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Dear Hungry Girl,

I love the Chili Lime Chicken Burgers at Trader Joe's, but they seem so oily to me. I have a hard time believing that they only have 3 grams of fat each. What do you think, HG?

Doubting the CBs in CA
Dear Doubting,

You know, I'm really glad you asked this question. I receive TONS of emails about these burgers. We were eating them for a while at the HG HQ as well and noticed the EXACT same thing. In fact, we recently took one of the burgers to a lab, and the results weren't pretty. It contained almost 60% more calories than the box claimed (175 rather than 110), and it had nearly FOUR times as much fat as the label stated (a total of 11 grams fat!). Please keep in mind, this doesn't mean that all of those burgers have that many calories or that much fat. It could have been a fluke. We took ONE patty, from ONE box, from ONE Trader Joe's location to a lab. We didn't test multiple patties from many different boxes and locations. The important thing to take away from this is if something SEEMS extra oily or fatty, there's a chance that it could have more fat and/or calories than the label states. So be careful. In the case of those chicken burgers, if you do want to continue eating them, try to rid 'em of excess oil by smashing the patties with a spatula while cooking, and then draining the oil that seeps out. Then blot any remaining oiliness from them with a paper towel after cooking. If you do this, you'll definitely cut a bunch of fat grams from those burgers. BTW, Trader Joe's did change the label on their Banana Crisps after results from 2 different labs found the stats to be way off -- we hope they'll do the same if the nutritionals on these burgers are in fact incorrect. Good luck -- and happy chewing!

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