Foodies no longer have to settle for a drive-through burger, as restaurants across the nation have rustled up some juicy offerings on their menus in recent years. But the rise in everything from stacked buns to challenging triple patties, comes hand-in-hand with a jump in calories.
So where can diners chomp down on a (relatively) guilt-free choice?
From Leon to Gourmet Burger Kitchen, online health service treated.com scoured the UK’s most famous chain restaurants to determine which hotspot is home to the nation’s unhealthiest burger.
After analysing the calorie, saturated fat and salt content – results revealed that Yates’ Challenger Burger topped the list coming in at an eye-watering 3,793 calories.
Yep, that’s close to double the daily recommended intake for a woman (2,000 calories) and over one and a half times that for a man (2,500 calories).
But it’s not merely the calories customers need to worry about, as the dish includes a double portion of chips and 10 onion rings which brings the saturated fat content up to 81.5 grams (over four times the recommended daily intake for an adult).
In second place, comes the Empire State Burger which can be found on the menu at Brit staple Wetherspoons. The meal, which is served with fries, comes in at 1,978 calories and 9.8 grams of salt content.
Gourmet Burger Kitchen’s The Mighty is third in the list at 1,728 calories (fries included).
So for those of you looking to indulge without breaking too much of a good habit, Leon’s skinny chicken burger is a better option at 362 calories while Burger King’s hamburger comes out on top with just 250 calories.
Following the study, Dr Daniel Atkinson said: “While enjoying a burger every now and again as an occasional treat isn’t likely to have much of an impact on your diet and health overall, it’s important to remember that making a regular habit of eating them – particularly the saltier and more calorific ones on offer – can push you towards, and sometimes over, your nutritional reference intakes.”
“So, as with most comfort foods, it’s best to enjoy them in moderation. Doing so will help you to maintain a healthy and balanced diet; but also help to make the treat all the more special on the occasions you do have it.”
Public Health England recommends sticking to approximately 400 calories for breakfast and 600 for lunch and dinner in order to keep portion sizes in check.
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