Review: Triple Cheeseburger from McDonald’s
When it comes to the various sizes of classic McDonald’s cheeseburgers, the prices might have you scratching your head. The price differences between a McDonald’s Cheeseburger, the beefier McDouble and the cheesier Double Cheeseburger now all fall within 50-cents of one another. Select McDonald’s locations are now advertising a “new” Triple Cheeseburger and I had to fight hard to ignore the McMath.I quoted “new” because although the Triple Cheeseburger signage says it’s new, I’ve seen this burger offered in the past. There’s really not much new or different about it either. The Triple Cheeseburger has basically the exact same ingredients as the Double Cheeseburger plus an extra 1.1 ounce beef patty. So taking the official McDonald’s Double Cheeseburger description and tweaking one word, the Triple Cheeseburger description would read like this:
Three 100% beefy patties simply seasoned with a pinch of salt and pepper, two slices of melty American cheese, tangy pickles, minced onions, ketchup and mustard.
OK I give up and will not fight to ignore the McMath any longer. The Double Cheeseburger is priced at $1.49 and my Triple Cheeseburger was priced at $2.19. I just don’t understand the point of paying 70-cents for an extra burger patty when you can just get two McDoubles for $2.00.
Obviously the value of the Triple Cheeseburger makes no sense when you’re comparing menu items. Beyond the price, how much impact does an extra burger patty make? If you’re looking for a super salty burger, the Triple Cheeseburger should satisfy you. With the Triple, I really needed some extra bread to cut through the overwhelming layers of three beef patties and two slices of American cheese. I do enjoy the taste of a McDonald’s cheeseburger from time to time and feel the McDouble or Double Cheeseburger have a much better balance of ingredients. Everything is pressed together so tightly that it’s hard to identify the burger as a Triple and not a Double at first glance. The two slices of melted American cheese glues the stacks of beef together in a way to make the burger a pretty decent grubbing on the go option. As usual, I’m not too crazy about the sour punch of McDonald’s pickles. I figured one day I’d grow out of not liking McDonald’s pickles, but it hasn’t happened yet. I like the minced onions a lot and feel that signature taste really has a lot to do with them. That overall cheesy, onion flavor found in all classic McDonald’s cheeseburgers is still there, but that extra beef patty kicks the salty factor into overdrive and the balance is lost.
To sum up the Triple Cheeseburger from McDonald’s, I feel it’s pretty unnecessary. Adding more beef to a classic McDonald’s cheeseburger doesn’t work beyond a Double. It’s kind of a lame promotion and probably just part of a business move to sell more beef. There’s no sacrifice to any other ingredients so why not? Don’t be a sucker… just get two McDoubles instead.
Pros: McDonald's onions. The power to choose two McDoubles... better balance, more food, cheaper.
Cons: Although it's hard to argue with a triple cheeseburger for $2.19, there's better value on the menu. Extra beef makes for an even saltier McDonald's burger and throws the balance of flavors off.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.75/10
Overall GrubGrade: 4.75/10
More Info: http://www.mcdonalds.com
Serving weight: 192 grams or 6.8 oz
27 grams of fat
1160 milligrams of sodium
36 grams of carbs
31 grams of protein