A bacon cheeseburger, commonly made with a hamburger patty, a slice of cheese and two to three slices of bacon on a hamburger roll, is a delicious indulgence now and then. The calories in a bacon cheeseburger can really vary depending on what restaurant is preparing it or if it's homemade. If it's homemade you can choose to make the burger patty with lean ground beef, lowering the fat content.
The calories in a bacon cheeseburger, typically made with a 6-oz. hamburger patty, contains an average of 783 calories, according to LIVESTRONG's MyPlate Calorie Tracker. A McDonald's cheeseburger with bacon is 360 calories while the Burger King version is 290 calories. Five Guys serves one that's 920 calories while BJ's Restaurant's is 1,440 calories. At 89 grams of fat, BJ's bacon cheeseburger is 147% percent of the total fat you should eat in a day when following a 2,000-calorie diet. To decrease calories and not overeat, you can consider removing the bacon and cheese or eating a smaller portion.
Macronutrients in a Bacon Cheeseburger
Many of the calories in a bacon cheeseburger come from protein and carbohydrates. The National Academy of Sciences recommends eating 130 g of carbohydrates and 46 to 56 g of protein each day. One bacon cheeseburger provides 31 g of carbohydrates, or 24 percent of the recommended amount, and 46 g of protein, which meets or almost meets your daily requirements.
A bacon cheeseburger is high in fat, which can put you at risk of obesity. This kind of burger contains an average of 56 g of fat, which accounts for 72 percent to 127 percent of the recommended daily amount as reported by MayoClinic.com. Removing the cheese and bacon can cut down on fat.
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