Like those at many burger-and-fry establishments, Five Guys’ menu items quickly add up in terms of calories, saturated fat, sodium, and cholesterol. If you follow a specific diet plan, you may struggle to find compliant items on the menu. However, in moderation, Five Guys is perfectly suitable for many eating patterns.
What Experts Say
“Specializing in hot dogs, burgers, French fries, and shakes, Five Guys’ menu is rich in calories, saturated fat, and sodium. If you are trying to find a healthier option on this menu, you can order the simpler, smaller menu items. For example, instead of the bacon cheeseburger, try the ‘little hamburger’ and save 518 calories, 36g fat, and 930mg of sodium.”
Navigating the Menu
Five Guys has a famously small menu with just six categories: Dogs, Burgers, Sandwiches, Fries, Milkshakes, and Drinks. Since the menu is limited, the healthiest option per category tends to be the simplest choice with the smallest portion size.
|What to Order & Avoid at Five Guys|
|Most Nutritious Options||Least Nutritious Options|
|Kosher Style Hot Dog (Dogs)||Bacon Cheese Dog (Dogs)|
|Little Hamburger (Burgers)||Bacon Cheeseburger (Burgers)|
|Veggie Sandwich (Sandwiches)||BLT (Sandwiches)|
|Little Fries (Fries)||Large Fries (Fries)|
|Coffee Milkshake (Milkshakes)||Oreo Creme Milkshake (Milkshakes)|
|Water or FUZE Unsweetened Iced Tea (Drinks)||Large Soft Drink (Drinks)|
Most Nutritious Option
If you’re looking for the healthiest meal at Five Guys, the veggie sandwich’s nutrition profile makes it the best choice.
Five Guys offers four hot dogs to choose from: Kosher style hot dog, cheese dog, bacon dog, and bacon cheese dog. Each is built with a classic base—hot dog and bun—though the toppings vary.
✓ Kosher Style Hot Dog
The Kosher style hot dog has the best nutrition profile among the four options. Each serving provides 520 calories, 35g total fat, 15.5g saturated fat, 40g carbohydrates, 18g protein, and 1,130mg sodium. Though this menu item is high in calories, fat, and sodium, it’s the lowest in its category since it’s free of cheese and bacon.
✗ Bacon Cheese Dog
The bacon cheese dog is exactly what it sounds like—a hot dog with bacon and cheese piled on top. Therefore, it has more calories, fat, and sodium than the plain hot dog. Each serving contains 670 calories, 48g total fat, 22g saturated fat, about 40g carbohydrates, 26g protein, and 1,700mg sodium.
You can also order a hot dog with just bacon or just cheese to cut back on calories, fat, and sodium vs. the dog with both toppings.
Five Guys is known for its hand-crafted burgers, and offers eight options in this part of its menu. Each regular-sized burger is made with two beef patties. A single-patty burger is known as a Little burger.
Customers can choose as many toppings as they like; options are: mayo, lettuce, tomato, pickles, grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, ketchup, mustard, relish, onions, jalapeño peppers, green peppers, barbecue sauce, hot sauce, and A-1 steak sauce. Pile on the fresh veggies, mustard, and pickles for extra flavor and fiber without many calories.
✓ Little Hamburger
Made with one patty instead of two, the little hamburger is Five Guys’ lowest-calorie burger option. Just the hamburger patty and the bun, with no toppings, contains 542 calories, 26g total fat, 11.5g saturated fat, 39g carbohydrates, 23g protein, and 380mg sodium.
✗ Bacon Cheeseburger
The bacon cheeseburger comes with two hamburger patties, two pieces of bacon, and two pieces of cheese. Without additional toppings, the burger provides 1,060 calories, 62g total fat, 29.5g saturated fat, about 40g carbohydrates, 51g protein, and 1,310mg sodium.
Five Guys offers four sandwiches: veggie sandwich, cheese veggie sandwich, grilled cheese sandwich, and BLT. This category is predominantly meatless, so it’s suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Since it’s lowest in calories, the veggie sandwich is not only the healthiest option in this category but on the whole menu.
✓ Veggie Sandwich
For many people, the veggie sandwich will be the healthiest option. It contains grilled onions, mushrooms, green peppers, lettuce, and tomatoes on a bun. Customers can add more veggies and condiments if desired. Each sandwich (before adding condiments) contains 280 calories, 15g total fat, 3.5g saturated fat, 46g carbohydrates, about 7–8g protein, and 1040mg sodium.
Out of Five Guys’ four sandwiches, the BLT is likely the least nutritious, thanks to the high-sodium bacon and high-fat mayo. Each sandwich is made with six strips of bacon along with tomatoes, mayonnaise, and lettuce on a bun. It contains about 600 calories, 41g total fat, 14g saturated fat, 42g carbohydrates, about 19–20g protein, and 931mg sodium.
The fries at Five Guys are nearly as popular as the burgers. The fries come in two distinct flavors: Five Guys style and cajun style. Both are made with fresh-cut potatoes that are cooked in pure refined 100% peanut oil, which is naturally cholesterol-free,1 and both have the same nutritional profile. Cajun style fries are made with various spices to add more flavor to the fries, while Five Guys style fries have the classic salty taste you’d expect.
✓ Little Five Guys Style Fries
If you’re going to enjoy the famous Five Guys fries, your best option is to order the smallest size, the Little Fries. This serving size contains 528 calories, 23g total fat, 4g saturated fat, 72g carbohydrates, 8g protein, and 531mg sodium.
✗ Large Five Guys Style Fries
More fries equates to more calories, fat, and sodium. A large side of fries at Five Guys packs 1,314 calories, 57g total fat, 10g saturated fat, 181g carbohydrates, 20g protein, and 1,327mg sodium. This serving size is best for sharing.
While not exactly a health food, milkshakes are an enjoyable treat for occasional consumption. Each milkshake is made with the same dairy base, and customers can add toppings and flavors as desired. Flavors include chocolate, vanilla, and malted milk, and toppings range from sweet choices like bananas to salty ones like bacon pieces. To keep calories and sugar as low as possible, opt for a single flavor like vanilla with banana or cherry mix-ins.
✓ Coffee Milkshake
Each milkshake has a base of 670 calories, 32g total fat, 21g saturated fat, 84g carbohydrates, 13g protein, and 360mg sodium. Adding flavors and toppings adds to these totals. To keep calories as low as possible, go for the coffee flavor without mix-ins. Coffee has the fewest calories of all the flavors, and no sugar. Each shake contains 82g sugar before the added flavors or mix-ins.