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Hungry Girl Today: 07.27.11
Hi Hungry Girl,

Can you explain to me why the Turkey Burger at Ruby Tuesday has to have 700 calories and nearly 40 grams of fat? I ordered this for dinner the other night thinking I made a smart choice, and then (silly me!) looked at the stats online. I was appalled and very upset by what I found. What gives?

Troubled by Turkey Burgers

Hi Troubled,

I agree with you -- restaurant turkey burgers can be really deceptive. It's actually pretty common. Even though turkey burger patties are often reasonable in terms of fat and calories, there are a lot of other factors that can cause a turkey burger's stats to skyrocket. Besides the patty itself, things like cooking oil, fatty toppings, and oversized (sometimes buttered) buns all play a role. Take the regular Turkey Burger at Carl's Jr., for example, which has 490 calories and 23 grams of fat. The mayo alone is responsible for 109 calories and 13 grams of fat. ICK! Luckily, I've got some tips and tricks for reducing the fat and calorie counts of any restaurant turkey burger...

For condiments, stick with mustard and ketchup. A little hot sauce can be good too. Things you want to watch out for? Mayo, aioli, guacamole, and other creamy sauces.

Stick with fresh veggie toppings for the most part. Lettuce, tomatoes, onions... all great and delicious. Pickle chips and jalape