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Fast Food Burgers and Fries: Compare the Calories and Fat

Updated on October 28, 2009


I think I discovered why I’m fat. And why America is fat. And why our kids are growing up fat. It’s not just because they sit in front of a computer, a TV, or a video game in most of their spare time. It’s because we as a nation survive largely on fast food. Who has time to shop for healthy foods and prepare nutritious meals three times a day? Or even every evening for dinner? It’s a lot quicker and easier to pull through the drive-in on the way home from work. And besides, that salty, fat-laden grub tastes so darn good!

I’ll be honest. I knew fast foods, for the most part, were unhealthy, but I didn’t realize just how many calories and fat grams were in the most popular items – burgers and fries. Want a real eye opener? Check out the data below. Just think – a big burger, a large order of fries, and a big soft drink, and you’ve had just about your caloric needs for the entire day! And that doesn’t even take into account the other two meals you’re supposed to eat, or snacks. Or that mocha-choca-latte you drink on the way to work!




Burger – 250 calories, 9 grams of fat

Quarter pounder – 410 calories, 19 grams of fat

Big Mac – 540 calories, 29 grams of fat

Large fries – 500 calories, 25 grams of fat


Burger King

Burger – 290 calories, 12 grams of fat

Whopper – 670 calories, 40 grams of fat

Steakhouse Burger – 950 calories, 59 grams of fat

Large fries – 580 calories, 28 grams of fat



Junior burger – 230 calories, 8 grams of fat

¼-lb single – 430 calories, 20 grams of fat

Large fries – 540 calories, 26 grams of fat



Burger – 310 calories, 12 grams of fat

Big Shef – 660 calories, 46 grams of fat

¼-lb Thickburger – 620 calories, 40 grams of fat

Large fries – 470 calories, 21 grams of fat



Burger – 390 calories, 22 grams of fat

¼-lb Champ – 490 calories, 30 grams of fat

Large fries – 590 calories, 38 grams of fat



Burger – 160 calories, 7 grams of fat (remember, these are small burgers)

BA Burger – 470 calories, 27 grams of fat

Regular fries – 470 calories, 20 grams of fat



Junior burger – 310 calories, 15 grams of fat

Sonic Burger – 650 calories, 37 grams of fat

Super Sonic – 900 calories, 53 grams of fat

Large fries – 450 calories, 18 grams of fat


Okay, I’m making a vow to cook more often. Actually, hubby and I don’t get fast food that often. We probably eat it, on average, of once a week. My grandkids, on the other hand, eat it about five times a week. They’re all slim, but still, all that fat can’t be good for them. And all those calories could eventually catch up with them. Calories have a sneaky way of doing that. Our metabolisms slow down, but our appetites don’t. At least, that’s how it worked out for me.

To be fair, a lot of the fast food joints are now offering healthy salads. I’ve tried them, and they’re really tasty. But when you add all that fancy dressing, they end up with about the same amount of calories as a burger. I guess I’ll have to learn to eat them with fat-free dressing – you know – that stuff that tastes like watered-down latex paint. Kinda looks like it, too.



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      Kiara 3 years ago

      I need to update it. I had that dizzy stuff going on frvoeer it went away then came back, went away and back. It had to have been the weather change though, because I haven't used another motion sickness patch in 2 months, I guess it's been. If I had felt dizzy in the slightest, I would have used one though, because it's terrible so, I haven't. Good thing, as it was driving me insane!I will post pictures. I think I'm going to do it Thursday night. Will need to use the ground chuck I bought on something else and get more Thursday.

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      Anjali 3 years ago

      Hi!!I was surfing and saw your site. The thing with the Big Mac cgauht my eye. This may help you; it's from a book called Top Secret Recipes MCDONALD'S BIG MAC:1 sesam seed hamburger bunhalf of an additional hamburger bun1/4 lb. ground beefdash of salt1 tbsp. Thousand Island dressing1 tsp. finely diced onion1/2 cup chopped lettuce1 slice American cheese2 to 3 dill pickle slicesWith a serrated knife, cut the top off the extra bun half, leaving about a 3/4-inch-thick slice. This will be the middle bun of your sandwich.Place the 3 bun halves on a hot pan or griddle, face down, and toast them to a light brown. Set aside but keep the pan hot.Divide the ground beef in half and press into 2 thin patties, slightly larger than bun. Cook patties in the hot pan over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Salt lightly.Build burger in the following stacking order from the bottom up:1. bottom bun2. half of dressing3. half of onion4. half of lettuce5. American cheese6. beef patty7. middle bun8. remainder of dressing9. remainder of onion10. remainder of lettuce11. pickle slices12. beef patty13. top bunHope this is what you needed, and from the original recipe, you can try different low cal substitutes and see if they taste the same.Take careMina

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      mel 6 years ago


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      Karen 6 years ago

      You americans often say that fat taste so good... but its not that good seriously!. Haven't you taste the french cuisine? the asian food, etc!! For me, mc donald is grows. I still like it! but because I know how not good for my health it is, it doesnt taste as good. And I would way prefer eat a nice vegetable rice than mc donalds. Where I come from, fast food is good to eat a 4 am whenever your drunk! that'S good !! But for the rest of the time, i'll eat maybe fries once a week just to eat mayonaise cauz i love it ! lol

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Goldie, my biggest prob is carbs - bread, potatoes, and corn. If only I could totally break my addiction...

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 7 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin


      This is so true....

      The portion sizes of all restaurants are over sized and have changed our perception of food - the fast food I feel started and continue this perverted value system.

      Great food in small portions - first class foods that have nutrients.

      5 star Hub! I love all of your work but this one is special. Combating obesity and eating well is a challenge for everyone. Excellent!

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      Holle Abee 8 years ago from Georgia

      Absolutely! It's one of my 4 favorite food groups, along with sugar, salt, and meat! Thanks for stopping by!

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      nicomp really 8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      But But But...

      fat tastes so good!!!