Big Mac vs Whopper: Which One is Healthier?

When it comes to fast foods, both Burger King and MacDonald’s are still the most popular and iconic. They pretty much changed the game of how we eat hamburgers. These two rivals have always been competing for the top spot and the raging debate about the healthiest burgers to choose between the Big Mac and the Whopper never seems to end. Today, we take a closer look at what these two burgers offer in terms of nutrition and which one wins the battle of supremacy.

Bic Mac vs Whooper: The Debate

These burgers have been around for as long as anyone can remember. McDonald’s Big Mac was invented in 1967 by Jim Delligatti and soon became a hit when it went national the following year. On the other hand, Burger King’s Whopper, invented in 1957 by James McLamore, a co-founder, also became a top seller on their menu.

These two signature burgers have since caused heated debates among burger lovers. Undeniably, they are most people’s favorites and sometimes deciding which is best depends on many aspects. But when it comes to which burger is healthier, the numbers don’t lie. Let’s get into the details.


The Whopper contains one flame grilled beef patty (110 g or four oz.), creamy mayonnaise, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, ketchup, and pickles on a toasted sesame seed bun. The Big Mac, on the other hand, has two beef patties, lettuce, an additional bun, cheddar cheese, onions, the Big Mac sauce and pickles on a toasted sesame seed bun.

First Impression

The Whopper is not as tall as the Big Mac but awakens your taste buds with its delicious look. The buns sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds are pretty similar but the difference comes with how it’s presented. As for Big Mac, it stands out more with a third bun separating the two hamburger patties. It looks delicious with generous toppings, and the toasted buns look tasty as well. Where the first impression is concerned, the Big Mac seems to bag this one.


The Whopper doesn’t have much of the pickles and mayonnaise as the Big Mac. However, it still tastes like a real burger without too many ingredients, plus they flame-grill their patties giving them the distinctive taste. The Big Mac goes big on pickles and have been using a secret ingredient to make their iconic dressing so unique.

Nutritional Value

Now, this is where things get interesting. The Big Mac is loaded with 550 calories, 950 mg of sodium, 29 grams of protein, 45 grams of carbs, and 24 grams proteins. When it comes to the Whopper, you get 630 calories, 850 mg sodium, 35 grams of fat, 51 grams of carbs, and 25 grams of protein. The Whopper with cheese increases the calories to 790 and proteins to 35 grams. The salt content isn’t that different, but both are high. So, if you have issues with sodium, you better go slow on these ones.

The Verdict in the Big Mac vs. Whooper Showdown

The current Whopper is larger than the competition and is tastier leaving your tongue to savor the flavors. Big Mac is equally tasty but may be lacking that beefy feel may be due to the large dose of sauce that hides the beef. Considering the calories count, these burgers aren’t the worst you could order from the food chains. There are foods sold at McDonald’s and Burger King that load up to 1,300 calories per serving. Both burgers have their own distinct taste with the Whopper maintaining its flame-grilled patties and ketchup while the Big Mac giving you double patties with a great sauce. If you’re just craving for a tasty burger to satisfy your cravings, you can’t really go wrong with either. Again, it all depends on your tastes and preferences.

Knowing the nutritional value will help you make a wiser decision as to which one will be more friendly on your waistline. Health wise, none of these burgers are ideal for you. The calories are just too many and will end up being stored as fat. For those looking to cut excess fat but still want to enjoy one of these burgers, it’s advisable to reduce the condiments and scoop out some of the bread in the buns. However, the whole thing is what makes it a hamburger right?

On a final note, it’s not exactly fair to give a straight answer on this one since each person’s taste buds may react differently. While some people may feel like the Whopper is ‘over-condimented’, others appreciate this and is what gives them that satisfaction. So, we roll the ball over to you. Between the Big Mac and the Whooper, which one is healthier?

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