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Jan 20, 2011 08:41 PM

Big Macs more like slightly overgrown sliders

I have found or believe that the Big Mac has been downsized significantly over the years. Perhaps it is because it never was all that big in the first place and my hands have grown over the years. Today it seems they are slightly larger than the original White Castle Sliders. Could I be wrong about this? What do you think, Big Mac renamed to Little Mack?

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  1. I'm pretty sure it is still made of two pieces of #10 meat, McDonalds original 10 patties per pound burger. In other words, no change, it wasn't that big in the first place and your hands have grown.

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    1. re: KaimukiMan

      10 patties per pound?? How is that possible? That's a little over an ounce per.

        1. re: alanbarnes

          It seems awfully small. Is that the standard for most burger chains?

          1. re: mucho gordo

            They're all in the ballpark, give or take a few tenths of an ounce.

            1. re: mucho gordo

              I remember, like, 30 years ago, a competitor advertising that McDonald's burgers were 10 to a pound. IIRC, the ads were for Dairy Queen, and they claimed to make 5 to a pound patties.

              According to Wikipedia, White Castle patties were 18 to a pound, in the early years. No mention as to whether that has changed, as far as I can see. So small there is no need to flip!

          2. re: mucho gordo

            thats how they make them. the entire sandwich weighs 3.5 ounces including buns and condiments.

            1. re: mucho gordo

              I worked at McD's in highschool, and KaimukiMan is right, with the exception of the Angus Third Pounders, that I don't' know anything about they have two meat "distinctions"
              10:1 (reg. meat) double cheeseburgers, bic macs, ect.
              4:1 (quarter meat) qtr pounders

              And yeah, it is 10 per pound and that is PRE-COOKED weight, so when cooked they are even less than an ounce per piece.

              1. re: sjahns

                Makes you think twice about that big 12oz steak at the steakhouse.... thats like 8 burgers worth.

          3. nope it hasn't shrunk everything else has gone supersize. sodas and fries have all gone up in size through the years, so of course the burgers are looking smaller in comparison.

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            1. re: willdupre

              I think that's the key right there: the Big Mac is the same size, it's just that the (higher profit margin) items around it have gotten much larger.

            2. Now I know why I always liked the quarter pounder over the big mac.

              1. This topic made me wonder about a related topic: 100% beef. Whenever I see that (and I think most are with me on this), I think, "Yeah... Is that even worth advertising?" Was there ever a time the Big Mac patties had non-beef fillers? Were filler-burgers even common that it's worth mentioning that your patties are 100% beef?

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                1. re: ediblover

                  I remember a spate of rumors in the '70s (?) about McD using extenders in its beef patties. Don't know if that's when they started emphasizing "100% beef," but there have definitely been suggestions that the patties were not.

                  1. re: alanbarnes

                    Exactly. I remember the rumors from elementary school. Specifically, the rumor was that they had kangaroo meat in them, which honestly, a moment's is kangaroo meat CHEAPER than beef?

                    1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                      It is in Australia. Kangaroos are considered pests in many parts down under, sort of like pigeons in America.

                      1. re: Jenny Ondioline

                        I ordered a kangaroo burger for dinner last night; it was a buck more than regular beef.

                    2. re: ediblover

                      McDonalds talked about 100% beef to differentiate themselves from 'local' low end places that were suspect. this was part of their emphasis on quality, cleanliness, and speedy service. And back in the 50's and 60's adding filler to burgers was pretty common.

                      1. re: ediblover

                        In Japan, for instance, most of the burgers (and ground "beef") are a mix of beef and pork. 100% beef is nice to hear sometimes.

                      2. I recall growing up that McD's had an ad campaign that touted: "A burger, fries and soda and change back from your dollar."

                        That was a regular hamburger, what would now be a small fries and soda.

                        This was considered a fine meal for a grownup.

                        Really shows you how our portions have grown over the years. I don't think our current state of health is really about fat in our foods etc. I think it's all about portion size.

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                        1. re: Jennalynn

                          I was in grade school when the first MickeyD's appeared in our locale. In this era before sales taxes, 2 burgers, fries, and a coke cost 50 cents. Burgers were 15 each,fries 10, coke 10.

                          1. re: Jennalynn

                            I don't know how long ago that was but that meal is still just $3.

                            1. re: Jennalynn

                              Oh Boy do I hate saying this.

                              I remember $0.08 WC sliders and $0.19 McD's.

                              So a 6-pack of WC, fries and a coke was <$0.75 and 2 burgers, fries and a coke at McD was about the same.