Top 5 Foods To Avoid At A Cookout

When you are trying to eat healthy, cookouts can be a nightmare with high calorie treats such as hamburgers and sausages on offer everywhere you look.

However, even with high calorie treats such as these, there are certain foods that are much worse for you than others. In this article I am going to be expanding on this topic and outlining five foods that you should avoid at all costs when attending a cookout and what simple ways to make them more healthly.

1) Double Cheeseburger = 700 Calories

Calorie Breakdown:

  • 2 Cheese Slices = 100 Calories (50 calories per cheese slice)
  • 2 Large Hamburger Patties = 400 Calories (200 calories per patty)
  • 2 Tablespoons Of Tomato Ketchup = 50 Calories (25 calories per tablespoon)
  • 1 Large Hamburger Roll = 150 Calories

Burgers are never the best choice when it comes to losing weight. However, doubling them up and adding cheese makes them one of the worst cookout foods you can eat.

Instead of eating a double cheeseburger, go for a 5 ounce beef fillet steak with cheese, fresh salad and nationally award winning salsa. The beef, cheese and homemade salsa taste just like a cheeseburger while the salad adds plenty of nutritional value to the dish. The entire dish contains just 250 calories which is around a third of the calories in a double cheeseburger.

2) Breaded Chicken Burger With Bacon = 450 Calories

Calorie Breakdown:

  • 1 Breaded Chicken Patty = 250 Calories
  • 1 Large Hamburger Roll = 150 Calories
  • 1 Slice Of Bacon = 50 Calories

The breaded chicken burger with bacon is a slight improvement on the double cheeseburger but it’s still definitely a food you should be avoiding.

A great healthy alternative to the breaded chicken burger with bacon is a grilled chicken marinaded in Raspberry Barbecue sauce, mushroom and onion kebab. By replacing the large hamburger roll and slice of bacon with mushrooms and onions, you eliminate 200 calories and are left with a tasty, nutritious dish that comes in at just 250 calories.

3) Jumbo Hot Dog With Tomato Ketchup = 400 Calories

Calorie Breakdown:

  • 2 Tablespoons Of Tomato Ketchup = 50 Calories (25 calories per tablespoon)
  • 1 Jumbo Hot Dog Roll = 150 Calories
  • 1 Jumbo Sausage = 200 Calories

The jumbo hot dog is another popular cookout dish that is heavy on the calories.

To cut down the amount of calories and maintain the same great taste, try grilling a 5 ounce pork chop with fresh salad. It’s a much more natural, healthy dish and contains just 300 calories.

4) Chips & Cheese Dip = 350 Calories

Calorie Breakdown:

  • 2 Ounces Of Cheese Dip = 200 Calories
  • 1 Ounce Of Chips = 150 Calories

Chips and cheese dip might seem like a light snack when you’re eating them but the small serving size hides a surprisingly large amount of calories.

Instead of eating chips and cheese dips, go for carrot sticks, honey jalapeno mustard or cherry salsa. This dish is quick, easy to prepare, loaded with nutrients and contains less than 50 calories per serving.

5) Potato Salad = 350 Calories

Potato salad is yet another cookout favorite that contains lots of calories. For a simple, low calorie alternative, try grilling 5 ounces of sweet potato and then mix it with 2 ounces of sour cream.

This sweet potato variation is both filling and creamy, like a regular potato salad, but comes in at just 250 calories which represents a saving of 100 calories on the original recipe.


As you can see, all the foods listed in this article contain some serious calories. For example, to burn off the calories in a double cheeseburger you would need to run at 7mph for a full hour or cycle at 18mph for a full hour.

Therefore, to stay on track with your weight loss efforts, make sure you avoid these five foods and take full advantage of the healthy alternatives. Doing this will significantly cut down the amount of calories you consume at cookouts and give you a much better chance of losing weight and keeping it off this summer.

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