The most fattening burger on Wendy’s menu packs a one-two punch of more than a full day’s worth of fat and half a day’s worth of calories.
Dave’s Triple cheeseburger earns the unhealthy honor at the fifth-highest grossing fast food restaurant in the U.S. and it’s not hard to see why.
Stacked between the “premium bun” are three 1/4 pound patties, three cheese slices, mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, and ketchup. When you add everything up, the behemoth burger amounts to 1,070 calories, 72 grams of fat and 1,930 milligrams of sodium!
And that’s just the burger!
Adding a large order of fries tacks on another 530 calories and 24 grams of fat! And washing it all down with a large Coke adds on another 400 calories.
That becomes the full day’s worth of calories in a single meal — 2,000 calories on the dot!
Even without the fries and drink, the most unhealthy item on Wendy’s menu exceeds the daily recommended limit in a number of areas.
Here’s the full tale of the tape.
Most Fattening Burger On Wendy’s Menu
Dave’s Triple Cheeseburger
Value: Total – % Daily Recommended Intake
Calories: 1070 — 54%
Calories from fat: 650 — n/a
Total fat (g): 72 — 111%
Sat fat (g): 30 — 150%
Trans fat (g): 4 — n/a
Cholesterol (mg): 260 — 87%
Sodium (mg): 1930 — 84%
Total carbs (g): 36 — 12%
Fiber (g): 2 — 8%
Sugar (g): 9 — 36%
Protein (g): 70 — 140%
Eating healthy at a fast food restaurant can be difficult, but not impossible depending on what your nutrition goals are. The quality of food is often much lower at these places which can make eating clean quite problematic.
However, it is still possible to control the amount of fat and calories you consume. If possible, review the restaurant’s nutrition information before you go and figure out a meal that won’t derail your fitness progress.
Instead of chowing down on the most fattening burger on Wendy’s menu, try the Power Mediterranean Chicken Salad. The spring mix used in the salad includes spinach as well as red and green chard — all of which are superfoods. Plus, you’ll find quinoa, brown rice, red peppers, garbanzo beans, tomatoes, and feta cheese crumbles in there as well. The salad is topped off with a grilled chicken breast, hummus, and a light balsamic vinaigrette.
The grand total? 450 calories and 15 grams of fat. You can knock that down a bit by leaving off the cheese.
There are other items on the menu that are lower in fat and calories, but to get the most bang for your nutritional dollar the Power Mediterranean Chicken Salad is the way to go.
Daily Nutrition Guidelines
Total fat (g): 65
Sat fat (g): 20
Cholesterol (mg): 300
Sodium (mg): 2300
Total carbs (g): 300
Fiber (g): 25
Sugar (g)*: 25
Protein (g): 50
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* Based on World Health Organization’s recommendation for added sugar. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends limiting sugar intake to 10% of daily calories.