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The Best and Worst Burger at McDonald's

Accelerate your weight loss—without disappointing your taste buds—with this simple swap.
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The Golden Arches has come a long way since the debut of Fast Food Nation—at least nutritionally speaking. The trans fats are gone, kale is finding it's way onto the menu and Mickey D's has vowed to stop serving chicken that's been treated with human antibiotics. Still, too many of their burgers are overflowing with calories and artery-clogging fat. Luckily, making this one simple swap can keep you away from hundreds of unnecessary calories so you can lose weight and improve your health—stat!

Eat This!

Grilled Onion Cheddar Burger, 4 oz.




13 g

Saturated Fat

6 g


640 mg


32 g


15 g

Not That!

Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese, 9.8 oz




47 g

Saturated Fat

19 g


1,300 mg


43 g


47 g

Okay, okay! We admit that the Grilled Onion Cheddar Burger isn't the least caloric burger on the menu (that crown goes to the plain ol' Hamburger), but it is the least caloric pick that's served with more than just a measly slab of beef in a bun. Opting for the Grilled Onion Cheddar over the Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese will save you 440 calories—which is the equivalent of 9 McNuggets—and keeps a whopping 34 grams of health-harming fat and 660 milligrams of blood pressure-raising sodium off your frame. Plus, savory caramelized onions and white cheddar taste better than pickles and an extra patty any day—no doubt about that!

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