McDonald's Bacon & Cheese Quarter Pounder

McDonald’s New Quarter Pounders Replace Angus Burgers


McDonald's LogoMcDonald’s replaces their Angus Burgers with three new Quarter Pounders. The pricier McDonald’s Angus Burgers are no longer available. However, two of the Angus Burgers are back as Quarter Pounders. The Bacon & Cheese Quarter Pounder and the Deluxe Quarter Pounder are direct replacements to the retired Angus Burgers. The Bacon Habanero Ranch Quarter Pounder is a completely new third option.

McDonald’s has made the decision to retire the meatier Angus Burgers partly due to rising beef prices and customers desire for healthier menu options. The Angus Burgers were the least healthy burgers on the McDonald’s menu topping out at 790 calories and 41 grams of fat for the Angus CBO.

In this article, I will review the three new Quarter Pounders for taste along with the Nutritional facts for each. I will also provide reviews and Nutrition Facts for the regular Quarter Pounder with Cheese and the Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese.

To try the new Quarter Pounders I went to the McDonald’s at 8480 Farm Road in Las Vegas Nevada 89131. I ordered my new Quarter Pounders over several days using the drive-thru each time. The drive-thru lines at this location where always long and it took a while to get to the window. Once I got to the window the service did get better. The new Quarter Pounders were served hot and fresh each time and the people were friendly.

Bacon & Cheese Quarter Pounder

McDonald's Bacon & Cheese Quarter Pounder

The Bacon & Cheese Quarter Pounder replaces the Bacon & Cheese Angus Burger. The Bacon & Cheese Quarter pounder is made with a quarter pound (“before cooking”) of 100% Beef with a slice of American Cheese, thick-cut Applewood Smoked Bacon, crinkle-cut Pickles, Red Onions, Ketchup and Mustard on a toasted Bakery Style Bun.

McDonald's Bacon & Cheese Quarter Pounder - Open

The Angus Bacon & Cheese was my favorite McDonald’s regular menu Angus Burger. Although, the Angus CBO that was only available for a limited time was my all time favorite Angus Burger. That being said I could honestly say that the Bacon & Cheese Quarter Pounder is an acceptable replacement for the Angus Bacon & Cheese. The new Bakery Style Bun is not as dry as the regular Quarter Pounder bun. The new Applewood Smoked Bacon has a lot of flavor. I like McDonald’s regular pickles a lot but, the crinkle-cut pickles on this burger are perfect. Overall, the Bacon & Cheese Quarter Pounder is a great tasting burger.

McDonald's Bacon & Cheese Quarter Pounder Nutrition Facts
McDonald’s Bacon & Cheese Quarter Pounder Nutrition Facts

You are not going to be eating a McDonald’s Bacon & Cheese Quarter Pounder to be healthy. At 600 calories, you are getting almost a third (30%) of your daily calories in this sandwich. That part is fine. However, many of the bad nutrition facts for this sandwich far exceed the 30% daily allowance. With 29 grams of Total Fat or 45% of the total daily allowance, the sandwich has one and a half times what you would want for a sandwich with this many calories. Saturated Fat at 13 grams or 65% of daily allowance is more than double what you would want. Cholesterol is only a little high at 105 mg or 35% of daily allowance. Sodium is also double the daily allowance at 1440 mg or 60% of daily allowance. Another negative is that Dietary Fiber is low with only 3 grams or 12% of daily allowance. Sugars are 12 grams. On the plus side total carbohydrates are half what you are allowed at 48 grams or 16%. A huge plus is that Protein is very good at 37 grams or 74% of the daily allowance. The known allergens for the McDonald’s Bacon & Cheese Quarter Pounder are Wheat, Soy Lecithin and Milk.

Deluxe Quarter Pounder

McDonalds' Deluxe Quarter Pounder

The Deluxe Quarter Pounder replaces the Deluxe Angus Burger. The Deluxe Quarter pounder is made with a quarter pound (“before cooking”) of 100% beef with a slice of American cheese, a ripe tomato, leaf lettuce, crinkle-cut pickles, red onions, mayonnaise and mustard on a toasted bakery style bun. Calling this a Deluxe Quarter Pounder is appropriate as all the ingredients combine to make this Quarter Pounder a great tasting deluxe burger.

McDonald's Deluxe Quarter Pounder - Open

McDonald's Deluxe Quarter Pounder Nutrition Facts
McDonald’s Deluxe Quarter Pounder Nutrition Facts

Nutrition wise you are doing a little better with the McDonald’s Deluxe Quarter Pounder over the Bacon & Cheese Quarter Pounder. However, I still would not call this sandwich healthy. At 540 calories, you are getting almost a third (27%) of your daily calories in this sandwich. This is fine. However, many of the bad nutrition facts for this sandwich far exceed the 27% daily allowance. With 27 grams of Total Fat or 42% of the total daily allowance, this sandwich is also over one and a half times what you would want for a sandwich with this many calories. Saturated Fat at 11 grams or 55% of daily allowance is also more than double what you would want from this sandwich. Cholesterol is okay at 85 mg or 28% of daily allowance. Sodium is a little high at 960 mg or 40% of daily allowance. Another negative is that Dietary Fiber is low with only 3 grams or 12% of daily allowance. Sugars are 9 grams. On the plus side total carbohydrates are half what you are allowed at 48 grams or 16%. A huge plus is that Protein is very good at 29 grams or 58% of the daily allowance, but not as good as the Bacon & Cheese Quarter Pounder. The known allergens for the McDonald’s Deluxe Quarter Pounder are Wheat, Soy Lecithin, Milk and Egg.

Bacon Habanero Ranch Quarter Pounder

McDonald's Bacon Habanero Ranch Quarter Pounder

The Bacon Habanero Ranch Quarter Pounder is a new creation. The Bacon Habanero Ranch Quarter pounder is made with a quarter pound (“before cooking”) of 100% beef with a slice of Cheddar cheese, thick-cut Applewood Smoked Bacon, a ripe tomato, leaf lettuce, and a spicy-cool Habanero Ranch Sauce on a toasted bakery style bun.

McDonald's Bacon Habanero Ranch Quarter Pounder - Open

The Bacon Habanero Ranch Quarter Pounder does not taste as good as the other two Quarter Pounders. The main problem was the main ingredient, the spicy-cool Habanero Ranch Sauce. When it comes to spicy, McDonald’s continually misses the mark. Just as with the new Spicy Chicken Sandwich, McDonald’s over does it with the spicy. For these sandwiches, the spicy just overwhelms the sandwich and that is the only thing you can taste. I am not against all things spicy, as I did like the Jack in the Box Chipotle Chicken Club sandwich.

McDonald's Bacon Habanero Ranch Quarter Pounder Nutrition Facts
McDonald’s Bacon Habanero Ranch Quarter Pounder Nutrition Facts

As to nutrition, the Bacon Habanero Ranch Quarter Pounder is about the same as the Bacon & Cheese Quarter Pounder. At 610 calories, you are getting almost a third (30%) of your daily calories in this sandwich. This is fine. However, many of the bad nutrition facts for this sandwich far exceed the 30% daily allowance. With 30 grams of Total Fat or 48% of the total daily allowance, this sandwich is also over one and a half times what you would want for a sandwich with this many calories. Saturated Fat at 13 grams or 65% of daily allowance is also more than double what you would want from this sandwich. Cholesterol is a little high at 105 mg or 35% of daily allowance. Sodium is high at 1180 mg or 49% of daily allowance. Another negative is that Dietary Fiber is low with only 3 grams or 12% of daily allowance. Sugars are 10 grams. On the plus side total carbohydrates are half what you are allowed at 46 grams or 15%. A huge plus is that Protein is very good at 37 grams or 74% of the daily allowance. The known allergens for the McDonald’s Bacon Habanero Ranch Quarter Pounder are Wheat, Soy Lecithin, Milk and Egg.

Quarter Pounder with Cheese

McDonald's Quarter Pounder

The Quarter Pounder with Cheese is made with a quarter pound (“before cooking”) of 100% beef with two slices of American cheese, slivered onions, tangy pickles and mustard and ketchup on a toasted sesame seed bun.

The McDonald’s Quarter Pounder with Cheese is a McDonald’s staple. If you need to eat in the car while driving this is the go to burger. The cheese melts around the onions, pickles, and beef to keep everything inside the bun. The Quarter Pounder is big enough to be a meal yet small enough so you can eat it with one hand. It also tastes good. With two slices of American cheese, you defiantly have a cheesy burger. Even though the basic ingredients for the Quarter Pounder with Cheese can be found on just about any burger, the individual flavors of the onions, pickles, mustard and ketchup are all present and you can taste each one with each bite.

McDonald's Quarter Pounder with Cheese Nutrition Facts
McDonald’s Quarter Pounder with Cheese Nutrition Facts

Nutrition for the Quarter Pounder with Cheese is a little better than the three new Quarter pounders, however not by a lot. At 520 calories, you are getting almost a third (26%) of your daily calories in this sandwich. This is fine. However, many of the bad nutrition facts for this sandwich far exceed the 26% daily allowance. With 26 grams of Total Fat or 40% of the total daily allowance, this sandwich is also over one and a half times what you would want for a sandwich with this many calories. Saturated Fat at 12 grams or 60% of daily allowance is also more than double what you would want from this sandwich. Cholesterol is a little high at 95 mg or 32% of daily allowance. Sodium is high at 1100 mg or 46% of daily allowance. Another negative is that Dietary Fiber is low with only 3 grams or 12% of daily allowance. Sugars are 10 grams. On the plus side total carbohydrates are half what you are allowed at 41 grams or 14%. A huge plus is that Protein is very good at 30 grams or 60% of the daily allowance. The known allergens for the McDonald’s Quarter Pounder with Cheese are Wheat, Soy Lecithin and Milk.

Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese

The Quarter Pounder with Cheese is made with a two quarter pound (“before cooking”) patties of 100% beef with two slices of American cheese, slivered onions, tangy pickles and mustard and ketchup on a toasted sesame seed bun.

McDonald's Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese Nutrition Facts
McDonald’s Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese Nutrition Facts

Nutrition for the Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese is the following: At 750 calories, you are getting over a third (37.5%) of your daily calories in this sandwich. This is a little more than you might want in a single meal. Many of the bad nutrition facts for this sandwich far exceed the 37.5% of that daily allowance. With 43 grams of Total Fat or 66% of the total daily allowance, this sandwich is almost double what you would want for a sandwich with this many calories. Saturated Fat at 19 grams or 95% of daily allowance is more than 2 ½ times what you would want from a sandwich this size. Cholesterol is a high at 160 mg or 53% of daily allowance. Sodium is high at 1280 mg or 53% of daily allowance. Another negative is that Dietary Fiber is low with only 3 grams or 12% of daily allowance. Sugars are 10 grams. On the plus side total carbohydrates are half what you are allowed at 42 grams or 14%. This burger also provides you with almost all the Protein you need for the day at 48 grams or 98% of the daily allowance. The known allergens for the McDonald’s Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese are Wheat, Soy Lecithin and Milk.

Summary

Even though the Angus Burgers are gone from the McDonald’s menu, two of the new Quarter Pounders are an acceptable replacement. The Bacon & Cheese Quarter Pounder and the Deluxe Quarter pounder are great and are worth trying. However, I can not recommend the Bacon Habanero Ranch Quarter Pounder. I could not taste anything except for the too spicy Habanero sauce.

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