How Does Your Burger Stack Up?

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You can have it with a crown, under the arches, in a high-tech car hop, with five guys, or with a girl with red braids. Everyone has their favorite.

What is it?

A fast-food cheeseburger. The components are always the same, ground beef, American cheese, a bun, some condiments, calories, fat and sodium.

They’re also quick, cheap, tasty and fine in moderation.

The problem is most people don’t really know how many calories they’re asking for when they order a cheeseburger — and the counts fluctuate wildly between fast-food restaurants, mainly to do with burger and bun size.

How many calories?


What’s the best choice?

The Herald News looked at the calorie counts of regular cheeseburgers and some larger and smaller burger offerings at McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Five Guys Burger and Fries, and the new Sonic in Somerset.

Burger King came in with the lowest count at 270 calories for a cheeseburger, though a Whopper will cost you 630, according to the nutritional counts on its website.

The burger highest in calories is from Five Guys Burgers and Fries. Their regular cheeseburger has a total of 840 calories. It does have a little cheeseburger on the menu with 550 calories.

Make your own!

Or, you can also make it your way at home. Here’s Woods’ recipe for a healthy cheesebuger. Yes, there is such a thing.

  • Use a four ounce portion of lower-fat meat
  • Choose a whole wheat bun
  • Top with a lower-sodium cheese
  • And top with nutrient-dense greens, such as arugula, and add tomato. You can also try caramelized onions, peppers, salsa, or even grilled pineapple.

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