versions are usually prepared with Crisco, but traditional recipes called for meat and fat from caribou, moose, bears, seals, and fish.
Ingredients: Reindeer fat, seal oil, salmonberries, blackberries
Fat content: It's hard to estimate without a known serving size of this native treat. But consider this: An average serving of reindeer fat packs a whopping 91 grams of fat. A different version made with fish, berries, and seal oil contains 9 grams of fat.
Arizona: Quadruple Bypass Burger
The Grand Canyon State takes celebrating fatty foods to a whole new level at the Heart Attack Grill. Patrons weighing over 350 pounds eat for free. The Quadruple Bypass Burger—estimated by some to be worth 8,000 calories—is at least refreshingly honest about its potential impact on your health.
Ingredients: Four beef patties, eight slices of cheese, tomato, onions, sauce, on a bun
Fat content: Four patties alone clock in at around 60 grams of fat, which is just about the upper limit of 65 grams that the USDA recommends for the average woman eating 2,000 calories a day.
The south is notorious for frying just about anything. For a traditional southern fish fry, Arkansas catfish is an old standby. When you consider that this dish is often served with hush puppies, another southern fried favorite, you can bet you're reeling in quite a bit of fat along with your fish.
Ingredients: Catfish, cornmeal, flour, eggs, seasonings
Fat content: This dish is faux fried in the oven and still packs a whopping 25 grams of fat per serving.
California: In-N-Out Burger Double Double
Golden State residents are known for their fit bodies, gym-sculpted abs, and love for In-N-Out Burger. This West Coast drive-thru chain uses fresh ingredients, but its Double Double should also be known for its fat content, nearly double the fat in a McDonald's Double Cheeseburger.
Ingredients: Two beef patties, lettuce, tomato, two slices of American cheese, and spread
Fat content: 41 grams. A McDonald's Double Cheeseburger contains a comparably reasonable 23 grams of fat.
Colorado: Jack-N-Grill’s 7-pound breakfast burritos
While this mountainous state is well known for its healthy reputation—it is the state with the lowest obesity rate in the country—it is home to one of the most giant burritos of all time. Finishing one of Jack-N-Grill's 7-pound breakfast burritos is such a feat it was featured on an episode of the Travel Channel's Man v. Food.
Ingredients: 7 potatoes, 12 eggs, a pound of ham, a whole onion, cheese, and chili.
Fat content: A pound of ham and 12 eggs alone have nearly 100 grams of fat, almost twice a woman's upper daily limit for fat, and that's not counting the fat in the cheese and chili.
Connecticut: 2-foot-long hot dog
Man v. Food
also made an appearance at Doogie's, a hot dog joint outside Hartford. Being a local favorite in Connecticut, the hot dog is available in over 24 places in Hartford alone. Doogie's has taken the diet-buster to a new level with its 2-foot-long hot dog smothered in half a pound of additional toppings.
Ingredients: 2-foot-long pork and beef hot dog, three rolls, onions, peppers, chili, cheddar cheese sauce, and bacon
Fat content: The average foot-long hot dog will set you back about 24 grams of fat, 10 grams of it saturated. But this is double that, plus it has bacon, chili, and cheddar cheese.
Delaware: Deep-fried pastry
The First State is known for a deep-fried pastry appetizer stuffed with crabmeat and cheese, similar to the Chinese appetizer crab Rangoon.
Ingredients: Recipes vary, but most include cooked crab or imitation crabmeat, cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, seasonings, and oil for frying.
Fat content: Crab is relatively low-fat fare, but many recipes are heavy on butter and mayonnaise. One small puff can have anywhere from 3 grams of fat to 8 grams of fat, and richer recipes can pack as many as 20 grams of fat per serving.
The South American influence on Floridian cuisine is impossible to miss. Empanadas are folded meat pies served across the country, but they are particularly popular in the southern part of the Sunshine State.
Ingredients: The dough is made with lard. The filling is up to the chef, but can range from cheese to veggies to assorted meats.
Fat content: Various recipes for empanadas place them at around 10 to 22 grams of fat each. Depending on what you choose to put inside, an empanada can slide around on the nutritional value scale. Still, as the dough is usually made with lard, it's never a low-fat choice.
Georgia: Luther Burger
The story behind the Luther Burger is murky. But the general consensus is that this monstrosity was invented at a suburban bar in Decatur, Ga., and named after R&B legend (and diabetic) Luther Vandross. In 2008 Paula Deen of the Food Network took it one step further by topping it off with a fried egg.
Ingredients: Ground-beef patty, topped with cheese and bacon between two donuts instead of a bun
Fat content: The two Krispy Kreme glazed donuts are worth 24 grams of fat and the patty is another 16.
Hawaii: Loco Moco
Legend says the islands' comfort food dates back to 1949, when a group of hungry teens wanted the owner of Hilo's Lincoln Grill to whip up something cheap but filling. He reportedly threw together some white rice, a beef patty, and gravy, which came to be known as the Loco Moco.
Ingredients: Today, variations abound. The Large at Island Cuisine Maui, a Maui restaurant, has two hamburger patties, two eggs, three scoops of jasmine rice, plus onions, fish, and mushroom gravy.
Fat content: Two hamburger patties clock in at 32 grams fat, two eggs have 10 more grams of fat, and a serving of mushroom gravy has about a gram of fat, all of which edge this dish close to the daily recommended limit.
Idaho: Bacon Bleu Cheese dressing
In a state known for its potatoes, residents tend to get creative with their spuds, often by adding fatty toppings. The Gem State houses the headquarters of Litehouse Foods, a dressings, sauces, and marinades company. A dollop of sour cream on top of a baked potato looks like a good choice compared to the Bacon Bleu Cheese dressing.
Ingredients: Chunky blue cheese dressing, hickory smoked bacon
Fat content: 2 tablespoons contain 16 grams of fat, about the same as an entire Burger King cheeseburger.
Illinois: Deep-dish pizza
, native to Chicago, was born in 1943 at the original Pizzeria Uno's. Now a nationwide chain, the restaurant continues to serve deep-dish pies, piled high. Guilty of one of the oldest tricks in the book, the restaurant markets pizzas as an "individual" size, but the pie should really serve three. It's a surefire way to up your fat and calorie intake.
Fat content: One serving of the Cheese & Tomato deep dish has 40 grams of fat, 5 more than your recommended daily limit. Add toppings, like sausage or pepperoni, and that can jump as high as 55 grams of fat per serving!
Indiana: Fried-brain sandwich
The Hoosier State is known for its pork products and festival fare. But Evansville, Ind.'s Hilltop Inn, until recently, was more famous for serving up a fried-brain sandwich that dates back to the days of waste-not German and Dutch settlers. After recent USDA regulations concerning the spread of mad cow disease, the restaurant created a version made from pork brains instead.
Ingredients: Oil for frying, brain on a bun with pickles and onions
Fat content: A 6-ounce scoop of beef brain batter fried up at the Hilltop Inn packed about 24 grams of fat. The pork version is estimated to be closer to around 18 grams.
Iowa: Hot beef sundae
In 2006, the hot beef sundae made its debut at the Iowa State Fair. An artery-clogging play on the classic hot fudge sundae, this horror was marketed as "a new twist to an old favorite."
Ingredients: Mashed potatoes, roast beef, beef gravy, cheddar cheese, tomato
Fat content: Following the Iowa State Fair recipe at home will dish out a "sundae" with about 28 grams of fat. Commercially prepared recipes may vary.
Kansas: Charred ends
Burnt ends don't necessarily sound like a delicacy, but in the Kansas barbecue world, the charred ends of a brisket are held in the highest esteem.
Ingredients: These crunchy cubes are the fatty ends of a barbecued brisket.
Fat content: Recipes vary between about 10 to 12 grams of fat per serving.
Kentucky: KFC's Double Down
Everyone's buzzing about the Double Down, the new bunless sandwich from KFC. Surprisingly, it's not the fattiest item on this Kentucky-based chain's menu—the chicken pot pie takes the cake—but it is definitely still among the worst.
Ingredients: Two fried chicken fillets, bacon, pepper jack and Monterey jack cheese, special sauce
Fat content: 32 grams in one sandwich
A staple at southern cafés is the beignet, a fried dough pastry particularly linked with New Orleans. One of the most popular places to enjoy a beignet is Café Du Monde, a French market–style coffee shop in the Big Easy. There, the fried puffs come covered in powdered sugar in orders of three.
Ingredients: Fried dough, powdered sugar
Fat content: Recipes estimate that Café du Monde-style beignets clock in at about 11 grams of fat, the same number as in a McDonald's cheeseburger.
Maine: Lobster roll
New England is a bastion of fresh—and healthy—seafood. But seafood restaurants are guilty of transforming these powerhouses of heart-healthy fats into saturated-fat-delivery machines. The lobster roll, a classic in Maine, piles on the mayo and butter.
Ingredients: Lobster meat, cucumber, mayonnaise, tarragon, scallions, salt, pepper, hot dug bun, butter
Fat content: Recipes vary. The lobster roll at New England sandwich shop D'Angelo clocks in at 22 grams of fat, while a small one at New England pizza chain Papa Gino's averages about 34 grams.
Maryland: Smith Island Cake
In 2008, the Old Line State adopted the Smith Island Cake as its official state dessert. The cake gets its name from a remote island in the Chesapeake Bay, home to fewer than 100 year-round residents, and yet the decadent treat became so popular the governor signed the cake into law.
Ingredients: At least 10 layers of cake, which can be made from scratch or from a packaged mix, with layers of chocolate icing in between
Fat content: Most recipes have around 26 grams of fat per serving.
Massachusetts: Chocolate chip cookies
Rumor has it that Ruth Wakefield made the first chocolate chip cookies in 1937 for Boston-to-New-Bedford travelers who stopped at her home. The butter and sugar many recipes call for aren't the big problem; the sheer size of some of the modern versions can make them the worst treats around.
Consider this. The average weight of a commercially prepared cookie is about 12 grams. The weight of this version from fast-food chain Carl's Jr. is 71 grams.
Ingredients: Flour, baking soda, salt, butter, sugar, vanilla extract, eggs, and chocolate chips or morsels
Fat content: The 71-gram cookie at Carl's Jr. packs a whopping 19 grams of fat and 10 grams of saturated fat.
Gigantic sandwiches can be found across the country, but the biggest ones in the country may be found in Birch Run, Mich., at Tony's I-75, as featured on the Travel Channel's Sandwich Paradise. There, you'll find the world's most artery-clogging BLT. Each contains over a pound of bacon.
Ingredients: Over 20 strips of bacon, lettuce, tomato, bread
Fat content: A pound of bacon clocks in at a whopping 192 grams of fat. That's about your upper limit over 3 days!
Minnesota: Dairy Queen's FlameThrower GrillBurger
The land of 10,000 lakes is also home to the headquarters of waistline-expanding chain Dairy Queen. While known for its ice cream concoctions—which don't take it easy on the fat content either—the most shocking item on the menu is the half-pound FlameThrower GrillBurger.
Ingredients: Half a pound of beef, special sauce, pepper jack cheese, jalapeño, bacon, tomato, lettuce, bun
Fat content: This behemoth burger has 75 grams of fat and 26 grams of saturated fat, more than enough for an entire day! For about the same amount of fat you could have 5 of the chain's small chocolate shakes!
Mississippi: Mud Pie
The state with the highest obesity rate in the country, at 32.5%, has held this not-so-enviable title for five years in a row. Decadent dining choices, like the Mud Pie, rumored to have originated in the Magnolia State, are certainly part of the problem.
Ingredients: Some recipes call for cream cheese, others for ice cream, still others pudding mix. But no matter how you look at it, this pie is a mash-up of chocolate, cream, butter, and sugar.
Fat content: A commercially prepared version at nationwide chain Cosi clocks in at 35 grams of fat per serving. Homemade varieties vary between 24 and 38 grams.
Missouri: Hardee's 2/3 Lb. Monster Thickburger
Known for its fatty splurges like gooey butter cake and fried ravioli, Missouri is also the home of Hardee's headquarters. (The East Coast and Midwestern burger chain is actually a North Carolina transplant, but it now calls St. Louis its home.) Concoctions like the 2/3 Lb. Monster Thickburger lead the way on its fatty menu.
Ingredients: Two 1/3 pound beef patties, 4 strips of bacon, 3 slices of American cheese, mayonnaise, sesame seed bun
Fat content: A mind-blowing 95 grams of fat and 36 grams of saturated fat—more than six times the fat in a regular Hardee's hamburger.
Montana: Rocky Mountain Oysters
The fat content may not be the only thing that turns you off of eating this Northwestern dish. Also known as prairie oysters or calf fries, Rocky Mountain Oysters are essentially deep-fried calf testicles.
Ingredients: Calf testicles, salted water or buttermilk, vegetable oil or lard
Fat content: Recipes vary, and it's hard to pin down nutritional information for a bull's nether regions, but the deep-fried batter alone is worth at least 5 grams of fat.
Nebraska: Eskimo Pie
Christian Kent Nelson, a school teacher and candy shop owner in Iowa, invented the Eskimo Pie in 1921, when a boy in his shop couldn't decide between an ice cream and a candy bar. But the name and success did not come until Nelson traveled to Nebraska, where he met Russell Stover, of chocolate candy fame, who helped him patent the idea and dub it "Eskimo Pie." Americans have been over-indulging on the ice cream treats ever since.
Ingredients: Vanilla ice cream with Nestle Crunch chocolate coating
Fat content: 13 grams in one bar
Las Vegas is without a doubt the country's capital for excess and overindulgence. And revelers too absorbed to stop and eat can graze at the ubiquitous buffets. The Sin City smorgasbords are thought to be the 1940s brain child of local publicist Herb McDonald.
Ingredients: Just about everything you can imagine, in all-you-can-eat quantities
Fat content: Research shows that patrons are likely to overeat, not know when they are full, and use larger plates at buffet-style restaurants.
New Hampshire: New England Clam Chowder
New England once again has committed a crime against the healthy attributes of seafood. New England Clam Chowder is cream-based, adding a lot of fat and calories to this popular soup.
Ingredients: Cream, water, potatoes, clams, salt, butter, seasonings
Fat content: A 12-ounce serving at nationwide chain Panera Bread contains 34 grams of fat, about half of your upper limit for the entire day, and 20 grams of saturated fat.
New Jersey: Fat Darrell
In 1997, Darrell W. Butler, then a sophomore at Rutgers University, decided he wanted to cram all his favorite guilty-pleasure foods into one health-defying sandwich. The result was named the Fat Darrell, a supersize sandwich at the famous RU Hungry? "grease truck" in New Brunswick, N.J.
Ingredients: Chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, marinara sauce, French fries, lettuce, tomato, roll
Fat content: With two chicken fingers, two mozzarella sticks, and fries, the Fat Darrell is worth an estimated 45 grams of fat.
New Mexico: Frito Pie
Invented sometime in the early 1930s, the Frito Pie has become a New Mexican staple. This dish was originally made with chili ladled onto a small bag of Fritos. Restaurants and street carts throughout the state have put their own spin on the less-than-healthy snack, by adding lettuce, tomato, cheese, jalapeños, and more.
Ingredients: Recipes vary, but most include Fritos corn chips, beef, beans, onion, cheddar cheese, lettuce, and tomato.
Fat content: Depends on the toppings, but this version contains a whopping 46 grams of fat and 14 grams of saturated fat.
New York: Garbage plate
While New York–style cheesecake tops the list of fatty regional specialties, the Empire State is also home to the " garbage plate," a mess of potatoes, beans, meat, onions, mustard, and sauce that reportedly got its start at Rochester, N.Y. eatery Nick Tahou Hots in 1918.
Ingredients: A base of home fries, macaroni salad, baked beans or French fries, topped with choice of meat (hamburger, cheeseburger, hot dog, sausage, chicken tender, fish, fried ham), and drenched in mustard, onions, and hot sauce—all amounting to about 3 pounds of food!
Fat content: While there's no official dietary analysis for the various versions of garbage plates, estimates and homemade recipes clock in at anywhere from about 93 grams of fat per plate to an astounding 203 grams, enough for more than three days.
North Carolina: Livermush
is a dish with at least 30% pig liver and a mixture of pig head parts and cornmeal. You may say "yuck," but locals have fallen head-over-heels for the fatty fare, even celebrating an annual Livermush Expo; putting it in omelets and pizzas; and devoting a Facebook fan page to it.
Ingredients: Pig liver, assorted other pig parts (usually fatty), cornmeal, pepper, salt
Fat content: One popular recipe calls for one liver and a pound and a half of fatty parts for a six-serving batch of livermush, making each serving worth about 30 grams of fat.
North Dakota: Fleischkuechle
You can thank German immigrants for this local favorite, called Fleischkuechle, which is a meat patty smothered in a fried dough wrapping.
Ingredients: Recipes call for eggs, flour, and sometimes buttermilk to make the dough. The filling is made of beef, onion, salt, and pepper.
Fat content: A commercially prepared variety from Cloverdale Foods, a North Dakota meat company, contains 19 grams of fat in one serving size.
Ohio: Bob Evans' Sausage Biscuit Bowl
Founded in 1948 and now headquartered in Ohio, Bob Evans is a chain that operates in 19 states. The restaurants offer giant breakfasts piled inside a bowl made of biscuit—like the Sausage Biscuit Bowl.
Ingredients: Home fries, eggs, sausage gravy, sausage, cheddar cheese, scallions, margarine, in a biscuit bowl
Fat content: 61 grams of fat and 28 grams of saturated fat—just about the maximum recommended intake for an entire day.
Oklahoma: Chicken fried steak
While often associated with Texas, chicken fried steak is so beloved in neighboring Oklahoma that it was added to the official list of state foods in 1988. The pounded beef is battered and fried like chicken and served smothered in gravy.
Ingredients: Beef, egg, milk, salt, pepper, flour. Recipes use additional ingredients like buttermilk or chicken broth.
Fat content: Recipes vary, but chicken fried steak, at around 26 grams of fat, is likely to cost you.
Oregon: Brunchbox's Redonkadonk
While Oregon isn't the only state to offer gigantic, heart-stopping burgers, a particularly outrageous version—called the Redonkadonk—can be found at BrunchBox, a popular food vendor cart.
Ingredients: Egg, ham, Spam, bacon, and American cheese on a beef patty, between two grilled-cheese sandwiches on thicker-than-normal Texas Toast bread in the place of a bun
Fat content: It's hard to know how much of each ingredient is used in the BrunchBox recipe, but count about 13 grams of fat in a beef patty, 5 grams of fat for each slice of cheese (remember, it's not just on the burger but in the grilled-cheese buns as well), 3 grams of fat per slice of bacon, and 15 grams per serving of Spam.
Pennsylvania: Philly cheesesteak
The most iconic food of Pennsylvania also happens to be one of the unhealthiest. What else could we mean but the Philly cheesesteak? Invented in 1930, the cheesesteak is now recognized around the world.
Ingredients: Beef, cheese (often Cheeze Whiz), and onions on a long roll
Fat content: Recipes vary. Commercially prepared versions, like the 6-inch Big Philly Cheesesteak at Subway and the Cheesesteak Sandwich at Nathan's, range from 18 to 45 grams of fat, respectively.
Rhode Island: New York System Hot Wieners
In the late 1930s, when father-son team Anthony and Nicholas Stevens moved to Rhode Island from Greece, by way of Brooklyn, they opened a small restaurant in the Olneyville neighborhood of Providence. The popular fare— New York System Hot Wieners—is still a regional favorite, and is imitated by vendors and eateries throughout the state.
Ingredients: A beef hot dog drenched in yellow mustard, onions, celery salt, and ground-beef sauce
Fat content: 13 grams of fat for the hot dog and 15 grams of fat in a serving of ground beef. Plus, the ground-beef sauce is usually made with ultra-fatty shortening.
South Carolina: Turducken
Ah yes, the home of the turducken. This Thanksgiving feast consists of a turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken—almost heaven for those who like their meat with a side of meat chased with a bit of meat. The origin of this monstrous meal is mysterious, but rumor has it that the first turducken may have been assembled at a plantation in South Carolina.
Ingredients: Turkey, chicken, duck; often also contains stuffing, frequently made with cornbread and pork sausage
Fat content: Recipes vary greatly, from as little as 14 grams of fat in a commercially prepared version from CajunGrocer.com, to as much as 53 grams or even a whopping 118 grams of fat in various homemade versions.
South Dakota: Frybread
is exactly what it sounds like—a greasy, doughy, fried treat. South Dakota named frybread the official state bread in 2005. But even though it is common in Native American cuisine, frybread may also contribute to obesity—67% of Native Americans in the U.S. are overweight or obese.
Ingredients: Ingredients vary, but generally recipes call for white flour, salt, sugar, and lard.
Fat content: The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated that one slice of frybread the size of a large paper plate has about 25 grams of fat.
Tennessee: Ruby Tuesday's Triple Prime Bacon Cheddar Burger
Ruby Tuesday originated in 1972 near the University of Tennessee. This casual dining restaurant chain spread quickly—there are now more than 900 locations around the world— but home base remains the Volunteer State. It is known for its burgers; a few, like the Triple Prime Bacon Cheddar Burger, are especially fatty.
Ingredients: 8 ounces of beef, cheddar cheese, applewood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise. Even worse—all burgers are accompanied by ENDLESS fries, which are not calculated in the nutritional information.
Fat content: A whopping 115 grams of fat, almost the limit for two days.
Texas: Corn dog
A staple of the annual Texas State Fair, the corn dog was reportedly invented in Texas in 1942 by two brothers named Carl and Neil Fletcher (although the Minnesota State Fair says it all started in Minnesota a year earlier). Since then, Texans have served up pretty much everything deep-fried, from Coke in 2006 to butter in 2009. The Fletcher family sells an estimated 500,000 each year at the Texas State Fair.
Ingredients: Deep-fried hot dog with corn flour coating
Fat content: 19 grams, 4 of which come from the dog's coating
When you think of a scone, you may not picture the Beehive State's version. Closer to Native American frybread or New Mexican sopapillas, the Utah scone is essentially fried dough that can be eaten alone with butter and honey, or used for a variety of sandwiches.
Ingredients: Most recipes call for yeast, water, sugar, eggs, salt, flour, oil for frying, and some contain buttermilk
Fat content: Recipes vary. Depending on whether it contains butter or butter spread, a scone can cost you between 6 and 8 grams of fat, but others may have about 10 grams of fat per scone.
Vermont: Ben & Jerry's Vermonster
Well-known ice cream duo Ben and Jerry hail from the Green Mountain State. While there are plenty of healthy twists to their sweet treats—like low-fat frozen yogurt and fruity sorbets—the behemoth 'Vermonster' trumps all desserts.
Ingredients: 20 scoops of ice cream, hot fudge, banana, cookies, brownies, and other toppings of your choice
Fat content: 20 scoops of ice cream alone will clock in between 120 to 400 grams of fat, depending on which flavors you pick. Let's hope a Vermonster customer shares it with a very large crowd.
Known for its country ham, Virginia takes its pork products seriously. The Smithfield ham is defined—by law—as ham that is processed and cured in a certain way and only in Smithfield. While it's not the worst food for you in the entire country, ham isn't one of your healthiest options when choosing a meat.
Ingredients: Ham, salt, often with sugary glaze
Fat content: A serving of ham generally has around 7 to 9 grams of fat.
Washington: Crab Louis Salad
The northwest is known for healthy living. But even Washington hides some gluttonous secrets. Disguised as a healthy option—it is called a salad after all— Crab Louis Salad is a popular dish that packs a surprising amount of fat, mostly because of a mayonnaise-based dressing.
Ingredients: Salad greens, tomato, hard-boiled egg, celery, crabmeat. Dressing: mayonnaise, chili sauce or cocktail sauce, green peppers, sweet pickles, onion
Fat content: Reduced-fat mayo goes a long way in giving this dish a healthy makeover. Otherwise, consider it an indulgence with between 15 and 25 grams of fat.
West Virginia: Hillbilly Hotdogs' 10-pound burger
There's a reason chef Jamie Oliver picked Huntington, W.Va. for his eating makeover show Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution on ABC. With over 31% of the adult population qualifying as obese, the Mountain State clocks in at No. 3 on the list of fattest states. Huntington is home to Hillbilly Hotdogs and to, among other monstrosities, a 5-pound burger (pictured), a 10-pound burger, and a 15-inch hot dog.
Ingredients: 10 pounds of beef, bread, two heads of lettuce, two pounds of pickles, three tomatoes, three onions, 25 slices of cheese
Fat content: 10 pounds of hamburger meat clock in at around 800 grams of fat. That's an entire day's worth of fat for more than 12 women, without even counting the cheese.
Wisconsin: Deep-fried cheese curds
A by-product of the cheese-making process, cheese curds are a Wisconsin staple. At many carnivals and fairs, and even at some fast-food restaurants, cheese curds can also be found deep-fried.
Ingredients: Milk or beer, egg, flour, sugar, salt, baking power, cheese curds, oil for frying
Fat content: Homemade recipes will vary. A&W restaurants make a version that contains 40 grams of fat in an order, and Culver's has 38 grams of fat, and it's technically just a side!
According to local lore, the Sheep Eaters, a branch of the Shoshone Native Americans, got their name from the number of bighorn sheep (native to mountainous Wyoming) they ate. Lamb certainly isn't the worst meat you could ever eat, but it is on the fatty end of the scale as far as meats go.
Ingredients: Lamb chops and ribs are the fattiest cuts of the meat.
Fat content: A 3-ounce serving of lamb chop has about 12 grams of fat.