Widely considered the king of all fast-food burgers, the McDonald’s Big Mac is a 540-calorie menu item that consists of two 100 percent pure beef patties, American cheese, onions, lettuce, and pickles. The sandwich includes the chain’s famous Big Mac Sauce, and it comes served on a sesame seed bun.
Contrary to popular belief, the Big Mac is one of the healthiest fast-food burgers you can get. Aside from being a relatively low-calorie choice, the iconic contains no preservatives, artificial flavors, or added colors. And you can lower the calorie count even more by ordering it without the bun and sauce.
A Big Mac without the bun is a good option for someone following the keto diet, or someone who’s just trying to eat fewer carbs. A Big Mac with no bun has 330 calories, 234 calories from fat, 26 grams of fat, 9 grams of saturated fat, 630 mg of sodium, only 6 grams of carbs, 2 grams of sugar, and 18 grams of protein.
However, one thing worth noting is that pickles contain an artificial preservative, so you can skip it if you want.
McDonald’s Big Mac Calories and Nutritional Information
Calorie breakdown: 47 percent of the calories come from fat, 34 percent from carbs, and 19 percent come from protein.
You can check out the full nutritional info in the table below:
|Calories From Fat||250|
Big Mac vs Whopper: Which is Healthier?
The Big Mac is the healthier choice overall. It has fewer calories and less fat, sodium, and carbs.
For comparison, the Big Mac has 540 calories and 940 mg of sodium, while the Whopper has 660 calories and 980 mg of sodium.
It’s even healthier than the Impossible Whopper which clocks in at 630 calories and 1080 milligrams of sodium per serving.
How long you have to exercise to burn off the calories in a Big Mac?
- Run for 55 minutes at a 12-minute mile pace.
- Hit the punching bag for 70 minutes.
- Jump rope for about 40 minutes at a moderate pace.
- Do an hour of high-impact aerobics.
The McDonald’s iconic Big Mac sandwich contains the following allergens:
Is The Big Mac Gluten-Free?
No. Ingredients such as the bun and the Big Mac Sauce contain wheat gluten. And even if you omit the bun and skip the sauce, McDonald’s cannot guarantee that an item is gluten free because it may come into contact with one that does.