Review: Bacon McDouble from McDonald’s

I appreciate taking quick-service grub for what it is and not having to feel like every ingredient has to be analyzed to figure out if the price seems right.  This situation comes with few and far between anymore because fast food seems to try too hard to go “premium” and price their menu dangerously close to higher quality fast casual fare.  That said, paying a buck for a McDonald’s McDouble is something I can appreciate.  The new Bacon McDouble on the other hand…

McDonald’s describes their Dollar Menu McDouble like this:

Two 100% beef patties simply seasoned with a pinch of salt and pepper, a slice of melty American cheese and topped with tangy pickles, minced onions, ketchup and mustard.

Simple enough right?  Throw some bacon into this burger and you’ve got something you can slap the word “NEW” in front of and price it however you like because it’s new.  Well, adding bacon to something shouldn’t make it new.   Adding bacon to anything should just be a standard upcharge option.  With the Bacon McDouble, you get a great value menu burger that is now about double the price ($1.99) because of that added bacon.  It wouldn’t seem so bad if we weren’t already used to the standard McDouble $1.00 price tag.  So it goes without saying, the bacon isn’t worth 99-cents, and you already knew that.  I don’t even like McDonald’s bacon to be completely honest.  McDonald’s bacon tastes too much like McDonald’s breakfast for some odd reason and I’ve never been too crazy about McDonald’s breakfast.  Furthermore, the addition of bacon to a burger that already has sour pickles and mustard throws off the balance of ingredients.  Bacon would work better with the Daily Double (also oddly priced).

The original McDouble is fine the way it is.  Toying around with bacon or lettuce/tomato just to give the burger a new name and price will more than likely just agitate the consumers.  I guess giving the customer too much control with customization will lead to a different business model altogether and I’m the last person to claim to be an expert in what will be successful and what will fail.  I’m a self-admitted moron with an opinion and the Bacon McDouble isn’t worth your $1.99.  Two McDoubles, on the other hand, is totally worth your $2.00.  :)

Pros: It's a McDouble with bacon.

Cons: Price. There's something I've always found a bit off about McDonald's bacon. Balance of ingredients gets thrown off with added bacon.

Taste: 5.75/10
Value: 4.25/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 8.25/10
Price: $1.99

Overall GrubGrade: 5.25/10

More Info: McDonalds.com
Nutrition Facts:
Bacon McDouble (not available)

33 comments on “Review: Bacon McDouble from McDonald’s

  1. Julie says:

    I agree, the only way I would spend $2 on a McDouble is if it had 4 beef patties or if it was for two sandwiches.

  2. Chefprotoss says:

    dagger

  3. Adam M. says:

    Agreed about their bacon — but then again I’m not entirely sure if there is any fast food bacon that I DO like. Sonic’s is sometimes pretty good…

  4. Jim says:

    Do you think it is possible to order a McDouble and ask for bacon? Do the registers have a key for add bacon?

    • Mike says:

      I worked at McD’s from the mid 90’s through the mid 2000’s, you can add bacon(or any other condiment) to any sandwich anytime you want. You can even order a sandwich with extra meat, though I don’t remember that price, it was a rare request. When I left in the mid 00’s, adding bacon to a sandwich would set you back 59 cents, which I always thought was steep for their lackluster precooked bacon.

  5. CJ says:

    This is a joke.

    They kept the condiments the same as the regular non-bacon McDouble.

    If they were serious about adding bacon they would have picked condiments that suited it, not mustard and pickles.

    A bacon mcdouble should just have mayo and ketchup like the baconnator at Wendy’s. Anymore and the flavor profile is either too salty or too sour.

    • CJ says:

      An extra slice of cheese would help justify the price too. I remember years ago a local McDonald’s was testing bacon double cheeseburgers and they sold them for $1.49. Times have changed but that was a good burger for the price.

  6. Zack says:

    It’s clear that McDonalds regrets ever setting the Double Cheeseburger price at $1, but cannot get rid of it lest they lose the value mindshare in the consumer’s point of view. A significant portion of those value-oriented customers usually end up spending more, so McDonalds is in a bind: Save money by getting rid of the McDouble, but lose foot traffic from value-concsious customers OR Keep the McDouble and lose money but not customers.

    The Double Cheeseburger, Daily Double and Bacon McDouble represent the middle ground for McDonalds, who can capture the people who walk in thinking $1 burger but end up buying a $2 burger.

    I share people’s frustration: I’d pay $2 for a Bacon Daily Double with Mac Sauce, but getting that combination adds up to over $3 at the cash register.

  7. Justin says:

    That’s what I was expecting. The McDouble is probably my favorite thing at McD’s, certainly my favorite sandwich, but I hate their bacon. I can’t see how adding that (and doubling the price) would be a good thing.

  8. rightclue says:

    the funny thing is, you could have always ordered bacon as an additional charge.

    In fact, at my McDonald’s, teh bacon surchage is a mere 50 cents…

    Maybe I should try this.. the McDonald’s cashiers usually aren’t too bright. I am going to try to order a McDouble… then order a drink.. then tell them to add bacon to the McDouble. Hopefully I can get it for 1.50 (because the key strokes are separate)

  9. Manavee says:

    Is this a widespread new product or just a test item? I don’t see it on the McDonald’s website.

  10. Brad says:

    The day they raise the price for the McDouble is the day I stop going to McDonalds. They can make these little tweaks to the base burgers and charge more for them all they want, as i won’t bother, but if they get rid of that basic dollar burger they’re truly asking to catch the ire of so many people.

    • Jim says:

      Just curious, before McD’s instituted the $1 menu, what was your item of choice?

    • Robert says:

      The “basic dollar burger”, which you all feel so entitled to get, is the reason that EVERYTHING ELSE on the McDonald’s menu is so ridiculously overpriced.

      I’m sick to death of that pricing, just to draw more idiots in. Everything should have the same percentage markup. Maybe then I wouldn’t have to pay four freaking dollars for a Quarter Pounder.

      • chrislad says:

        Yeah the basic dollar burger is recent pricing gimmick not some cherished McDonald’s classic. I’d rather they add a dollar to the “basic” burger and cut a dollar from actual classics like the Big Mac or Quarter pounder.

  11. Sascha says:

    Remember in the mid 90’s, when McDonald’s put a thick disc of peppered bacon on their Arch Deluxe?

    Those were good days.

  12. Dave says:

    Bring some cooked bacon with you in the car. Add to a McDouble. Problem solved.

  13. Biff McGee says:

    Looks like crap on a bun to me.

  14. richard says:

    I like the bacon cheeseburger, it’s $1.39. I have, in the past, stacked a mcdouble and a bacon cheeseburger together to create a triple double bacon cheese burger. It’s a big burger for less than $3.

  15. Crysta says:

    One strip of bacon for a dollar? Yeah… no. :|

  16. kikurage says:

    Good review, I enjoyed. “NEW” is used frequently and easily.

  17. BGOKC says:

    Signs on windows of 2 McDonald’s outside of OKC state that McDouble is no longer part of $1.00 menu. Now $1.19.

    • Jazzy says:

      I went to one in Columbus, Ohio today and was charged 1.19. Wasnt the point of the McDouble to keep the price 1.00 and have the double cheeseburger be more expensive?

  18. RC says:

    The Cause : Inflation
    (Belongs In Ryan’s Post “Discussion: McDonalds Burger Pricing”).
    Inflation Effects Us All.
    It Effects The Provider Also The The Client.
    Customer (Client) Perspective
    Change Is Not A Legally Recognized Transfer Of Cash Currency
    (E. G. In The U. S. A. Only a Dollar Is Recognized As A Form Of
    Currency).
    As A Resultant The Psychological Benefits Of Handing In Change
    (“‘Getting Something For Nothing'”) Is Gone.
    From The Provider’s Perspective
    Rapidity In Exchange Is Gone (NoBody Wants To Submit A Five
    Dollar Bill Then Receive $1.29 In Change)
    Canada Recently Eliminated Their Penney.
    Exchanges Are Slowing Down.

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  20. Dave says:

    I think Mcy-D’s has really dropped the ball here… Rather than slapping some bacon on top for an extra buck, what they should have done is TAKEN-OFF the ketsup & mustard, ADDED some bbq sauce, AND bacon, and then just call the damn thing a “Bar-b-que Bacon McDouble”. Then yes, I would probably pay $2 for it, but certainly not just for the bacon alone.

    • Ryan says:

      Good point, even though subbing BBQ sauce in over the ketchup/mustard wouldn’t make a difference price-wise, it would still be a more acceptable novelty worth dropping a couple bucks on.

    • richard says:

      The mcBaconator. 2 slices of cheese, bacon, mcChicken sauce. $2 anyday

  21. anton frank says:

    went 2 my local mc donalds 2day they said they never heard of bacon mc double??? what they should do is add bbq sauce and bacon 2 a mc double, that sounds really good!!!!!~