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How Many Calories Are in a Cheeseburger?

by
author image Jessica Bruso
Based in Massachusetts, Jessica Bruso has been writing since 2008. She holds a master of science degree in food policy and applied nutrition and a bachelor of arts degree in international relations, both from Tufts University.
How Many Calories Are in a Cheeseburger?
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Cheeseburgers are an indulgence, but knowing how many calories they contain can help you fit them into your diet occasionally. This is easiest to do if you opt for a small regular cheeseburger instead of a large double cheeseburger.

The Basics

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.

Supersizing Your Burger

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.

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