Most people know that hamburgers aren't particularly low in calories, but if you load them with toppings or supersize your burger you'll get a meal's worth of calories from the burger alone. If you complete your meal with a large order of fries and an extra-large soda, you could use up your day's calorie allotment. The kid's burger or single-patty burger is one of the better options at burger joints, especially if you skip any special sauce or mayo and top it with lettuce, onion and tomato for flavor.
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A hamburger with a single regular patty and condiments contains about 255 calories. Opt for a large patty and the calorie count goes up to 438. Make your burger a double and it will provide 576 calories. Should you decide on a cheeseburger instead of a hamburger, the single with a regular patty would be about 300 calories. Add bacon as well and you'd be up to 380 calories.
Homemade burgers aren't exactly low in calories, either. A patty made from 1/4 pound of 85 percent lean hamburger has about 193 calories, a regular hamburger bun adds 117 calories and a tablespoon of ketchup adds 19 calories.