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story.lead_photo.caption Sonic Signature Slingers - Photo by Jennifer Christman

WHAT: Sonic Signature Slingers

STATS: One Classic Signature Slinger contains 340 calories and 21 fat, 26 carbohydrate, 2 fiber, 7 sugar and 15 protein grams. Sold at participating Sonic restaurants for a limited time. Visit sonicdrivein.com.

THE SKINNY: Sonic is slinging up something novel: Signature Slingers. "Starting at just 340 calories, our ... Signature Slingers have all the flavor, but none of the guilt!" boasts the restaurant.

What separates this burger from other fast-food fare is that it features a "premium" and "blended" patty of beef, "savory mushrooms" and "bold seasonings." We didn't notice much of a flavor difference; it tasted like a typical fast-food burger -- good, though maybe not as greasy.

Served on a "bakery quality brioche slider roll," which we avoided because we're cutting carbs, the Classic version features lettuce, tomato, dill pickles, melted cheese and mayonnaise. Mine had a ton of raw onion, though online it's not specified as an ingredient. There's also a Bacon Melt version (no vegetables, just cheese and mayo); it contains considerably more calories (420) and fat (27 grams).

Leaving off the cheese and requesting mustard instead of mayo would further reduce a Slinger's calories/fat.

So would not ordering a large Chili Cheese Tots and Caramel Brownie Master Blast with it.

-- Jennifer Christman

Slim Pickings is a weekly review of light foods.

jchristman@arkansasonline.com

ActiveStyle on 04/16/2018

Print Headline: SLIM PICKINGS

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