Introduction

I have previously analysed McDonalds’ range of sandwiches, and found that the larger beef burgers tend to have higher levels of fat, cholesterol and salt. However, we all need a treat now and then, and many people (such as myself) find McDonald’s beef burgers more enjoyable to eat than its chicken burgers.

This article shall analyse the beef burger from McDonalds’ menu, and identify those with the highest and lowest amounts of saturated fats, cholesterol and sodium (salt). This will allow readers to make more nutritionally informed decisions when they make their next visit to McDonalds. mcdvoice com

Data

The data was obtained from the official McDonalds.com website. Please note that the statistics are for McDonalds restaurants based in the USA. Regional values may vary, and I have not included any local specialities.

Results

Saturated Fat

  • Quarter Pounder 7g
  • Big N’ Tasty 8g
  • Angus Bacon & Cheese Snack Wrap 9g
  • Angus Mushroom & Swiss Snack Wrap 10g
  • Angus Deluxe Snack Wrap 10g
  • Big Mac 10g
  • Big N’ Tasty with Cheese 11g
  • Double Cheeseburger 11g
  • Quater Pounder with Cheese 12g
  • Angus Deluxe 16g
  • Angos Mushroom & Swiss 17g
  • Angus Bacon & Cheese 17g
  • Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese 19g

Cholesterol

  • Quarter Pounder 65mg
  • Big N’ Tasty 70mg
  • Angus Bacon & Cheese Snack Wrap 75mg
  • Angvs Mushroom & Swiss Snack Wrap 75mg
  • Angus Deluxe Snack Wrap 75mg
  • Big Mac 75mg
  • Double Cheeseburger 80mg
  • Big N’ Tasty with Cheese 85mg
  • Quater Pounder with Cheese 90mg
  • Angus Deluxe 135mg
  • Angvs Mushroom& Swiss 135mg
  • Angus Bacon & Cheese 145mg
  • Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese 155mg

Sodium

  • Big N’ Tasty 720mg
  • Quarter Pounder 730mg
  • Angus Mushroom & Swiss Snack Wrap 730mg
  • Big N’ Tasty with Cheese 960mg
  • Angus Deluxe Snack Wrap 990mg
  • Big Mac 1040mg
  • Angus Bacon & Cheese Snack Wrap 1080mg
  • Double Cheeseburger 1150mg
  • Angus Mushroom& Swiss 1170mg
  • Quarter Pounder with Cheese 1190mg
  • Double Quater Pounder with Cheese 1380mg
  • Angvs Deluxe 1700mg
  • Angus Bacon & Cheese 2070mg

Analysis

The Quarter Pounder is the top healthiest in terms of saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. However, it is not commonly available outside of the United States. After that, the Big N’ Tasty is the healthiest burger. This is McDonald’s rival to Burger King’s Whopper burger. But unfortunately it has been discontinued in the United Kingdom, where I reside. However, the M Burger appears to be similar.

Browsing down the list, the unhealthiest burgers include the Angus Bacon & Cheese, Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese. It appears that adding bacon and/or cheese increases the level of undesirable contents in a burger. Size also matters, as the Angus and Double Quarter Pounder burgers are larger than average.