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$1 McDs doublecheeseburger vs. the $1.89 BK model

Firegoat Jul 29, 2008 09:01 AM

I've been driving a lot this week and eating on the run. So I decided to taste test the $1 value menu McDonald's doublecheeseburger vs. the $1.89 Burger King doublecheese burger. (on different days.)

To be fair, I ordered them both the same way, no pickles or onions. So just plain sandwich with ketchup and mustard. Both came piping hot since they were a special order.

The winner in my mind hands down was the McDs.... which surprised me. I generally prefer the BK flame-broiled taste. I think the biggest turn off was the sesame seed buns on the BK version.

Have you ever tried both? Which do you prefer?

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  1. caramelkarma RE: Firegoat Jul 29, 2008 01:03 PM

    :) I work @ burger fling. Wow, only 1.89 at your location? awesome!! it's 2.98 here. I like the McD's version more as well. mainly because if you order it with no salt on the beef patty and get swiss cheese and bacon and bastardize every single element of the sandwich, it still won't cost more than two bucks per burger. And I don't like the flame broiled beef flavor that kinda lingers... for days. Yech!

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      fara RE: caramelkarma Jul 31, 2008 10:00 PM

      you can get swiss cheese at mcd's?

    2. podunkboy RE: Firegoat Jul 29, 2008 09:25 PM

      We don't have the $1 double cheese at McD's here in Wichita, but I have been known to order the double cheese Big Kids Meal when I don't need a bigger meal (and I can give the toy to my daughter.)
      I vote McD's double cheese over BK's -- there's something weird about the cheese taste and texture at BK, so I don't order cheese on my burgers from there anymore. Maybe it's that flame-broiled thing doesn't go well with cheese.

      1. rworange RE: Firegoat Jul 30, 2008 02:56 PM

        McDonald's. The Burger King double cheeseburger is out of balance. My previous comparison

        The umami of McDonald’s double cheese burger

        1. OCAnn RE: Firegoat Jul 30, 2008 04:18 PM

          I'm not into doing fast food taste tests...so I'll leave it up to you folks who hit drive-thrus (because they just don't call out to me). Sounds yummy...and so I guess I'm gonna pick up a McD double-cheeseburger along w/some JitB Cheesy Bites (www.chowhound.com/topics/544035) on the way home tonight. Thanks for ruining my diet. =)

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            OCAnn RE: OCAnn Jul 30, 2008 06:43 PM

            I didn't get it. I got the double-cheeseburger, but I guess I don't drive-thru enough to understand its appeal (other than the $1 price). Loved the iced coffee & the cheesy mac bites though.

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              danhole RE: OCAnn Jul 31, 2008 12:48 PM


              Was the iced coffee from McD's or JitB? I really dislike McD's, but I have been watching the grandkids over the summer, and the one we go to has an inside playground, with A/C, so that's where we go to get some energy spent! I tried the southern chicken sandwich and was not impressed. Had some chicken strips and also was not happy. Last time we went, about a week ago, I ordered the double cheeseburger for $1, w/o pickles and onions. I figured if I was going to be disappointed again, at least I wasn't wasting money. I was surprised. It was pretty okay. The first burger I have had there that I liked. I also got an iced coffee and liked that too. I'm such a cheap date! Spent more on the kids than me, but at least they got toys!

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                OCAnn RE: danhole Jul 31, 2008 12:53 PM

                The iced coffee (plain/regular) was from McD's. I was pleasantly surprised. I guess McD's fills a niche...esp if you have kids or grandkids.

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                  Cathy RE: danhole Jul 31, 2008 02:21 PM

                  Get the iced coffee (at McD's AND at JitB) UNsweetened, then decide which you like.

                  I know of three McD's by me that do $1.29 Filet o Fish on Fridays even though it isn't Lent...I am always happy when I go.

                2. re: OCAnn
                  Caroline1 RE: OCAnn Aug 7, 2008 06:59 PM

                  What are "cheesy mac bites"? I didn't think it was THAT long since I've been to a McD's, but now I'm wondering...

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                    OCAnn RE: Caroline1 Aug 8, 2008 08:39 AM

                    Sorry I didn't clarify: I got the coffee from McD's & the cheesy mac bites from JitB (chowhound.chow.com/topics/544035).

                    1. re: OCAnn
                      Caroline1 RE: OCAnn Aug 8, 2008 09:12 PM

                      Thanks! There was a time that, if I was out and about and doing fried chicken, I got my chicken at Church's, my mashed potatoes and gravy at Popeye's, and my cole slaw at KFC. Then I'd go park at the far edge of an on-campus parking lot at the local university with a view of two countries and three states, and choose my own dinner music from CDs. A nice relaxed way to take a meal break and collect your thoughts. Wish I could do that here, but Dallas is all flatlands compared to El Paso. Well, unless you park on top of a multi-storied parking lot, but with my luck the only open parking place would have a view of the next building! '-)

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                        OCAnn RE: Caroline1 Aug 9, 2008 01:09 PM

                        Wow...what a neat memory...and a picnic! =)

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                Big Bad Voodoo Lou RE: Firegoat Jul 30, 2008 05:27 PM

                I've never been a big fan of BK burgers, but I actually LIKE the McDonald's Double Cheeseburger. I love the little rehydrated onions, and especially how the cheese gets melty if you wait a few minutes before unwrapping them. That and their 2-for-$2 Sausage McMuffins With Egg are some of the best deals in town.

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                  FoodFuser RE: Big Bad Voodoo Lou Jul 30, 2008 06:17 PM

                  Ditto on the reconstituted onions. I sometimes use them on burgers at home, just to give them a little McD's panache.

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                    pollymerase RE: FoodFuser Jul 31, 2008 09:15 PM

                    I have a softspot for the McDs double cheese, partly I think, because of those dehydrated onions. I know I should dislike them, but it's just something about the perfect mix of meat, cheese, pickles, ketchup, onions, and grease. Mmmmmm.

                2. Lindseyup67 RE: Firegoat Jul 31, 2008 05:20 AM

                  I'll take McDonalds over Bk any day....IMO...about the same (if not the same) amount of meat, but Bk is almost twice the price......imagine the uproar if McDonalds ever takes it off the dollar menu......Yikes!!! LOL

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                    Firegoat RE: Lindseyup67 Jul 31, 2008 05:46 AM

                    that would be sad. That's the only reason I'll stop in there.... that or a sausage mcmuffin with no egg if I'm on the road in the morning ... with a little grape jelly.....

                    1. re: Lindseyup67
                      eatsbread RE: Lindseyup67 Aug 8, 2008 03:20 PM

                      Well, if you're right, double cheeseburger fans may be in an uproar soon.

                    2. love2eat RE: Firegoat Jul 31, 2008 05:45 PM

                      The Mc Donald's double cheeseburger is the best non-breakfast item on the menu. The McGriddle is my favorite breakfast item.

                      The McD's will always beat out Burger King.

                      1. iluvcookies RE: Firegoat Aug 7, 2008 06:04 PM

                        Always McD's. Maybe this is just me, but Burger King always felt like a creepy bizarro world fast food place. Maybe it was that depressing clown our local franchise used to have to keep us kids "amused".
                        The burgers at McD's are much better. Fries too. The double cheese around here is on the Dollar Plus menu for $1.50. Not a bad deal.

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                          danhole RE: iluvcookies Aug 8, 2008 02:57 PM

                          Sorry, but I don't agree. I would rather have a burger king burger over a Mc D's burger any day. The fries are so salty, and I am not a big salt fan. The last $1 double cheeseburger I got ( about 10 days ago) was AWFUL. I didn't want pickles or onions, so you would think it would be fresh, but I got an overcooked burger with a couple of slice of not quite melted cheese, and a ton of ketchup. GAG!

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                            Caroline1 RE: danhole Aug 8, 2008 09:19 PM

                            My work-around for that is to tell a lie and get what I want... I ask them to cook the burger "my way" without pressing down on it while cooking, and if they give me any static, I tell them I have a terrible toothache but I'm starving and that's the only way I can chew a burger. I rarely have to tell the lie, but the request is always honored. Don't eat hamburgers anywhere often, but when I do, damned if I want a jerkey burger with all moisture smashed out of it! It works as well at McD's as it does for a fifteen dollar burger. Some places will even do the burger medium rare for me. Happy camper time!

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                              rochfood RE: Caroline1 Oct 29, 2008 08:20 AM

                              I thought the burgers were taken out of a drawer already cooked. I see no cooks at McDonald's standing over a griddle. So who do you tell ?

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                                RealMenJulienne RE: rochfood Nov 7, 2008 11:54 AM

                                Rochfood, I worked at McDonald's in my adolescence. The patties are clamped in a two-sided griddle, like a giant George Foreman grill, to cook them. They are raw frozen when they go in and cooked when they come out. We would cook a batch and then stick them in the drawer for holding purposes.

                                Besides the double cheeseburger, my other favorite item is the McChicken plus tartar sauce from the Filet-o-Fish. It's half the price of the real fish sandwich but almost as good!

                        2. vegasmike RE: Firegoat Aug 10, 2008 08:53 AM

                          I order it with Big Mac sauce on it!

                          1. vegasmike RE: Firegoat Oct 24, 2008 08:20 PM

                            The BK jr whopper is only a buck here in Vegas. Much better than the Mc dbl czburger

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                              Woof Woof Woof RE: vegasmike Oct 29, 2008 07:35 AM

                              Dude. Look what I just read. So the MCD Double Cheese will be off the $1 menu soon over a piece of effing cheese. No way! wtf? that is crazzzy.


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                                mojoeater RE: Woof Woof Woof Nov 5, 2008 12:18 PM

                                And it's not even real cheese!

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