How Many Syns In McDonald's Cheeseburger & The Double? Find Out Here!

Updated on 
2 February, 2023

How Many Syns In McDonald's Cheeseburger & The Double? They High In Syns?

One of the great advantages to the slimming world plan is that you can eat what you want within moderation, as long as it fits into your daily 15 syn allowance on the plan, but what about unhealthy takeout options like the McDonald's cheeseburgers, are they too high in syns?

Is The McDonald's Cheeseburger High In Syns? Can I Have The Double Cheese Burger On Slimming World?

The McDonald's cheeseburger has 15 syns per one, which is your whole 15 syn daily allowance, the double McDonald's cheeseburger on the other hand has 22 syns, making it very high in syns.

In our ultimate syn guide below, we will discuss why McDonald's cheeseburgers are so high in syns, some syn values of their other burgers, low syn alternatives and our SW cheeseburger recipe to help you save syns.

Why Are McDonald's Cheeseburgers So High In Syns?

At 15 syns for a regular McDonald's cheeseburger and 22 syns for a double cheeseburger, McDonald's cheeseburgers are very high in syns.

McDonald's cheeseburgers are high in syns due to their fat content, for example, a hamburger is extremely high in calories and fat, then plus the cheese, condiments and bun. One McDonald's cheeseburger could have up to 13g of fat of which 6g is saturated.

The double cheeseburger from McDonald's is very calorific due to the extra large size, we would therefore suggest choosing the regular cheeseburger sizes if you crave one of these burgers.

Syn Values Of McDonald's Burgers

McDonald's has a wide range of burgers with varying syn values, to help you stay within your syn allowance, we've listed a few of their popular options below along with their syn values.

  • McDonald's Mayo Chicken Burger - 14 syns.
  • McDonald’s Main Menu Quarter Pounder with Cheese (each) - 26 syn.
  • McDonald’s Main Menu Bacon Double Cheeseburger (each) - 25 syns.
  • McDonald's Triple Cheeseburger - 29 syns.
  • McDonald's Quarter Pounder Burger with Cheese - 25 syns.
  • McDonald's Filet-o-Fish Burger - 16 syns.
  • McDonald's Vegetable Deluxe Burger - 18 syns.
  • McDonald's BBQ Bacon Stack Burger - 35 syns.McDonald's Hamburger (Happy Meal) - 12.5 syns.
Syn Values Of McDonald's Burgers

Low Syn Alternatives To McDonald's Cheeseburgers

If you find McDonald's Cheeseburgers to be too high in syns but you still crave a cheeseburger, there are lots of other low-syn alternatives out there to grab for an easy meal.

  • Five Guys Little Cheeseburger - 25 syns.
  • Burger King Kids Cheeseburger - 14 syns.
  • TGI Fridays Classic American Cheese Burger - 35 syns.
  • Wimpy The Original Quarter Pounder Cheese Burger - 30.5 syns.
  • Asda Double Cheeseburgers 568g - 12.5 syns.
  • Rustlers The Deluxe Bacon Cheeseburger 191g - 25 syns.
  • Wimpy Cheese Burger - 21.5 syns.
  • Shake Shack Double Cheeseburger - 36.5 syns.
  • Morrisons Eat Fresh Big Cheese Burger with Oven Chips and Homemade Relish Recipe Kit - 27 syns.
  • Five Guys Bunless Cheeseburger - 26 syns.
  • Supermac's Cheese Burger - 18.5 syns.

Our SW Cheeseburger Recipe

If you crave a cheeseburger but don't want to spend all your syns on one McDonald's meal, you can always make your own slimming world version at home, this recipe below is also syn free!


  • One garlic clove chopped.
  • Pinch of salt.
  • Lean beef minced 500g.
  • One onion.
  • Tomato puree.
  • Worcestershire sauce.
  • One red chilli.


  1. Start by heating your grill to medium then crush up your garlic and put it in a bowl with the beef and onion as well as the tomato paste, sauce and chilli.
  2.  Mix and form patties into four portions then grill for 20 minutes turning once halfway.
  3.  Serve in wholemeal rolls and enjoy!

Last Words

To conclude, McDonald's cheeseburger is very high in syns, having 15 syns for one cheeseburger and 22 syns for a double cheeseburger. We suggest only having McDonald's as an occasional meal treat on the SW plan to avoid it affecting your weight loss.

Our SW Cheeseburger Recipe

As an alternative, we recommend choosing alternatives such as KFC or making your own at home with lean beef mince.

Jennifer is a certified nutritionist and weight loss coach with a Master's in Nutrition from Cambridge. With over 10 years experience, she shares healthy recipes and science-backed slimming tips on SheCooksSheEats to help people reach their wellness goals. Jennifer stays up-to-date by regularly attending conferences and continuing her nutrition education. She aims to provide research-backed advice to inspire balanced, happy living.
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