May 28, 2013

News: McDonald's - Three New Quarter Pounders

You might remember last year, when I posted that McDonald's was testing three new varieties of their signature Quarter Pounder burger as a possible replacement for Angus Third Pounders. They've since gotten rid of the Angus Third Pounder and the new Quarter Pounder variants are slated to arrive mid-June of this year (i.e. next month). Some locations have already started to offer them.

McDonald's is also replacing their paper-thin bacon and switching to thick-cut Applewood-smoked bacon (like Wendy's).

Here's the three new Quarter Pounders and what you can expect from them:

The Bacon Habanero Ranch Quarter Pounder features a quarter pound beef patty, pasteurized processed white cheddar, thick-cut applewood-smoked bacon, habanero ranch sauce, tomato, leaf lettuce, and toasted, bakery-style bun (the same one used for their premium chicken sandwiches).

The Deluxe Quarter Pounder is basically an Angus Deluxe Third Pounder but with a quarter-pound beef patty and bakery-style bun. The rest is the same: American cheese, tomato, lettuce, crinkle-cut pickles, red onions, mayo, and mustard.

Similarly, the Quarter Pounder Bacon and Cheese is a Bacon and Cheese Angus Third Pounder, but with a Quarter Pounder patty, Applewood-smoked bacon, and bakery-style bun. Like the Bacon and Cheese Angus, it consists of ketchup, mustard, American cheese, crinkle-cut pickles, and red onions.

The only Angus Third Pounder that didn't get a direct Quarter Pounder replacement was the Mushroom and Swiss (although it's possible we might see it in the future).

Nutritional Info - McDonald's Bacon Habanero Ranch Quarter Pounder - 8.3 oz (235g)
Calories - 610 (from Fat - 280)
Fat - 31g (Saturated Fat - 13g)
Sodium - 1180mg
Carbs - 46g (Sugar - 9g)
Protein - 37g

Nutritional Info - McDonald's Deluxe Quarter Pounder - 8.6 oz (244g)
Calories - 540 (from Fat - 250)
Fat - 27g (Saturated Fat - 11g)
Sodium - 960mg
Carbs - 45g (Sugar - 9g)
Protein - 29g

Nutritional Info - McDonald's Bacon and Cheese Quarter Pounder - 8 oz (227g)
Calories - 600 (from Fat - 260)
Fat - 29g (Saturated Fat - 13g)
Sodium - 1440mg
Carbs - 48g (Sugar - 12g)
Protein - 37g


  1. So, these are Quarter Pounder versions of the Angus bugers. I'll bet these now smaller versions will have the same price as the larger Angus ones. Sneaky McDonalds, very sneaky.

  2. This is what I am talking about...seriously why add all the other stuff, just give us the options on the burgers everyone already likes! Excellent work McD's!

  3. Just purchased the quarter pounder deluxe, not impressed at all. Very dry sandwich, just dressed up with better bread & mayo, lettuce & tomato. Very dissatisfied, I'd rather eat the regular quarter pounder

  4. Just tried the Habanero and the B&C. Awful --- and I love the reg quarter with cheese. If you were expecting the reg quarter with some flavor-enhancing toppings, forget it. Tastes totally different and not in a good way. Dry, very dry.

  5. I totally agree,dry dry dry and about 1/2 the size shown on tv commercials.Back to my Hardees 1/3 lb Bacon cheese.

  6. Jeff Fraser, Riverview MI Mc DMonday, July 01, 2013

    I worked at McDonalds 40 years ago and the burger I liked best was the QLT which stood for quarter pounder with lettuce and tomatoe. It was by far the tastiest burger they ever had. It had its own sauce which was a bit darker and heartier than Big Mac sauce. You could get it with or without cheese. Back then we only used fresh meat, not frozen and it was more fatty and greasy but that is actually where the flavor is. They discontinued it after a year mainly because it was difficult to keep the burger warm after putting cold letttuce and tomatoe on it although it sold quite well. Back in the early 70's customer service, speed and cleanliness was a top priority. We often had 8 employees taking orders at the front counter at the same time and sometimes had an additional 4 employees backing up the registers (bagging up the food and pouring soft drinks) so by the time a customer got his change back his order was ready for him on the counter. Those were the good old days

  7. When they first opened, a burger was 10 cents and a cheeseburger was 15 cents. Today, a sandwich. fries and a small drink adds up to 7 bucks. I can get a nice steak, a baked potato and a drink at home for the same. I'm starting to think eating out at a fast food place is just as expensive as going out to a decent restaurant. My days with McD's is numbered.

  8. I worked there in the late 70's and while we were using frozen burgers by then, we were still cooking food and serving it fresh with a holding time of around 10 minutes. Compare that to the pre-cooked, dried out products they are serving today and I don't understand why anybody eats there any more.

    Add to that the changes to the chicken mcnuggets and the fries and it's no wonder mcd's is pushing high profit coffees and such these days.

    If people under 40 knew what they use to be, they would boycott them until they started serving decent fast food again.


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