Summer is here, and that means it’s time to bring on the burgers! Sure, Americans eat hamburgers year round, but when the weather warms up so does our love of juicy burgers. In fact, the average American eats 3 burgers per week, or 150 burgers per year. At that rate, they better be good and more importantly, good for you! Unfortunately, unless you’re firing up the grill at home, burgers can be catastrophic for your cholesterol, blood pressure, and waistline.
Ordering a burger at a restaurant can put you back nearly 2,000 calories and over 100 grams of fat! Some also have nearly 3 days worth of the recommended sodium intake and trans fat! If you’re watching your diet in any way, you’ll want to avoid these big boys…
The 10 worst burgers in America:
Cheesecake Factory’s Classic Burger
28g saturated fat
1635 mg sodium
This “classic” burger, weighing in at over 1,400 calories, doesn’t even have cheese on it! This is one of the most deceiving burgers on the list. Who would think a classic burger without cheese is going to rack up those kind of numbers? Eat the fries that come along side of it and you’re looking at 1,900 calories and loads of extra fat.
Denny’s Smokin’ Q Three Pack
110 g fat (22 g saturated, 3 g trans)
3,570 mg sodium
Smaller does not mean better, at least not when there are three of them! These mini-burgers are topped with both bacon and onion crispers, and served with a greasy pile of onion rings on the side! Don’t be fooled by the mini burgers!
Applebee’s Quesadilla Burger
104 g fat (43 g saturated, 3 g trans)
3,740 mg sodium
Eat one of these “burgers” and it will set you back nearly an entire day’s worth of calories, about twice the recommended amount of fat, and more saturated fat, trans fat and sodium than you’re supposed to have in a day.
Ruby Tuesdays Bacon Cheddar Minis (4 Burgers)
More mini-madness! At least this time you get 4 burgers for even less calories than Denny’s dish, but still, this is a terribly deceiving meal. Unless you’re sharing this 4-pack with friends, it’s not going to slide.
Red Robin A.1. Peppercorn Burger
97 g fat
5,618 mg sodium
This might be the saltiest burgers of them all with 5,618 mg of sodium – nearly two and a half days worth of recommended sodium! It’s loaded with deep fried onions, contributing to the ridiculously high fat and calorie content. This is a heart-attack waiting to happen.
Hardee’s 2/3 Pound Monster Thickburger
108g fat (43g saturated)
With this one, you should know what you’re getting into. Anything that has “Monster” in the name of the burger means you should probably avoid it if you want your pants to fit.
Ruby Tuesday Triple Prime Havarti Burger
116 g fat
2,404 mg sodium
Don’t be fooled into thinking “triple prime” means better, and certainly not healthier. It’s just another calorie monster from Ruby Tuesdays, loaded with fat, sodium and way too many calories!
Denny’s Double Cheeseburger
116g fat (52g saturated, 7g trans)
Another disaster from Denny’s that tricks you into thinking it’s not that bad. A double cheeseburger at McDonalds or other fast-food restaurant is usually around 400-500 calories, but not at Denny’s! This baby has as many calories as 4 McDonald Double Cheeseburgers, and has the highest amount of trans fat on this list.
Chili’s Jalapeno Smokehouse Bacon Burger
123 g fat (40 g saturated)
5,250 mg sodium
There goes your calories for the day! If you’re watching anything in regard to your health, avoid this burger at all costs. It has 2 days worth of sodium and fat!
Cheesecake Factory Ranch House Burger
48 g saturated fat
2,877 mg sodium
This is no “house burger”. It is, however, one of the worst burgers out there. Sauteed onions and mushrooms, cheese, bacon and ranch sauce contribute to the entire days worth of calories if you’re maintaining your weight, and a whole lot more if you’re trying to cut calories. The average healthy adult shouldn’t consume more than 20 grams of saturated fat a day, and this burger has 48!
There you have it – worst of the worst! Avoid these bad boys and you’ll save yourself some serious regret in the morning!
Source: Eat This, Not That