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How Many Calories Are in a Hamburger Happy Meal?

author image Anna Aronson
Anna Aronson began working as a journalist in 2000 and spent six years at suburban Chicago newspapers before pursuing freelance work. She enjoys writing about health care topics, in particular obstetrics, pediatrics and nutrition. She received a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Eastern Illinois University and is now studying for a Master of Science in medicine degree to become a physician's assistant.
How Many Calories Are in a Hamburger Happy Meal?
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With its toy tucked inside, McDonald's Happy Meals are a hit with kids, and are available with hamburgers, cheeseburgers or chicken McNuggets. The total calorie count in the hamburger Happy Meal depends on the side and beverage you choose to have with the burger.

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The hamburger in the Happy Meal contains 250 calories, with 80 of those calories coming from fat. If you eat a 2,000 calorie diet, the calories amount to 12.5 percent of your daily intake.


Each Happy Meal comes with a choice of a small order of fries or apple dippers with low-fat caramel sauce. A small fry contains 230 calories, including 100 from fat. The apple slices with caramel sauce have 100 calories, and 5 are from fat, McDonald's reports.


Kids can choose between milk, apple juice or a child-sized soda as a drink for their Happy Meal. Low-fat milk has 100 calories, with 20 calories from fat, while the low-fat chocolate milk has 170 calories with 25 from fat. Apple juice contains 100 calories, but none are from fat. Soda choices include Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, orange Hi-C, Powerade Mountain Blast and iced tea. Coke and Sprite have 110 calories each, the Hi-C has 120 calories and the Powerade has 70 calories. Diet Coke and iced tea contain no calories, and are the healthiest options.

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