A Mountain of Meat & Cheese

If you’re wondering why Americans are overweight, check out the press release I received this morning from the folks at Burger King. The headline reads: “Guests Invited to Pile on Meat, Cheese & Bacon—Hold the Produce.”

The release promotes the new BK Stacker Sandwich (above): two, three or four hamburger patties “stacked high between a sesame seed bun with equal slices of melted American cheese and up to eight slices of crispy bacon, smothered in original creamy, savory BK Stacker Sauce for the ultimate sandwich helping. The bigger the burger ordered, the more layers of bacon and cheese.”

Customers can order the:

  • Double Stacker (610 calories, 39 g fat, 1,100 mg sodium)
  • Triple Stacker (800 calories, 54 g fat, 1,450 mg sodium)
  • Quad Stacker (1,000 calories, 68 g fat, 1,800 mg sodium)

“The BK Stacker is simple and built with the very ingredients our restaurant guests love best—meat, cheese and bacon,” notes Denny Marie Post, Burger King’s senior vice president and chief concept officer, in the release. “We’re satisfying the serious meat lovers by leaving off the produce and letting them decide exactly how much meat and cheese they can handle.”

Of course, Burger King is enticing kids to order this “produce-free” behemoth through a series of TV ads featuring a crew of miniature construction workers that “diligently stacks meat, cheese, bacon and BK Stacker Sauce.”

If that’s not enough, “2.5″ collectible figurines of some of the most memorable characters from the BK Stackers television ads can be purchased online…Fans can purchase a set of three figurines, including Vin the Foreman, the Kid and the Cheese Welder.”

For parents who promote organic living and healthy eating, this is yet another example of how fast-food companies and advertising agencies pander to kids without any regard for their health. It’s irresponsible at a time when childhood obesity is epidemic.

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  • Eric  July 11, 2006 at 3:57 pm

    Ya know what, the commercial does not target kids in any way. It’s displaying construction workers doing their job. Now, nothing against the fine, hardworking construction workers of America, but I must not have hung out with the kids who looked up to their police officers, firefighters, and uhhh…construction workers? I’m not seeing how this is a child-targeted advertisement campaign. Honestly, what do you expect them to put in the commercial?

    The healthy options are available. Fantastic, and I support anyone who wants to choose a healthier lifestyle. Personally, I enjoy a good old fashioned bacon cheeseburger without the frills. Sure, I might be clogging my arteries, but it’s my right as an American to eat whatever I please without being told by left-wing extremists what should and should not be on the menus at my local restaurants. I don’t bust into my local health food store and demand they start serving high trans-fat options, so give those of us who enjoy these foods a little courtesy, instead of trying to decide what we should and should not eat.

  • George Adams  July 11, 2006 at 7:09 pm

    Boo hoo. Kids are getting fat. Don’t blame irresponsible burger king. Blame irresponsible parents and lazy kids. People can enjoy unhealthy foods from time to time and companies can advertise such food. This is America and people should enjoy what they eat. Just be sensible. After all, it’s not burger king who is the one eating the sandwich. We’re all responsible for what we eat, so putting the blame on one restuarant is ridiculous. That kind of assertion is assanine and has no business being said.

  • Mark Salomon  July 11, 2006 at 7:11 pm

    Burger King does not have ANY responsibility for child obesity or the weight issues anyone else has. I say this as a formerly overweight American who started out calendar year 2006 at over 200 pounds and am now below 170. I’ve eaten at Burger King, McDonald’s, Wendy’s etc. many times in my life. But not a single one of those times did anyone from the respective restaurant put a gun to my head and force me to place an order — I made the choice to order greasy burgers, fries, and other tasty items, knowing full well that a salad with low-fat dressing would be much better for me. It just happens that I would much rather eat a burger and fries than a salad. I decided to make a New Year’s resolution to lose weight and have stuck to that choice, and that’s included far fewer trips to the fast food places that I enjoy frequenting. But again, that’s my choice. As an American and someone who appreciates freedom, even though I struggle with weight and am tempted by the enticing appearance of the Stacker burgers, I have no problem with Burger King’s new menu item. If I choose to indulge, that’s my problem and I’m the one who has to deal with the consequences.

  • Brandon  July 12, 2006 at 12:16 pm

    Barbara, I’m with you on the not marketing this kind of food to children – it really does make it difficult to combat the health problems for kids and convince them to eat healthy. However, I think that very good message gets lost a little when you write the blog entry the way you did. Nothing personal, but when people write in a holier than thou type of manner, it makes the reader confrontational. While, you apparently did not mean it this way (as evidenced by your comment here), that’s how it initially comes across. I say this as a 5’8 1/2″ 145 pound male carrying 9 percent body fat with low cholesterol and blood pressure. I eat healthy during the week and exercis nearly every day. However, whent he weekend comes around, I like indulge, and the Stacker sounds like something I’d love. I don’t think it’s right to make a moral judgement on someone’s eating habits.

  • Rick  July 18, 2006 at 12:46 pm

    Had a quad yesterday and a triple today. Outstanding, exactly what I like.

  • WILL MCCANN  July 18, 2006 at 5:21 pm

    I eat the BK stacker multiple times per week minus the bread as part of my low carb diet. I have lost an additional 20 lbs since the stacker came out and I think it is awesome. so shut your mouth!

  • Dave P.  July 19, 2006 at 12:24 pm

    I have never eaten a BK Stacker but I plan to in about an hour. I’m not obese, I am a teenager that is 5″6 and 120 pounds.Your article did not stop me from eating a Stacker because it is nothing new. It’s the same thing I always see. People try to make the fast-food chains seem evil, like they only care about profits and consumers. Well that’s exactly what a business is supposed to do. It’s not Burger King’s fault for offering the majority public what they want. And it seems you are trying to get a resistance formed against fast food chains so that less and less people indulge in their food. If the food is so bad how come we all eat it? Are we all idiots to not see from your point of view? No. We choose what makes us happy. If playing soccer makes you happy it’s what you are going to do to become happy, if you don’t play soccer your going to be fighting an urge and become miserable. The only way for someone to turn away from something that makes them happy (Burger King) is for them to realize that is what they want to become healthier. Nobody can make them realize that but themselves because that is the only opinion they really care for. If you want to lose weight eat less. That simple. If you want to eat Burger King do it. That simple. If your kids are fat unplug the nintendo. That simple. If you don’t like what a business is doing such as Burger King don’t support them. And by writing this article your just giving them publicity. Honestly I know obesity is a problem and your not going to be able to help it. The only hope is fighting so that every baby born won’t become fat to start off with. You’ve got more hope convincing lions that hippos have too much fat and they should eat bamboo. Thanks for trying to stop me but it didn’t work.

  • Soddball  July 21, 2006 at 1:54 pm

    You Americans are all disgustingly fat. Stop eating. Just – stop. Those claiming it’s all the fault of parents and not the fault of the restaurants’ advertising – presumably you’d support a ban on advertising since it isn’t actually DOING anything?


  • Polo  July 23, 2006 at 10:05 pm

    I think I could tempt myself with this once every month or so. What’s not to like, in the sense of immediate gratification (an American obsession). Fat, salt, meat and a bit of bread. But you can’t seriously think of this as food. Why not just have deep fried salted lard sticks in a hot dog bun with cheeze wiz – that would taste real good too. When they say meat, its mostly beef fat and reprocessed cow lips and udder skin.

    I don’t know where accusations of being “left wing extremists” trying to “restrict our freedoms” come from. If you eat this salt and fat cocktail every day you won’t be around much longer to vote.

  • anonymous  July 24, 2006 at 2:15 pm

    I blame organic food and the health movement for decreasing the obesity potential of today’s youth. If anything the BK Quad Stacker should be on the breakfast menu, by doing so this would make way for the 4×4 stacker for lunch which is really where an 8 patty burger belongs. They should mix equal parts mayonaisse and ketchup together in a soup bowl and serve that to dip the burger in…..or provide a ladel.

  • Darnell Jackson  July 27, 2006 at 4:05 pm

    For the past month i have eaten a quad stacker twice a day thats after i eat a bacon and egg breakfast.Before this i used to get a double whopper meal everyday.I am 25 years old and weigh in at 182 pounds. I recently had my cholestrol checked and am perfectly fine.I also excercise on a regular basis, so that just tells me people need to get off their fat azz and go exercise.

  • Prince Roy  October 19, 2006 at 4:54 am

    Had a quad yesterday and a triple today. Outstanding, exactly what I like.

    and you’ll be having a triple bypass tomorrow!

  • Tom  December 4, 2006 at 5:04 am

    It is a peculiarity of American culture to claim pride and even patriotism over ignorant acts..’I have the RIGHT to eat unhealthfully..I have the RIGHT not to vote..I have the RIGHT not to wear a motorcycle helmet.’

    Isn’t it funny, too – that desire for a healthy diet is called ‘left wing extremism!’ Given the physical condition of obese, pill-popping Rush Limbaugh, maybe there is something to it…

    No – ignorance and willful self destruction is not a right. If a family member is an alcoholic or drug addict, you dont enable and encourage their addiction – you try to fight it and cure it – you dont just play passive and reflect on their ‘right to choose.’ No, Burger King is not the demon here – they are just turning a buck. It is our tolerance of mediocrity – fueled by slavish, passive acceptance of market forces, that creates ‘quad stackers’ (or tv shows like ‘Jackass’) in the first place.

    Why should we throw up our hands when a whole society engages in unhealthy living? Remember, it ain’t just the obese ones who are affected. ALL of us pay for the medical and social costs of diabetes, heart disease, reduced life expectancy and other serious ailments associated with obesity.

    So grow up and take responsibility for your life and the lives of those around you. It’s called MATURITY, and it is the first step towards building community.


  • Oscar  December 8, 2006 at 4:47 am

    Re: Tom’s comment above.

    No, “left wing extremism” has nothing to do with a healty diet.
    FOR YOURSELF. When you try to impose YOUR views on the general population, then it becomes extremism.

    Trying to legislate a persons diet is no different than the right wing trying to legislate morality. What’s next, computerized calorie counters at restaurants that will not allow you to exceed a certain number of calories per meal? While we are at it, we should also ban hang-gliding and other extreme type sports as we ALL pay when they get injured (using your logic).

    I find it interesting that in debates about topics like this and smoking the left talks about “community”, however when you talk about abortion suddenly it becomes “my body, my choice”. What the heck? Can’t this same argument work for the Triple Stacker sandwich? :)

    I want the extreme left out of my kitchen.
    I also want the extreme right out of my bedroom.

  • Oscar  December 8, 2006 at 4:49 am

    …back on topic…

    I had a triple stacker the other day, and it was awesome!

  • Jaegan Williams  February 7, 2007 at 12:37 pm

    I agree on the stance that people make their own fates. Period. But I refuse to blame the parents, solely. You *cannot* deny the fact that, not only are millions of dollars spent on advertising, but marketing as well. Everyone thus far has used “marketing” as this ambiguous, blanket term. The fact is, marketing includes the efforts of a marketing firm to determine how best to convince children that, not only do they want this product (whether it be a toy or a food), but how best to convince (e.g. nag to death!) their parents (or other people able to buy this junk) to do so.

    Its not like overly-persecuted Burger King asks you once nicely whether you would like a burger, humbly accepts your response and walks away. Would it be hyperbole to say Burger King (or other fast food companies) and parents are fighting, consciously or otherwise, for the subconscious attention of children?

  • Jerry  February 21, 2007 at 2:48 pm

    The release of the quad stacker should not offend anyone….if people want to indulge in these pieces of heaven everyday, they can. These people will probably have coronary disease when they are older and they don’t really care. I myself like to eat healthy, take vitamins, flaxseed pills, and exercise everyday…..but I HAVE to treat myself once every few weeks or so to a stacker or some other “unhealthy” fast food item. The quad is great…but seriously folks, they are not worth dying over. Limitation is key.

  • Glenn  February 22, 2007 at 6:59 pm

    This just makes me wonder how many people give themselves Diabetes every year, as well as Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure and a host of other illnesses from eating this way. If we take it a step further, I wonder how much lower my taxes would be if didn’t have to help support Medicare and Medicaid in treating the long term effects of people eating this way and the diseases that arise from this lack of self control. I think there should be lower health care premiums/ taxes for people who live a healthy lifestyle, or maintain a certain body fat index. If people are choosing as individuals to eat this way, why should we all suffer the fallout??? The same goes for smoking and smoking related illnesses.

    This goes way beyond food choices…just look at lifestyle choices, the out of control consumerism, the negative national savings rate and the spiraling loan default and bankrupcy rate. We want everything now. Lets start living and eating within our means and stop thinking about just ourselves!

  • Bill  February 22, 2007 at 7:02 pm

    I understand that we should all be able to choose what we want to eat, and would be very upset if my right to a bacon cheeseburger were infringed upon. But the millions of dollars corporate America spends marketting junk food, especially where children are concerned, is a legitimate societal concern. Yes, it’s a parents job to set their children straight. But we can make their job a little easier by getting Madison Avenue to place certain limits on food advertising.

  • stubborn puppet  February 24, 2007 at 8:12 am

    I take great pleasure in reading about all the people who love and are eating this behemoth, heart attack inducing, blubber packing, gut busting slop. I am an advocate nihilist, and I see the pattern. Any civilization that grows beyond the worlds means to support it is doomed to annihilation. Simply put, my belief on this issue is, the sooner the better. I encourage anyone and everyone who loves this kind of food product to eat 3 a day. Go ahead and stuff your piggy faces. Every bite you take puts this world one step closer to the innevitable… and when society finally collapses, you will all be the ones who are too sickly, slow and stupid to survive to build a new world. Please get it over with sooner so there are more resources left over for the strong and the intelligent with which to work.

  • Dan  February 28, 2007 at 5:39 am

    I’d like to encourage anybody who eats these to take a visit to the factory farms, stockyards, and slaughterhouses where the meat for the fast food industry comes from, and then think about that while indulging. It’s not just our own bodies we’re harming when we make these choices.

  • James  March 13, 2007 at 7:57 am

    I dont care. Its so good. Really good. Ill eat a salad for dinner. Actually, Ill just eat more of these.

  • Mike  May 28, 2007 at 11:50 am

    I’m eating a double stacker and large fries right now and washing it down with a Large Vault soda.

  • Francis  October 8, 2007 at 5:37 am

    In France, adds on snacks and fast foods must bear a message. Not the “this stuff kills you” type message they put on cigrarettes, but a message encouraging you to healthy living, such a “eat five fruit and veg a day” or “take exercise regularly”.

  • Dottie  November 4, 2007 at 4:23 am

    I ate a BK Double Stacker last night. This was my 4th stacker. For the carnivous tastebuds, it’s absolutely delicious. Each time I’ve eaten a stacker, a few hours later or the next morning, I have the following symptoms: stuffy nose, swollen mucous membranes, mucous, puffy, irritated eyes, stomach problems, just an overall feeling of being clogged. I can only speaker for myself, the burger taste good. However, I realize that it is unhealthy for me given the high rate of obesity, highblood pressure and heart disease in my ethnic and racial group. For my own health, I can’t eat a BK Stacker or virtually anthing else from Burger King or other fast food places. I sat in Yale-New Haven hospital last night with a friend who is in ICU. Not a pretty picture. This is not about blame…I just know I want to live a longer and healthier life. BK cannot contribute to that goal. BK won’t be seeing my money. America, we have the privilege of killing ourselves! I choose not to exercise that priviledge.
    Peace & Blessings

  • FoodTester  January 9, 2008 at 6:36 am

    Imagine ordering 2 quads…then putting them together as the ultimate King Burger of Burger King

  • basmati  February 11, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    So if their food doesn’t make you sick… oh wait. It might actually, since it’s quite possibly the dirtiest of all fast food establishments.


    Furthermore, I would argue that Burger King not only has a commitment to not serving what amounts to a massive mold of fat and sugar, but that they actually agree with that statement somewhat.


    By starting to phase higher quality, cage-free animals into their products, that seems to amount (at least in part) to an admission by BK that their previous methods were unsound.

  • Futant  May 19, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    1.This is for Tom, #15…and the rest of you. We in the United States have no Constitutional Right To Vote. Look it up and get educated.

    2.You get hungry, you get your keys, you go to the car, drive down the road, pull into BK, order a huge Burger, eat it, feel good for a bit,and goto bed. But it’s all Bk’s fault, even after all the steps you took, Do we go after a hardware store for legally selling a guy a knife, that later commits a crime with said knife? Do we go after a gun shop that legally sells a gun to a guy, that later goes and commits a crime w/ said gun? NO. I own and manage a restaurant, and above the cash register, where all my employees can see it constantly it states:


    Can we please take responsibility for our own actions? If people did not buy the the Big Sandwiches, BK would have no reason to continue selling them. I suggest the guy who wrote this blog, and others who agree with him, use your time and effort to actually take up a cause that will contribute to society and help someone. And i think the whole toy thing had to do with Indiana Jones, if i’m not mistaken, and all the fast food places have promo stuff like that. And we all know adults grab most of the cool stuff anyways! Eat what you want. Exercise or not. You make or don’t make the bed you sleep in.
    Bill Clinton used to eat a Big Mac everyday, remember? then he’d go run a mile “to break even” he said. I don’t respect him, but i respect that method!

  • ffg4th  June 11, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    and to think.. 2 jr whoppers have more meat, tomatoes,lettuce and extra pickles and “Cheese” (Option) than a Whopper.. and you can get them for a 1.00 all day long.. twice the fat for less money.. Go Bigger King.

  • Steph  September 7, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    mmm. After a few minutes of thinking this shouldn’t be in a public fast food resturant.
    Or it shouldn’t be legal. Litsen , If people want to get a heart attack let them. But it shouldn’t be for children under 13.

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