Review: Quarter Pounder with Cheese from McDonald’s
The quintessential fast food burger might be the Quarter Pounder with Cheese from McDonald’s. Introduced in the early 1970’s the Quarter Pounder used to be considered a bigger burger for bigger appetites. As the box reads, it’s “Mighty Simple” indeed. Nothing too wild about this burger and it’s good for lovers of the regular cheeseburger.
I can’t even remember the last time I had a Quarter Pounder with Cheese until I bought one for this review. What inspired me? Well… watching Pulp Fiction for the 17th time maybe.
Vincent: And you know what they call a… a… a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in Paris?
Jules: They don’t call it a Quarter Pounder with cheese?
Vincent: No man, they got the metric system. They wouldn’t know what the *&^% a Quarter Pounder is.
Jules: Then what do they call it?
Vincent: They call it a Royale with cheese.
Jules: A Royale with cheese. What do they call a Big Mac?
Vincent: Well, a Big Mac’s a Big Mac, but they call it le Big-Mac.
Jules: Le Big-Mac. Ha ha ha ha. What do they call a Whopper?
Vincent: I dunno, I didn’t go into Burger King.
The Quarter Pounder with Cheese is described like this:
It’s 100% pure beefy cheesiness. It tastes great, and it knows it. Two slices of melting cheese, a quarter pound of 100% pure beef and a toasted sesame seed bun. Really, what’s not to love?
Let’s get something out of the way right now, the “Quarter Pounder” moniker is deceiving. Well, if you want to eat the patty raw, it’s 4oz, but at the cooked weight, you’re looking at around 3oz. The Three-Ouncer with Cheese doesn’t quite roll off the tongue as well. The Quarter Pounder with Cheese is made up of beef patty, pickle slices, slivered raw onions, ketchup, mustard and two slices of American cheese.
I’ve found that cheeseburgers from McDonald’s are among the saltiest in the fast food world. This isn’t really the worst thing in the world as the burger is packed with a lot of flavor, albeit nothing really fresh and crisp to be found outside of the raw onions. Love’em or hate’em, I’m on the pro-onion side with McD’s. Their onions pack a punch and add to the flavor I like without being too overwhelming for me. What I’ve always found to be overwhelming and just flat out unnecessary in my opinion are the sour pickles. I much prefer the fresh, less brine-y pickles found in the Angus line of cheeseburgers. The American cheese doesn’t add a lot to the flavor, but would surely be missed if absent. The orange sheets of processed goo… mmm, this is truly what fast food is all about.
The beefier big brother to the simple cheeseburger, the $3.39 McDonald’s Quarter Pounder with Cheese seems to remain a classic favorite on the McDonald’s menu board alongside the Big Mac. Although I feel the Quarter Pounder to be oddly priced since the McDouble is just $1.00. Oh well, at least the Quarter Pounder has a fancy box.
Pros: Tasty simplicity. Slivered raw onions. Packaging. Reciting lines from Pulp Fiction.
Cons: Sour McDonald's pickles. Not truly a quarter pound beef patty. 3 McDoubles for $3.00 vs. 1 Quarter Pounder with Cheese for $3.39.
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.75/10
Overall GrubGrade: 6.50/10
More Info: McDonalds.com
Quarter Pounder with Cheese
Calories - 510
Total Fat - 26 grams
Saturated Fat - 12 grams
Cholesterol - 90 milligrams
Carbs - 40 grams
Sodium - 1190 milligrams
Sugars - 9 grams
Dietary Fiber - 3 grams
Protein - 29 grams