December 5, 2012


Filed under: By Tamra Rosenfeld — Administrator @ 1:34 am

Tamra Rosenfeld Tamra Rosenfeld

A cheeseburger can be a tasty treat but what are you actually eating?

A cheeseburger from a restaurant can be high in calories, fat, and sodium. Many restaurant cheeseburgers can be 10 oz (two and a half times more than recommended size)! If you make it a double or add some extra items such as bacon, sauteed vegetables, and avocado you are likely looking at over 1000 calories without including the fries! Three ounces of 80% chop meat can contain 231 calories and 15 grams of fat. Chances are restaurants are using even fattier meat than that in their burgers.

Here are some ways to make a cheeseburger a bit healthier:

  • Use lean meat (90% or higher) or ground turkey. You can use breadcrumbs or
    other fillers to increase the bulk.
  • Hold the salt. Add spices such as onion and garlic powder to improve the taste.
  • Avoid the extras – bacon, sauteed mushrooms, extra cheese
  • Skip the fries.
  • Use portion control – think of the size of a deck of cards when thinking of the
    appropriate size of meat.
  • Use low fat cheese if possible.

Did you know

  • National cheeseburger day is celebrated yearly on September 18th
  • There is a theory that a homeless man in Pasadena, California, suggested the
    addition of a slice of cheese to his hamburger order and that is how cheeseburgers
    came to be.
  • In 2001 hamburgers and cheeseburgers comprised 71% of the beef servings in
    American restaurants.
  • Half of all burgers sold in America are cheeseburgers.
  • On average, Americans eat three hamburgers per week.
  • In an attempt to provide a “kosher cheeseburger”, a kosher restaurant in New
    York City created a controversial cheeseburger which replaced cheese with soy

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