This Is the 1 Absolute Worst Breakfast You Could Ever Order at McDonald’s

If you’re running late in the morning before work and need to pick up breakfast on-the-go, McDonald’s can sometimes seem like the most convenient option. Even if you know the fast food chain might not be the healthiest, stopping by the drive-thru every once in a while can’t hurt too much, right?

Even though it’s possible to be savvy with the menu, you should avoid some breakfast foods at all costs. These are the unhealthiest choices you could make while ordering breakfast at McDonald’s, but you won’t believe just how terrible the No. 1 worst option is. We’ll also take a look at the healthier options at McDonald’s.

7. Sausage McMuffin with Egg

Breakfast sandwich on a table.

Tempting, but not very healthy. | McDonald’s

The Sausage McMuffin with Egg might not be the worst thing on the McDonald’s breakfast menu, but it certainly is not the best. You’ll be packing in 450 calories, 28 grams of fat with 10 grams of saturated fat, 860 milligrams of sodium, and 30 grams of carbs. The best thing going for it is its 21 grams of protein, but we’d still recommend skipping it.

Next: Sweet and savory isn’t always the best combination.

6. Hotcakes and Sausage

Hot cakes and sausage on a black tray.

These hotcakes and sausage will derail your day. | McDonald’s

We can see why you might pick Hotcakes and Sausage from the McDonald’s menu. Sometimes, you want something a little sweet and a little savory, so why not order something with both?

This option might satisfy your taste buds, but that’s about the only benefit you’ll get. It includes 520 calories, 24 grams of fat (7 grams saturated), 930 milligrams of sodium, 61 grams of carbs, and 15 grams of protein.

Next: Do you really want to consume this much sodium and saturated fat at breakfast?

5. Sausage Biscuit with Egg

A sausage breakfast sandwich on a rack.

This small sandwich is packed with major calories. | Esdelval/Getty Images

Is your breakfast alone really worth half your daily allowance sodium and three-quarters of your day’s saturated fat? That’s what you’ll get with the Sausage Biscuit with Egg option. It includes 510 calories, 33 grams of fat (14 grams saturated), 1,170 milligrams of sodium, 36 grams of carbs, and 18 grams of protein.

Next: Neither one of these options is a good idea.

4. Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit or McGriddle

A McGriddle on a table.

You’re practically eating junk food for breakfast. | McDonald’s

Whether you get bacon, egg, and cheese on a biscuit or a McGriddle, you’re not doing yourself any favors. If you go with the biscuit option, you’ll be consuming 460 calories, 26 grams of fat (13 grams saturated), 1,300 milligrams of sodium, 38 grams of carbs, and 19 grams of protein.

The McGriddle won’t change the calorie or protein count, but it will slightly decrease the fat and sodium. It rings in at 21 grams of fat (9 grams saturated) and 1,250 milligrams of sodium. You’ll be getting even more carbs than the biscuit combination, with 48 grams in the McGriddle option.

According to Eat This, Not That!, “The McGriddle features more than half a day’s sodium and nearly half a day’s saturated fat — that’s as much saturated fat as 117 Funyuns! Meanwhile, the Biscuit has 83 percent of the day’s cholesterol, or as much as you’d find in 28 slices of bacon — and also more than a half day’s of sodium.”

Next: Satisfy your sweet tooth with anything but this.

3. Cinnamon Melts

Cinnamon breakfast treat with frosting.

This sweet breakfast treat is full of saturated fats. | PamWalker68/Getty Images

Sometimes you have sweet cravings for breakfast, but the last option you should go for is McDonald’s Cinnamon Melts. It features 460 calories, 19 grams of fat with 9 grams saturated, 370 milligrams of sodium, 66 grams of carbs, and only 6 grams of protein. Not to mention, it includes 32 grams of sugar. You’d be better off eating a Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bar, so it would be wise to satisfy your sweet tooth with … pretty much anything else.

Next: This breakfast won’t be a good start to your day.

2. Steak, Egg, and Cheese Bagel

Breakfast sandwich on a black table.

This quick breakfast contains 670 calories. | McDonald’s

If you want to avoid starting your day feeling sluggish and bloated, choose something other than the Steak, Egg, and Cheese Bagel. It has 670 calories, 35 grams of fat (13 grams saturated, 1.5 trans fat), 1,510 milligrams of sodium, 56 grams of carbs, and 33 grams of protein.

Eat This, Not That! found that it has “more than half a day’s fat” and “as much sodium as 16 Chicken McNuggets.”

Next: This is the absolute worst breakfast you could order.

1. Big Breakfast with Hotcakes

A breakfast platter on a black tray.

Nearly an entire day’s worth of calories in a single breakfast platter. | McDonald’s

As if the Hotcakes and Sausage weren’t unhealthy enough on their own, McDonald’s kicked it up a notch with their Big Breakfast with Hotcakes. If you want a little bit of everything from their menu, this is the breakfast for you. However, get ready to intake 1,350 calories, 65 grams of fat with 25 grams saturated, 2,100 milligrams of sodium, 155 grams of carbs, and 35 grams of protein. You’ll also be packing in 48 grams of sugar.

This monster of a meal includes scrambled eggs, hash browns, a biscuit, a sausage patty, a stack of hotcakes, butter, and syrup. We’re not even surprised that the whole meal weighs close to a pound. If you decide to go for this item, anyway — don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Next: This is what you should order for breakfast instead.

Fruit ‘N Yogurt Parfait

fruit and yogurt parfait

The parfait is a better bet. |

At 150 calories and just 2 grams of fat, the Fruit ‘N Yogurt Parfait is a likely choice for anyone looking for one of the healthiest options on the menu. With low-fat yogurt, strawberries, blueberries, and low-fat crunchy granola, this breakfast item is definitely a welcome addition that falls outside of McDonald’s typical high-cal offerings. It’s pretty high in sugar, though, so keep sweet stuff for the rest of the day to a minimum.

Next: Here’s what you might want to order at other parts of the day.

The Original Hamburger

Customers order food from a McDonald's restaurant

Try the basic burger instead. | Scott Olson/Getty Images

At 250 calories and 8 grams of total fat, you could say the original Hamburger is the bite-size version of other beef choices on the menu, comparatively speaking. Just one patty makes this burger an obvious choice when you’re actually looking for a single serving size of food.

Next: A popular choice for all ages, just be careful of the size you order.

Chicken McNuggets

golden, crispy chicken nuggets

Chicken McNuggets are a surprisingly better option. |

If you’re looking for some protein on the go, grabbing a 4-piece Chicken McNugget order may be your best bet. A total of 180 calories and a more reasonable 11 grams of fat make these nuggets a better option. And McDonald’s guarantee of 100% white meat chicken ensures you won’t be grossed out by nasty fillers.

Next: You could do a lot worse than this popular McDonald’s meal.

Happy Meal

Happy Meal | McDonald’s

If you find yourself at McDonald’s with your kids, you could do a lot worse than a Happy Meal. A Happy Meal with 4 chicken McNuggets, apple slices, fries, and 1% low-fat milk contains only 410 calories with 19 grams of fat and protein. The meal also contains zero trans fat. The sugar content is decent at 15 grams.

Next: This quick snack has 0 grams of fat.

Side Salad

Salad with dressings

Go for a simple side salad instead. |

Sure, this probably isn’t going to serve as a full meal, but if you need a quick snack on the go, the Side Salad is the best choice. At only 15 calories and 0 grams of fat, this salad serves up baby spinach, baby kale, red leaf lettuce, carrots, and grape tomatoes. Bear in mind, dressing will take the calorie count higher, so use it sparingly.

Next: This is your best option if you have to have a sweet treat.

Vanilla Cone

sot serve in a cone

Go for a simple vanilla cone. | Pixabay

If you’re craving a frosty treat, you’re much better off going with the classic Vanilla Cone. This cool and creamy dessert is just 200 calories and has a more reasonable 5 grams of fat. It’s certainly not going to win any health awards, but this dessert won’t totally undo your diet.

Additional reporting by Julie Peirano.

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