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|
|Fat, total (g)||41.4||20.5|
|Fat, saturated (g)||15.2||8.4|
|Dietary fibre (g)||7.3||3.0|
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?