Can you eat less than 600 calories at Five Guys?

by Sandra Foyt on June 1, 2011

in Food Adventures

iChoose600-five-guysIn the interest of ripping off the band-aid on that which we feared, we next took the iChoose600 challenge to Five Guys, a fast-food restaurant known for its burger and fries, and not much else.

This was a tough one. Our usual meal at Five Guys has always included a soda, burger, and fries. But when we looked through our options on the iChoose600 Calorie Counter, most of the burger options alone were over 600 calories.

Out of the few choices, my son decided to order the Little Hamburger (480 calories) and I planned to get a Veggie Sandwich (440 calories.) For condiments, my son added fresh lettuce  (4 calories) and tomatoes (9 calories,) while I added grilled mushrooms (10 calories,) green peppers (5 calories,) and onions (10 calories.)

This didn’t leave too many calories for accompaniments.

Skipping out on the drink calories was no problem, we’re just as happy with unsweetened ice tea and diet soda as with the sugary stuff.

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It was the French Fries that gave us pause.

My son and I love those Five Guys fries. They start out with potatoes that are so fresh, they name the farm where they originated.

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But at 620 calories for the regular order of fries, those fries were off-limits. That was the plan. No fries.

But when we got to there, the fries smelled so good, it was hard to resist.

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Our solution was to order the fries, divide them in half, and split that for a total of 150ish calories each. Who needs that many fries anyway? Those portions are ridiculous.

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We ended up going slightly over 600 calories, but we each had a satisfying dinner. The low-calorie veggies helped to fill us up, and since we had some fries, we didn’t feel like we had missed anything.

So, yes, it is possible to eat less than 600 calories at Five Guys. More than that, it’s possible to do so well.

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Disclosure – Albany Kid received compensation for an advertising campaign that included sponsored blog posts; opinions and content are entirely my own.

| Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on GetawayMavens.com, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at SandraFoyt.com, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email: sandrafoyt@albanykid.com, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

DanielleJ June 1, 2011 at 7:09 am

Thanks for sharing this. I now know what I can order the next time I want Five Guys. I’ve been avoiding them because of the grease/fat content.
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Karen June 1, 2011 at 9:36 am

We love Five Guys! Haven’t eaten there since we left Florida almost two years ago! Oh, now you have me craving them and there’s nothing locally that comes anywhere even close to them in taste and smell. 🙁
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derryX June 1, 2011 at 11:39 am

Now I want 5 Guys! Thanks a lot, Sandra!!! 🙂
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Sandra Foyt June 1, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Karen, I have one word for you: road trip! OK, that’s two words. And derryX, you’re welcome.

Christina Gleason @ Cutest Kid Ever June 6, 2011 at 2:30 pm

I could never go to Five Guys without getting fries. I think 600-ish is a good goal, althoguh it would require me to order the little hamburger instead of my usual little cheeseburger.
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Butch January 2, 2013 at 6:17 pm

Hi, found your website while looking up calories for a Five Guys burger. Looks like a great concept, but I don’t have nor want a FB page or account, so I’m locked out! No fair! How about a resource to the same information for people who like a low internet presence?

Thanks!

Butch

Sandra Foyt January 2, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Butch – you have a few options. Most fast food restaurants have nutrition charts available. There are sites online such as http://www.calorieking.com where you can get calorie counts. Or, you can download an app like the one from caloriecount.com to have it on hand wherever you go. Good luck!
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