Double Cheeseburger War: Burger King vs McDonald’s

For many years, McDonald’s had their Double Cheeseburger on the Dollar Menu.  Changing economic times and rising ingredient prices forced the Golden Arches to make some cuts here and there and with that came the introduction of the McDouble.  You take away a slice of American cheese from the McDonald’s Double Cheeseburger and you’re left with the McDouble.  The McDouble now occupies the Dollar Menu spot and the Double Cheeseburger is priced at $1.19.  It’s funny how much one slice of cheese makes a difference…in price and the overall package.  Recently, there have been rumblings of Burger King introducing a $1.00 Double Cheeseburger to cut in to the sales at McD’s.  This change hasn’t reached nationwide as of writing this but it’s been advertised as a promo price $1.00 with direct attention focused towards the competition with McDonald’s.

Burger Kings vs McDonalds Double Cheeseburgers

So who knows how all of this will come out.  It would obviously be great for the consumer to have a Value Menu Double Cheeseburger on both the BK and McD’s menus.  I decided to put both burgers against one another head to head to see which came out victorious regardless of what the final price may be. I had a coupon to get a BK Double Cheeseburger for $1.00 so why not right?  I spent $1.19 on a McDonald’s Double Cheeseburger and took it to a nice cozy corner of my local Burger King and bought the BK version using the coupon.  Felt weird bringing in McDonald’s into a Burger King restaurant but whatever.  The Burger King Double Cheeseburger was actually priced at a crazy $3.19 so that coupon was great.  I’d probably never pay $3.19 for it…especially because a Rodeo Cheeseburger is just $1.49.  Anyways, let’s put these burgers to the test.

  • Burger King Double Cheeseburger: Described by BK like this, “The good ol’ BURGER KING® Double Cheeseburger. Crunchy pickles, red ketchup, yellow mustard, and fittingly, cheese – all on a sesame seed bun. You can’t go wrong when you HAVE IT YOUR WAY®.”  Well it’s a good thing you can “Have it your way” because the way it is just distracts my tastebuds.  The BK Double Cheeseburger “as is” unfortunately suffers from an overwhelming taste of mustard and pickles.  Two dominating sour flavors that ruin it for me.  Hold the mustard/pickles and we’ve got something here.  I like the flame-broiled taste of the BK beef patty but I long for some onions in this burger.  I think a $1.00 Whopper Jr. has many advantages over the Double Cheeseburger.  Better BK options make the Double Cheeseburger a tough buy, even for a buck.

Burger King Double Cheeseburger

Burger King Double Cheeseburger (open)

BK Double Cheeseburger Split

  • McDonald’s Double Cheeseburger: The McDonald’s Double Cheeseburger gives you two 1.6-ounce beef patties, two slices of American cheese, pickles, diced onions, mustard and ketchup.  I can do without the pickles as I’ve never been a fan of McD’s pickles.  The diced onions really make this burger.  While the BK version overwhelms me with pickle and mustard taste, McDonald’s has more of an onion/beef/cheese taste going on.  I’ll take the latter any day.  The McDonald’s Double Cheeseburger is really a guilty pleasure.  The two slices of cheese melting the entire handheld beefy package together is really tough to complain about when it’s quick, tasty and cheap.  Paying an additional 19¢ for a slice of cheese isn’t much, especially when you consider how much that extra cheese is missed from the McDouble.

McDonald's Double Cheeseburger

McDonald's Double Cheesebuger (open)

McDonald's Double Cheeseburger (split)

  • Head to Head: 510 calories and 29 grams of fat for the BK version vs 440 calories and 23 grams of fat for the McD’s. The real battle is if both were priced evenly, which one would I go for?  Surprisingly, McDonald’s wins this. When we are just going with Double Cheeseburger comparisons, I can’t turn my back on McD’s.  Don’t feel bad Burger King, you still have the Rodeo Cheeseburger for $1.49 and the Whopper Jr. for $1.00 that I would choose over both Double Cheeseburgers any day.  As I mentioned before, the regular price of the BK Double Cheeseburger was $3.19.  I just don’t understand how they sell any at that price.  Moving it into Value Menu territory would be pretty crucial.
Burger King vs McDonald's Double Cheeseburgers

Left: Burger King, Right: McDonald’s

Price: $1.19 (McDonald's Double Cheeseburger) | $3.19 (Burger King Double Cheeseburger)

Overall GrubGrade: 7.50/10 (McDonald's Double Cheeseburger) | 6.50/10 (Burger King Double Cheeseburger)

More Info: BurgerKing.com | McDonalds.com
Nutrition Facts:
510 calories and 29 grams of fat for the BK version vs 440 calories and 23 grams of fat for the McD's.

47 comments on “Double Cheeseburger War: Burger King vs McDonald’s

  1. Adam Bomb says:

    The BK double cheeseburger was actually priced at $3.19??? That’s freaking awful! They’re running the $1 double cheeseburger deal at my local BKs right now, but $3.19 seriously? That’s an absolute ripoff!!!

  2. Keith says:

    I have to say, it’s disappointing to see McD’s win this one. I’ll take a flame broiled double from BK any day of the week over McD’s.

    Maybe it’s because I like mustard and pickles :p

  3. rob says:

    I used to order bacon double cheeseburgers at BK and they were pretty good though not the sort of thing they could sell for a buck, I think they used to cost over $2 and I’m talking about the 1980′s.

    /haven’t eaten at bk in a long time

  4. Yum Yucky says:

    I didn’t even realize BK sold a double cheeseburger. Or did I?? Anyways, that *regular* price is crazy-ness.

  5. Chris Lad says:

    I’ve had both and agree with Ryan that McD’s is superior here. I’ve also noticed that the BK version is constantly sloppily made compared to the carefully constructed McD’s version.

  6. Adam says:

    Lad man speaks the truth, although McD’s buns suck.

  7. Adam Bomb says:

    I think the sloppy construction problem is probably one that changes from store to store. McDonald’s is usually the messy burger maker in my town.

  8. SkippyMom says:

    I never thought the onions added anything since they are rehydrated – that is interesting that you like them. [No offense I always thought they tasted like nothing but water.] And I always pull the pickles off and y’know? Even my dogs won’t eat them. HA!

    I have to totally agree – $3.19 w/o a coupon – are they crazy? The Jr. Whopper on the Dollar menu is sooooo much better.

  9. maxchain says:

    That’s an absurd price for BK’s double cheeseburger–there’s no reason you can’t have them slap cheese on a couple Whopper Jrs.(?) instead. Tossing it on their dollar menu, however, would surely mark the turning point in the Ongoing Battle of the Dollar Menus. (Personally, I’d probably still get a Whopper Jr. instead.)

  10. Justin says:

    I’d rather pay the money for a Five Guys double cheeseburger than any of those two. The Burger King one wins this contest easy, come on Grubgrade dude. Seriously.

  11. I agree with the above. $3.19 is an insane price point for a double cheeseburger. Although your comment about the Rodeo makes me think, I would gladly pay $3.19 for a double cheeseburger from BK if it had a small ring order on top.

    I’m a fan of the McD Double cheeseburger. In fact I tend to buy 2 of those instead of a double quarter. The bun to meat to cheese ratio is more pleasant to my pallet.

  12. Raiders757 says:

    The onions on the Mcdonald’s double cheeseburgers are a huge difference maker. I have to agree that McDonald’s has the edge in this battle.

    One problem, is BK can never seem to get mustard right. No matter the size of the burger, they always put far too much on them. It’s very consistent from store to store as well. I’ve ate at BK’s in quite a few states, and too much mustard has always been an issue. That’s why I always ask for no mustard when eating there.

    Another thing that helps make a BK burger with cheese taste better, is to tell them not to microwave your burger. They do this in order to melt the cheese. I don’t know what it is, but when they do so, it makes their burgers taste like something that came out of a truck stop vending machine.

  13. I haven’t been to McDonalds in like 7 years and it’s been about 3 since I have been to Burger King. But that seems like such a high price! I’d rather by my own meat and make my own burgers for that price. Wait I do! :P

  14. Echo your sentiment on the BK overwhelming flavors. I recently tested the double stack, BK for the first time in years and won’t be back anytime soon.

  15. Chris Lad says:

    @ Raiders757 – Your comment about the mustard is spot on. I also have always noticed a powerful mustard taste. Gives the whole thing an odd sour undertone.
    McD’s seems to do it about right on their standard cheeseburgers.

    @ Adam – Agreed the McD’s buns are pretty tasteless and would never be described as having “fluffly” texture.

  16. Adam Bomb says:

    I’m gonna have to agree with the excessive mustard comments for BK, too. I’m wondering why this problem is so consistent….

  17. AK says:

    I wouldn’t know about excessive mustard since they don’t put it on by default here in NYC.

    And they don’t have a $1 Double Cheeseburger at the McDonald’s or BK here (they’re both around $1.69-79)…the only $1 double cheeseburger is Wendy’s Double Stack.

  18. JP says:

    The double cheeseburgers have been $1 at BK forever. Even when the Whoppers used to be $1 a thousand years ago. The Rodeo cheeseburgers and the chicken sandwich are also $1

    • Ryan says:

      @ JP … You have an awesome BK my friend… The ones we have in Maryland have the Spicy Chick n Crisp and Whopper Jr. for $1.00….but the Rodeo is $1.49 and Double Cheeseburger $3.19. I’d like some consistency…. Anything under $2 is usually ok with me though.

  19. Heather says:

    I agree with this review. I’ll take the McDonald’s Double Cheeseburger over the BK Double Cheeseburger any day. Can’t beat the price/value and in my opinion, the overall taste.

  20. I just had a BK Double Cheese the other day. I would give the nod to BK if there were onions.

  21. [...] check out Grub Grade’s Double Cheeseburger War Fun [...]

  22. Kelley says:

    I must not have been paying very much attention, because I never noticed what the price of a double cheeseburger normally is at BK. I did notice, however, that when my local BK inexplicably moved two blocks down the street from its previous location (into a Wendy’s that had been closed down for housing a prostitution ring, heh), its windows were emblazoned with advertisements for the $1 double cheeseburger. Haven’t had a chance to try it yet, but I will agree with you in that the onions do wonders for the McD double cheeseburger. There is something so guiltily delicious about those burgers. Plus, they’re great when you’re drunk. And poor.

  23. brad says:

    I actually disagree… I think McDonald’s dbl chee tastes more like grease than beef, which BK’s certainly tastes like. I hate pickles, so I’d take them off either burg, but I loved the inclusion of mustard on BK’s version.

  24. John Hoy says:

    @brad You get your McDonalds from my store. They do everything wrong there. the meat was probably older than 15 mins (McD standard hold time). the timers just get reset and then sat in its own grease til it was slapped onto your sandwich and fingered with cheese.

    I could care less on who wins this war. I’ll just go take my orders.

    Would you like fries with that?

  25. Spam says:

    One thing that hasn’t been mentioned yet is that the BK Double Cheeseburger actually has a bit more meat: 1/4 lb. (two 1/8th-pound patties) versus McDonald’s with 2/10th lb. (two 1/10th-pound patties).

    And yes, those diced onions on the McDonald’s Double Cheeseburger are rehydrated…and the burger is fried instead of “flame broiled”…and the bun is pretty blah. Nonetheless, in my embarrassingly-frequently-experienced opinion, the McD’s option tastes better for all the reasons Ryan stated, even with the BK offering at $1.

    I think a lot of us can agree that the following would be the best of both worlds:

    - BK’s patties (not microwaved)
    - cheese from either
    - McD’s condiments
    - BK’s buns

    Now THAT would be a winner, as far as fast-food double cheeseburgers go.

  26. Jesse says:

    I recently did my own comparison, not knowing that grubgrade did this one. Great review, but I came back with slightly different results. Then again, I was looking at the $1 McDouble vs BK’s Double Cheeseburger. Great review guys.

  27. a says:

    i disagree with this review.

  28. CC says:

    I also disagree with this review. I have found the optimal double cheese at burger king to be no ketchup/no mustard. It is beastly as it is, without the condiments.

    The mcdonalds burgers tastes like ketchup and onions when you eat it. The burger has no real flavor.

  29. aa says:

    I prefer McDonalds purely because of the taste.

    BK cheeseburger has bigger patties, flame-broiled, better bun.

    Yet, it’s not very tasty. Even if you get it without mustard/pickles. It’s just meh.

  30. Jerry Lewis says:

    Don’t care for fast food. We go for Real Cheese Burgers at
    Kutchie’s Key West Kutcharitaville Cafe in Asheville, NC…….
    They are The Best that we have Ever Eaten Anywhere………..
    and We have traveled all over the World………..
    The Key Lime Pie at Kutchie’s is To Die For!!!
    Thanks and GOD BLESS, Jerry Lewis

  31. Adam Bomb says:

    ^^^irrelevance FTW! :D

  32. derek gutekunst says:

    Ha FTW, have thought that myself, k anyway love the 99 cent thing! reminds me of 95 and New Orleans whoppers for lunch and dinner everyday! More meat than Mcdonalds, not picky about condiments, Long live the King!

  33. d says:

    the bk double cheeseburger is smaller than it was when it was 3.19, you’re paying less and getting less, so now it is just taste preference, value is not a part of the equation

  34. bk says:

    Don’t forget – “Have it your way”. I don’t like the mustard either – so I order them without (if I remember). Sometimes this helps you get a fresh burger too. And if the fries are real hot – they are so much better. I like flame broiled better then McDs.

  35. Josh says:

    I completely disagree with this review. I like onions on a burger, but not the little diced ones McDonald’s gives you, I’ve always disliked those. As for the mustard, I find that McDonald’s doesn’t give enough mustard on theirs, I personally love tasting the mustard on a BK Double Cheeseburger. Everything about the BK Double Cheeseburger, from the two flame broiled patties, to the two slices of cheese, to the ketchup and mustard, and the sesame seed bun, it’s just a great burger. It wins in my book any day over pretty much any burger McDonald’s has. The only thing, in my opinion, that McDonald’s has over Burger King is their Sweet Iced Tea and their chicken sandwich’s.

  36. Hannah t. says:

    I am doing a report on this and i cant believe McD won!!!! i LOVE BK and nothing will change that.

    • Drake says:

      Reading this as I chow down on Bk’s, wanna say I never noticed the mustard dilemma but then again I favor mustard over ketchup. All you have to do is ask for onions at BK and that closes that issue. The big thing in my opinion is that now for a dollar the double cheese has more meat than a Whopper and also has cheese.
      The Best Burger in the world won’t satisfy if your have a Mac attack, only McDonalds does the trick!

  37. I’m actually very surprised at the results and I love reading the comments in here! This is great! Has anyone by chance seen the recent BK ad airing on TV right now which mentions that BK was actually preferred in a taste test over MC D’s? This is interesting and so is the results here. It appears to be about a 50/50 so far in here for either or! lol. I personally ate a BK double cheese just earlier today because BK was the closest 1 to where I was located. I am quite neutral and can eat down either one. I’m personally not crazy about fast food really though so I try not to eat too much of it lol. So, I’m neutral, but in a crunch either 1 will do, especially when its only $1.00 :) Cheers

  38. Tank Stoner says:

    Now that BK has the Buck Double, I’d get 4 of those and a large fries every day.

  39. trtrtr says:

    I have hard time actually calling these things hamburgers …
    yeah they are food .. but I find Mcdonald’s burgers really plain in taste. It tastes good when you’re really hungry, but you can taste everything what is wrong with it, when not hungry.

    I cannot comment on BK, since there are no outlets here.
    Finnish Hesburger is kind of OK, but they overdo with the sauce too. Hesburger has other tastier stuff like chicken tortilla.

    As for anyone who actually prise any hamburger.. dudes – go to a restaurant or old fashioned bistro and try a real burger prepared of fire etc etc.

  40. [...] and of course fuel is needed.  McGangbang with Big Mac sauce = A McChicken Sandwich in between a Double Cheeseburger with added Big Mac [...]

  41. MiahBoo says:

    Great, now I want a McDonald’s Double Cheeseburger! Thanks guys your ruining my diet ;)

  42. [...] New Daily Double Burger from McDonald’s November 19, 2011 By: Ryan Category: Food NewsThe McDonald’s Double Cheeseburger is $1.19.  It used to be on the Dollar Menu and was replaced by the McDouble which is the same thing minus [...]

  43. Steve says:

    Seriously Ryan,
    Your quoted price of $3.19 for the BK double cheeseburger can’t possibly be any more than a case of “saw what you wanted to see and wrote what you wanted to write”. Not credible. At all. I’ve been a BK regular customer since long before the internet. The BK double has never been priced that way in my memory. Not in Ohio or Indiana any how. Not sure where you live. The BK DCB is an all time favorite. Complete with the mustard and pickles. If you’d like onion and very little mustard on it, simply ask the teller to “add onion and light mustard” when you order. To get there, you must communicate. I don’t believe you tried that before writing this entry.

    I’ve tried the McD’s DCB numerous times and I can no longer tolerate the barely warm patties with cold cheese between with no chance of the cheese melting. The McD’s cooking system is entirely responsible for the cold DCB I just described. I used to work at McD’s when they still had the old cooking system in place. The cold burger described above would normally not occur with that system. The onions on the Mcd’s DCB are not diced. Rather, they are dehydrated flakes that were rehydrated in a stainless pan after the flakes arrived at the restaurant in a dry envelope. Fine, if you like that sort of thing. I always preferred the fresh onion they use on the 1/4 lb. burgers.

    Over the last several months the BK stores in my area have been test marketing a new revised menu. One of the revisions was the removal of mustard from the condiments normally put on the sandwiches as ordered. The customers have definitely noticed and the people making the sandwiches are getting tired of opening mustard packets to put mustard on the sandwiches. But the customers ARE getting it “their way”. I’m one of them.

    Try another BK DCB Ryan. You might find there is no mustard on it and you might like it.

  44. [...] patty and the same bun you’ll find on the Filet-O-Fish and the same pickles you get on the McDonald’s Double Cheeseburger. The McDonald’s Southern Style Crispy Chicken Sandwich doesn’t have that same addictive [...]

  45. [...] consists of water, aspirin, several more hours of sleep and then a trip to McDonald’s. Two Double Cheeseburgers (add Mac sauce), a medium fry and a large Coke or two will knock it out. It works for infections, [...]

  46. [...] actually had a semi-respectable amount of bacon, it would be a pretty solid product.The fact that a BK Double Cheeseburger with double meat and cheese patties is only 49-cents more than the BK Bacon Burger has me thinking [...]