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The Worst Burger You Should Never Order from McDonald's

If you're trying to make the smartest choice when you're dining at the Golden Arches, there's one big offender you'll want to avoid.
McDonalds burger and fries

While limiting your fast food intake is always ideal, sometimes you just can't avoid a trip to the McDonald's drive-thru. Everyone gets a craving every now and then, right? If you think it's virtually impossible to order a meal that isn't going to completely derail your weight loss goals, well, that's just not true! There are some lighter options you can go for, but there are quite a few menu items that are downright scary. There's even one option that takes the title of the worst McDonald's burger.

See, thanks to the ridiculously amount of calories, fat, sodium, and sugar you can end up consuming from any fast food restaurant, you'll want to do all you can to avoid ordering certain menu items, no matter how delicious it may taste. Sorry to disappoint you! So in order to help you make the smartest choice next time you find yourself in the mood for a fast-food burger, we're here to tell you what you shouldn't order. (You'll want to stay away from any of the 101 Unhealthiest Fast Foods on the Planet while you're at it, too!)

The worst burger at McDonald's is…

Double Quarter-Pounder With Cheese

McDonalds double quarter pounder
Courtesy of McDonald's
Per 1 burger: 720 calories, 40 g fat (19 g saturated fat, 2 g trans fat), 1,370 mg sodium, 43 g carbs (3 g fiber, 10 g sugar), 49 g protein

When it came time to point out which burger is a no-go, we just looked at the classic Mickey D's options that you'll always find on the menu. This burger features two quarter-pound beef burger patties that are topped with onions, pickles, and two slices of cheese, all on a sesame seed bun. It's the highest in calories out of any on the menu—even the Big Mac which clocks in at 550 calories.

This burger is not only high in fat at 40 grams, but it also contains 2 grams of trans fat. It's no secret how harmful trans fat is, as it lowers your HDL levels (aka your good cholesterol) and can even trigger heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other chronic conditions, according to Harvard Health. The 2015-2020 American Dietary Guidelines limit trans fats to as low as possible, which basically means zero is the goal.

If you happen to pair this burger with a medium-size fries, you're looking at 1,630 milligrams of sodium. It's important to keep in mind that The American Heart Association recommends no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day, with an ideal limit of no more than 1,500 milligrams per day for most adults. You would far exceeding more than half of what you should have in an entire day and would be blowing beyond that ideal 1,500 milligrams. (And if you're looking for more tips, your ultimate restaurant and supermarket survival guide is here!)

Which McDonald's burger is the best to order?

If you really need to satisfy that burger craving, don't worry. There is a much better option for you at McDonald's. Instead of the Double Quarter-Pounder with Cheese, go for the hamburger. The original burger has just one beef patty that is seasoned with just a pinch of salt and pepper and is topped with a pickle, chopped onions, ketchup, and mustard. It comes in at 250 calories, only 3.5 grams of fat, and 510 milligrams of sodium. It might be a smaller, not as flashy option, but there is nothing wrong with a classic choice.

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