McDonald's Introduces 1/3 Pound Burger

McDonald’s announced plans to introduce a new menu item, a 1/3 lbs Angus burger, reports The Today Show.

Supersize Me’s effects have worn off. Burger King takes market share by introducing more calorie rich items. And, you need something for the new 42 oz Hugo to wash down.

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  1. speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

    Jesus, why get so exercised over a 42 ounce drink? Here in Houston it’s rare for a restaurant not to offer automatic free refills on fountain drinks and tea, even to send a waitress out with the Coke pitcher, filling glasses. I can drink 60 ounces of unsweetened iced tea easy on a 100-degree July day. A 42-ounce glass is less than three refills of a small.

  2. coconino says:

    wow I am so excited! Looks like 67% of obesity population is not living up to the American expectation!

  3. shoegazer says:

    Is it even worth mentioning this is pre cooked weight? The beef could weigh an entire pound but if it’s 75% fat and water you’ll still end up with a quarter pounder.

  4. B says:

    I assume this is the Katrina-Burger.

  5. jwarner132 says:

    @speedwell:

    Why get so exercised over a 42 ounce drink? I agree, 42 ounces is not a huge amount of fluid. What’s huge though is the calorie content of that much regular non-diet soda, somewhere upwards of 500 calories.

  6. SaveMeJeebus says:

    Burger King realized that people didn’t want stuff that was good for them. The nasty shit sells, so we have triple-stacked Texas Whoppers that will exorcise the demons in your bowels.

    I love “Hugo-sized” America. Land of the fat and happy. I am amused when they get “The Surgery” and continue to pound this shit down.

  7. Chicago7 says:

    Haven’t these been out for a while? Is this just the national rollout?

  8. ShanW says:

    They’ve been “auditioning” this burger in Southern California for the last six months or so, and the ads for it have been really irritating. They usually feature stereotypical residents of other parts of the country imploring us Californians to “go out and get an Angus 1/3 Pounder” so that “they” can get them too. Looks like we did our duty if the rest of the country is finally getting ahold of them. Blah.

  9. TedSez says:

    This burger will have 720-860 calories, depending on the style, compared to 540 calories for the Big Mac.

    But they’re planning on charging $3.99 for it, so at least they aren’t targeting the poor this time.

  10. speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

    @jwarner132: Fair enough. From the above map, I can see why multiple drink refills are the norm around here. From my own experience, I can tell you that giving up high-calorie drinks can result in very significant weight loss–in my own case, 30 pounds in four weeks without changing my other eating or exercise habits. But I had been an orange juice junkie.

  11. pinkbunnyslippers says:

    Angus is just “Anus” with the “G” missing…

    Something to think about next time you go to munch on your “premium” burger from McDonalds!!

  12. speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

    @SaveMeJeebus: You can’t pound anything down after stomach surgery. That’s exactly what the surgery is designed to make impossible. Unless you meant some other surgery.

  13. Observer2121 says:

    People need to responsible for their own eating habits. Fat people should not complain when they have to pay for two tickets on an airline, they should pay more in health insurance. In any instance where their girth may inconvenience someone else they should have to pay more.

    Healthy people should get deductions, gym membership should be tax deductible, all fruit sales should be tax free. Just a thought.

  14. supra606 says:

    It doesn’t matter how big it is. The people who eat there still don’t care and the people who don’t eat there still won’t.

  15. Thrust says:

    Ok… 1/3 of a pound. So it’s still smaller than the double-quarter-pounder (with or without cheese).

    Anyone other than me forsee this becoming known as the McAnus?

  16. urban_ninjya says:

    People just have to hate McDonald’s for introducing higher calorie menu items some reason as opposed to Carls Jr. which already has Angus Burgers that are far bigger (like 1 pound burgers).

    It’s a choice, if America is saying they want to get fat by how they’re spending their money, that’s their choice. McDonalds can easily sell salads if people really wanted to buy them.

  17. nweaver says:

    “Can you point out the Angus on the cow”

    “Uhh, I’d rather not”

  18. jmackowi says:

    Seriously, why is this even news? It’s fast food, it isn’t going to be healthy. Deal with it. You want health food, go to Subway or make your own sandwich. You want something quick and cheap, it’s not going to be high quality.

  19. Thrust says:

    @urban_ninjya: Fast-food salads are just as bad for you as the burgers. Mainly because it’s never JUST salad, there’s chunks of chicken, dressing, all sorts of colorful extras you don’t normally put in at home.

  20. Xabora says:

    mmm McLard…

    Although it might be easier to just inject the fat right into my veins.

  21. ribex says:

    @speedwell: I know at least one person who had gastric bypass surgery but was noncompliant (did not reduce her food intake) and was heavier than she started by a year from her surgery. This individual weighs upwards of 500 lbs. Surgeries that reduce the stomach capacity are not necessarily permanent if the patient eats so much to stretch the new pouch, or eats so much to “pop” a laparoscopic band, etc. So, yes, even after a surgery like that it is possible (but not desirable!) for a person to continue their bad food habits.

  22. Youthier says:

    @ribex: What an idiot… I wonder if she thought that she couldn’t gain weight after the surgery or she just couldn’t break her habit.

  23. That Guy says:

    So a third of a pound is 5.3 ounces. The serving size for “cooked lean meat, poultry, or fish” is 2-3 ounces according to the USDA Food Pyramid, and they “allow” you 2-3 servings per day.

    So all right, “lean” is subjective, and this is not counting the cheese/sauce/bread/whatever else you can get on this burger, but is this that outrageous, just based on the size of the piece of meat?

    And I’m really not trying to be a Mcd’s apologist – I haven’t visited one of their places for anything other than a diet soda in years. (Which, oddly enough, coincides quite nicely with a 60 pound weight loss.) I’m just saying – we have these guidelines from the government, and this doesn’t seem that far out of the norm if we’re basing our outrage only based on the amount of meat. If someone decides to follow the pyramid, and decides to use up their entire allotment of “Meat, Poultry, Fish, Beans, Eggs, and Nuts” group on this one burger, so what? As URBAN_NINJYA pointed out above, the market has been deciding, and will continue to do so.

  24. Mom2Talavera says:

    @Observer2121:
    I totally agree.

    Watching shows like “honey we’re killing the kids” and “Shaqs big challenge” pisses me off because the parents are just so damn lazy about their kids nutrition!

    The best time to start teaching good eating habits is in early childhood. It is difficult to explain the more complicated aspects of healthful eating to a toddler,a child that age doesn’t really require much explanation.Children can eat only what they are given, and it is at this time that eating patterns and tastes are beginning to take hold. Around the age of 3 children will choose food based on familiarity with it.Children develop strong opinions about what they like and do not like to eat at this age, though, so it is important to focus on healthful foods right from the beginning! It may be difficult for a child to switch from white bread to whole grains or Grape soda to 100% juice, but a child who has NEVER eaten the former learns to love the taste of whole foods and healthy alternatives.

    Unfortunately for most it takes them being diagnosed with something for them to change….but even then most are STILL lazy about it!

  25. SaveMeJeebus says:

    @HeyHermano: Overeating in that case is probably just a symptom for a larger problem like depression, stress, or just plain decadence. I guess it is more acceptable to just get “The Surgery” than to investigate root causes of overeating and exercise some discipline.

  26. Peeved Guy says:

    pinkbunnyslippers: Um, you do realize that Angus refers to the type of cow that the beef comes from, right?


    @urban_ninjya: Exactly what I was thinking. When does the boyvot of Carl’s Jr. start?


    Let’s all take a deep breath and repeat after me: What other people eat is none of my business.

  27. Mom2Talavera says:

    Look up Mechanically separated meat.

    I don’t think you will be getting the anus per say…but the ass end for sure. Especially if your eating ground meat products.

  28. malarkey21 says:

    I’m having a French foreign exchange student stay with us for a few weeks during the summer. On the 2nd day here, we were driving the 4 hour trip from LAX to Fresno and we stopped at McDo for lunch. Well, Frenchy decided to try the Angus burger, and when he opened the box and realized how big it was, I kid you not, all he said before plowing in was, “Oh la la!”

  29. Jhonka says:

    In case this isn’t enough McDonalds for everyone, there’s a CNBC special about McDonalds tonight … inside the empire or something. They keep showing the commercial for it every break they take.

  30. beyond says:

    “This burger will have 720-860 calories, depending on the style, compared to 540 calories for the Big Mac.”

    Yet it will still have the nutritional value of a donut hole, and you’ll still be starving 2 hours after you eat it.

    Fast food is not worth the time it takes to eat it.

  31. dvdchris says:

    @Speedwell…
    I think someone drinking 60oz of soda needs to worry more than you drinking your 60oz of unsweetened tea. The soda will have over 30 teaspoons of sugar (or even worse, corn syrup), even accounting for ice. Then you can think about the calcium loss due to drinking all that phosphoric acid, not to mention the jury still being out on the diet sweeteners…
    And 42oz is a lot for a beverage. Americans have gotten so used to these insane beverage sizes;when McD’s opened in 1955 a large soda was 7oz. Now someone would laugh at you if you asked for a 7oz cup!

  32. theWolf says:

    I wish McDonald’s and Burger King would stop using mind-control and making me buy their products. I can’t help myself. We need more legislation to force them to stop selling foods that are bad for us. And to save us from ourselves.

  33. misterfancypants says:

    Maybe it’s the unclear packaging, but for some reason, I keep reading “1/3 Pound Anger Burger.”

    Beef: It’s All the Rage!

  34. bbbici says:

    I’m glad McDonalds has items that meet my calorific requirements. Then again, i ride a bike 2-3 hours per day. Fat fcuks should order salads.

  35. Thrust says:

    Hmmm. McAnus has a nice ring, but that packaging could EASILY be altered to read Anus Pounder…

  36. Mom2Talavera says:

    @Thrust: LOL
    “Anus Pounder”

    :-P

  37. uricmu says:

    Why care about a 1/3 pounder when they already sell a double quarter pounder?

    Also, this time I think burger king started doubling up first.

  38. rdm says:

    Maybe the effects of that “Documentary” have worn off because it was a horrible piece of shit.

  39. Thrust says:

    @uricmu: That’s what said… 1/2lb trumps 1/3lb.

    Didn’t they also have a 4-stack burger at one time? Back when they made those OH HOW I MISS THEM pizzas?

  40. pinkbunnyslippers says:

    @Peeved Guy: It was more of a joke than anything…apparently you’ve never seen the Jack in the Box commercial that makes fun of it too..but thanks! :)

  41. Chicago7 says:

    @nweaver:

    HA! Is it somewhere near the taint?

  42. Not to go against the grain or anything, but need I point out that the Angus burgers are freakin’ delicious!?

    Much better than the $6 burger at Carls Jr/Wendys.

    Healthy? Hell no… that 1/3 pound of meat product is topped with a cup of mayo. Top that off with a large Coke and fries… yeah, no wonder health insurance is unaffordable!

    But damn, thats one tasty burger.

  43. Thrust says:

    Well, again nothin up north. The McAnus Pounder ain’t here.

  44. Grrrrrrr, now with two buns made of bacon. says:

    Or if you were really hungry, you could order TWO Quarter-Pounders or a double Quarter-pounder with cheese.

    No, it’s not promoting healthy eating, but come on, who the heck goes to McDonald’s to eat healthy?

    Besides, the little asterisk says “weight before cooking”…so by the time you get it, you’d be lucky if it were 3 ounces.

    Oh..and BTW….McJOB! Haha, I said it.

  45. Peeved Guy says:

    @pinkbunnyslippers: My apologies. I’ve ever seen the JiaB commercials you reference (or any for that matter). While the posters on this board are considerably smarter than most other places I’ve seen, one never can tell sometimes.

  46. I don’t want to sound condescending, but I haven’t been to a McDonald’s or any other fast-burger-chain since renting Fast Food Nation on DVD last February. Overall, its not a very good movie, but it and my previous viewing of Super Size Me was all it took to convinced me to stay away from these places.

    Interestingly enough, I also cut way back on my soda intake and have been making a point to eat smaller portions, and since then I’ve lost 20lbs, without much, if any, exercise*. I wasn’t at all overweight in the first place, but those changes in my diet alone caused this impressive result… so I have to believe that the current trend in Re-Super Sizing food items is no good for anybody.

    *Individual results may vary.

  47. pinkdonut114 says:

    I was shocked to see what the Americans have on their menu’s at McDonalds. In Australia they have Deli-Choice menu’s that has a range of rolls that are made up when you order it, fresh salads, and even substituting apples instead of fries in Happy Meals! This approach has been welcomed in Australia, one of the most obese countries in the world so i think America should embrace healthy choices and McDonalds America to downsize their portions. The largest drink size in Australia is 20 ounces.
    Check out the website http://www.mcdonalds.com.au and you’ll find it pretty diverse to what you see i the difference between menu’s.