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.


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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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