McDonald's Serious Lamb Burger Will Fatten You Even Faster Than A Big Mac

Today McDonald's starts selling its first ever lamb burger, the creatively-titled Serious Lamb Burger. I'm as keen on the notion of tomato, beetroot, aioli, ketchup, egg and onion as the next burger addict, but be warned: this is quite the kilojoule-packed meal.

The burger costs $7.95 on its own, while a smaller wrap variant is $3.00. But the question we always ask here ate Lifehacker is: what's the nutritional breakdown? Here's the data direct from McDonald's:

  Serious Lamb Burger Serious Lamb Wrap
Energy (kJ) 3370 1460
Protetin (g) 40.6 14.6
Fat, total (g) 41.4 20.5
Fat, saturated (g) 15.2 8.4
Carbohydrate (g) 64.2 25.3
Sugars (g) 11.6 2.2
Dietary fibre (g) 7.3 3.0
Sodium (mg) 1340 393

That makes the Serious Lamb Burger higher in kilojoules than virtually everything else on McDonald's menu, save for a Double Quarter Pounder (3560 kilojoules).The calorific punch isn't altogether surprising: lamb is a fattier meat than beef, and the aioli won't help. The burger also has more than half your daily sodium allowance.

Moderation is the key: there's no harm in an occasional burger, and I'm all for lamb for a bit of variety. Just don't eat one every day for a week, and contemplate the wrap as a less laden alternative. As usual, we also advise skipping on the chips and drink. Are you tempted?


    That is great amount of protein to have in a meal. Worry less about fat and much much more about sugar.

      + a million. Fat in a food does not equal fat in your body. Sugar, on the other hand, can be scary.

        No one said fat in food = fat in your body. The article clearly states that the burger is the highest calorie item on the McDonalds menu, likely due to the fat content of lamb. Excess calories do equal fat on your body.

        Oh and p.s. On the sugar thing, you know how in the 80's everyone was scared of fat cos it was evil but it turned out it was just based on bad research and all untrue? Well you are doing the same thing with sugar now

          Uh no. she's right. Sugar (added sugar in foods such as every soft drink and lollies etc etc) is something we don't need at all. yes there is research behind it. it's one of the biggest reasons why so many people are fat, and have health problems.

            I'm a he, but I'm flattered ;)

              Completely false. Find me one piece of evidence that shows sugar causing ill effects in non-overweight, non-sedentary people. There isn't any. All the research shows is that if you take someone who is overweight and sedentary, and give them a ridiculous amount of sugar, they will suffer negative health effects. It is also worth noting that simply exercising with negate most of these effects regardless of sugar intake.

              That's the thing people need to realise when they look at studies, you can't just read the conclusion.

              I would really recommend watching this

              Then, since I'm sure that sine you are demonizing sugar you will probably cite Lustig, read this:


              And then scroll through the comments between Alan Aragon (the Author) and Lustig himself, and watch Lustig's work get completely discredited.

                I think you forgot to push up your glasses and look around smugly at the end of that, Paul.

                  I just realised I made a typo though, so any smugness would be unjustified.

                There are a great number of studies showing how bad high-GI carbs are for you, and how they cause numerous amounts of health problems.

                Also, I agree 100% about Fat. However, this has 15.2g of saturated fat, which is way over the top.

                No offence Paul but if you read the posts it is Mr Aragon who looks silly. He just rambles on how correlation doesn't equal causation, correlation doesn't causation for about ten times. It gets boring after a while.

                Dude, refined sugar (in almost all foods) has extreme health effects for anyone, regardless of weight.

                One of the major contributors to obesity is white bread, mostly because of all the sugar. When they started adding sugar to bread, people started getting fatter, quicker, because bread is a thing most people eat every day.

                I have this information from someone who is VERY Knowledgeable, also through experience.

          1 gram of protein = 4Kcal.
          1 gram of carbohydrate = 4Kcal.
          1 gram of FAT = 8Kcal.

          Excess calories = fat in the body, regardless of the source. Also, the wrong fats (and too many of them) will cause you bigger problems than simply storing excess energy. 40g of protein is pushing it for one meal. 30g per meal is the recommended maximum - any more and your liver & kidneys will struggle to digest it - allowing toxins to enter your blood in the process.

          Nutritionists have been stating for years that the recommended daily intake of sodium should be between 600 and 900mg. Try telling that to the processed food industry.

    I see they've employed the fake egg tactic like Hungry Jacks? Hopefully that's just for the promo photos.

      How is it a fake egg? It's cooked in a ring to avoid mess. I use hem at home myself.

      ..fake egg? Not seeing it... I mean, maybe it is fake, but it certainly doesn't look fake to me?

      Had one last night. Definatly real eggs.

      The egg isn't fake, at least not in the real burger. You have to understand that like most fast-food places, promotional photos are of meticulously arranged products that often aren't even edible. Their only purpose is to portray the general look of the burger, what's on it, and to make people want it. For example, in the real Serious Lamb burger, there is little to no chance of seeing the tomato/beetroot from the side. They're absolutely tiny compared to the bun and patty.

      For anyone interested, we use a oval shaped ring and eggs are freshly cracked and cooked for around one and a half minutes.

        Want to see how photographs for fast food such as McDonalds are put together? Just take a look at this behind the scenes.

        It even comes directly from the source.

    I'm in! Sounds good for a once a week treat for me and my hulking teenagers

    Get the picture at the top, put it inside a giant burger ring, then hit it with a mallet, and you'll get a more accurate representation of what you'll get.

    Still buying one though.

    Had one yesterday (despite the release only being today?) and thought it was pretty good. Felt more like a real burger to be honest.

    i'll have 2 thanks

    If you could only ate two of these a day and nothing else (some additional protein and fibre to get KJ up to around the 8000 mark) then you would be well within the calories and nutritional values to be considered healthy. In reality a burger from McDonalds is not any less healthy than a burger made at home from items purchased from Woolworth's or Coles. The bad part is do you know anyone that goes to McDonalds and doesn't order the value meal with the chips and drink. Moderation is the key.

      Not really.

      If you eat twice per day you're slowing down your body's metabolism, which will do nothing for you.

      Look at how atheletes/bodybuilders eat. At least six small/medium sized meals a day, which speeds up your metabolism and makes it process foods in a more efficient way.

        but top athletes eat up to 16,000 calories a day...
        and exercise 30-50hr a week
        it's pretty incomparable to us slobs typing comments on LH...

    They have a lamb burger?? I'll be right back. Thanks Lifehacker,

    Im having one everyday of the week.

    craaaaaaaapppppp we have just decided in our house that we have take away too much and we are cutting back could really tuck into one of these

    Maybe they're not too unhealthy, maybe they are... but they don't tend to taste very good either way.
    I wonder if they use real lamb in these or switch it around with mutton?

    FFS it's not ketchup, it's Tomato Sauce you bloody yank.

      Nope, the ingredient is ketchup (is written on the box). Same as Mac Sauce (basicly Thousand Island Dressing) and McChicken Sauce (Mayonaise).

      Actually it is Ketchup as Tomato Sauce and Ketchup are slightly different as Ketchup is slightly saltier. It's also referred to as Ketchup officially by McDonalds.

        Also isn't ketchup a thicker condiment as opposed to tomato sauce?

          Yeah, according to to Hienz, it has more tomatoes in it. Surprised me.

          Anf yes, Maccas does yes Hienz Tomato Ketchup.

            Heinz make awesome tomato sauce, their ketchup is even better, sadly it's more expensive =(

            and now thanks to Coles & Woolworths they've had to take manufacture of their sauce out of Australia =/

          I love and have ketchup at home...yummmm

          dead horse too runny

      Not sure if trolling, or actually stupid...

    tried this today (got it cheaper because i work at maccas and will be learning how to make it myself soon-whoopee ._. ) and the size was a callback to the days when all the other burgers were that big. Its also very, very tasty. I'll probably wont get order it again for at least for a week though, or maybe even just get it without fries and a soft drink, have it with water instead.

    mmm baby sheep

    I really like burgers. Which I choose to never eat this fast food crap. Proper burgers from proper restaurants or burger joints. This is shit.

      Or make it yourself & get it right everytime :D

    what does the burger weigh, need this to see if it is a lot fo fat

    One of reasons i don't eat maccas... Just don't know what you are eating, cant compare to making a burger at home if you know what you are doing...

    BIG MAC BUN: Wheat Flour, Water, Yeast, Sugar, Vegetable Oil (Canola), Sesame Seed, Iodised Salt, Gluten, Soy Flour, Preservative (282), Emulsifiers (471, 472e, 481), Malt Flour, Mineral Salt (170), Antioxidant (300, 304, 307, 330), Enzyme
    (1100) Vitamin (Thiamin, Folate).

      Unless you buy a bun from a small bakery all larger or commercial rolls have these ingredients.

        *Larger or commercial bakeries that make rolls have these ingredients

        Which is why i either buy from a small bakery or market or buy some decent wholemeal bread instead of a "bun" I actually made a hommos and haloumi spicy lamb burger for dinner last night... delicious

          such pomposity...

    The lamb wrap is actually not too bad as it as less than half the fat and calories of the burger.

    First ever lamb burger?. I think not. They've had them in India for years. It's not like they can have Sacred Cow burgers there is it?.

    Give me Hungry Jacks anyday.

    Perfect for those who are fasting. Just have one at 5 in the morning and your set for the entire day!

    Had one tonight with 3 nuggets, small chips, coke and sundae.

    Felt so guilty but guess its not every day :)

    #sigh# a word from someone who actually has taken the time to understand nutrition?

    sugar is a simple carbohydrate. Glucose is the simplest (i'm not going into detail on all of them here, if you didnt pay attention in either chemistry or biology, im not gonna bother). Every carbohydrate you consume, from bread to potato to the carbohydrates in that broccoli, will get broken down into glucose before you can burn it as energy. simple sugars are only a problem if you DONT BURN THE ENERGY! simply put, if your sitting around all day, sugar isnt your friend. it also exits quicker as it doesnt take as long to digest, hence sugar crash.

    As for the protein/meat/fat; just because some weasly stick of a nutritionist decides every body shouldnt be eating more than "a deck of cards size portion" of meat, doesnt make it true. As for fat, how many thousands years have humans eaten way more fat than we do today and been healthy? Again, its only a problem if you dont use the energy!!

    A large portion of my diet is protein, followed by fat, followed by carbohydrates. My meals are otherwise balanced and i eat 13,000+ calories a day. Why? Because my job is active and i'm on my feet for 8-12 hours at a time, and without fail practice my martial art or go to the gym EVERY DAY. Think about it; a 6"2', 90kg guy, with no blood pressure problems, heart problems, cholesterol problems (all tested monthly by blood tests at a sport nutritionist), who can bench press twice his own weight and outrun army cadets (my friends), who eats 13000+ calories a day, mainly meat.


      Going into a caps lock rage does nothing to get your point across it just makes you look arrogant .

      'roid rage too?

        but what would i know - i'm only 6'3" and 98kg....

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