Thursday, February 23, 2012

Geek Go-To's: Deciphering the Difference Between McDonald's McDouble and Double Cheeseburger
Back in 2008, McDonald's altered their Dollar Menu burger options, consequentially disrupting the gravitational pull of the sun.  The Double Cheeseburger had been a mega hit selling for a measly dollar.  College kids crushed them with a vicious passion that petrified any vegetarian into a dumbfounded stupor. But apparently McDonald's profit margins weren't high enough on these burgers and a change was made.  In waltzed in the McDouble, with skepticism and curiously surrounding it like that new kid who showed up in your 4th grade class mid year.
So whenever the McDouble hit the Dollar Menu and the Double Cheeseburger was thrown into the "Burgers" section at $1.19 or even higher ($1.29 in most places now), the average consumer scratched their head, winced their eyes, and fell over in a wrath of confusion and bewilderment.  After all, the average fast food goer doesn't keep track of this stuff with a fine tooth comb like we do.  With the problem still ongoing today, we wanted to help out you readers and get down to the cold, hard facts.
The McDouble is listed as a slice of American cheese between two 100% beef patties, topped with pickles, onions, ketchup and mustard.  The McDouble has 390 calories, 19 grams of fat, 22 grams of protein, and weighs in at 5.3 oz
The Double Cheeseburger is listed as two slices of golden American cheese with two 100% all beef patties, pickles, onions, ketchup and mustard. It has 440 calories, 23 grams of fat, 25 grams of protein, and hits the scales at 5.8 oz.
So basically, the only discernible difference at all is the amount of cheese in each, with the McDouble touting one and the Double Cheeseburger packing two.  A little internet research says that a slice of cheese can weigh anywhere from a half to a whole oz, so there's no way the meat is any larger or more robust in the Double Cheeseburger.
This doesn't stop McDonald's from using the magic of photography, angling, and dimensions to make it seem that way.  A quick glance at the photos side by side, would have most anyone believe the McDouble is downright puny in comparison.

Don't be fooled though readers, if you can handle only one less slice of cheese, save yourself the twenty cents and go for the McDouble.  What do you readers buy? Let us know in the comments.

~Fast Food Geek Staff


Jada said...

About 2 weeks ago my boyfriend and I stopped at McD's for a couple of cheeseburgers. We were confused about what the difference was between the $1 McDouble and the $1.29 (here in CA) Double Cheeseburger. We went with the McDouble because we are cheap, but I still wondered what we were missing for 29 cents lol. I had forgotten about that until your post, thanks for clearing it up!! I at least thought the Double would have some produce or something, glad to know its just a piece of cheese (not that there is anything wrong w/ cheese lol).

Fast Food Geek Staff said...

Thanks so much for the comment. This is exactly why we did this post. Menu is a lot harder to decipher than people realize! Tell all your friends!

nilladutches said...

the real move is to get a mcdouble with big mac sauce. then you have yourself a huge mess of intoxicated goodness!

ESRO2 said...

Buy 2 McDoubles, one with no pickles.
Remove bun from one (feed birds in parking lot)combine the 2 sandwiches.

V said...

can you decipher why a McDouble is still cheaper than a cheeseburger?

TruthBeTold said...

I do not agree. There is a discernible difference between the two burgers, especially in the meat quality. The McDouble contains gristle and carry's a different flavor than the Double Cheeseburger. The double cheeseburger tastes more like beef. The McDouble tastes of whatever meat filler they use to fill the gap. Do you really think that one slice of cheese is the difference? That's what they want you to think, so you don't question the quality of the meet. This strategy maximizes their profits on both fronts. Those who like the double cheeseburgers will pay more for the extra cheese. Those who want to save money will go with the McDouble. It's almost foolish to think that they're going to give you the same quality of meat in both burgers, with the only difference being an extra slice of cheese.

Anonymous said...

I work at McDonald's, so trust me when I say that the same patties (aka. Reg meat) are used in both the mcdouble and double cheeseburger.

Anonymous said...

I had been wondering about this for years. I saw a commercial just a minute ago and decided to google it. Your site came right up. Thanks so much for finally clearing this up!

Andrew S. said...

I thought they were basically the same thing with two different names. Actually they are, just the Double Cheeseburger has one more slice of cheese, thanks for this article clarifying it to a more precise detail. I read another article proving the same point. This is what I did, assuming they were both the same and thus the same price, I went and ordered the Double Cheeseburger. Here in New York City, I was charged $1.89 all together with the tax included. I saw the sign: $1.00 McDouble, I went back and asked the manager what was the difference. He told me the Double Cheeseburger has more cheese and the recipe is different. I paid .80cents more for an extra slice of cheese?

Stephen Ray said...

Truthbetold, not true in regards to saying is a difference in meat. McDonald's always had only two types, quarter meat and ten to one as we called them. Recent years added Angus but does not change the difference. There's the small patties that go on the mcdouble, cheeseburger, big mac, hamburger, etc. and then there's the quarter meat that you see on a quarter pounder.

Anyways, my response comes as somebody who used to work at McDonald's and still eats there on occasion.

Danny said...

I ordered the mcdouble thinking it must not have cheese at all countless times. I guess I'm the only one, but I was pretty upset to have to scrape off the cheese time and time again. Thanks for finally clearing this up.

Here in NYC, the Mcdouble is 1.19, and the double cheeseburger is over $2. Seems kind of ridiculous that a single slice of cheese is worth that much more.

Anonymous said...

Just say "add two patties to that mcdouble" and we'll just charge you for the 2 extra patties;)