Jun 26, 2013

Review: McDonald's Bacon and Cheese Quarter Pounder

The 1/4 pound replacement to the departed Angus burger with the same descriptor, McDonald's new Bacon and Cheese Quarter Pounder comes with the same toppings, but with a different bun and hamburger patty. Those toppings are a slice of American cheese, bacon, ketchup, mustard, crinkle-cut pickles, and red onions.

It's $3.99 for the burger.

A quick glance at the ingredients reveals that the Bacon and Cheese Quarter Pounder is pretty much a Quarter Pounder with bacon and slightly fancier versions of the same ingredients.

The bun is probably the most significant departure and it comes off as being a little harder, denser, and drier than McDonald's tried-and-true sesame bun. While the added whole grains are nice, the latter is more satisfying.

The onions feature more prominently in the sandwich and are crisper and fresher than the regular version. The pickles are much better in taste and feel than McDonald's standard soggy pickles. Combined with the ketchup (which was a little heavy), there's a sweet tangy bite to the burger, but it doesn't get out of hand.

There's only one slice of cheese where the regular version has two and you might find yourself missing that extra gooey texture and flavor.

I like the new bacon, there's more of it and I find the flavor to be more or less the same. It also tends to be crispier than the previous bacon. The beef patty is pretty standard for McDonald's: a little moist, but never juicy.

While the slightly upgrade ingredients are nice, it doesn't feel much different than the Quarter Pounder except with the added bacon. The overall quality is just okay for a fast food chain and I'd sooner go for a McDouble with bacon to save $2. Still, if you're a Quarter Pounder fan, the Bacon and Cheese Quarter Pounder probably ends up a little cheaper than ordering a Quarter Pounder with Cheese and adding bacon.

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. Why can't McDonald's figure out bacon? This bacon is thicker, but tastes exactly like their old, crappy bacon. Do they throw their strips in a washing machine for a couple of hours before putting it on their sandwiches? It is is flavorless. It adds not nothing to their sandwiches, and actually makes them taste worst.

  2. It's McDonald's. It's supposed to suck.

  3. Hah I agree as far as burgers go.. they're consistently mediocre. That said, I'll always like McD's for their chicken nuggets, fries, and breakfast sandwiches. I rarely get burgers there though.

  4. I used to work at McDonald's back in the 90's and when we cooked bacon back then we cooked frozen bacon on the grill. I don't know if it's changed much since.

  5. Crappy burger. Tried the bacon and cheese one yesterday. Crappy. Put two slices of cheese and add lettuce and it might be good. It was 7 bucks for the meal. Might as well go to Carl's Jr and get a Famous Star. It's cheaper and tastes better. Or go to Dairy Queen and pay about the same and get a way better burger and fresh fries.

  6. I ate this piece of shit yesterday the burger it self was so not 3.99 it was 4.78 the bacon which i actually wanted the burger for was so burnt and crispy i almost wanted to throw the burger on the floor if i hadn't paid for it. I haven't never disliked McDonald until yesterday . wtf . That was so not the quarter pounder i wanted the pickles not a big fan of it either.


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