Can I Eat Low Sodium at Five Guys
It’s a real good thing these guys are named Five Guys, as they are one of my all time top five burger spots! It would be awkward if they were called Six Guys. This is also the favorite place for my kids to choose when we have the chance to go out. So it also would be devastating if we had to stop going here because of no low sodium options. So I was super excited to see what we can eat and stay low sodium at Five Guys.
Customize Your Order For Low Sodium
Many restaurants will try to work with you when you have a custom order due to a medical or allergy based need. Restaurants that do not have a scratch kitchen (basically all chain restaurants these days) are limited. Sadly most of the food is all prepared at a warehouse before it is ever shipped to the location.
I was impressed that Five Guys sources local and has a scratch kitchen. In fact they take pride in it and have kept their menu limited to their best sellers in order to stay true to that goal. Potatoes are locally sourced and delivered fresh. They post the farm location and name of the days delivery up to the side of their menu boards.
To make your burger land inside your sodium requirements you will need to custom order. You can custom order french fries to get an unsalted batch since they drop the french fries to order, rather than just letting fries sit around. McDonald’s will do the same if you are willing to wait. Five Guys gets the kudos here for having fresh hand cut fries on location.
What We Can Eat And Stay Low Sodium At Five Guys
Let’s define what we are looking for. The USDA recommends a totally healthy person consume no more than 2300 mg of sodium per day. The American Heart Association (AHA) and the Mayo Clinic recommends no more than 1500 mg per day for anyone with: high blood pressure, is a woman, is a person of color, is over the age of 50, or who has a heart issue. So basically most of the US population qualifies for the 1500 mg limit. To that end we need to figure out a meal that runs 500-700 mg or approximately 1/3 of our daily limit. I used the Five Guys Nutrition Menu to figure this out.
Burger v. Hot Dog
A hamburger patty is only 50 mg each, and the hot dogs have 800 so a hamburger is the clear choice. Adding bacon (2 pcs.) to either would add 260 mg.
Fresh baked each day, the bun has 330 mg. Five Guys will serve your burger wrapped in lettuce (3 mg) instead, so you can save that sodium buy going without a bun.
A slice of cheese will run you 310 mg. so you could shave sodium here as well.
Green peppers are 1 mg.
Grilled mushrooms are 55 mg.
Jalapeno peppers are 0 mg.
Ketchup is 160 mg.
Mayonnaise is 70 mg.
Mustard is 55 mg.
Onions are 1 mg.
Pickles are 260 mg.
Relish is 85 mg.
Tomatoes are 3 mg.
The little fries are 531 mg. They are large enough to be shared and you must order them unsalted for that amount is without salt added. ** UPDATE – CORRECTION** After speaking with their HQ, the 531 is for SALTED fries. Unsalted would be much less but they couldn’t say how much. They estimate there is 2 large potatoes worth of fries per order. According to Google it is 30 mg per large spud. So, make sure you order UNSALTED.
One of the features at Five Guys are the free salted bulk peanuts you can snack on. These are salted in shell, soaked in saltwater prior to roasting, so they should be skipped.
All in all, my order for a Little Hamburger, No Seasoning, No Bun, No Cheese, All the way , No Mayo, No Pickles is 459 mg which allows me a few mgs. to spend on unsalted fries hit with malt vinegar. Yum!
What is your favorite way to order Five Guys? Let me know in the comments below!