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Apr 3, 2009 05:05 PM

Haven't been to a McDonald's in awhile and I won't ever again.

It's been over a year since I've been to a McDonald's I was pressed for time, didn't have breakfast or lunch and it's 3pm. Never again. The Big Mac couldn't have been more than 3'' across, stone cold, wilted lettuce and no special sauce, the patties were so thin it was as if they took a teaspoon of beef and used a rolling pin several times but contained it within a 3'' circle. I've never like those big honkin' 1/2 behemoths but man this was a joke. Things have changed a lot in a year I guess. Next time I will wait the hour and go home and have a peanut butter sandwich instead. When one uses the drive thru it's kind of hard to go back and try to get something fresher. I used to say that McDonald's was better than the competition not anymore.

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  1. Dude, you never order a Big Mac. Go for the Double Quarter Pounder, which has actual burger heft to it.

    1. Better you should get a flame-broiled Whopper from Burger King.

      1. The Big Mac was developed in the 70's I believe when 1/4 lb of beef was considered a sizable sandwich. It divides the 1/4 lb into 2 1/8 lb burgers. This is no secret. This is the way it aways has been. Just because you didn't know.....
        Remember that it was bigger than it's only competition at the time, the original hamburger/cheeseburger in the paper wrappers for 15 cents, which only had the 1/8 lb patty.
        Of course the Big mac pales by comparison to todays burgers. It hails from a different era with smaller portions.

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        1. re: rochfood

          I think they may have read somewhere they reduced patty size in the last year (price of beef went up --> patty got smaller), but I'm not 100% certain.

          1. re: rochfood

            Standard McDonald patties are 1.6 oz (10 to a pound) uncooked weight, or at least were when I was working there many moons ago. It wouldn't suprise me if they've shaved a couple tenths off the patty since then -- even a can of tuna's gone from 6.5 oz to 5 ozs.
            I just can't bring myself to order a burger there anymore, since they got rid of the grills and put in microwaves. If I want a microwaved burger, I'll get some White Castles from the frozen foods section.
            added: went to look at the McDonald's nutritional website. A Big Mac contains 2.3 oz of beef patty, so it's a little more than 1/8th of a pound total, or 13 patties/pound. For what they charge, that's inexcusable.

            1. re: rochfood

              Actually - at least up here in Canada - when I worked at McDonald's 13 years ago, the patties were 1/10th of a pound.

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