Burger Breakdown: Ranking the Most Popular Fast Food Burgers by Nutrition
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Morgan Medeiros MSc
April 25, 2018
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Popular Fast Food Burgers by NutritionCraving a burger? We’ve ranked the most popular fast food burgers by nutrition from some of the most popular restaurants, plus offered alternatives for a slightly lighter meal.

How does your favorite stack up?
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Popular Fast Food Burgers by Nutrition, Ranked!

6. Five Guys, Cheeseburger.

The standard cheeseburger at Five Guys (2 patties, 1 slice cheese, ketchup and mustard) will cost you 810 calories, 65% of the maximum recommended intake for fat, 1.15 day’s worth of saturated fat, and 42% of the maximum recommended intake for sodium, making this the fattiest and highest ranked fast food burgers by nutrition in terms of calories on the list.

Order a Little Cheeseburger instead to save 220 calories.

5. In-N-Out, Double-Double, Animal Style.

The most popular order at In-N-Out will cost you 750 Calories, 64% of the maximum recommended intake for fat, 1.5 day’s worth of saturated fat, and 60% of the maximum recommended intake for sodium, making this the saltiest burger on the list, and the highest in saturated fat.

Order a standard cheeseburger instead to save nearly 300 calories, which is far better among fast food burgers by nutrition!

4. Burger King, Whopper with Cheese.

A Whopper with Cheese will cost you 740 calories, 58% of the maximum recommended intake for fat, 1.2 day’s worth of saturated fat, and 58% of the maximum recommended intake for sodium.

Order a Whopper Jr. to save 430 calories.

3. Jack in the Box, Jumbo Jack Cheeseburger.

Jack’s burger selection is pretty hefty calorically thanks to lots of cheese and high-calorie sauces. A Jumbo Jack Cheeseburger is somewhere in the middle of the Jack in the Box lineup, containing 600 calories, 51% of the maximum recommended intake for fat, 1.1 day’s worth of saturated fat, and 43% of the maximum recommended intake for sodium.

Order a standard Jumbo Jack to save 80 calories.

2. Wendy’s, Dave’s Single.

A Dave’s Single will cost you 570 calories, 43% of the maximum recommended intake for fat, 1 day’s worth of saturated fat, and 52% of the maximum recommended intake for sodium.

Order a Double Stack instead to save 180 calories.

1. McDonald’s, Quarter Pounder with Cheese.

McDonald’s standard quarter pound burger contains 540 Calories, 34% of the maximum recommended intake for fat, 1 day’s worth of saturated fat, and 47% of the maximum recommended intake for sodium. It’s a notably better option among fast food burgers by nutrition, but still far from great.

Order a Double Cheeseburger instead to save 100 calories.

Morgan Medeiros is a certified nutritionist, holding a both a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition. Morgan completed her undergraduate education at Central Washington University, and her graduate education at Northeastern University. During her time as a graduate student, Morgan focused her area of expertise in health education, weight management, and behavioral change. Morgan has experience working in areas of nutritional neuroscience and disease prevention, obesity prevention, and weight loss. Morgan also works in areas of nutritional analysis and menu labeling for restaurants, where she is able to creatively bridge her interest in food culture and health education. In her free time, Morgan enjoys traveling, reading, writing, running, and spending time with her family and friends (including- most importantly- her dog, Clyde).

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