I really just did this for the fun it. I’ve made homemade Big Macs for my kids before, but never one that was 100% organic. I went to Whole Foods and bought all organic ingredients from the beef to the condiments. The only organic bun option was Rudi’s brand, and I didn’t love it. It was little too dry and crumbly. A good burger needs a squishy, fresh bun. The Nature’s Rancher Australian beef was delicious. It has a suitable 85 to 15 beef to fat ratio. Most chefs recommend a 20% fat content for burgers. I was surprised at how much I liked the 365 brand light mayo. It was super tangy. My Whole Foods bill came to $38. At 5 ounces of beef per burger that makes 3 burgers with buns and plenty of condiments left over.
So is my delicious looking homemade Big Mak healthier than the real Big Mac? The answer might surprise you. While my burger is 100% organic the real Big Mac actually has slightly better nutritional stats. Say what?! My Big Mak totaled roughly 690 calories, 141 calories more than the real Big Mac. And the Big Mac has slightly more fiber. Here’s my theory. My burger was more calories because… A) I used 5 oz. of beef and McD’s probably uses 4. And B) I’m counting the raw beef calories prior to cooking off some of the fat. Could that be the 141 calorie difference? I’m not quite sure. Below are the stats for both burgers. In case you were wondering, our boys gave the organic Big Mak the thumbs up.