Beef vs. Quarter Pounder

Nutrition comparison of Cooked Beef and Quarter Pounder


Ever wonder how your favorite foods stack up against each other in terms of nutrition?

We compared the nutritional contents of cooked beef versus quarter pounder (100g each) below using 2020 USDA and NIH data[1].

For a quick recap of significant nutrients and differences in beef and quarter pounder:

  • Both beef and quarter pounder are high in calories, iron, potassium and protein.
  • Beef has signficantly less carbohydrates than quarter pounder.
  • Quarter pounder has 56% less cholesterol than beef.
  • Quarter pounder has more thiamin and folate, however, beef contains more pantothenic acid, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12.
  • Quarter pounder has signficantly more dietary fiber than beef.
  • Quarter pounder is an excellent source of calcium.
Detailed nutritional comparison of beef and quarter pounder is analyzed below. You can also visualize the nutritional comparison for a custom portion or serving size and see how the nutrition compares.

USDA sources for nutritional information: Beef (Beef, ground, 70% lean meat / 30% fat, patty, cooked, broiled) and Quarter Pounder (McDONALD'S, QUARTER POUNDER) . Have a correction or suggestions? Shoot us an email.


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Calories and Carbs

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Both beef and quarter pounder are high in calories. Beef has 14% more calories than quarter pounder - beef has 277 calories per 100 grams and quarter pounder has 244 calories.

For macronutrient ratios, beef is heavier in protein, much lighter in carbs and heavier in fat compared to quarter pounder per calorie. Beef has a macronutrient ratio of 38:0:62 and for quarter pounder, 23:36:42 for protein, carbohydrates and fat from calories.

Macro Ratios from Calories:

Beef Quarter Pounder
Protein 38% 23%
Carbohydrates ~ 36%
Fat 62% 42%
Alcohol ~ ~

carbohydrates

Beef has signficantly less carbohydrates than quarter pounder - quarter pounder has 22.2g of total carbs per 100 grams and beef does not contain significant amounts.

dietary fiber

Quarter pounder has signficantly more dietary fiber than beef - quarter pounder has 1.6g of dietary fiber per 100 grams and beef does not contain significant amounts.

sugar

Beef has less sugar than quarter pounder - quarter pounder has 5.1g of sugar per 100 grams and beef does not contain significant amounts.



Protein

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Both beef and quarter pounder are high in protein. Beef has 80% more protein than quarter pounder - beef has 25.4g of protein per 100 grams and quarter pounder has 14.1g of protein.

Fat

saturated fat

Beef is high in saturated fat and quarter pounder has 45% less saturated fat than beef - beef has 7.3g of saturated fat per 100 grams and quarter pounder has 4g of saturated fat.

trans fat

Quarter pounder has less trans fat than beef - beef has 1.2g of trans fat per 100 grams and quarter pounder does not contain significant amounts.

cholesterol

Quarter pounder has 56% less cholesterol than beef - beef has 88mg of cholesterol per 100 grams and quarter pounder has 39mg of cholesterol.

Vitamins

Vitamin C

Quarter pounder has more Vitamin C than beef - quarter pounder has 0.9mg of Vitamin C per 100 grams and beef does not contain significant amounts.

Vitamin A

Beef and quarter pounder contain similar amounts of Vitamin A - beef has 3ug of Vitamin A per 100 grams and quarter pounder does not contain significant amounts.

Vitamin D

Beef and quarter pounder contain similar amounts of Vitamin D - beef has 2iu of Vitamin D per 100 grams and quarter pounder does not contain significant amounts.

Vitamin E

Beef and quarter pounder contain similar amounts of Vitamin E - beef has 0.12mg of Vitamin E per 100 grams and quarter pounder does not contain significant amounts.

Vitamin K

Beef and quarter pounder contain similar amounts of Vitamin K - beef has 3ug of Vitamin K per 100 grams and quarter pounder does not contain significant amounts.

The B Vitamins

Quarter pounder has more thiamin and folate, however, beef contains more pantothenic acid, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12. Both beef and quarter pounder contain significant amounts of riboflavin and niacin.

Beef Quarter Pounder
Thiamin 0.051 MG 0.183 MG
Riboflavin 0.176 MG 0.344 MG
Niacin 4.537 MG 4.452 MG
Pantothenic acid 0.658 MG ~
Vitamin B6 0.336 MG ~
Folate 11 UG 56 UG
Vitamin B12 2.9 UG 1.28 UG

Minerals

calcium

Quarter pounder is an excellent source of calcium and it has 140% more calcium than beef - beef has 35mg of calcium per 100 grams and quarter pounder has 84mg of calcium.

iron

Both beef and quarter pounder are high in iron. Beef is very similar to beef for iron - beef has 2.3mg of iron per 100 grams and quarter pounder has 2.4mg of iron.

potassium

Both beef and quarter pounder are high in potassium. Beef has 21% more potassium than quarter pounder - beef has 275mg of potassium per 100 grams and quarter pounder has 227mg of potassium.




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The comparison below is by common portions, e.g. cups, packages. You can also see a more concrete comparison by weight at equal weight (by grams) comparison.

Note: The specific food items compared are: Beef (Beef, ground, 70% lean meat / 30% fat, patty, cooked, broiled) and Quarter Pounder (McDONALD'S, QUARTER POUNDER) .

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