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McDonalds quarter pounder vs. double cheeseburger

I recently decided to forego my usual $1.00 double cheeseburger purchase and order a quarter pounder w/ cheese instead. What a dissappointment! IMO, the biggest difference between the two was that the quarter pounder came on a huge, sesame seeded bun, whereas the double cheese was on a "burger sized" bun with no seeds! I could not tell the difference in the amount of meat, only that there is more bun on the quarter pounder! Besides the fact that they put the large onions on the quater pounder, instead of the delicious slivered onions! Needless to say, for almost three times the price, I felt ripped off, and will stick with the double cheese ANY day!! Any opinions?????

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  1. ah yes, you've discovered the "ratio conundrum".

    at bk, better to get 2 junior whoppers, trash the second bun, and eat more meat (with lower bread ratio) than a regular whopper. costs less, too. go figure!

    1. What's even worse is that sometimes, a franchise, or whoever is cooking at that particular time, will only put one slice of cheese on the QP instead of two. Get one like that and you'll really feel ripped off!

      Only thing I'd really like to see at McD's would be a bigmac made with QP patties instead of the smaller ones.

      1. Yes, as alkapal says you have discovered the Ratio ripoff, at BK it costs a buck apiece or 2 bucks for the two BK whopper jrs and $2.79 for 1 full sized whopper that has less of everything including meat than the 2 jrs.

        1. The only burger worth eating at McDonalds' is the double cheeseburger.

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          1. It has to be more than a decade since I've had a burger at McDs but the biggest downside of the quarter pounder is that you can taste the meat.

            1. the double cheeseburger is made from a 1/10 pound patty. So even with two of them you are still getting less actual meat than from a single quarter pounder. Still the meat/bun ratio is higher for a double than a qp.

              personally, i don't like the stuff mcdonald's calls cheese, so I always have to special order. sometimes it can be difficult to get them to understand that I want a double cheeseburger, no cheese.

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              1. re: KaimukiMan

                Am I the only one who thinks that MC'D's double cheeseburgers taste mostly like salt? I used to enjoy one on occasion, but cannot eat one now because of the heavy salt flavor. Maybe it's my location though.

                1. re: Bullit

                  No, you aren't the only one. For the last several years I have noticed that anything with more than one of their small patties seems way too salty. That has included the QP and the angus.

                  1. re: Velvet Elvis

                    Yup. Me three. I just wish they offered a double hamburger instead of a double cheeseburger. That cheese has an upper G.I. half-life of twenty minutes.

                    I've ordered the double cheeseburger, hold the cheese, and it took them 15 minutes to fix one fresh. What kind of LUNATIC would order a cheeseburger without cheese?

                    1. re: monkeyrotica

                      Some locations have a register button for a double hamburger & charge the same $1 as the Mcdouble. When a cashier gets confused with the double burger order, I follow up asking for a McDouble without the cheese. I'll never understand how anyone can enjoy that cheese-like product on their burger.

                      1. re: Clams047

                        I haven't been to McDonalds in years, but when I went I had a difficult time getting a quarter pounder without cheese. Despite repeated requests for no cheese, I often ended up with that horrible "cheese" on the burger.

              2. In the Wichita area, we don't have a $1 double-cheeseburger, we have the $1 Big-n-Tasty, the Whopper-styled quarter pounder (mayo & ketchup) . Actually a much better value than a Whopper or 1/4-pounder, especially if you don't want or need cheese on it. I order it no ketchup and add a squirt of mustard on my own. I still miss the "Arch Deluxe" with the "dijonaise(sp?) sauce".
                But lately, I'm finding that almost all the McD's/BK/Wendy's burgers taste like disappointment. Maybe I'm finally growing up.

                1. The buns for the double cheese & the quarter pounder are the same size. The sesame seeds are the only difference there. As for meat weight the quarter pounder is a quarter pound or 4 oz pre cooked weight. The double patties are 1.6 oz pre cooked weight.
                  I know this because I've been working at mc Donalds for 7 years..

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                  1. re: TeWa67

                    This is where my game plan comes in. I order two McDoubles and get more meat for less money.


                    1. re: Davwud

                      he he, davwud, i do the same with junior whopper vs. whopper.

                  2. go get a bk double cheeseburger.. its 1./4 pound, has 2 slices cheese, sesame seed bun and tastes beter than mcd's and its 1 dollar.
                    or just geta mcdouble with bigmac sauce and lettuce.
                    btw are you sure you got the double cheeseburger for 1.00? its a mcdouble here new jersey just lol.

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                    1. re: RCTRIPLEFRESH5

                      Original post was June 8, 2008, the McDouble (1 slice of cheese) came out October 2008.

                    2. I wonder if there's a website out there that does the comparison of all the burgers you can get at fast food places...as inn exploring how to get the most for your money and differences in what's included with the burger.

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                      1. re: Jacey

                        i saw a ''cheap'' burger review o nsome site, but idont feel like looking for it. it compared the mcdouble,bk whopper jr,wendys double stack, mcdonalds double cheeseburger on all categories. the whopper jr was the winner. it has one patty but with the veggies its the biggest. however i donjt eat veggies, and this review was made before they knew the bk dbl was 1.0.

                      2. TeWa67 beings that you are a cook there, can you explain something for me? Me and hubby LOVE the steak, egg and cheese bagel breakfast sandwich.Most times when we get these, they are cooked to perfection! The last few times, though, the bagels have been VERY hard, and taste stale, like they have been sitting out for hours! Is this what is going on, and if so, how do we make sure we get a fresh bagel without risking the cook getting pissed at us? Thanks for your input! Lindsey

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                        1. re: Lindseyup67

                          steak egg and cheese bagel???? not in any mcD's ive been in

                          1. re: KaimukiMan

                            Yeah, but you guys got saimin, spam and eggs and Portuguese sausage and egg breakfasts there.
                            I don't see steak and egg bagels here in Los Angeles either.

                            1. re: monku

                              it is an eastern US thing, maybe.

                              1. re: Velvet Elvis

                                Steak of any kind at MD's sounds intriguing. The whole combination even more.

                                1. re: monku

                                  Years ago at Mickey D's the steak on the steak and egg was similar in texture to beef jerky and rolled into the shape of a small cinnamon bun.
                                  Wendy's Jr. Bacon CB or Double Stack dollar burgers are way better than the other two.

                                  1. re: byrd

                                    I'll stick with the Sausage McMuffin.

                                    I had a Wendy's Double Stack the other day and was impressed. My vote for "best" dollar burger.