How Long Can McDonald's Afford To Keep The Double Cheeseburger On The Dollar Menu?

Double cheeseburger fans are going to have to face a grim reality. The rising cost of raw materials means that McDonald’s has to pay more for beef– and the double cheeseburger will probably have to leave the dollar menu.

“The cost implications of having that value menu have changed when you see what’s going on in beef and chicken,” CEO Ralph Alvarez told investors, “The way the dollar menu looks today won’t be the way it’s going to look next year. In this current environment, we’ve got to make sure we’re pricing smart, not just pricing low.”

The Chicago Tribune reports that McDonald’s did not elaborate on what exactly they will be changing about the popular menu, but did disclose that “tests” are underway in which the double cheeseburger is more expensive.

Get them while they’re cheap.

Changes ahead for dollar menu [Chicago Tribune]
(Photo: Matt McGee )

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  1. jst07 says:

    As guilty as I might be about swing though and grabbing one of those at 2AM I say good riddance. People don’t need that cheap of access to fat riddled food like McD’s

    • ShizaMinelli says:

      @jst07: People have a right to make their own decisions and should be smart enough not to do a “swing by” on an hourly basis.

  2. Quatre707 says:

    The double cheeseburgers at my local McDonald’s have been $1.10 for about a month now, same with the fries that used to be a buck.

  3. dweebster says:

    Then I will shop ELSEWHERE for my coronary suicide inducements, sir.

  4. The double cheeseburger hasn’t been on the dollar menu around here in ages. It’s been $1.29 for at least a few years. That said, I’ve really begun to limit my fast food intake (counting calories can make you realize how truly bad that stuff is for you), so this doesn’t bother me.

  5. ScubaSteveKzoo says:

    i must admit, i still enjoy their chicken mcnuggets on occasion. significantly less gristle than when i was a kid.

  6. HFC says:

    McDonald’s food really messes with my stomach, but I do love a double cheeseburger… almost as much as I love the double quarter-pounder with cheese.

  7. dorianh49 says:

    @ScubaSteveKzoo: less chicken, too.

  8. HFC says:

    @ScubaSteveKzoo: They replaced the gristle with extra sawdust. It’s better for you.

  9. wiggatron says:

    That’s a real bummer for McD’s as the $.99 price point is a real crowd pleaser. 1.09 just doesn’t have nearly the appeal that .99 does, but it had to happen at some point.

  10. @ScubaSteveKzoo: Agreed. I think last time I hit up MickeyD’s they still had the 4 @ $1 nuggets.

    Best. Deal. Ever.

  11. ideagirl says:

    Where I live the double cheeseburger is already $1.49. My friend was bemoaning the price increase a few days ago. And fries are no $1.17.

  12. Now the only way McDonald’s is getting me back is by putting the McRib on the dollar menu.

  13. dj_skilz says:

    I had this same thought the other day, when grabbing a couple DBL CHZ’s. Probably the best deal going these days.

    I will really miss this option if they axe it. This was my secret weapon against hunger, when almost completely broke.

    My guess will be the Dollar menu dissapears, and the DBL CHZ goes to $1.50. I think they will move to a VALUE MENU format like TacoBell/Wendy’s with varying price points. (Which would suck)

  14. Imaginary_Friend says:

    I haven’t been in a McDonald’s in years, so someone please explain to me how they can sell a double cheeseburger for $1.00 in the first place. WTH kinda meat is in that thing?

  15. TheGovernor11 says:

    @Barry White Stripes: Do they still have the 4 nuggets for a buck at your Mickey D’s? Last time I ordered them (a couple weeks ago) they were like $2.10

  16. alfundo says:

    @ScubaSteveKzoo:

    I’m with you, for the most I have given up all fast food, though occasionally I must give into my temptation for reconstituted chicken.

  17. Kyattsuai says:

    When the double cheesburger costs one cent more than its single counterpart, you know either something’s amiss or it’s just not going to last.

  18. evslin says:

    @Imaginary_Friend: Yeah, I always figured they were either using the double cheeseburger as their loss leader to get you to spring for other shit or they were just using the absolute lowest quality ingredients possible.

  19. rickhamilton620 says:

    @Imaginary_Friend: I guess they figured that they would start at a loss but eventually profit from so many people ordering the dollar cheeseburger. It’s all about volume I guess…Hopefully

  20. absentmindedjwc says:

    meh, I have not touched fast food in a couple years… if only they would have done this when I was a high school or college student.. maybe I would have quit earlier…

  21. Methusalah says:

    @Imaginary_Friend: They don’t take a loss on the sale of a double cheeseburger (at least not yet), but they don’t make that much of a profit either. The point of the dollar menu is to get people to come for the sandwich and blow money on the real money makers pop and fries.

  22. snoop-blog says:

    @jst07: Well I’m glad you were here to tell us what we do and don’t need.

  23. sean77 says:

    @Barry White Stripes, Office LW: the best deal ever is the 2 tacos for $1 at Jack in the Box.

  24. mgy says:

    The $1 DBChee has been a diet staple for me for a long time. I wonder if the McChicken will leave too?

  25. I’ll miss it, I always enjoyed the fact that during the summer I could get a double cheeseburger and the large drink for $2.10 with taxes.

  26. Imaginary_Friend says:

    @evslin: @rickhamilton620: @Methusalah: Okay, I get that it’s a loss leader, but is it actually real beef? At all? That just blows my mind. I don’t even think it’s possible to make an egg sammich that cheap.

    The must be making a killing on the side dishes and drinks.

  27. SexCpotatoes says:

    How about Wendy’s, I don’t see how they can legally call their “Stack Attack” a “double cheese burger” because, while they do have two small, thin, meat patties THEY ONLY HAVE ONE FRACKING SLICE OF CHEESE!!! Excuse me, but I call a double cheese burger, double cheese and double burger, no exceptions! Back when McDonald’s had the triple burger, they called it the triple burger with cheese, because you only got two slices of cheese on it. Wendy’s needs to give us all our second slices of cheese or start calling it what it truly is, a double burger with cheese.

  28. Methusalah says:

    @Methusalah: Oh by the way… that’s only factoring in how much the franchise pays for the ingredients. If you consider paying the employees who sell and cook the food the result may be a loss (depending on how many are sold, the amount the employee is paid, etc.).

  29. boomerang86 says:

    I still remember those TV spots with Cedric the Entertainer, hawking $1 Big ‘n Tasty burgers. Those rocked!

    Does Wendy’s still have a 99 cent value menu?

  30. Tallanvor says:

    With prices going up like they are, it’s not surprising. As I recall, hamburgers at McDonalds, Burger King, and the like never have had huge profit margins. It’s the volume of business they do that has allowed them to make money.

    That said, even $2 for one sounds cheap to me now compared to paying around $17 for a value meal here in Norway (ok, I’ll admit to visiting Burger King a couple of times here, but never McDonald’s!)

  31. Starfury says:

    Our McDonald’s (mostly) have the double cheeseburger on the $1 menu. It’s cheaper to buy one of those for my kid and remove a patty than it is to buy a plain cheeseburger.

    I’d rather cook my own hamburgers anyway…but I can’t make one at home for that cheap.

  32. mdoublej says:

    @jst07: The damn 24hr McD’s around here cuts off the dollar menu at like 10PM. Just the “expensive” stuff after.

  33. Methusalah says:

    @Imaginary_Friend: Yes it’s real beef and they claim it doesn’t contain parts like eyes and whatnot.
    For a somewhat vague and entirely corporate response:

    [cep.mcdonalds.com]

  34. SpdRacer says:

    @sean77: They do that @ Taco John’s here, wish it was closer to me.

  35. Methusalah says:

    @mdoublej: That’s because they can’t afford to pay the employees using the small profit margin provided by the cheap food items they stop selling. They also reduce the menu to reduce the amount of wasted food (meat is cooked before you get there and held in a heated cabinet for about 15 minutes before it should be discarded) for much the same reason.

  36. Flossie says:

    What the hell does beef have to to with a McDonalds’ cheeseburger?

  37. howie_in_az says:

    Why is McDonalds even using meat for their extremely thin burgers? All the taste is manufactured in New Jersey and surely soy costs less. I’m betting that most McDonalds patrons wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.

  38. backbroken says:

    I’d gladly pay you Tuesday, for a double cheeseburger today.

  39. ratnerstar says:

    Hmmm, so I should be buying double cheeseburger futures right now, or what?

  40. Kishi says:

    If the prices are going up, we must stockpile. Doctor Zoidberg will take a dozen!

  41. Marshfield says:

    I think in the “calories, carbs and protein per dollar” ratio chart, the McDonalds double cheesesburger is a great value. I get one now and then when I need some food and am low on cash.

    Plus they taste good.

  42. Methusalah says:

    @Kishi: Well, I guess it’s healthier than stockpiling gas.

  43. ElizabethD says:

    I had one of those McD’s double cheeseburgers (who could resist the price?) and GAWD, it was so salty I threw half of it away. Bleah!

    For $1 the BK Junior Whopper is the best deal around, IMO. Lettuce and tomato on it, too. Can’t beat that for a buck.

  44. admiral_stabbin says:

    I’m not aware of McDonald’s suffering any major financial suffering…they’re just going to adjust their strategy to increase their profit margins. In turn, I’ll maintain my strategy of avoiding their pseudo-food (most of the time, no one is perfect). ;-)

  45. Imaginary_Friend says:

    @Tallanvor: $17 for a value meal? You guys must live like kings. What’s the minimum wage over there? I think it would be cheaper for you folks to buy your fast food from the US and have it flown over. Talk to your fellow countrymen and women; our economy needs stimulating.

    @Methusalah: Hah! Ilove this one:

    ” Do you use old cows to make the meat in your burgers?
    McDonald’s is committed to serving safe, high-quality beef everywhere we do business. Every McDonald’s beef supplier – both locally and globally – must meet our stringent standards for food safety, quality, animal welfare and social accountability that go far beyond government requirements. Our beef suppliers are monitored and audited on a regular basis to ensure they follow our rigorous standards.
    June 2008 “

    Notice how they never really answered the question.

  46. Methusalah says:

    @Imaginary_Friend: Hehe, yeah it seems like they would just be better off not answering the question at all. I think they do an o.k. job answering the other ones though.

  47. DeleteMyAccountPlease says:

    The greater mystery is does any actually buy the 6 piece chicken nuggets for $2 when the 4 piece is $1? I see that one on menus all the time.

  48. meg9 says:

    It never made sense to me that the double cheeseburger was a dollar, but the quarter pounder was like 3 dollars!

  49. mac-phisto says:

    the mcd’s around me started charging $1.49 for the dbl earlier this year (somewhere around feb.). that’s the last i went there, so it’s actually a good thing.

    i think they stopped putting crack in their food – i don’t crave it at all like i used to.

  50. failurate says:

    @ratnerstar: “I’d gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.”

    Or, I would gladly pay you today for a hamburger on Tuesday.

  51. Black Bellamy says:

    For three dollars I remove the bread from one DC and one piece of bread from the other two DCs, then I slap the whole thing together. Six patties! mmmm mmm good

  52. MikeGrenade says:

    I’m always amazed by the comments I read here and elsewhere by people who shun McDonald’s using one hand and stuff their face with a double cheeseburger using the other. Which is it? If the place is so awful, suck it up and stop eating there!

    I hate McDonald’s. The food is crap. It tastes like crap. It’s crap for your body. I don’t eat there, and I last time I had McDonald’s must have been ten years ago.

  53. sean77 says:

    @howie_in_az: Soy is in no way cheaper than beef.

    I can get burger patties at $4 a pound.
    Veggie burger patties are more than double that.

  54. waza says:

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    it’s the best way to get rid of the munchies

  55. kidincredible says:

    Note: I was out in rural Virginia and they had a bacon cheeseburger on their dollar menu. The dub was there too, but maybe it’s a pilot program intending to replace the second beef patty with a slice or two of bacon? (Wendy’s seems to get away with that just fine)

  56. ekthesy says:

    @howie_in_az:

    Well said. The taste of a sandwich is largely predicated on the condiments, anyway. My wife and I switched over to Gardenburgers, and pile on some lettuce, tomato, mayo, mustard, onion, and pickle and I can’t tell the difference.

  57. ekthesy says:

    @howie_in_az:

    Oh, and also I live about a mile up the road (up-wind) of two of the plants where all of those wonderful smells and tastes are created. The funny thing is that, driving by, you always smell the same thing–sort of a vaguely sweetish tutti-frutti aroma.

  58. hills says:

    My McD’s doesn’t have the double cheese burger or 4 chicken mcnuggets on the dollar menu, but it does have the mcchicken and fries:)

  59. Mr. Guy says:

    @Barry White Stripes, Office LW:
    I once went to a mcdonalds in NYC and got a 6pc nuggets for something like $2.89. While waiting for my food, having already paid, i noticed that the dollar menu had 4 for $1. so basically, i could have had 8 for less than i paid for 6. I felt cheated, so in a fit of childish frustration, i fired off a message on the Mcdonalds customer feedback form expressing my displeasure at this pricing scheme when i got home to my computer.

    To my eternal surprise, i actually got a call from the manager of that location (broadway, just south of 8th street FYI) on my cell phone offering a free lunch as a compensation. i was shocked. i thanked her, but never collected on my lunch. the call was more than enough.

  60. stevegoz says:

    Okay, math time. A standard McDonald’s beef patty is 1.6 ounces, so you can make ten of them from a pound of beef. I see ground chuck going for $2.99/pound all the time, so that would be 30 cents per patty. 60 cents for meat, a dime for a bun, and another dime’s worth of processed American cheese food comes out to 80 cents food cost.

    And that’s at consumer prices — I’m assuming McD’s sources their stuff for less. Surely someone must give them a bulk discount….

  61. mac-phisto says:

    @Starfury: that sucks. i reckon my homemade burgers only cost about $1.50/each to make – they’re waaaaay tastier & HUGE!

    ingredients
    ===========
    ground chuck from butcher: $1.19/lb. or $4.76/4 lbs.
    best rolls in the world: $2.49 for 8
    pepperjack cheese: $4.49/10 oz. (1.25 oz. for each burger
    vidalia onion: ~70¢ (only need about 1/4 of it)
    garlic: ~50¢ (only need 2 or 3 cloves)

    don’t tell anyone, but the secret is to chop the garlic & onions up really, really fine & mix it into the ground beef before cooking – makes the burgers explode with flavor!

  62. picardia says:

    I just ate fast food (BK) for the first time in about two years. My God, I feel disgusting. That crap is not food. This message brought to you by Not Really Relevant Productions.

  63. Carso says:

    Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo…

  64. RabbitDinner says:

    Call me old fashioned, but I still long for the days when once a week, Hamburgers were 29 cents, and cheeseburgers 39 cents. Maybe I’m a pig, but a day’s meals (2 for breakfast 2 for lunch 3 for dinner) NOT homecooked for barely 3 bucks was awesome.

  65. newgalactic says:

    Has anyone noticed that the oil from a McD’s Double Cheeseburger seems to get into your fingertips and not wash out? Seriously, when ever I eat one of those I can never wash away that smell off of my fingers, no matter how much washing/soap I use.

    …I’ve since taken it as a really bad sign and stopped eating McD’s

  66. theblackdog says:

    @sean77: *cries* I want a Jack in the Box here, if only for their taco deal…and Sourdough Jack.

  67. domo-arigato says:

    Too bad they’re going away. When I’m down to my last dollar, I know I can always swing through there and get the dbl-chz ($1.08 w/tax) to at least fill me up. Now I’ll have to hunt for more change.

  68. RabbitDinner says:

    @SexCpotatoes: meh wendy’s burgers suck, they’re just as flimsy as the ones at Mickey D’s. I go to Wendy’s for the spicy chicken, McD’s for the filet o fish/nuggets and BK/Krystal et al for the burgers

  69. keebie81 says:

    Back when our dollar was worth something the dollar menu was great when i would visit Canada. It was like the 65 cents American menu.

  70. ludwigk says:

    @Mr. Guy: I once ordered some kind of value combo from McDonalds, but I wanted it without the drink. The cashier said they knew how to ring that up, but it ended up being more expensive than the combo with the drink by like a nickle. I was pretty angry, since not giving me something should cost less. Or, I could have asked for a coke and dropped it in the trash can, which does noone any good.

    But then, for about 6 weeks during the summer, I had the “Mulan meal” which was something like a small drink, fries, and 4 nuggets for a ridiculously low price (no toy). I’d supplement with another 4x nuggets for $1, and its was still getting lunch for like $3.18 per day.

  71. theblackdog says:

    I shouldn’t be surprised if some of the food drops off of the dollar menu…better than using the shrink ray, right?

    I’ll miss it if they drop the McChicken though. I love grabbing one of those when I was on my way home from volleyball.

  72. thesepretzels says:

    I had a dbl cheezburger, value fries, and sm coke just yesterday. And large cokes were on sale for $1, so I got the upgrade. SWEET!

    (In the interest of health (?) I got a diet coke)

  73. Scuba Steve says:

    There was something in NYC about limiting dollar menu items because they couldn’t afford to offer unlimited $1 items and pay the rent.

    Seems like the $1 menu will soon grow to the $2 dollar menu.

  74. friendlynerd says:

    Just don’t mess with my McChicken. My tastebuds cheer but my arteries cry.

  75. BurntToast says:

    Most of the time when I go to McDonalds I get three cheeseburgers. Then my friends make fun of me because I should just get double cheeseburgers because they are technically cheaper.

    I don’t because the cheeseburger is this right ratio of meat, cheese, bun, and sauce. The double cheeseburgers throw the ratio and taste off for me.

    Okay, that last paragraph alone merits people making fun of me now. :(

  76. BurntToast says:

    Love the McChicken, I would be sad too if that got dropped.

  77. ekthesy says:

    @BurntToast:

    I understand completely. However, I always found the single cheeseburger to be very dry. Too much bun, not enough stuff in the bun.

  78. Jabberkaty says:

    Thank god I found this thread after I already ate a good lunch (that didn’t involve McDs).

    @BurntToast: I hear you! It has nothing to do with value when you get just the cheeseburger. Not only do I love the ratio of flavor, but how it feels when you hold it, etc.

    Yeah, I have problem… I’m aware of it and dealing with it.

  79. ludwigk says:

    @RabbitDinner: I think at some point wendy’s used to suck a lot less. I used to eat there regularly in Maine through 2002-2004. Never had a problem with their food.

    We kind of stopped eating fast food for a few years, then, after moving to california, and some really long work days and being too tired to think of anything better to eat, we went to Wendy’s a few times. The stuff was unbearable. I really don’t think I’ve changed that much in terms of my taste preferences, I think the Wendy’s here is just awful.

  80. RabbitDinner says:

    @ludwigk: But don’t you have In-N-Out in CA? I don’t remember the name, but last time I was in LA there was this damn good Mexican fast food restaurant that had chicken only

  81. Tallanvor says:

    @Imaginary_Friend: I just moved here 6 weeks ago. The prices for everything are crazy!

    Don’t worry, I’ll do my part for the economy the next time I’m back in the States. I’m going to be stocking up on everything!

  82. Greasy Thumb Guzik says:

    The most common sense thing for them to do is make the double hamburger a dollar & charge extra for the cheese.
    The same goes for the Quarter-Pounder.

    That way they still have the double burger on the menu, but get an extra 20¢-30¢ for the cheese.

  83. tande04 says:

    @sean77: No, its just that the mark up on “soy” burgers is quite a bit more then regular ground beef. Not to mention the higher cost of some of the other ingredients that go into the soy burgers. Soy is commonly used to “stretch” ground beef in order to decrease the over all cost of the gb.

    You see it a lot in those microwave burittos that you get at like 5 for a $1. When I was a vegitarian I’d get those all the time because even the ground beef ones didn’t have any actual meat in them. Just textured soy protein.

    @ludwigk: I hate that too. The Arbys around here had their Beef and Cheddar combo on sale but since I didn’t want the fries or coke I’d just get the sandwhich. Every time they’d point out that the meal was cheaper and every time I’d point out that if I didn’t eat the fries or coke it was just a waste for everyone. They’d usually give me the employee discount to even it out.

  84. christoj879 says:

    I’m shorting double cheeseburgers.

  85. Angryrider says:

    I haven’t seen a double cheezberger for a dollar for a long time. Shouldn’t this article be about the McChicken, or the Whopper Jr.?

  86. Parapraxis says:

    @Imaginary_Friend:

    well, according to the Economist, Norway is the most overvalued in terms of fast food parity…

    [www.economist.com]

    Pretty neat graphic, huh?

  87. gmss0205 says:

    Any idea how many calories are in a double cheeseburger? Just curious. I know that fast food places in NYC have had to start posting this info.

  88. HogwartsAlum says:

    I love the little plastic cheeseburgers that come in the Happy Meal. They still have little tiny chopped onions on them, which I love. The Happy Meal is exactly the right amount of food for me, so nothing goes to waste. If I can’t go home for lunch I sometimes go to McD’s and get a Happy Meal. I won’t miss the cheap Double Cheeseburger because I never could eat the whole thing, so I stopped getting it.

    And if I don’t like the toy, I give it to my coworker for her little girl. :)

    I dont’ go to McD’s much anymore lately, since I’ve been trying to eat more healthy food.

  89. donkeyjote says:

    A double cheeseburger hasn’t been on the north/central jersey dollar menu for like years…

    Then again, McD’s makes me physically sick.

  90. riverstyxxx says:

    Um, Why am I the first one to make a comment about the Trans Fat content in the meat? Even the Sugar Cookies have it stuffed in there. Does the idea that you are eating something with the pure intention of giving you a heart attack just slip your mind? Christ, even KFC removed it. 2 grams per double cheeseburger is a lot, seriously.

  91. CorrieCJ says:

    My local McD’s (Queens, NY) has pretty much nothing on the dollar menu anymore. I think you can get 2 apple pies for $1, and maybe one or two other random things. No sandwiches at all. Can they do that?

  92. TVGenius says:

    I swear we were the last place on earth to get the $1 Doubles. McD’s in small towns in the middle of nowhere had them before we did. I’m sure the jerk franchisee from our town would be more than happy to jack them up to $1.99 or more.

  93. ctaylor says:

    McDonalds makes me ill now, but I used to enjoy the occasional Big Mac. I just wish they would actually use beef on their burgers instead of that cardboard substitute.

    Beyond the whole sick to the stomach thing, which is a pretty good reason not to eat there, I have given up on McDonalds because they won’t sell a breakfast value meal with a small drink. You have to buy a large drink. Bite me, McD’s.

  94. farcedude says:

    Heh. “dollar menu”. I was born and raised in Fairbanks, AK, and at least for a while now it’s been the $1.50 menu. I guess that’s what I get for living in Alaska.

  95. pollyannacowgirl says:

    @ludwigk:

    It could be a combination of both. I’m sure the quality has gone downhill.

    But your tastebuds CAN change or be recalibrated. I gave up eating processed food. Eating stuff like Doritos or Oreos or a Big Mac is is big disappointment now. Everything tastes WAY too salty or sweet, whereas it used to taste delicious. Not to be gross, but I can tell if something has artificial flavoring because it repeats on me if it does. I was burping “flame-broiled” for a whole afternoon after eating a Whopper.

  96. orlo says:

    This would be a better place to use the product shrink-ray… fast food isn’t worth it after the second bite anyway

  97. econobiker says:

    @HogwartsAlum: Yes, I like the McD’s happy meal also mainly because the happy meal content is the equivalent of a full 1950’s adult meal plus you get a free (chinese slave labor assembled) toy…

  98. Imaginary_Friend says:

    @Parapraxis: That’s funny — although the background graphic is pretty unsettling. Just what do those hooligans intend on doing to poor Ronald? He looks petrified.

    Did anyone else notice there’s a sub-thread going on here — several people have now confirmed that McDonald’s has made them physically ill after eating there. Hmmm…

  99. oldheathen says:

    I just passed a taco shop on the way home which is advertising “Get a taco and a drink for the price of a gallon of gas!” Either that sign’s a year old or that must be one kickass taco and a soda with no ice. ;)

  100. Bearcat44 says:
  101. thelushie says:

    @dj_skilz: Hey don’t you knock my Taco Bell ;-)! You can get the cheesy beefy burrito thing for .89 and, with a large drink, it is under 3.00. That burrito is enough to fill you up, too! (No, I do not want to know how much fat is in it. I don’t eat them everyday. Leave my junk food alone! *sticks fingers in ears and stomps away*)

  102. ShabazOSU says:

    @jst07:
    You can get them @ 2am?? Here in Columbus, specifically near Ohio State campus, they stop serving the double cheeseburger @ 11pm.

  103. RandomHookup says:

    @Methusalah: The real cost shouldn’t include labor…you will pay the labor regardless of how many burgers you sell (at least in the short term).

  104. MrEvil says:

    Oh man, the double cheeseburgers are about the only thing I’ll eat at McDonald’s. What next? Wendy’s axes the 99 cent Junior Bacon Cheeseburger? They tried that, and I don’t think it went over too well.

  105. The_Gas_Man says:

    “The rising cost of raw materials means that McDonald’s has to pay more for beef”
    Um… And bread. And cheese. And ketchup. And onions. And pickles. And workers. And electricity. And paper wrappers. And paper bags…

  106. AllenK says:

    I work with people who eat at McD’s pretty much everyday If not there then some other sort of fast food. Pretty much all of them are obese also! This is TMI,but you don’t want to follow them in the bathroom either. That stuff is terrible for you!

    I’ll admit I eat there MAYBE once or twice a year,but only when I’m sick of everything else.

  107. JoeTan says:

    They can just get rid of the bun and give you a plastic glove (that they aren’t wearing anyway!) to hold onto the “meat” patties.

  108. cjones27 says:

    Seriously. You guys are making me crave McDonald’s right now.

    The day finally came last week when they stopped doing Doubles for $1 in Austin last week. Hungover as hell, I journeyed to the McDonald’s in search of instant relief, and was blindsided by the $1 Double being replaced by a single. :(

  109. Scazza says:

    Wow, 100 comments and no one mentioned the secret trick to asking for a “Double Cheeseburger Like A Mac”? For years now I have been asking for it and every mcdonalds does it. Pretty much you get a big mac, sans the middle peice of bread, for 1/5th the price of the actual big mac.

    If they got rid of the dollar menu at McDs (the 1.39 menu in canada btw), I think I would just stop eating there.

  110. yagisencho says:

    Damn you, Consumerist. I’ve managed to steer clear of McDonalds burgers for over a decade, but just reading the phrase “Double Cheeseburger” has me salivating like Pavlov’s dogs.

  111. coren says:

    I find it odd that they’re singling out the double cheeseburger – isn’t the McChicken or the 4 pack of nuggets costing more? I can’t see fries jumping in price due to how their costs are frequently offset by drinks, but you’d think it was all the meat items, not just one…

  112. Xerloq says:

    I just had this for ‘dinner.’ $1 DCB, $0.99 Xlarge soda, and a $1.79 large fry. $4.07 w/ tax.

    I’m gettin’ fat while it’s cheap to help me last through the lean decades ahead. =/

    All I like is the fries, anyway.

  113. Xerloq says:

    @Scazza: You mean add lettuce and tomato w/ special sauce? They charge $0.40 for the tomato, $0.35 for lettuce and $0.25 for special sauce, $0.65 for a sesame seed bun substitution, and at my McD’s anyway. I thin that makes it $0.10 cheaper with more chance to screw up the order. I think that $0.10 pays for the cardboard box.

  114. meefer says:

    At both the McDs I have been to in the past month, it’s been $1. The 4 nuggets too. What else would I get? If they raise it up, they better start a special on something else or mail out more BOGO free coupons or my money and ravaged digestive tract will be going elsewhere.

  115. RabbitDinner says:

    @Bearcat44: YES! El Pollo Loco. You’re probably sick of it out there but I absolutely love that place. Have you ever been to Burgerville? I went in Oregon and Washington, but I hear there are some in Northern California

  116. VikingP77 says:

    Glad this is happening…last thing we all need is cheap fast food!

  117. wildness says:

    Forever since they only staff two people to make the food and take orders at both the counter and drive thru…at least I think that is how my local McDonalds is doing it.

  118. christoj879 says:

    @christoj879: My bad, not a good investment decision.

  119. DrJimmy says:

    I passed the 20-year mark last February not partaking of Evil Clown’s menu.

    That redheaded sonofabitch pedophile will get another dime from me when he pries it from my cold, dead fingers.

    He’ll have to stand in line to try.

  120. DrJimmy says:

    @Imaginary_Friend:
    Massive food poisoning in Feb 1988 from a McRib sandwich. Haven’t darkened Evil Clown’s door since.

  121. Meathamper says:

    They should shrink the burger…I found out today that they shurnk the Coke cans in Hong Kong.

  122. DrJimmy says:

    @michaelleung: I’d like to shrink Evil Clown down to cockroach size, the better to fit under my rapidly lowering shoe.

    Crunch!

  123. edrebber says:

    @EE: Order a cup of water and then refill with soda. Much cheaper.

  124. ideagirl says:

    @stevegoz: a dime for the bun? Where do you live? Where I am even the cheap buns are $1.49 for 8, that comes out to almost double that. And generic sliced american cheese is about the same.

  125. primo.avanti says:

    sadly the only thing i ate there…back to the wendys jbc. wendys nuggets are better anyways

  126. navstar says:

    it’s called loss leader…

  127. FLConsumer says:

    McDonald’s has to pay more for beef

    WHAT? They use actual BEEF? I thought it was a mixture of horse meat & plastic in those burgers.

  128. Anjow says:

    So it’s half the price of the one here in the UK and probably bigger too? Makes me feel great.

  129. DamThatRiver says:

    I’ll never forget the hilarious ad: “Double Cheeseburger? I’d hit it. I’m a Dollar Menu guy.”

    Oh well, I rarely ever eat “McDogfood” (that’s what my mom calls them) anyways.

    On a somewhat related note, Carl’s Jr. just raised the Spicy Chicken from 99 cents to $1.29.

    Oh, and the Jack In The Box Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger is the best dollar burger still around, imo.

  130. parrotuya says:

    Mickey D’s does uses real meat in their burgers?

  131. Sytrus says:

    Double Cheeseburgers have been $1.50 for about a year now in my town.

    Bozeman, MT for all who are interested. :)

  132. MorrisseyTheCat says:

    I think they will keep it since they have conditioned the public to cheap prices that don’t meet costs for so long…They could go the good old American Way route (like the airlines for example) and subsidize the “demands” of the public with employee pay & benefits cuts, rather than passing on increases…’Cause darnit we NEED burgers and air travel

  133. 420greg says:

    @theblackdog:

    I wish we had them here in Florida.

    I could use a Jumbo Jack about now.

  134. theblackdog says:

    @edrebber: When I worked fast food, I hated people like you, and so do a lot of other workers.

    What killed me is it was usually the folks who drove up in expensive cars that would order water and then pour soda. My boss had a theory that it was how they could afford their car.

  135. kwsdurango says:

    There’s beginning to be a rumor about a significant increase in Federal Taxes on fast food anyways, in the same vein as tax rates on cigarettes, alcohol and gas. I can’t seem to find the link at the moment…

    Anyways, the story is that the Fed. is looking to offset increases in entitlement spending in programs such as Medicare and Medicaid particularly given increasing obesity rates, which are contributing to higher healthcare costs generally.

    So – eat up while you can!

  136. mthrndr says:

    I’ve always wondered why the double cheeseburger was $1 when a single cheeseburger was $.99. I get them on occasion. If they go up 20 or 30 cents, no biggie.

  137. bostonguy says:

    @Methusalah: I heard from a store manager (in the greater Boston area) that they DO take a loss on selling the double cheeseburger on the dollar menu. They can’t wait until McD corporate allows them to remove it and actually make a few cents on the damn thing!

  138. mariospants says:

    Well, inflation can’t be helped and the price was fair while it lasted. Maybe McDonald’s can do a “$2 Tuesdays” thingy like they used to do where you got two cheeseburgers for $2.

  139. TPS Reporter says:

    At least the BK Jr whopper tastes somewhat like a real hamburger. I wish we had WhatABurger here in Indiana. Have them in Arizona and they are good. Also, El Pollo Loco would be great.

  140. AllenK says:

    @MrBill38:

    Yes! Whataburger is great!

  141. Imaginary_Friend says:

    @DrJimmy: See? This food poisoning subtext bothers me much more than the price increase. The reason I ask is I remember taking my niece to get a tetnus shot last year and her pediatrician made a point of asking me if she ate at McDonald’s (and then after a pause, added “or other fast food”). I told her she did a few times a year and the pediatrician seemed to stress that she should get a booster shot for Hep A.

    All the anecdotal tales of intestinal woes after eating at McD’s may be telling.

  142. BlazerUnit says:

    Get ready for McRamen Noodles and the McSpam Deluxe to finally make their debuts.

  143. BlazerUnit says:

    Wow, just looked at the picture. How common are those double drive thrus? Our town’s new replacement McD’s has one and I’m surprised that it hasn’t caused more road rage like hilarity.

  144. coren says:

    They’re pretty common, but it’s usually a renovation thing after business has proved to require it @BlazerUnit

    And I think the idea is that most people who will get the burger will buy a drink, even the cheapass dollar drink. The goal is to get them coming in to sell them on something else.

  145. Marshfield says:

    I was at a McDonalds yesterday here in Seattle WA, and the Dollar menu featured a “double HAMBURGER” for a buck. The double cheeseburger was $1.29.

    I had the double hamburger, it was OK but I missed the cheese. I’m just not sure it’s worth the other 29 cents.