Culver’s Nutrition Information
Culver’s is a popular fast food chain best known for their frozen custard and ‘Butterburgers®.’ The menu’s emphasis is on beef, chicken, soups and frozen custard desserts. Culver’snutritioninformationis available at each restaurant and through their website. On the website, they offer healthier meal suggestions if you are watching your caloric intake.
Culver’s ButterBurgers®, Sandwiches & Dinners
Starting at the top, with the famous ButterBurgers®, one main rule applies. The bigger the burger, the more calories you’ll consume. The smallest option, the single burger, is the lowest in calories, offering 331 and 15 g fat. Don’t be fooled, however, the calories only escalate from there. None of the ButterBurgers® tip the scale at over 1,000 calories, which is a plus. They range from 331 for the aforementioned to 981 calories for the Triple Cheddar ButterBurger with Bacon®. This option packs a full day’s worth of fat, 62 g! There are six ButterBurger® options for 400 to 461 calories, not bad in the burger world.
Soups, Salads and Sides
Most of the Culver’s soup and chili choices provide 250 calories or less. Sodium and fat content varies. The best bets for calories AND sodium are the tomato basil ravioli soup for 112 calories and 650 mg sodium and the minestrone at a mere 100 calories and 1175 mg sodium. If sodium is not a concern, go wild with any one of 15 varieties of low-fat soups. The garden fresco, garden fresco with grilled chicken and side salads are all good choices providing 205, 335 and 60 calories without dressing, respectively and less than 10 g fat. The only salad dressings that won’t blow your calorie budget are the raspberry vinaigrette and sesame ginger for 45 and 70 calories, respectively. The heftiest side dish, chili cheese fries, will set you back 674 calories. Stick with the dinner roll, green beans, mashed potatoes, with or without gravy, for 140 calories or less.
The sandwich choices are varied and include beef, chicken, fish and pork. The healthiest choice is the grilled chicken sandwich for 310 calories and 4 g fat. Though the north Atlantic cod fillet sandwich sounds healthy, it is the highest calorie sandwich, offering 663 and 40 g fat. Culver’s offers dinner meals but they are all calorie and fat bombs. The beef pot roast is the ‘lightest’ choice at 745 calories and 36 g fat. Avoid the 4 piece fried chicken and 3 piece cod dinners. Each provides 2220 and 2156 calories, respectively and over 120 g fat.
In a word…WOW or perhaps YIKES! Frozen custard is very rich and high in calories. You would expect the Culver’s sundaes and banana splits to be high-calorie and they are. The sundaes range from 586 calories for one scoop of the caramel cashew to 1,348 for the banana split with three scoops. What you might not expect is that the only options under 200 calories are a few of the cones (without custard); 1 or 2 scoops of lemon ice, for 84 and 120 calories; and the lemon ice coolers. One dish (scoop) of the plainest frozen custard offers over 300 calories and half of your daily limit for saturated fat.