Let’s take a look at food calories from McDonald’s, the most iconic fast food restaurant chain in the world. McDonalds was started in 1940 by two brothers surnamed… McDonald. They found some success, but it was not until Ray Kroc joined them as a franchisee that the brand really took off.
Kroc eventually bought the brothers out and drove massive expansion through franchising and incredibly effective marketing. Today, McDonalds is the world’s largest restaurant chain by revenue and notoriety.
We think that it is important for people to have an idea of how many calories, carbohydrates, protein, sodium, and fat they are in for before calling out an order at the drive-thru.
It is a long list sorted from least to most calories per serve, so use the handy links below to jump to your favourites:
Calories in McDonalds Food
McDonalds is not exactly anyone’s idea of a health-food restaurant. You do not eat at McDonalds when you are going out of your way to find highly nutritious, micronutrient-rich meals. The food is lab-designed to have the flavour and content which appeals to the maximum number of people in the mass market. This inevitably means that highly calorific, heavily salted, and intensely processed products dominate their menu.
That said, there is nothing wrong with the occasional Maccas when fast, convenient food is a necessity (occasional means intervals of several weeks). There are also a handful of meal options which do not fit the stereotype of “junk food”. This list of McDonalds foods is ranked by calories per serve (per burger, box, wrap, and tub). Click the picture to see our famous calcount interactive panel and get a per-weight nutrition information view:
McDonalds Grape Tomatoes Calories
There are 16 calories in one serve of McDonalds Grape Tomatoes. This is currently the lowest calorie item on the McDonalds menu. It is a box of small tomatoes.
McDonalds Garden Salad Calories
There are just 21 calories in one serve of McDonalds Garden Salad without dressing. This basic salad comes with a couple of dressing options. Adding dressing will of course increase the calorie count significantly.
McDonalds Apples Calories
There are a mere 32 calories in each serve of McDonalds Apples. It is simply a bag of sliced apples designed to somewhat replicate the look and feel of fries. The hope is that kids will happily make the swap.
McDonalds Yoghurt – Petit Miam Strawberry Calories
There are 51 calories in one serve of McDonalds Yoghurt – Petit Miam Strawberry. This Yoplait branded yoghurt has no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. It comes in a squeeze pack for little hands.
McDonalds Grilled Chicken Bites Calories
With just 104 calories per serve in McDonalds Grilled Chicken Bites, this is the lowest calorie meat-based item on the menu. They are made from 100% Chicken Breast Fillet.
McDonalds Hash Brown Calories
Each McDonalds Hash Brown contains 141 calories. Best eaten whilst hot, they ideally feature a crunchy, golden brown crust with steaming, fluffy potato inside.
McDonalds Soft Serve Cone Calories
There are 146 calories in one serve of McDonalds Soft Serve Cone. These small cones of ice-cream are priced cheaply and dispensed fast. There are supposed to be three whirls of soft-serve visible above the rim of the cone.
McDonalds Chicken McBites 10 pieces Calories
There are 176 calories in one serve of McDonalds Chicken McBites (10 pieces). Chicken McBites are probably McDonalds’ response to KFC’s Popcorn Chicken.
McDonalds Cheese Pocket Calories
There are 186 calories in one serve of McDonalds Cheese Pocket. Think: cheese toastie with a tortilla substituted for bread.
McDonalds McMuffin – with Jam Calories
There are 188 calories in one serve of McDonalds McMuffin – with Jam. This is simply a toasted English style muffin, spread with strawberry jam. Jam may be substituted with Vegemite on request.
McDonalds Soft Serve Cone with Flake Calories
The Flake piece which is pushed into the soft serve is worth 46 calories. Thus, there are 192 calories in one serve of McDonalds Soft Serve Cone with Flake.
McDonalds Ham and Cheese Pocket Calories
Including a slice of ham to the regular Cheese Pocket increases the calorie count by 15. That makes 201 calories in one serve of McDonalds Ham and Cheese Pocket.
McDonalds Sundae – Plain, Small Calories
There are 203 calories in one serve of McDonalds Sundae – Plain, Small. It is a plain cup of the same soft-serve found in the soft-serve cones.
McDonalds McMuffin – BLT Calories
There are 209 calories in one serve of McDonalds McMuffin – BLT. It is an English-style muffin with a filling of bacon, lettuce and tomato. Unless you count the jam one, this is the McMuffin with the least calories.
McDonalds Donut Balls Calories
There are 221 calories in one serve of McDonalds Donut Balls. These donut balls are covered in cinnamon sugar. There is an option to have them come with a chocolate topping, which increases their calorie count considerably.
McDonalds Hamburger Calories
The first burger and least calorific one on the menu is this: the McDonald’s Hamburger. There are 253 calories in each McDonalds Hamburger. It is simple, with a beef patty topped with onion, pickles, ketchup and mustard in a soft bun.
McDonalds Banana Caramel Twin Filled Pie Calories
Boasting more calories than a hamburger, there are 256 calories in one serve of McDonalds Banana Caramel Twin Filled Pie. It is a crispy pastry pie with banana and caramel filling.
McDonalds Apple Pie Calories
There are 258 calories in one serve of McDonalds Apple Pie. This classic menu item features crisp pastry with an apple filling.
McDonalds Chicken McNuggets 6 Pack Calories
They get a bad rap, but you could do a lot worse than eating six McNuggets. There are 260 calories in a serve of McDonalds Chicken McNuggets 6 Pack. They are made from 100% chicken breast in a crisp coating, with no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
McDonalds Wholemeal Snack Wrap- Crispy Chicken Calories
The chicken snack wrap is the wrap with the least calories at McDonalds. There are 277 calories per serve of McDonalds Wholemeal Snack Wrap – Crispy Chicken. It is a strip of chicken breast, lettuce and mayonnaise, rolled in a wheaten wrap.
McDonalds Crispy Chicken Salad – No Dressing Calories
There are 278 calories in one serve of McDonalds Crispy Chicken Salad – No Dressing. This salad consists of chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, and shaved parmesan cheese. Add cream Caesar or Balsamic dressing for extra calories.
McDonalds McDonaldland Cookies Calories
Each serve of McDonalds McDonaldland Cookies contains 281 calories. It is a bag of kid-focused cookies shaped as McDonalds playground characters.
McDonalds McMuffin – Bacon and Egg Calories
There are 295 calories in one serve of McDonalds McMuffin – Bacon and Egg. It is an English-style muffin filled with a fried egg, rasher of bacon and a slice of cheese.
McDonalds McMuffin – Sausage Calories
There are 298 calories in one serve of McDonalds McMuffin – Sausage. A beef patty, topped with a slice of cheese in a toasted English-style muffin. The beef patty features flavours reminiscent of the sausages you get outside of Bunnings.
McDonalds Cheeseburger Calories
The bane of calorie counters everywhere: the McDonald’s Cheeseburger. There are 309 calories in one serve of McDonalds Cheeseburger. A beef patty, onions, pickle, ketchup, mustard, and cheese, in a soft bun.
McDonalds Mozzarella Sticks Calories
There are 310 calories in one serve of McDonalds Mozzarella Sticks. Made with mozzarella cheese encased in “breadcrumbs” – a batter of wheat flour with onion, garlic, and salt amongst other ingredients.
McDonalds Loaded Fries with Gravy Single Calories
There are 317 calories in one serve of McDonalds Loaded Fries with Gravy Single. These fries are served with a topping designed to represent the type of gravy usually found on Sunday Roasts.
McDonalds McFlurry – Oreo Calories
There are 321 calories in one serve of McDonalds McFlurry – Oreo. This is the McFlurry with the least calories, but bear in mind that it has 118 calories more than the plain Sundae. It is pieces of Oreo cookies folded into the McDonalds soft serve.
McDonalds Filet-o-Fish Calories
There are 338 calories in one serve of McDonalds Filet-o-Fish. Each of these famous fast-food fishwiches comes with a squirt of tartar sauce and a slice of cheese. Yes, the Filet o Fish burger has almost 10% more calories than a cheeseburger.
McDonalds Large Fries Calories
There are 366 calories in one serve of McDonalds Large Fries, and that is why you should shy away from them when offered. If you must have a side of fries, go small. Better yet, opt for the garden salad.
McDonalds McMuffin – Sausage and Egg Calories
There are 373 calories in one serve of McDonalds McMuffin – Sausage and Egg. This is the Sausage McMuffin with an egg included. Retain the back with the wrapper when you bite in, or you will get a slippery fried egg on your lap.
McDonalds McDouble Calories
There are 399 calories in one serve of McDonalds McDouble. It is a gratuitous burger with a slice of processed cheddar cheese between two beef patties, topped with pickles, onions, ketchup and mustard on a toasted bun. NOTICE: We are about to break the 400 calorie barrier!
McDonalds McFlurry – M&M Minis® Calories
Breaking the 400 calorie barrier, it is the Mini M&Ms McFlurry. Each one of these marketing crossovers (M&M mini candies folded into McDonald’s soft-serve) contains 403 calories per serve.
McDonalds Sundae – Strawberry Calories
There are 423 calories in one serve of McDonalds Strawberry Sundae. It is the plain Sundae topped with strawberry flavoured syrup.
McDonalds Chicken and Cheese Burger Calories
There are 432 calories in one serve of McDonalds Chicken and Cheese Burger. This simple burger features crispy coated chicken, cheese slice and mayonnaise.
McDonalds Double Beef n’ Bacon Burger Calories
There are 447 calories in one serve of McDonalds Double Beef n’ Bacon Burger. Two types of meat in a bun, with cheese and onion and mustard. If you are concerned that your sodium levels are too low, this might be the burger for you.
McDonalds McChicken Calories
There are 452 calories in one serve of McDonalds McChicken. Think of this classic sandwich as a large Chicken McNugget with lettuce and ranch-style sauce in a sesame-seeded bun.
McDonalds Mighty McMuffin Calories
The final McMuffin on this list is almost comically stacked. Each McDonalds Mighty McMuffin contains a mighty 455 calories per serve. The stack consists of two rashers of bacon, egg, cheese, and a sausage patty piled “into” an English-style muffin. But wait – this is not even the most calorific breakfast item (read on)!
McDonalds Double Cheeseburger Calories
There are 466 calories in one serve of McDonalds Double Cheeseburger. It is a cheeseburger with an extra patty and an extra slice of cheese. The concept being, since the original cheeseburger is so tasty, maybe a double cheeseburger would be twice as good? Let’s follow that logic…
McDonalds McVeggie Burger Calories
There are 481 calories in one serve of McDonalds McVeggie Burger. Instead of meat, the patty is made from potato, cheese and vegetables. And yes, the McVeggie has more calories than a double cheeseburger.
Thanks for reading this far! So far, every item on this list has been sub-500 calories. Everything after this point is 500 calories plus!
McDonalds Spicy Chicken McWrap® – Crispy Calories
So, wraps are not less calorific than burgers. There are 528 calories in one serve of McDonalds Spicy Chicken McWrap® – Crispy. It is made from chicken breast, coleslaw, lettuce, mayo and spicy sauce wrapped up in a tortilla.
McDonalds Crispy BBQ Chicken Burger Calories
There are 530 calories in one serve of McDonalds Crispy BBQ Chicken Burger. The new BBQ Chicken burger is made with chicken breast, BBQ sauce, bacon, lettuce, and mayo filling a sesame seed bun.
McDonalds McFeast Calories
There are 533 calories in one serve of McDonalds McFeast. The McFeast® burger is marketed as an Australian favourite. It features one beef patty, cheese, tomato, lettuce, pickles, and three different sauces in a sesame seed bun.
McDonalds Sundae – Caramel Calories
There are 533 calories in one serve of McDonalds Sundae – Caramel. Caramel sauce transforms this plain cup of soft serve into a calorie juggernaut.
McDonalds Quarter Pounder Calories
The legendary Quarter Pounder of yore. There are 540 calories in each McDonalds Quarter Pounder . This burger gets its name from the fact that its uncooked beef patty weighs one quarter of a pound. Two slices of cheese, chopped onions, mustard and pickles join said patty in a sesame bun.
McDonalds Deluxe McVeggie Burger Calories
There are 542 calories in one serve of McDonalds Deluxe McVeggie Burger. This stack contains jack cheese, tomato, lettuce, and a non-meat patty made from potato, cheese and vegetables. Which vegetables? Click the picture to see the ingredients list.
McDonalds Sundae – Hot Fudge Calories
There are 542 calories in one serve of McDonalds Sundae – Hot Fudge. This is the Sundae with the most calories at McDonalds, but don’t worry, we are not done with frozen desserts. Read on to see which cold sweet tops the calorie scale.
McDonalds Big Mac Calories
The most iconic burger in the world. There are 580 calories in one serve of McDonalds Big Mac.
McDonalds Crispy Chicken Deluxe Burger Calories
There are 590 calories in one serve of McDonalds Crispy Chicken Deluxe Burger. There is a lot going on with this particular chicken sandwich: chicken breast, cheese, lettuce, tomato, aioli, stacked into a sesame seed bun. Deconstruct one of these on a plate to get a sense of its true scale.
McDonalds Caesar Chicken Salad – Crispy Chicken Calories
There are 595 calories in one serve of McDonalds Caesar Chicken Salad – Crispy Chicken. This SALAD has 595 calories in it. 595 calories. In. A. Salad.
McDonalds Hotcakes with Syrup and Butter Calories
There are 597 calories in one serve of McDonalds Hotcakes with Syrup and Butter. If you choose this protein-deficient breakfast, please think very carefully about lunch, dinner and snacks.
McDonalds Chicken Caesar McWrap® – Crispy Chicken Calories
There are 598 calories in one serve of McDonalds Chicken Caesar McWrap® – Crispy Chicken. This chicken McWrap has 70 more calories than the Spicy Chicken McWrap. Is the Caesar sauce worth it? You decide.
McDonalds Triple Cheeseburger Calories
There are 623 calories in one serve of McDonalds Triple Cheeseburger . It seems that the logic of the double cheeseburger panned out. Does this mean that we will see a Quad, Quintuple, and Sextuplet Cheeseburger on the menu soon?
McDonalds Banana Caramel Twin Filled Pie McFlurry Calories
It is the dessert with the most calories at McDonald’s. There are 628 calories in one serve of McDonalds Banana Caramel Twin Filled Pie McFlurry. Quite a mouthful, described as “Macca’s famous crispy pie pastry with a delicious banana caramel filling combined with caramel topping swirled into our famous soft serve.“
McDonalds Spicy Crispy Chicken Clubhouse Burger Calories
There are 654 calories in one serve of McDonalds Spicy Crispy Chicken Clubhouse Burger. OMG, its a big slippy, drippy burger. Slapped together in a smooth bun: chicken breast, bacon, onions, tomato, lettuce, spicy sauce and Big Mac special sauce.
McDonalds Classic Beef Wholemeal McWrap® Calories
There are 661 calories in one serve of McDonalds Classic Beef Wholemeal McWrap®. This most calorific of McDonald’s wraps should finally debunk the common myth that wraps are the low-calorie option.
All of the items on our list from this point on contain more than 700 calories per serve. 700 calories for a single foodstuff that you can comfortably hold in one hand as you sip a milkshake is TOO MUCH. If you do happen to indulge in one of these calorie behemoths, and especially if you pair them with sides and a drink, please know that you will probably be eating fully half of your required daily calories in one processed meal.
McDonalds Classic Angus Burger Calories
There are 703 calories in one serve of McDonalds Classic Angus Burger. The calories in this burger come from the sheer size of its components. Pick one up. They’re heavy.
McDonalds Cheesy McChicken Burger Calories
There are 747 calories in one serve of McDonalds Cheesy McChicken Burger. The “cheesy range” of McDonalds products is distinguished by the insertion of a breaded cheese patty in amongst the usual stack. This cheese patty has many calories.
McDonalds Double Big Mac Calories
There are 767 calories in one serve of McDonalds Double Big Mac. It is simply a Big Mac, made even bigger by the inclustion of two extra beef patties.
McDonalds Big Brekkie Burger Calories
There are 783 calories in one serve of McDonalds Big Brekkie Burger. Made with a hash brown, cheese, bacon, egg, beef patty, and BBQ sauce in between a sesame seed bun. If this is your breakfast choice, please be a lumberjack or marathon runner.
McDonalds Cheesy Beef Burger Calories
There are 812 calories in one serve of McDonalds Cheesy Beef Burger. It is a big beef burger with two sauces, cheese slice and the cheesy range’s distinctive battered cheese patty. Oh, there is some lettuce in there somewhere too.
McDonalds Double Quarter Pounder Calories
There are 832 calories in one serve of McDonalds Double Quarter Pounder. Not one, but TWO quarter-pound beef patties dominate this hefty sandwich. For a long while, this was the menu item with the most calories at McDonald’s, until…
McDonalds BBQ Bacon Angus Calories
The clear “winner”: there are 850 calories in one serve of McDonalds BBQ Bacon Angus. Do you really need to know anything else about it? 850 calories.
EIGHT HUNDRED AND FIFTY CALORIES!!
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Well, there you have it, the long list of foods sold over the counter at McDonalds. If reading this has made you conscious of fast food calories, why not check out our post 5 quick tips to make food healthier?