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HG's Red Robin Survival Guide (Best & Worst Choices)

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08.08.14
 

Red Robin Burgers 'n More

Simply Grilled Chicken Burger without Margarine and Pickles
1 burger, customized as above: 399 calories, 6g fat, 898mg sodium, 51g carbs, 1g fiber, 8g sugars, 35g protein -- PointsPlus® value 10*

If you want a simple grilled chicken sandwich piled high with veggies, this is the way to do it. Skipping the margarine on the bun more than cuts the fat count in half! BTW: Keeping the pickles won't affect the calorie and fat counts, but it will hike up the sodium to 1,112mg.


Bunless California Chicken Burger without Cheese, Pickles, and Mayo
1 burger, customized as above: 299 calories, 12g fat, 941mg sodium, 7g carbs, 2g fiber, 1g sugars, 34g protein -- PointsPlus® value 7*

You're probably thinking, "What's left, Hungry Girl?" We'll tell you: A juicy chicken breast, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, and bacon. How's that for a pile of yum? And by nixing the bun, you also avoid that sneaky margarine.


Bunless Keep It Simple Beef Burger with Extra Lettuce
1 burger, customized as above: 311 calories, 20g fat, 519mg sodium, 5g carbs, 0g fiber, 2g sugars, 27g protein -- PointsPlus® value 8*

Indulge in a real beef patty, complete with the Double R's signature seasoning, over a giant heap of veggies. Mega score!


Garden Burger or Vegan Boca Burger without Margarine, Seasoning, Pickles, and Sauce
1 Garden Burger, customized as above: 399 calories, 8g fat, 1,004mg sodium, 69g carbs, 5g fiber, 8g sugars, 17g protein -- PointsPlus® value 11*

1 Boca Burger, customized as above: 341 calories, 4g fat, 871mg sodium, 54g carbs, 7g fiber, 8g sugars, 27g protein -- PointsPlus® value 9*

Confession time: While we're fans of seasoning and pickles, those two add MAJOR sodium. Keep 'em if you like, but consider yourself warned. That said, we love that Red Robin offers TWO meatless burger patties, one of 'em vegan. So slim things down, HG-style, and gobble up!


Bunless Grilled Turkey Burger with Extra Lettuce and BBQ Bourbon Sauce Instead of Chipotle Aioli
1 burger, customized as above: 310 calories, 16g fat, 900mg sodium, 15g carbs, 2g fiber, 11g sugars, 26g protein -- PointsPlus® value 8*

The turkey patty itself is a little hefty -- 255 calories and 16g fat -- which is why we suggest going bun-free. The boozy BBQ sauce and bonus lettuce will keep things satisfying!


Towers of Terror...
How bad can the regular beef burgers be? Here are the Red Robin burgers with over 1,000 calories each (and this is JUST for the burgers, without sides): Black & Bleu, Banzai, D.G.B., All-American Patty Melt, Royal Red Robin, Bleu Ribbon, A.1. Peppercorn, Whiskey River BBQ, and Prime Chophouse. And each of those has 58 - 89g fat! YIKES.


Sides, Sides, Sides... The burger and sandwich stats don't include any side dishes. Skip the fries, onion rings, and other obviously fatty foods in favor of steamed broccoli, southwest black beans, freckled fruit salad, or mandarin oranges. Mmmm!

 
 

Red Robin Salad Extravaganza

Simply Grilled Chicken Salad without Croutons (Before Dressing)
1 salad, customized as above: 378 calories, 13g fat, 762mg sodium, 25g carbs, 6g fiber, 6g sugars, 42g protein -- PointsPlus® value 9*

Who needs croutons when you've got garlic bread and shredded cheddar? (Yup, the bread 'n cheese are factored into the numbers above!) These salad stats don't include dressing, but we've got a suggestion: Request fire-roasted salsa instead. That'll only add about 10 tiny calories (and no fat). If you'd rather have actual dressing, get the balsamic vinaigrette on the side and dip, don't pour -- the full serving has 120 calories and 10g fat.


Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad without Fried Jalapeño, Cheese, and Dressing
1 salad, customized as above: 377 calories, 13g fat, 770mg sodium, 34g carbs, 9g fiber, 7g sugars, 34g protein -- PointsPlus® value 9*

Fried jalapeño rings? Pass. We'll happily enjoy the ancho chicken, Baja veggies, avocado, tortilla strips, and southwest black beans. A squeeze of lime finishes it all off. Delish!


Whiskey River BBQ Chicken Salad without Cheese, Tortilla Strips, Onion Straws, and Ranch Dressing
1 salad, customized as above: 403 calories, 11g fat, 1,111mg sodium, 47g carbs, 12g fiber, 12g sugars, 35g protein -- PointsPlus® value 10*

Time to play the "what's left?" game... chicken, black beans, roasted corn, tomatoes, avocado, BBQ bourbon sauce, and fresh lime for squirting over it all. You won't miss those items you left off. Promise!

 
 
Red Robin Ensenada Chicken Platter
 
Honorable Mentions...

One-Piece Ensenada Chicken Platter (274 calories, 9g fat, PointsPlus® value 7*)

Blackened Pesto Salmon (350 calories, 7g fat, PointsPlus® value 6*)

BLTA Sandwich on ciabatta bun without margarine and mayo (460 calories, 14g fat, PointsPlus® value 11*)

 
 

Shocking Starters

Honest Hummus Plate (956 calories, 66g fat, PointsPlus® value 25*)

Classic Mini Wedge Salad (459 calories, 37g fat, PointsPlus® value 12*)

 
Red Robin Shocker: Hummus Plate
 
 
Red Robin Tortilla Soup
 
Better-for-You Beginners

Cup of Chicken Tortilla Soup without cheese (149 calories, 6g fat, PointsPlus® value 4*)

Side House Salad without croutons, before dressing (85 calories, 5g fat, PointsPlus® value 2*)

HG Tip: Request salsa instead of dressing, or use a bit of the balsamic.

 
 
Final Thoughts...

Those desserts are straight out of No-Can-Do City, zip code 9021-NOPE. If you're craving something sweet, head home and pop a chocolatey VitaTop in the microwave.

Pass on the Adults Only Boozy Shakes and Beer Shakes. Each of 'em has 836 - 1,047 calories and 21 - 44g fat. Instead, treat yourself to a Skinny Cocktail, like the Absolutely Absolut Freckled Lemonade or Skinny Margarita (Fresh Lime or Fresh Strawberry)... only 72 - 166 calories each!

 
Red Robin Skinny Cocktails
 
 

HG FYI: No doubt about it, the sodium counts are pretty high on most chain-restaurant meals. If you're watching your salt, you may want to shy away from restaurants like this.

 
 
 
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