7 Things You Should Never Order at Hooters: Eat This, Not That

Hooters has developed a notorious reputation over the years, due in part to its wide selection of fried wings and sandwiches. While these menu items may be one of the big draws that draw customers in, ordering them won’t do your diet any favors.

“I probably shouldn’t have looked at the Hooters menu while I was starving, but alas, I did.” Katie Tomaschko, MS, RDN, CDN, and contributor to Sporting Smiles told us. “And I can tell you that most of their food is pretty unhealthy, to say the least.”

The main problem lies in the amount of oil that is in each wing, appetizer, and sandwich. “Almost all of their appetizers are fried,” says Tomaschko. “Fried foods are loaded with unhealthy fats, calories, and often sodium. Even their wings are wrapped in bacon, which adds another layer of saturated fat.”

If you can’t imagine a future without Hooters, take heart knowing you can still find ways to enjoy many of the foods here. “As long as you practice moderation and don’t get into the habit of eating here often, I’d say order what you really want, but practice mindful eating and try not to overfill yourself (there’s nothing wrong with taking leftovers home! ),” advises Tomaschko.

That’s a good policy to practice in general, but if you want to do as little damage as possible, read on to learn more about the 7 Foods You Should Never Order at Hooters.

hooters lotatots
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1,430 calories, 99 g fat (23 g saturated), 3,050 mg sodium, 110 g carbs (10 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 25 g protein

Tater tots don’t exactly have a reputation for being healthy, but this particular entree can make a traditional side of tots look as healthy as a salad. The snack comes loaded with over a day’s worth of salt and fat, not to mention nearly 75% of the daily recommended calorie intake. If you do end up ordering this item, be sure to split it among your group to minimize dietary damage.

hooters fried fish sandwich
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1,220 calories, 79 g fat (17 g saturated), 1,740 mg sodium, 85 g carbs (4 g fiber, 12 g sugar), 46 g protein

On paper, a fish sandwich shouldn’t be too bad for you, but if you order a fried fish sandwich with tartar sauce from Hooters, you can expect to rack up a lot of salt and fat all at once. However, there is good news: “[Hooters’] seafood options aren’t too bad: many fish can be grilled instead of fried, which reduces the amount of fat and calories,” says Tomaschko. Order the grilled version of this sandwich to avoid a little oil and enjoy a healthier meal option.

hooters original wings
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7,000 calories, 429 g fat (95 g saturated), 4,670 mg sodium, 370 g carbs (20 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 369 g protein

Very few people plan to sit down and eat 50 wings at once, but those who do need to be acutely aware of the fact that Hooters Original Bone-In Wings come with 7,000 calories per order. Factor in the ridiculous 429 grams of fat, 370 grams of carbs, and over a day’s worth of salt, and you’re looking at one of the most unhealthy wing dishes out there. Even if you split this between three people, you can still seriously mess up your daily eating plan.

Twisted Texas Hooters Melt
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1,020 calories, 69 g fat (27 g saturated), 3,920 mg sodium, 61 g carbs (2 g fiber, 18 g sugar), 41 g protein

There’s a reason Texas toast makes our list of the worst buns you can eat, and Hooters’ version of a burger melt served on Texas toast takes it to the next level. In addition to doling out half a day’s calories in each sandwich, this melt overloads you with sodium and fat. If you opt for this sandwich, you’re better off saving half for later.

If you’re really craving a burger melt, you don’t have to rely on Hooters to whip up this sandwich. Instead, try the Ultimate Patty Melt Recipe for a patty melt without excess salt, fat, or calories.

hooters home run burger
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1,080 calories, 77 g fat (31 g saturated), 5,400 mg sodium, 46 g carbs (2 g fiber, 6 g sugar), 51 g protein

“Looks like the Home Run Burger (which has four burgers!)…most likely [contains] the highest amount of saturated fat, sodium, and calories, which makes [it one] of the less healthy items,” says Tomaschko. Heed that warning and avoid this heart attack in a bagel. It has nearly two days’ worth of sodium, plus a full day’s worth of fat per sandwich. And that’s without factor in extra condiments or a side of fries, which makes the stacked burger particularly problematic. If you’re craving a burger, opt for a more reasonable single burger.

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hooters daytona beach wings
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5,500 calories, 372 g fat (88 g saturated), 7,760 mg sodium, 468 g carbs (29 g fiber, 58 g sugar), 337 g protein

Daytona Beach Style Wings sound as if they were a little healthier than traditional fried wings. After all, they are only lightly fried, sautéed and grilled before they hit the table. Even without sauce, this massive order of 50 wings should give diners the creeps.

If you opt to try this massive order of chicken yourself, expect to load up on more than two days worth of salt and calories and three days worth of fat. This over-the-top order should be enjoyed in moderation and shared among a large group.

mermaids naked wings
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4,500 calories, 257 g fat (62 g saturated), 3,230 mg sodium, 18 g carbs (8 g fiber, 4 g sugar), 562 g protein

If you remove all the crispy breading from a wing, it can’t be that bad, right? At first glance, this 50-piece order of wings only has a little more salt for a day and a mere 18 grams of carbs. Compared to the other wing options, this item looks absolutely tame.

Take a closer look, and the 4,500 calorie count and 257 grams of fat should still make you wonder if you think you could finish a plate in one sitting. Unless you plan on visiting Hooters with a large group, watch your body and order a couple of much smaller wings for the table to ensure you don’t derail your diet.

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