McDonald’s burger recipe changes include meltier cheese, saucier Big Mac

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McDonald’s burger recipe changes include meltier cheese, saucier Big Mac

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Sure, you can get a fancier burger at Shake Shack or Five Guys. But for me, the perfect fast-food burger remains the McDonald’s Big Mac.

So, from today’s “Who Asked For That?” files comes news that the Golden Arches is planning a series of upgrades for its signature burgers including the Big Mac, Cheeseburger, Double Cheeseburger and Hamburger. The list of supposed upgrades, according to a press release, includes:

Softer, pillowy buns that are freshly toasted to a golden brown

• Perfectly melted cheese that will make you want to savor every last bit off the wrapper

• Juicier, caramelized flavor from adding white onions to the patties while they’re still on the grill

• Even more of everyone’s favorite Big Mac sauce, bringing more tangy sweetness in every Big Mac bite

“We found that small changes, like tweaking our process to get hotter, meltier cheese and adjusting our grill settings for a better sear, added up to a big difference in making our burgers more flavorful than ever,” said chef Chad Schafer, Senior Director of Culinary Innovation at McDonald’s USA, in a statement.

The changes, which according to McDonald’s have received “rave reviews” in Australia, Canada and Belgium, have already made it to several cities on the west coast in cities like Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, Sacramento, Phoenix, Las Vegas and Denver . The burger chain plans to roll out the new and allegedly improved burgers to the rest of the United States by 2024. McDonald’s is even bringing Hamburglar back to promote them.

And while I reserve the right to remain skeptical about the upgrades, this long-time fan concedes the fast-food giant’s decision in 2018 to replace the frozen patties in its Quarter Pounders with fresh beef was indeed a winning move. I still, however, don’t believe the McCrispy Chicken Sandwich, introduced in 2021, has given customers a compelling argument to choose it over similar, but tastier offerings at Popeye’s or Chick-fil-A or even its own, cheaper McChicken.

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