Does the term “frozen burgers” conjure up visions of summer barbecues and weekends by the pool? Same. But while frozen burgers are easy to store (who wants to spend hours prepping food in hot weather?), they’re not all created equal. While some are filled with vegetables and healthy ingredients, others can be high in sodium and fat and filled with harmful additives.
For this reason, it’s important to keep an eye out for unhealthy frozen burgers that may be lurking in your supermarket. frozen section. To help you, we have compiled a list. From seasoned patties with over 800mg of sodium per serving to ones filled with unhealthy additives, here are 8 frozen burgers you might want to avoid.
per serving (1 patty): 350 calories, 29 g fat (10 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 860 mg sodium, 5 g carbohydrates (0 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 17 g protein
With over 800 mg of sodium and nearly 30 grams of fat, these seasoned onion pancakes may not be the best option for those looking to limit their sodium and fat intake. Instead, make your own savory patties at home using organic lean ground beef and fresh herbs and spices.
per serving (1 mini burger): 190 calories, 9 g fat (3.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 360 mg sodium, 20 g carbohydrates (3 g fiber, 3 g sugar), 9 g protein
A single slider has over 300 mg of sodium and 20 grams of carbs, which is not a good choice for those looking for a healthy meal option. These burgers are also loaded with additives, such as food colorings and monoglycerides. A better alternative would be to make sliders from scratch using high quality ingredients that are low in salt and sugar.
per serving (1 patty)Calories: 290, 23g fat (9g saturated fat), 75mg sodium, 0g carbs (0g fiber, 0g sugar), 19g protein
Timothy Wood, CCC, FNS, and the owner and founder of carnivorous style, shares that Trader Joe’s Grass-Fed Beef Burgers are some of the unhealthiest frozen burgers on the market. “The quality of the meat seems good considering it’s grass-fed, but health-wise there are some other serious issues to notice,” Wood says. “Even when the burger has no added ingredients, it still manages to contain an extremely unhealthy amount of fat, cholesterol and calories.”
When choosing a frozen meat burger, Wood shares that you should try to select a brand that guarantees the cow was fed 100% organic cow food. “That would mean the cow was not given any growth hormones or antibiotics that could make the meat unsafe for consumption,” says Wood.
per serving (1 patty): 150 calories, 4.5 g fat (2 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 550 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate (3 g fiber, <1 g sugar), 7 g proteins
Although veggie burgers may seem healthier, some are actually loaded with salt – for example, a single Garden Burger Patty has 550 mg of sodium. “While that’s not a crazy amount on its own, consider that potential toppings can also be high in sodium, like condiments, cheese, and rolls,” says Meghan PendletonDR. “That could potentially bring the total sodium content of a burger to almost 1000mg, almost half the recommended daily amount.”
Pendleton recommends choosing a patty with less than 300 mg of sodium, such as Hilary’s Veggie Burger. “Or, just be aware of the sodium in other foods you eat and how the total amount works for your own health needs and preferences,” she adds.
per serving (1 patty): 240 calories, 21 g fat (8 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 470 mg sodium, 0 g carbohydrates (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 13 g protein
Ball Park Frozen Beef Patties may bring back memories of backyard barbecues and baseball games, but are lacking in the nutrition department. “These burger patties are full of unhealthy additives including maltodextrin, added flavorings, inflammatory vegetable and soy oils, and corn syrup,” says proud taylorRDN, LD, CLT, IFNCP.
Instead, Stolt suggests trying Tribali’s frozen beef patties. “tribal foods offers two varieties of frozen burger patties, both healthy and delicious,” shares Stolt. “They are made with 100% grass-fed beef and all-natural herbs and spices.
per serving (1 patty): 290 calories, 22 g fat (7 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 340 mg sodium, 4 g carbohydrates (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 18 g protein
Echoing Pendleton, Stolt points out that just because something is plant-based doesn’t necessarily mean it’s healthy. “Beyond meat burgers contain high amounts of inflammatory canola oil, added flavors and a synthetic fiber called methylcellulose.”
If you want a healthier vegetable-filled beef patty, Stolt suggests Applegate’s frozen patties as a good substitute. “If you want veggies in your burger, this is the right way to go,” Stolt says. “Applegate Burger Patties combine 100% grass-fed beef with cauliflower, spinach, lentils, butternut squash and all-natural herbs and spices.”
per serving (1 patty): 470 calories, 38 g fat (16 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 1010 mg sodium, 2 g carbohydrates (0 g fiber, 0 g sugar), 30 g protein
Wild Fork Beef Burgers with Bacon and Cheddar may sound delicious, but they contain 16 grams of saturated fat, or 80% of the recommended daily intake. “Saturated fat can raise your cholesterol levels and contribute to heart disease,” says James Oliver, MARYLAND, a physician specializing in immunology, obstetrics, gynecology, pharmacology and internal medicine.
per serving (1 patty): 320 calories, 26 g fat (10 g saturated fat, 2 g trans fat), 430 mg sodium, 5 g carbohydrates (4 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 16 g protein
Just one Extra Value Meats Frozen Patty contains over 430 mg of sodium, making it a poor option for those looking to reduce their sodium intake. Instead, try looking for frozen patties that are lower in sodium and carbs and made with minimal ingredients.