Let’s jump right in and start with the appetizers.
The infamous Bloomin’ Onion, which they say serves 6 people but can easily be consumed between 2, contains over 1,950 calories, 161 grams of fat, and 4100 mg of sodium! This is nearly a days worth of calories and fat and over 2 days worth of salt … just in a single appetizer! Perhaps you want to warm up with the Cheese Fries instead? They’ll only set you back 1,963 calories, 134 grams of fat, and 60 grams of saturated fat (over 3 days worth)!
Ok, you get it: skip the apps or share them between lots of people.
So how ’bout those main courses? Take a gander at the nutrition facts for these popular dishes at Outback:
1. Outback Special 12 oz. steak, loaded baked potato, and house salad with ranch dressing: 1410 calories, 77 grams of fat (35 saturated), 3721 mg of sodium
2. The Bloomin’ Burger and Aussie Fries: 1413 calories, 89 grams of fat (40 saturated, 4 trans), 99 grams of carbs, 2262 mg of sodium
3. 20-oz. Porterhouse Steak (no sides): 1009 calories, 71 grams of fat (31 saturated, 4 trans), 574 mg sodium
4. New Zealand Rack Of Lamb & Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Fresh Seasonal Mixed Veggies: 1007 calories, 59 grams of fat (31 saturated, 2.5 trans), 2350 mg of sodium
5. 16-oz. Prime Rib (no sides): 876 calories, 32 grams of fat (11 saturated), 1923 mg of sodium
Let’s say you decide to eat on “the lighter side" and get the Chicken Caesar Salad. It has a whopping 907 calories and 60 grams of fat!
I could keep going, trust me.
So what do you do when that certain family member insists on going to Outback? Check out our recommendations below for the healthiest menu options and nutrition facts Outback Steakhouse has to offer. Your waistline will thank you later.
Outback Steakhouse Nutrition Facts and Healthier Menu Options
Outback is one of the more difficult restaurants to eat healthy at. Fortunately they’ve just recently added an “Under 600 calorie menu” to help make it a little easier. But even some of those options are super high in saturated fat and salt.
Stick to the choices below to save yourself countless numbers of calories (and pounds).
For all main courses, tell your server you would like it prepared without butter! Nearly all of Outback’s main courses are slathered in butter, adding tons of unnecessary fat and calories. They do offer a “no-butter" option so be sure to ask.
• Grilled Shrimp on the Barbie: 319 calories, 20 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 21 g carbs, 589 mg sodium
• Crab & Avocado Stack: 461 calories, 29 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 36 g carbs, 1248 mg sodium
• Grilled Chicken on the Barbie & Fresh Seasonal Veggies (cooked without butter): 401 calories, 7 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 21 g carbs, 1045 mg sodium
• Grilled Chicken on the Barbie & Sweet Potato (cooked without butter): 753 calories, 7 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 1355 mg sodium
• Outback Special 6 oz. Steak & Fresh Seasonal Veggies (cooked without butter): 282 calories, 8 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 678 mg sodium
• Outback Special 6 oz With Fresh Seasonal Mixed Veggies And Light Balsamic Vinaigrett House Salad (cooked without butter): 588 calories, 30 g fat, 12 g saturated fat, 920 mg sodium
• Norwegian Salmon: 484 calories, 29 g fat, 6 g saturated fat, 447 mg sodium
View the complete list of Outback Steakhouse nutrition facts on their website.
The Bottom Line: All in all, Outback Steakhouse is one of the worst restaurants out there in terms of offering healthy menu options.
When you must indulge in Outback, stick to one of the choices above, with fresh veggies and/or a sweet potato as sides. Always remember to order everything without butter, or you’re liable to double the amount of calories and fat you’re consuming. All-in-all, it’s best to avoid Outback and find another option if you want to eat healthy when eating out.