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How Many Calories in a Cheeseburger?

How Many Calories in a Cheeseburger?

Do you know how many calories are in the typical burger?

The average cheeseburger can have hundreds of calories.

Stop for a minute and think about your favorite cookout food. Is it juicy and delicious? Perfectly smoky and slightly charred? Topped with gooey, melted cheese? It’s hard to beat the taste of a good old-fashioned cheeseburger — but eat too many and the calories can really add up.

There are a lot of factors that go into determining the number of calories in your cheeseburger (how lean your ground beef is, whether you top your burger with anything, and what kind of bread you’re serving it on, to name a few). Since each cheeseburger is unique (and quarter-pound cheeseburgers range anywhere from 400 to 700 calories), we created a quick cheat sheet (based on average calorie counts for some of the higher-calorie components of your burger) to help you determine how yours stacks up.

Quarter pound all-beef patty (90% lean)

260 calories

Store-bought hamburger bun

120 calories

1 slice of American cheese

60 calories

1 1-ounce slice of Cheddar cheese

113 calories

1 1-ounce slice of Swiss cheese

106 calories

1 tablespoons of ketchup

15 calories

1 tablespoon of mayonnaise

90 calories

That means that a quarter-pound (90 percent lean) cheeseburger served on a store-bought bun and topped with one slice of American cheese and a tablespoon of ketchup weighs in at 455 calories.

Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.

How to Make a Healthier Burger

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It’s time to fire up your grill and get ready to make everyone’s favorite cookout food: burgers. Although burgers have a bad reputation for being unhealthy and high in calories, it doesn’t have to be that way. Use these tips to help build better-for-you burgers all summer long!

Raw Ground beef meat Burger steak cutlets on dark marble background

Raw Ground beef meat Burger steak cutlets on dark marble background

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Although beef is traditionally used for the burger patty, you can also use chicken, turkey, bison, venison, vegetables, legumes or mushrooms. But this doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be chomping on fewer calories: The portion of both the patty and the toppings matter (we’ll hit toppings in a bit). Aim for a 4-ounce patty, which tends to shrink to 3 ounces after cooking. If you’re using ground meat or poultry, bulk it up with fresh herbs like mint or parsley, or chopped fresh vegetables like peppers, mushrooms or olives.

If you choose beef, choose 90 percent lean or higher. Bison and venison are also leaner red meat choices. Poultry such as ground turkey or chicken can be higher in saturated fat and calories if dark meat and skin are used in the mix. If you choose to use ground chicken or turkey, look for breast only.

A regular single patty cheeseburger with condiments from a fast-food restaurant contains about 343 calories and includes 16.4 grams of fat. If you make your own cheeseburger, 1/4 pound of 85 percent lean ground beef contains 193 calories, a regular hamburger bun adds 117 calories and a slice of American cheese adds another 50 calories, totaling 330 calories. Adding condiments will increase the calories slightly, depending on the type and amount you add.

Many people opt to supersize their cheeseburgers, which isn't the wisest decision. A regular fast-food cheeseburger with a large patty, condiments and vegetables contains 480 calories, along with 24.1 grams of fat, and if you make it a double cheeseburger with regular-size patties, condiments and vegetables, you'll be consuming a whopping 650 calories, along with 35.3 grams of fat, or 54 percent of the daily value for fat. Consuming too much fat, especially saturated fat -- which makes up almost half of the fat in cheeseburgers -- increases your risk for heart disease.

Cheeseburger Casserole

1. Preheat the oven to 350 °F. In a large skillet, cook the ground beef over medium heat, stirring to break up the lumps, until all of the pink is gone from the meat. Drain off the fat. Add the onion and the green pepper, and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, with juice, and the Worcestershire sauce, oregano, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to low. Simmer the mixture for about 15 minutes.

2. Fill medium pot half full of water. Add 1 teaspoon salt. Bring the water to a boil. Stir in the noodles and boil for about 8 minutes, until tender. Drain the noodles, return the noodles to the pot. Pour the tomato mixture over the noodles and stir until blended.

3. Put the noodle mixture into a baking dish that you have sprayed with cooking spray. Top with cheese. Bake for about 15 minutes, until the cheese is melted. Enjoy it as a family meal, then refrigerate the leftovers.

Nutrition Facts

  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories 500.0
  • Total Fat 20.0 g
  • Saturated Fat 0.0 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 0.0 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat 0.0 g
  • Cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • Sodium 0.0 mg
  • Potassium 0.0 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 31.0 g
  • Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
  • Sugars 0.0 g
  • Protein 34.0 g
  • Vitamin A 0.0 %
  • Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
  • Vitamin B-6 0.0 %
  • Vitamin C 25.0 %
  • Vitamin D 0.0 %
  • Vitamin E 0.0 %
  • Calcium 0.0 %
  • Copper 0.0 %
  • Folate 0.0 %
  • Iron 27.8 %
  • Magnesium 0.0 %
  • Manganese 0.0 %
  • Niacin 0.0 %
  • Pantothenic Acid 0.0 %
  • Phosphorus 0.0 %
  • Riboflavin 0.0 %
  • Selenium 0.0 %
  • Thiamin 0.0 %
  • Zinc 0.0 %


  • 450g pack extra-lean minced beef (less than 5% fat)
  • 1 medium carrot, about 100g (3½ oz), peeled and coarsely grated
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and coarsely grated
  • 3tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • To serve:
  • 6 white muffins
  • 2 ripe plum tomatoes, thickly sliced
  • A few lettuce leaves
  • 6 small gherkins, halved
  • Bamboo skewers

The 4 Healthiest Things to Order at Five Guys, According to a Nutritionist

Five Guys isn&rsquot exactly known for a nutritious menu, but there are some options that will satisfy a more health-minded diner.

Five Guys is known for using fresh, never frozen, high-quality ingredients for its burgers, hot dogs, fries, and shakes. Even Barack Obama is a fan, known to order the Five Guys cheeseburger with lettuce, tomato, jalapeño peppers, and mustard.

The burger joint is reported to be the most rapidly growing fast food chain in the U.S., with nearly 1,500 locations and another 1,500 in development. And in 2017, in a poll of more than 100,000 Americans, Five Guys was ranked as the best burger chain in the U.S., with the West Coast chain In-N-Out Burger falling to second place.

While Five Guys has a cult-like following, the chain actually has some of the highest-calorie options of all national burger chains, thanks in part to the ginormous portions and a sweet bun that packs 260 calories on its own.

For example, according to the Five Guys menu and nutrition facts, the regular size serving of fries has 953 calories�out half the calories many women need in an entire day—while the large has a whopping 1,314 calories. A Five Guys cheeseburger weighs in at 840 calories, while a Wendy’s cheeseburger has 570 calories. When it comes to the milkshakes, you’re starting off at 870 calories and 82 grams of sugar (around 20 teaspoons)�ore adding any of the free mix-ins.

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So what’s a person with a serious Five Guys craving to do? Stick to one of these four healthiest options. Keep your order simple and opt for the smallest portion size.

  1. Little Hamburger: 480 calories, 26 grams fat, 380 milligrams sodium
  2. Little Cheeseburger (no bun): 290 calories, 30.5 grams fat, 360 milligrams sodium
  3. Hot Dog (no bun): 285 calories, 26 grams fat, 800 milligrams sodium
  4. Veggie Sandwich: 440 calories, 15 grams fat, and 1,040 milligrams sodium

Remember, these nutrition facts do not include all the extra toppings. Review the Five Guys online menu and nutrition facts so you can have a foolproof plan before you order.

Recipe Summary

  • 5 fresh jalapeno peppers
  • 4 pounds ground beef
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup steak sauce, (e.g. Heinz 57)
  • ¼ cup minced white onion
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (e.g. Tabasco™)
  • 1 pinch dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • ¼ cup crushed Fritos® corn chips
  • 8 large potato hamburger buns
  • 8 slices pepperjack cheese

Preheat a grill for high heat. When the grill is hot, roast the jalapeno peppers until blackened on all sides. Place in a plastic bag to sweat and loosen the blackened skin. Rub the skin off, then seed if desired, and chop.

In a large bowl, use your hands to mix together the chopped jalapenos, ground beef, salt, pepper, egg, steak sauce, onion, hot pepper sauce, oregano, Worcestershire sauce, garlic salt and Fritos®. Divide into 8 balls, and flatten into patties.

Grill patties for 10 to 15 minutes, turning once, or until well done. I always drink one beer, then flip, drink another beer, then remove from the grill and place on buns. Top each one with a slice of pepperjack cheese and pig out!

Please note that the magazine version of this recipe has reduced the chicken broth amount to 1/2 cup.

Do You Need a Smashed Burger Press?

A smashed burger press is a tool some chefs use to easily apply pressure to the burger. You may have seen chefs use something like these when smashing burgers:

The good news is that you definitely don’t need a smashed burger press to achieve great results. if you have a decent spatula, I’ll show you how to use it to properly smash your burgers.

For most people, there’s no need to buy a press. But if you like having a range of tools with your BBQ, check out some smashed burger presses here (link to Amazon).


  • You'll need: 1 lb extra-lean ground beef (4 percent fat or less) 1/4 cup liquid egg whites (about 2 egg whites) 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper 1/4 tsp garlic powder 1/4 tsp onion powder.
  • To make: In a large bowl, thoroughly mix all ingredients. Form into 6 patties, each about 31/2 in. wide. Bring a grill pan (or large skillet) sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Working in batches, cook patties about 4 minutes per side or until done to your preference. Makes 6 patties. Per patty: 100 cal, 3 g fat (1.5 g sat fat), 258 mg sodium, <0.5 g carb, 0 g fiber, <0.5 g sugar, 16.5 g protein.

Cali style (pictured, top): Melt a slice of reduced-fat Swiss cheese on top of the patty and add 1 oz avocado (that's about a quarter of one). Serve on a lettuce "bun" with sliced tomato, sweet onion, and sprouts.
Makes 1 burger. Per burger: 244 cal, 11.5 g fat (4.5 g sat fat), 342 mg sodium, 10.5 g carb, 4 g fiber, 4 g sugar, 25.5 g protein.

BBQ bacon (pictured, center): Cook a slice of turkey bacon or center-cut bacon until crisp, then snap it in half. Top the patty with 2 Tbsp barbecue sauce and lay the cooked bacon on top. Pile it on a 100-calorie sandwich roll and finish with fresh lettuce and a slice of red onion.
Makes 1 burger. Per burger: 294 cal, 6.5 g fat (2 g sat fat), 945 mg sodium, 36.5 g carb, 5.5 g fiber, 12 g sugar, 24 g protein.

Italian (pictured, bottom): While it's still in the pan, top the patty with 3 Tbsp marinara sauce and a slice of part-skim mozzarella. Serve on a small whole-grain bun along with a slice of tomato and a few leaves of spinach.
Makes 6 servings. Per serving: 313 cal, 9.5 g fat (4 g sat fat), 776 mg sodium, 29 g carb, 4 g fiber, 6 g sugar, 28 g protein.

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