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McDonald’s to Add 3 New Quarter Pounders to Its Menu

McDonald’s to Add 3 New Quarter Pounders to Its Menu



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Just days after McDonald’s confirmed that its Angus Third Pounders had been removed from their menu for good, the company announced today that it will be adding three new Quarter Pounders to its roster of offerings, according to the AP.

For two of those sandwiches, it’s essentially a patty swap — the Bacon & Cheese (American cheese, hickory-smoked bacon, red onion, pickles, ketchup, and mustard) and Deluxe (American cheese, tomato, lettuce, red onion, pickles, mayo, and mustard) were also offered as Third Pounders — but the third, Habanero Ranch, is a brand-new menu item, with white cheddar cheese, hickory-smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, and habanero ranch sauce. Additionally, the Quarter Pounders, including the original, will come on a new bun that includes whole grain, and the applewood-smoked bacon will be thicker than what’s been used previously.

The Third Pounders were more expensive than the majority of McDonald’s offerings, and were most likely removed because been prices have been increasing rapidly, affecting the company’s bottom line. Sales have been slumping, and these new offerings help the company focus on affordability.

These new Quarter Pounders were tested in Sacramento, Calif., and Toledo, Ohio, over the past nine months, and performed well enough that the company decided to roll them out nationally. "Once we created these burgers, we didn't see the need for the Angus line," Greg Watson, senior vice president of the menu innovation, told the AP.

The new sandwiches should show up at a McDonald’s near you mid-June.


McDonald’s makes changes to menu

Quarter Pounder with Cheese sandwiches, featuring thick cut bacon. McDonald’s via Associated Press

NEW YORK — McDonald’s is adding three new Quarter Pounders to its menu as the fast-food chain looks to offer cheaper premium burgers while capitalizing on one of its most popular brands.

The company says the new burgers will replace its meatier Angus Third Pounders, which were among the most expensive items on its menu at $4 to $5. The Quarter Pounders will come in two of the same varieties as the Angus burgers: Bacon and Cheese and Deluxe. The third will be Habanero Ranch.

McDonald’s Corp. says the new burgers will be rolled out nationally in mid-June. The new Quarter Pounder line will use a bun that has eight grams of whole grains, while the original Quarter Pounder will stay with its regular bun.

The swap for burgers with less meat comes as restaurant chains across the industry face rising beef prices.


McDonald's adding 3 new Quarter Pounders to menu

Oak Brook-based McDonald's is adding three new Quarter Pounders to its core menu as the fast-food chain looks to offer cheaper premium burgers while capitalizing on one of its most popular brands.

NEW YORK -- McDonald's is adding three new Quarter Pounders to its menu as the fast-food chain looks to offer cheaper premium burgers while capitalizing on one of its most popular brands.

The company, based in Oak Brook, Ill., says the new burgers will replace its meatier Angus Third Pounders, which were among the most expensive items on its menu at around $4 to $5. The Quarter Pounders will come in two of the same varieties as the Angus burgers -- Bacon and Cheese and Deluxe. The third option will be Habanero Ranch.

McDonald's Corp., which has about 14,000 U.S. locations, says the new burgers will roll out nationally in mid-June. The new Quarter Pounder line will use a bun that has eight grams of whole grains, while the original Quarter Pounder will stay with its regular bun.

The swap for burgers with less meat comes as restaurant chains across the industry face rising beef prices. The higher costs are particularly problematic for fast-food chains, which are known for their cheap eats and limited in how much they can hike prices without scaring away customers.

McDonald's has also been going to greater lengths to emphasize the affordability of its food in a push to turn around slumping sales. That has forced Burger King and Wendy's to adjust their marketing and focus more heavily on deals as well.

Analysts worry that the escalating value wars will lead to shrinking profit margins. But McDonald's executives say the strategy is necessary to steal away customers at a time when the restaurant industry is barely growing.

Greg Watson, senior vice president of the menu innovation team at McDonald's USA, said the company started looking at revamping its burger portfolio about a year ago and realized that it hadn't done much to tinker with the Quarter Pounder, which was introduced in 1971 and remains one of the chain's best sellers.

The new Quarter Pounders were tested at restaurants in Sacramento, Calif., and Toledo, Ohio, over the past nine months.

"Once we created these burgers, we didn't see the need for the Angus line," Watson said.

Watson said that "price was not really a driver" in swapping out the Angus burgers for the Quarter Pounders. But he conceded that "the Quarter Pounder will be an even greater value than the Angus burgers."

Beyond fighting for price-conscious customers, traditional fast-food chains are also struggling with the more fundamental problem of changing eating habits. The worry is that people in their 20s and 30s in particular are increasingly heading to chains such as Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc., which offer food that's seen as being higher quality.

The desire to eat better is also reflected in the growth of Subway, which now has about 26,000 U.S. locations and positions itself as a healthier alternative to traditional fast food. To win back younger customers, McDonald's recently rolled out its chicken McWraps. A version of its Egg McMuffin made with egg whites and a whole grain muffin was also introduced.

In addition to the new buns, the new Quarter Pounders will also use a thicker apple wood-smoked bacon. McDonald's says the bacon will replace the hickory-smoked bacon currently used in its other sandwiches as well.

McDonald's is hoping such new items and ingredients can give slumping sales a boost. Late last year, the company said a monthly sales figure fell for the first time in nearly decade. Sales at restaurants open at least 13 months were also down for the first three months of this year.


3 new Quarter Pounders added to McDonald's menu

McDonald's is updating its classic Quarter Pounder hamburger for the first time in more than 40 years.

Three new versions of the burger -- one with bacon and cheddar, one with lettuce tomato and onion, and one with habanero ranch sauce -- will be added to the fast food giant's menu starting in mid-June.

The new buns will have eight grams of whole grain, and bacon throughout the menu will be getting an upgrade.

"We've had some feedback from our consumer that our bacon may not have been as high quality or met their expectations but we just in the process of rolling out a new bacon system wide," Neil Golden, chief marketing officer of McDonald's USA told the Chicago Tribune.

"We feel like that bacon is a fabulous enhancement to many of our products."

The new thicker, apple wood smoked bacon will debut immediately.

The Oak Brook, Ill.,-based chain said it sees sales surges whenever it has revisited classic menu items in the past, such as the Big Mac or Chicken McNuggets, said spokeswoman Danya Proud.

But as new options get added, less popular choices will disappear from menus, including Chicken Selects, Angus Snack Wraps and Fruit and Walnut salads.


Quarter Pounders: McDonald’s introduces three new versions

McDonald’s has announced it will add three new Quarter Pounder burgers to its menu and take off the Angus Prime third-pound burgers. With the new chicken wraps and egg white, whole grain McMuffins also on the menu, maybe no one will notice the new burgers have a little less meat?

The fast-food chain is trying to combat a serious slump in sales with a slew of new menu items after reporting a drop in monthly sales for the first time in nearly a decade. But to save money, it’s also cutting the meat.

The new Quarter Pounders will replace the existing third-pounder Angus burgers, which ran around $4 to $5. Two of the flavors, the bacon and cheese and deluxe, will remain the same as their Angus predecessors. There will be an addition of a new habanero ranch burger. The burgers will be priced around the same as the Angus versions.

“Once we created these burgers, we didn’t see a need for the Angus line,” Greg Watson, senior vice president of the McDonald’s menu innovation team, told the Associated Press.

The burgers will feature new buns with 8 grams of whole grain, and a thicker applewood-smoked bacon will replace the hickory-smoked bacon on the bacon and cheese version. The original Quarter Pounder will remain the same.

The new burgers were tested in Sacramento and Toledo, Ohio, and are slated to hit menus nationwide mid-June.


McDonald’s has added three new chicken burgers to its menu

The fast-food chain has just announced a twist on its classic chicken burgers, with three new items added to the menu.

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Macca's unveils three new chicken burger items. Picture: Supplied Source:Supplied

If you’re a fan of anything cheese and bacon related, then you will be pretty stoked about the all-new McDonald’s menu items.

The fast-food chain has just announced it will add three, limited-edition chicken burgers to its range nationwide.

What are they you ask? There’s the Cheese and Bacon McSpicy, Cheese and Bacon McChicken and Cheese and Bacon Deluxe.

Cheese and Bacon McSpicy. Picture: Supplied Source:Supplied

If you haven’t realised yet, it’s definitely for cheese and bacon lovers with Macca’s branding it a “twist” on the current chicken burger menu.

“Serving up the winning combination of bacon and cheese, our new menu items feature 100 per cent Aussie RSPCA Approved chicken and 100 per cent local Aussie produce,” Tim Kenward, Macca’s Australia marketing manager said.

Cheese and Bacon McChicken. Picture: Supplied Source:Supplied

“We know how much our customers love our core chicken menu, with our McChicken, Chicken Deluxe and McSpicy burgers among some of their favourites — and as part of our commitment to giving our customers even more choice, we’re excited to introduce a tasty twist on some of our existing chicken burgers via our new cheese and bacon burger range.”

You can get your hands on the three new menu items as of Wednesday, April 28, after 10.30am, at McDonald’s restaurants and via McDelivery nationwide.

But remember, it’s for a limited time only, so be sure to get your fix before it disappears from the menu.

Cheese and Bacon Chicken Deluxe. Picture: Supplied Source:Supplied

The new chicken burger range comes after Macca’s announced its collaboration with Korean boy band BTS, releasing their favourite meal.

The fast-food giant started highlighting celebrities’ orders last year when it teamed up with rapper Travis Scott and caused a Quarter Pounder shortage for some of its restaurants in the US.

The BTS meal will feature 10-piece Chicken McNuggets, large World Famous Fries, large soft drink and Sweet chilli and also Cajun dipping sauces inspired by popular recipes from McDonald’s South Korea.


Surprise! It's McDonald's: LA chef fools food bloggers with quarter pounders

A well-known Los Angeles chef tricked a group of foodies with an elegant meal prepared entirely out of McDonald’s food.

Chef Neal Fraser, who hosted the meal last week at the Carondelet House in downtown Los Angeles, told about 40 “food influencers” in attendance he would be “cooking with experimental” and “fresh ingredients”, the Orange County Register reported.

The twist: every dish served throughout the course of the evening came from the same ingredients used for McDonald’s menu staples like egg McMuffins and quarter pounders. The tasting menu included an avocado soup made with McDonald’s guacamole, a salad topped with bacon bits and buttermilk dressing (the crowd favorite), spicy meatballs, bacon-wrapped chicken and a coffee custard dessert.

By the third course of spicy meatballs, diners became a little suspicious, questioning what new thing Fraser, chef and owner of the popular restaurant Redbird and former Top Chef Masters contestant, had included in the food.

“It seemed a little off from what he normally serves,” said Danielle Salmon, “Chief Eating Officer” for a restaurant discovery blog called Follow My Gut. “We were thinking it was a weird secret ingredient.”

Not everybody was fooled. At the end of the meal, Fraser asked the guests to guess what the meal was made from and some shouted: “Golden arches.”

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Fraser said he collaborated with McDonald’s because the ingredients he uses at Redbird are not all that different from McDonald’s ingredients. McDonald’s put on the publicity stunt to change public perception of the fast-food chain.

Before the reveal, Fraser worried his guests, which included food bloggers, food photographers and chefs, would be upset.

“I just hope no one hits me,” he said.

No one was angry, although some seemed somewhat shocked. Dinner guests, who were encouraged to share pictures of the meal online with the hashtag #atasteofsocal, indicated that they had been fooled on Instagram. Cameras and microphones hidden throughout the dining room captured guests eating, and a video of the event will be posted online later this month.

On Follow My Gut’s Instagram account, Salmon posted a picture of the spicy meatballs and wrote: “At the ‘Not @nealfraser Dinner cuz it’s Really McDonalds’ dinner and this came my way. Not sure if these were meatballs or just rounded quarter pounders with cheese but without buns and veggies, and the cheese.”

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Los Angeles-based cooking instructor and chef Eric Crowley said he enjoyed the meal, although the food lacked a lot of bold flavors. When he learned the ingredients came from McDonald’s, “it all made sense”, he said.

Lifestyle blogger Roshonda Payne, who runs the blog The Savvy Sistah, said she had no idea she was eating food from McDonald’s.

“It just goes to show you that McDonald’s is [real] food,” she said.


McDonald’s to Add 3 New Quarter Pounders to Its Menu - Recipes

You might remember last year, when I posted that McDonald's was testing three new varieties of their signature Quarter Pounder burger as a possible replacement for Angus Third Pounders. They've since gotten rid of the Angus Third Pounder and the new Quarter Pounder variants are slated to arrive mid-June of this year (i.e. next month). Some locations have already started to offer them.

McDonald's is also replacing their paper-thin bacon and switching to thick-cut Applewood-smoked bacon (like Wendy's).

Here's the three new Quarter Pounders and what you can expect from them:

The Bacon Habanero Ranch Quarter Pounder features a quarter pound beef patty, pasteurized processed white cheddar, thick-cut applewood-smoked bacon, habanero ranch sauce, tomato, leaf lettuce, and toasted, bakery-style bun (the same one used for their premium chicken sandwiches).

The Deluxe Quarter Pounder is basically an Angus Deluxe Third Pounder but with a quarter-pound beef patty and bakery-style bun. The rest is the same: American cheese, tomato, lettuce, crinkle-cut pickles, red onions, mayo, and mustard.

Similarly, the Quarter Pounder Bacon and Cheese is a Bacon and Cheese Angus Third Pounder, but with a Quarter Pounder patty, Applewood-smoked bacon, and bakery-style bun. Like the Bacon and Cheese Angus, it consists of ketchup, mustard, American cheese, crinkle-cut pickles, and red onions.

The only Angus Third Pounder that didn't get a direct Quarter Pounder replacement was the Mushroom and Swiss (although it's possible we might see it in the future).

Nutritional Info - McDonald's Bacon Habanero Ranch Quarter Pounder - 8.3 oz (235g)
Calories - 610 (from Fat - 280)
Fat - 31g (Saturated Fat - 13g)
Sodium - 1180mg
Carbs - 46g (Sugar - 9g)
Protein - 37g


McDonald's unveils 6 new menu items coming next week - including deluxe quarter pounders

McDonald’s latest menu update has just been unveiled - and there&aposs great news for fans of it&aposs quarter pounders.

From 7 October the quarter pounder with cheese will be available in three new varieties - as well as the double, a spicy quarter pounder with cheese and a deluxe version are being introduced.

The spicy version is described as "a mouth-watering 100% beef quarter pounder patty, with two slices of pepper jack cheese, onions, jalapenos, mustard and a spicy ketchup in a sesame seed bun".

And the deluxe? Well, as well as the beef, that has "shredded lettuce, a slice of tomato, slice of cheese, pickles, fresh onions, cool mayo, ketchup, mustard, and streaky bacon all in a round sesame topped bun".

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The new quarter pounders aren’t the only items being added to the menu – with the new McChicken BLT also available from 7 October, along with the return of the Nacho Cheese Wedges.

The wedges will be available in a portion of five or a sharebox.

Drinks haven&apost been forgotten either, with a salted caramel latte also being added to the menu.

All the new lines will be available from Wednesday, 7 October until 17 November.