Hunt for Healthiest cheeseburger closer than you think

Eating a cheeseburger and eating healthy are not mutually exclusive. In fact, the healthiest cheeseburger could be just across — or down — the street if you live in California.

In-N-Out Burger, based in the Golden State, ranked second among America’s healthiest fast-food burger chains, according to a study based on data from 

Analysts surveyed standard cheeseburger offerings from the top 10 fast-food chains based on factors such as sugar, fat, salt, and caloric content.

Texas chain Whataburger ranked No. 1, serving up the healthiest cheeseburgers with a rating of 8.4 on a 10-point scale.

In-N-Out trailed close by with a 8.2 rating. According to the In-N-Out website, a standard cheeseburger with onion equals about 480 calories, with 27g fat, 1,000mg sodium, and 10g sugar. Choose to get the burger protein style by subbing lettuce for the bun and those figures will drop to 330 calories, with 25g fat, 720mg sodium, and 7g sugar. Options are available so you can make the burger as healthy as you want— or don’t want. Some even opt for no sauce and get ketchup and mustard instead.

In third place, Checkers and Rally’s tied (6.3), then Culvers (5.7), Del Taco (5.5), and Dairy Queen (5.2) to round out the top 5.

Five Guys, Carl’s Jr., McDonald’s, and Wendy’s all scored 5.0 and below. Wendy’s came in last.


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