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PSA: You Can Put Eggs In ANY McDonald’s Burger—You’re Welcome

Photo by Peter Pham, Foodbeast

Ever since McDonald’s started serving breakfast all day, it’s been a pleasure grabbing a McGriddle in the middle of the night, or in the middle of the afternoon.

While eating a Quarter Pounder with a hash brown on the side was a nice combination of breakfast and lunch, there’s one hack that no one’s been using, to the point that it gives McDonald’s employees that, “Aha!” moment upon you ordering it.

If you roll up to your local McDonald’s and order a Big Mac, Quarter Pounder, McChicken or anything, you can add an egg to it.

Photo by Peter Pham, Foodbeast

That’s right, if you want a “round egg” inside your Big Mac, just ask for it. If you’ve got a hankering for a “folded egg” in your cheeseburger, they have no problem throwing it on there, either.

I first tested it out at a Santa Ana, California McDonald’s near work. I figured their eggs are obviously available during lunch time, so why not take a shot and see what happens.

Let’s just call this the McEgg Mac/Photo by Isai Rocha

I ordered a Big Mac, and nervously said, “Would it be possible to throw a round egg in there?” The manager at the register gave me a look of intrigue, and simply responded with:

“Yeah, sure. Let me know how that tastes.”

It worked, and it tasted glorious.

Photo by Peter Pham, Foodbeast

With this newfound knowledge at my disposal, I felt like a brand new door had opened for me at a restaurant where I felt everything had been done already.

I later went to a Whittier, California McDonald’s to see if I’d get any pushback, but the cashier simply nodded her head, saying, “I don’t see why not.”

This time we tried it with a Quarter Pounder, along with a McChicken and a Cheeseburger, just to spruce up some of the value menu items.

Egg McChicken? Yes, Please./Photo by Peter Pham, Foodbeast

The eggs were a $1.80 add-on per sandwich, which isn’t too crazy, and is a definite upgrade to your usual Dollar Menu sandwich, if you choose to go that route.

While the “round egg” is made fresh, I preferred the yellow folded egg, but both were delicious and worth it.

Now that we know what’s up at McDonald’s, the menu to us will be changed forever, as we should be putting eggs inside every damn sandwich from now on.

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McDonald’s Fresh Burgers Are Increasing Wait Times Dramatically

Arguably the most important thing about fast food, is that it be fast. But that could now be adversely affected by the use of fresh patties.

While the pressure to make fast food as fresh as possible continues, there is one major drawback, as Reuters reports that McDonald’s new fresh Quarter Pounders have increased cooking times by at least 1 minute.

Keep in mind the average wait time for McDonald’s was already close to 4 minutes in 2016, so those in a rush might already be anxious in the drive-thru.

Granted, the fresh, unfrozen beef is still being tested before its anticipated nationwide 2018 release, so they could still work out the speed kinks, but there’s no doubt that there will be increased wait times as the fresh beef cooks.

A McDonald’s consultant told Reuters that if people feel they are waiting too long for their burgers, they will probably start going somewhere else.

It seems like McDonald’s can’t win. They try to appease those who want better quality food, but then alienate those who just want their food quickly.

On the plus side, their Quarter Pounder sales have increased by 20-50 percent in areas with the new fresh patty, so at least people are buying into the new, fresh product.

It’ll be interesting if customers choose quality over speed, but until then, good luck figuring out this one, McD.

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McDonald’s Will be Using Fresh Beef by 2018 — But Will That be Too Late?

Last week, McDonald’s announced that they would be using fresh, never frozen beef in any of their Quarter Pounder burgers starting sometime in 2018. After this change is rolled out nationwide, all Quarter Pounders will be made fresh when ordered every time.

As any fast food aficionado will be able to tell you, “fresh, never frozen beef” is the big selling point for rival chain, Wendy’s. Don’t worry, they had plenty of shade to throw on Twitter about the announcement. But Wendy’s savage social media manager isn’t the only person who’s unimpressed by this transition to fresh beef.

The big question being discussed both in the news and in the Twitter-verse is this: Can frozen beef really save McDonald’s? And why has it taken the corporation until 2018 to get to this point?

First things first, is this transition to fresh beef going to pull McDonald’s out of its slump?

If you’ve been following the journey of Mickey D’s, you probably know the company has been trying to reform its menu options for the past couple years.

In August of 2016, the company removed artificial preservatives from chicken McNuggets and removed high-fructose corn syrup from its buns. Starting in 2005, McDonald’s has been launching healthy lifestyle marketing campaigns in an effort to let consumers know the chain is onboard with eating trends of the moment.

The corporation even went through an executive shakeup two years ago to find a CEO to hopefully steer the company in a more promising direction. After failing to keep McDonald’s on pace with its competitors, former CEO Don Thompson stepped down in 2015 and was succeeded by British executive Steve Easterbrook.

Despite these moves, McDonald’s stock continues to drop and sales are waning; last month, McDonald’s acknowledged that it lost 500 million customer transactions in the U.S. since 2012, mainly to other fast food rivals.

Needless to say, it’s been a saga.

With these numbers, it makes sense that consumers and industry experts alike are questioning whether or not this move can pull the chain out of this recent depression. It certainly doesn’t help that Wendy’s public skewering has made this move to fresh beef appear more transparent and late-to-the-party than ever.

We were all thinking it, but Wendy’s just went and said it. And what Wendy’s tweet pointed out is the thing that really makes me hesitant.

I can respect that McDonald’s is making this move; I know they’re doing it to save face and sales, but I’m happy my Quarter Pounders will be fresh from 2018 and on. But why have I, and other burger-lovers, had to wait until this point for the idea of fresh beef to even be a possibility?

The wait from now to mid-2018 is now obviously a logistical one, but McDonald’s is a 62-year-old company. Now consumers like me are probably wondering why the majority of those six decades were spent selling us a frozen meat option.

Most of us can acknowledge that when McDonald’s says it will be transitioning to fresh beef, what the company means is it won’t be using frozen beef anymore. But, truthfully, it makes it sound like what we’ve been eating is even grosser than we ever imagined.

This then makes the reality of it all pretty gross to begin with.

I can’t help but wonder if this announcement will hurt McDonald’s, rather than help it. I can easily see why patrons might pull their business until fresh beef is introduced, or even stop visiting their local McDonald’s in favor of a chain that’s been ahead of industry trends like this.

Bottom line: It may have been wiser to wait until fresh beef was being used nationwide, rather than give patrons a year to question what they’ve been eating.

As preemptive as this announcement may have been, I doubt this brief debacle will topple McDonald’s. After all, the company is trying to improve its products for the better, and many consumers are still looking for convenience rather than quality ingredients, which is something that will play in its favor.

But I’d be lying if I said everything — from the too-early announcement to the Twitter firestorm — hasn’t made me question my go-to fast food favorite.

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McDonald’s Commits To Serving Fresh Beef Quarter Pounders Nationwide

McDonald’s is changing the way it makes its Quarter Pounder burgers in a big way.

The fast food titan’s USA branch announced today that by mid-2018, the majority of American McDonald’s locations will be selling Quarter Pounders made with fresh beef, cooked to order.

While the company claims that its beef already doesn’t contain fillers, additives, or preservatives, it was using frozen beef beforehand. The new fresh beef puts the meat in its quarter pound offerings into the same category as Wendy’s and In N Out, both of which already use fresh beef across their entire menu.

The beef also follows successful testing of the fresh, made-to-order burgers in 400 locations across the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas and around Tulsa, Oklahoma. One McDonald’s franchisee is quoted as the test generating “overwhelming positive feedback,” which likely led to the conclusion to deem the fresh beef worthy enough to go nationwide.

All of this is the latest in McDonald’s continuing efforts to be perceived as a cleaner, healthier fast food chain. They’ve already removed antibiotics from their chicken, high fructose corn syrup from their buns, and artificial preservatives from their McNuggets in just the past year alone.

McDonald’s USA President Chris Kempczinski calls this next step to go fresh in their quarter-pound beef patties part of a “continuing food journey” for the chain.

“Over the last two years, we have accelerated the pace of change around how we source and serve our food. Delivering fresh beef that’s prepared when our customers order their food is just another example of how we are raising the bar.  We’re just getting started, and can’t wait to show you what’s next.”

We’re definitely looking forward to what else McDonald’s will have in store for us, and can’t wait to see what the fresh beef tastes like.

All images in this article courtesy of McDonald’s. 
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Watch Matt Stonie Devour 10 McDonald’s Quarter Pounders And A Shake

Professional eater Matt Stonie has yet to fail to impress me. The dude’s like a human fast food garbage disposal. In his latest video, Stonie swings by a McDonald’s and orders 10 Quarter Pounders with cheese, a large Diet Coke and a large Vanilla Shake.

Guess what he’s going to do with them?

In less than seven minutes, Stonie devours a meal designed for 10 people. That’s roughly 6,220 calories in one sitting. Personally, we think it’s much cooler when he shoots his eating videos on location. Kinda has a charm to it.

Check out the artery-clogging video. You’re gonna want to take an antacid after watching this.

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The McDonald’s Quarter Pounder Is Getting Slightly Beefier

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Other than closing stores, McDonald’s has been making subtle changes to the way they operate as part of the company’s new turnaround plan. So far this includes removing items from the drive-thru to speed things along, toasting their buns for a few seconds longer and now they’re upgrading the Quarter Pounder.

McDonald’s will be serving a slightly larger beef patty for the Quarter Pounder burgers, CNBC reports citing an internal document from the company.

The new burger will weigh 4.5 ounces before cooking. Currently an uncooked Quarter Pounder patty sits at 4 ounces before going on the grill. Then, it cooks down to 2.8 ounces.

With the bigger patty, we’re not yet sure if the fast food chain will stick to the iconic Quarter Pounder name or come up with a newer variant for the burger.

Note: Cover image isn’t an actual representation of the upcoming Quarter Pounder. 

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Man Ticketed for Driving Under the Influence of Burger

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Last week, it was reported that an Alabama man was ticketed for eating McDonald’s while driving. Madison Turner was pulled over after being spotted eating a Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese by a police officer.

Apparently, the officer had been watching Turner go to town on the burger for about two miles before pulling him over.

The law reads: A driver shall exercise due care in operating a motor vehicle on the highways of this state and shall not engage in any actions which shall distract such driver from the safe operation of such vehicle.

This raises the question of whether or not you can get ticketed for driving while eating. According to the officer, Madison was clearly distracted from his duties on the road when chowing on the burger.

Madison had this to say about the whole burger situation:

Maybe I was enjoying the burger too much [and] I needed to tone it down. I was certainly willing to do so but I didn’t expect to be fined or punished.

As of now, there are no explicit laws saying it’s illegal to eat and drive. That being said, there are a ton of distracted driving laws. This means that any action performed in a vehicle, whether texting, applying makeup, or eating can cause you to be pulled over if deemed a big enough distraction from following driving laws.

Pretty much, if you make a big enough show of doing something other than driving you can get a ticket.

The case is currently ongoing. A Cobb County police spokesperson declined to comment on the matter.

Next time you order a sloppy Animal Style Double Double, just pull over and enjoy it.

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Say Goodbye to These McDonald’s Menu Items in 2015

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Last week, we reported that McDonald’s would be axing eight items from their menu beginning early 2015. It looks like the fast food company has officially begun testing lighter menus, reports USA Today.

Noteworthy items on the chopping block are the Quarter Pounder with Cheese, the Premium Chicken Sandwich and the Snack Wraps. At least all the extra variations of them.

While the brand isn’t completely cutting the three options from their menu, they are drastically decreasing the options for the Quarter Pounder from four (Bacon Habanero Ranch, Bacon & Cheese, Deluxe) to one. The Premium Chicken Sandwich (Ranch, BLT, Club) and Snack Wraps (Premium, Mac Wraps, Regular) will also be reduced from a choice of three to one.

Current test locations include select McDonald’s in Delaware, Texas, California, Georgia and Tennessee.

The McDonald’s menu has been known to be overly complicated. This has caused profits to decline, especially in the month of November. It’s also become difficult for those working in the kitchen to keep up with so many different items, while maintaining expected service times.

McDonald’s is heavily monitoring these new lighter menus, as well as essential ingredients, to see what else needs to go.

Fans of the Quarter Pounder, Premium Chicken Sandwich and Snack Wrap variants may want to stock up on them quickly. They might be gone for good.

h/t USA Today