What's inside a burger?

The fashion for burgers is still on. You can eat them in many places nowadays, and there are more and more burger places. A roll with minced beef meat and additions is a hit. Is such burger a cheat meal, or is it still a healthy meal? What's inside the popular roll?

The owners of small local burger places convince that the meat we eat in their burgers is of the best quality and that the rolls come from the local bakeries or are made at their place.

In many places such “sandwiches” are prepared right in front of our eyes. So, we can see how the meat is treated. Many burger places give choice – whether we want wheat or rye roll.

The meat is, obviously, fried. But if you can see the preparation process, you can notice if it is deep fried or maybe it's rather grilled. Of course, if you are able to see that the meat is not in the oil bath, you may think it's a big plus. The fact that the bar does not hide its kitchen may be trustworthy.

The base of a burger is usually a big roll – wheat or rye, together with 180g of beef.

The additives to the burger depend on us and the menu of the bar. You can usually choose from the classic burgers with tomato, red onion, lettuce, bacon, cheese and sauce, but you can also have fried egg, camembert cheese and cranberries.

Let's decompose the classic...

  • Wheat roll. Its size and weight may differ among various bars. The average weight of a traditional wheat roll of a hand's size is about 80g. It has about 218 kcal, including 46.2g of carbohydrates, 6.5g of protein, 1.2g of fat. The burgers are sometimes served with butter roll. It weighs about 90g and provides about 290 kcal.

  • Fried beef. The size of the burger itself, just like the quality of meat, may be various. 180g of roast beef contains about 250-300 kcal. You should also add fat used for frying. 10g of oil is additional 90 kcal.

  • Cheese. In a good burger, you can find cheddar cheese. 20g of such cheese is about 80 kcal.

  • Bacon. Two slices of fried bacon (20g) is additional 100 kcal.

  • Sauce. Apart from vegetables, you can also find some sauce in a classic burger. 20g of barbecue sauce is about 30 kcal.

Counting all of that, you achieve about 800 kcal.

Majority of the calories comes from fat – about 400 kcal, about 200 kcal comes from carbohydrates, and the rest is protein.

To be able to estimate precisely the energy value of the product, you have to know the exact ingredient list and weight of all the components used to prepare this dish.

It is not advised to eat such product every day. Eating it from time to time will not ruin anybody's diet, or health.

If you care about saving calories, choose a burger without the sauce or cheese. This way you will save over 100 kcal.

If you care about proper supply of fat, resign from additional bacon. But if you check the carbohydrates supply, resign from the roll or eat half of it.

It's also important to choose the place you know, where the burgers are of good quality and the meat does not swim in fat before it lands on the roll.

Is burger cheat meal?

It mostly depends on your way of eating on everyday basis and on your whole diet. If you eat low-calorific low-fat meals every day, then eating such burger would be a large derogation. But if your diet is not low-calorific low-fat, then eating a high-quality burger may easily replace one of your meals during the day. Counting it in the calorific balance will solve the problem.

Remember that you never know or have any influence on the quality and quantity of the used ingredients. The most problematic are the fats used in various bars. If the meat or chips are fried in sunflower seed oil (many times the same one), they will be a rich source of trans fats.

Eating a burger once in a while, without thinking about calories, should not ruin your diet or health.