Food Showdown: Which DQ Entree is the Bigger Calorie Bomb?

By , SparkPeople Blogger

Summer is winding down, which means that many of us are hitting the outdoor ice cream stands for one last hurrah. But many ice cream establishments, like Dairy Queen, offer more than just ice cream. Some have full menus with burgers, sandwiches, fries, and chicken strips. How many calories would it set you back to grab some dinner with your ice cream?

DQ's Bacon Double Cheeseburger packs two beef patties, cheese, and bacon strips between its buns. The 4-Piece Chicken Strip Basket with Country Gravy comes with buttered Texas toast, creamy gravy, and deep-fried chicken. Neither of these meals is a healthy choice—both are heavy on the fat and calories. However, one of these meals is significantly higher in calories than the other one. Can you guess which of these meals is relatively "lighter"?

The Winner: Bacon Double Cheeseburger

Let us reiterate that neither of these choices are "healthy" choices. The purpose of this comparison is to make an educational point, and we in no way encourage ordering either one of these foods on a regular basis. Oftentimes, people perceive chicken as being the "lighter" choice in any situation since it is a leaner meat than beef. However, this is probably one of the only cases where the Bacon Double Cheeseburger would be the "winner" in terms of calories, fat and sodium. The burger packs 720 calories, 41 g fat, and 1,560 mg of sodium. The burger contains 21 g saturated fat—the middle of your upper limit recommended for one day. It also contains one gram of trans fat—the worst kind!

Although chicken is usually a better choice than beef, deep frying it and serving it with gravy seriously bumps up the fat and calories. Just four strips of chicken, plus the accompaniments, weigh in at 1,030 calories, 53 grams of fat, and 2,780 mg of sodium! (That's more than twice the calories of a small chocolate chip Blizzard!) The chicken basket has only 9 g of saturated fat, but the total fat and calories are near what some people eat in a day! 

If you want to enjoy one last food hurrah this summer, skip out on the deep-fried, fatty meats and grill up some chicken or veggie kebabs at home. You'll still get that summer flavor while saving your arteries! If you must venture out to Dairy Queen for one last seasonal treat, stick with a small vanilla ice cream cone for just 230 calories and 7 grams of fat.

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CHERYLHURT 4/11/2021
We would NEVER eat crap like this! Report
SNUZYQ2 3/1/2021
I got this one right! Thank you for sharing! Report
Thanks! Report
CECTARR 1/24/2021
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MUSICNUT 12/23/2020
Thanks for the great article! :) Report
THINCPL2004 12/15/2020
What a surprise i tend to get the chicken 🐔. Thanks for the info! Report
MJ7DM33 12/15/2020
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AZMOMXTWO 12/15/2020
thank you Report
SWILSON2347 12/15/2020
Surprised me! I almost always order chicken over beef!
2DAWN4 12/15/2020
I don't eat a lot of fast food but this was a pretty interesting article. Report
CECELW 12/15/2020
That wouldn't interest me in the least! Report
CECTARR 12/15/2020
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CD24069739 12/15/2020
Than you Report
CHERYLHURT 12/15/2020
Wouldn’t touch it, Report
LEANJEAN6 12/15/2020
great info Report
NEPTUNE1939 12/15/2020
ty Report
FERRETLOVER1 12/15/2020
Thank you. Report
EMGERBER 12/15/2020
I have never eaten at DQ it has never interested me, but I believe people should have choices. Report
Thanks for sharing Report
JANIEWWJD 12/15/2020
I cannot see myself eating either one of these . Report
LIS193 12/15/2020
Neither qualifies as food, so why even rate them? Shame on you SP! Report
PATRICIAAK 11/26/2020
:) Report
GEORGE815 11/17/2020
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RO2BENT 10/3/2020
These kinds of "foods" are a health hazard Report
JUDY1676 9/5/2020
Haven’t eaten DQ for a long timeM Report
CECELW 8/6/2020
I feel like these are heart attacks waiting to happen Report
DEE107 7/23/2020
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BONNIE1552 6/27/2020
Sometimes I crave a good burger. Report
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Thanks. I only eat fresh and organic food. Report
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Great Report
Burger King no longer has grilled chicken. Another reason NOT to go to Burger King! Report
Thank You...………. Report
Every time I see commercial for the chicken strip basket, I wonder in amazement that people actually eat it Report
Sugar, and not (most) fat, is the REAL culprit when it comes to chronic disease and the obesity epidemic. This obsession with low fat content in foods coincides with the rise in obesity--duh, not hard to figure out that we were duped by industries which are motivated solely by profits. IMHO Report
#techsupport some of the links are broken in this article. Report
Cooking from a recipe is the best way to stay on track. Report
Cooking at home is always better. Report
thank you Report
To be honest, I no longer eat in fast-food restaurants any longer, but it was fun and interesting to read. Report
I don’t know why are complaining we burn more calories in fast food restaurants while then eating. So for me might a be different experience. Report
I like DQ. Report
I appreciate DQ having their nutritional data readily available. I try to stick with a mini Blizzard ONLY. Report
Ha! I remember the time - the ONLY time - I ever bought their Blizzard ice cream thing. When I looked it up - it was like - fortylevendyundredbillion calories. I love me some ice cream but ... uh ... not that much. Thanks for checking on this for us. Report
Calories in small chocolate shake Report
People eat things other than the ice cream at DQ? That's surprising to me. Report
Actually, there is a healthy choice at DQ- The grilled chicken salad isn't bad at all. Just watch your dressing. Gives me something to eat when the rest of the family wants to eat there. And if you are talking just calories, the small cone might look like a bargain, but nutritionally it has very little to offer. Report