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Sep 3, 2009 04:59 PM

Fast Food hamburger meat: Percentage fat?

I'm curious as to what percentage lean and what percentage fat is in the raw hamburger meat used by various fast food chains. Is there a comparison chart anywhere on the internet?

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  1. you're assuming the burgers contain only fat & lean tissue ;)


    seriously though, there's plenty of information on the web about nutritional content for all major fast food chains, but most of what you'll find refers to the finished/cooked product, not the raw meat...


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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      Ha, ha, yeah. :)

      I was interested in the lean/fat content in the raw hamburger meat like it's marked in the supermarket. You know 80/20, 85/15, 90/10 etc.

      The least lean I've seen marked is 70/30. I tried it, not expecting much, and it made a surprisingly tasty burger, although it left a lot of liquid fat in the pan. I cooked it with the pan at an angle so the fat would pool away and not leave the burger grease laden.

      1. re: 2chez mike

        The USDA standard for "Hamburger" is a maximum of 30% fat by weight.

        1. re: 2chez mike

          If you're near a Trader Joe's, try their aged sirloin steak burgers. Prepare before looking at the fat content on the label! (Very tasty.)

      2. Probably more than I care to know.

        1. Most of the national chains will have their nutritional info online for their cooked burgers (not raw).

          Most fast-food burgers are thin, flat patties, and thus more fat and water cooks out of them than plumper burgers, usually at least 25% of the raw weight (thus, a quarter pounder raw is more like 3 oz cooked).

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          1. re: Karl S

            And because burger king is done on a moving "grill" it theoretically ends up loosing more fat than a grilled burger.

          2. I shop at a couple of restaurant supply stores that let me in, and 80/20 (or thereabout) seems to be the standard. But for my health's sake, I stick to the 93/7 when they have it, and do without if they don't.