McDonald’s McDouble – A Balanced Delight
Cheeseburgers are quintessential items on any fast-food menu. Sometimes, however, just a standard cheeseburger isn’t enough to satisfy you. That’s where the McDonald’s McDouble comes in. A level above a cheeseburger, but still ideal for a quick bite. Let’s see what it has to offer.
The History of the McDonald’s McDouble
The famous restaurant introduced the McDouble in 1997; its original name being “Eddie the Echo”. Back then, it wasn’t technically a cheeseburger, as it didn’t contain any cheese. They only topped the burger with lettuce and tomatoes. It was removed from the menu and re-introduced in 2008, and has been available ever since.
The McDouble is something between a cheeseburger and a double cheeseburger. Look at it as if you’re having one more patty than a standard cheeseburger, or one less slice of cheese than a double cheeseburger. It’s a simple sandwich with simple ingredients.
The McDouble is made of two 100% pure beef patties, seasoned with only salt and pepper. The toppings consist of briny pickles, crunchy onions, one slice of American cheese, and standard ketchup and mustard. McDonald’s also offers a Bacon McDouble that has pretty much the same ingredients, only with Applewood smoked bacon topping everything off.
The cheeseburger itself doesn’t contain any artificial flavors, preservatives, or colorings. The pickles, on the other hand, do have artificial preservatives, so best to avoid them if you have an aversion to anything artificial.
Is it Nutritious?
The McDouble maybe one of the cheapest foods around, but whether it’s nutritious is still up to debate.
In any case, the burger contains 390 calories, so five of these babies a day are enough to fill your daily calorie requirement. That said, I definitely wouldn’t recommend that kind of diet.
The McDouble also contains 18g of fat – 8g saturated and only 1g of trans fat. It has 33 g of carbs, with 2g of fiber, and 7g of sugar. And since it has a double beef patty, it contains plenty of protein at 22 g.
It also has 70mg of cholesterol and 850mg of sodium, but that’s pretty standard for a McDonald’s burger. The bacon version of the burger has 450 calories and a bit more fat and protein.
Review of McDonald’s McDouble
McDonald’s isn’t a fine dining restaurant, but you already knew that. With that in mind, you can’t expect that much from even their best food. However, McDonald’s McDouble is amazing for its simplicity and low price. It’s the cheapest double-patty burger the restaurant has on its menu, and it might just provide the most balanced ingredients, nutrition, and taste.
The star, or should I say stars of the burger, are the double beef patties. They’re juicy and are well seasoned. The problem with the regular cheeseburger is that it has too much cheese compared to the amount of beef. The Double Cheeseburger, however, takes things a step further.
The McDouble has a perfect balance of cheesiness and meatiness. The buns are soft on the outside, toasted on the inside. The pickles are briny with that typical aftertaste. The American cheese is what provides the most flavor, but since it’s only one slice it’s not overbearing. The condiments along with the pickles add a lot of acidity, but the two patties counter-balance them nicely.
Where it Lies on the Scale
This burger is simply amazing. Even though it was originally made to save the restaurant money, they accidentally stumbled upon one of their most well-balanced products. It’s nothing spectacular, and it doesn’t have any crazy ingredients. It’s just a simple cheeseburger elevated to perfection by adding one more patty.
With the cost of $1.40, you can’t get a better cheeseburger for that price anywhere. For that reason alone, it deserves a solid 8.5 out of 10!
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