Check Out This Adorable Little Breakfast Burrito

DJ must have used tweezers and a microscope to set up this shot of this microscopic breakfast burrito, which he says have been hit by a Grocery Shrink Ray of sorts. At its side is a salsa packet.

These breakfast burritos are getting ridiculous. You will get more
sauce than burrito if this trend continues.

DJ writes:

I didn’t even know they made tortillas that small.

If you eat McDonald’s breakfast burritos, how does their size compare to the one DJ shot? And how many dozen does it take to fill you up?

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  1. c!tizen says:

    How do I know that’s not a 1lb bag of salsa?

  2. Rebecca K-S says:

    Is that from the dollar menu?

    • Cyniconvention says:

      That was my first thought…the dollar burritos are only about as long as an iTunes card.

    • The cake is a lie! says:

      Burritos that small should be from the dime menu. Anything you can eat in one bite should be served by the dozen if you ask me.

      • Rebecca K-S says:

        Well, just sayin’, dollar menu items are pretty notoriously small.

        • Southern says:

          I haven’t had the one from McDonalds, but I have had the one from Sonic.. And I must say, that it couldn’t have been much larger from the one pictured above. I was very disappointed, especially considering the fact that their $1 “Frito chili burrito” is easily twice the size (at the same price).

  3. YokoOhNo says:

    what’s the problem? if you don’t like it you can open your own burrito shop and sell burritos 10x the size at 1/3 the price if you want. it’s a free market (except for the bailout money McDonald’s received) and we are all free to compete!

    • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

      Thank you for the “if you don’t like it create your own ___” comment.

      Now if you don’t like the article, you can go make your own consumer-centric website and have only articles that are important to you.

      • Cheap Sniveler: Sponsored by JustAnswer.comâ„¢ says:

        “I make my own consumer-centric website at home”?

        • Joseph S Ragman says:

          No, I make my own breakfast burritos at home …

          Actually, I buy them by the case at Scam’s Club. For the price of eight of the Crackdonalds variety, I get 30 of them … enough to keep me in breakfast burritos for a month, and they taste better than the ones the Clown sells.

          • mandy_Reeves says:

            i make my own too…Eggbeaters, salsa, mushrooms, peppers…maybe some cut up baked nathans crinkle fries( if i Have a low points lunch planned) 1/4 cup shredded low fat cheddar

        • sendmoney2me says:

          I make my own comments at home ;)

    • coren says:

      What’s the problem? If you don’t like the articles, you can open your own blog that reports consumer issues. It’s a free internet and we’re all free to blog. ;)

    • stormbird says:

      Bailout money? For Hamburglar, I presume?

      I’ve had the breakfast burritos before and they were underwhelming. Then Subway started doing breakfast (egg white omlette and bacon to counteract the egg whites on flat bread) and now I don’t go to McDonalds.

  4. misterfweem says:

    Reminds me of that old joke: The food here is terrible, and the portions are too small.

  5. mbgrabbe says:

    As much as we hate the grocery shrink ray, a shrink ray that targets fast food portioning is probably a good thing for us.

    • Opdelt says:

      You make a damn good point!

    • macoan says:

      Yea, don’t worry – The Consumerist should have an article about how another fast food place is bring another too-big item to their menu soon. Fast Food can’t win no matter what they do.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      Except restaurants probably won’t reduce costs relative to the smaller portions.

  6. Kibit says:

    Were they bigger before and have slowly shrunk?

  7. Nighthawke says:

    The tortilla they used to make that must be custom, for the standard sizes follow for that flat bread:

    Burrito: 10 inches diameter, Soft taco 8″, and fajitas are 6″. That looks more like a 4″ to me.

  8. Cheap Sniveler: Sponsored by JustAnswer.comâ„¢ says:

    I make my own breakfast burri… Oops, Sorry.
    But seriously, Sometimes I do make a bunch on Sunday and freeze them for the week. But I don’t think I could make them that small.

    • hoi-polloi says:

      A while back my wife made and froze breakfast sandwiches with bacon, egg, and cheese. My only problem was remembering they were there as we rushed out the door in the morning. I should buy some sausage and make some more. Thanks for the reminder!

      • Cheap Sniveler: Sponsored by JustAnswer.comâ„¢ says:

        I’ve done that, too. Breakfast is hard when you have to get up at 4 am!

      • Nigerian prince looking for business partner says:

        I haven’t made them in a long time but I used to scramble an egg w/ some milk in a coffee mug and then microwave it. It would come out in the perfect shape and size for a quick breakfast sandwich.

        • Beeker26 says:

          I used to do this all the time, except with some butter instead of milk. Comes out the perfect shape to put on a roll or english muffin :)

      • HogwartsProfessor says:

        I do that too. Refrigerator biscuits, several eggs mixed with milk and baked in a small cookie sheet in the oven, and slices of deli ham or precooked bacon. Cut the egg up into squares and throw it all together with a slice of cheese. I like to put them in my lunch sometimes too.

        Mmmmm. Now I want to make some!

  9. Opdelt says:

    I bought one this morning and noticed it was much smaller than I remember. It’s been at least 4 months since I bought my last one. When eating it, I am overwhelmed by powered eggs and a cheap slice of processed american cheese.

    • Cheap Sniveler: Sponsored by JustAnswer.comâ„¢ says:

      C’mon. “Processed American Cheese” is the good stuff. The government sets standards for that.

      What you had was no doubt “Pastuerized Process Cheese Food Product”, something for which there are no standards. Thanks, Kraft!

      • Conformist138 says:

        Lol, my mom taught me that lesson as a child: if it says “American Cheese”, it makes a good grilled cheese sandwich, but if it says “cheese food” or “cheese product” then it’s more plastic than food.

        The same goes for “chocolate” vs “chocolate flavored”

    • Sneeje says:

      I can understand why you would be overwhelmed by powered eggs–most people unplug them before eating them.

  10. allknowingtomato says:

    Without knowing what the burrito costs, or what size the burrito used to be for the same price, I am having difficulty seeing the problem. It looks like a smaller-than-normal burrito, yes. But Chipotle burritos are more than twice the size of what a normal adult “should” be eating for one meal. So your burrito mileage varies, and our expectations probably fall in the “enormous burrito the size of a baby” range. Besides, MacDonalds’ breakfast foods were never giant like their fries/burger monstrosities, if I remember correctly.

    If the burrito was twice as large last week for the same price, or if that were a $4 burrito, I would understand.

    Pro-tip: Try a Jack in the box bfast burrito. They are larger and available all day (assuming you have JITB near your neck of the woods).

    • Cheap Sniveler: Sponsored by JustAnswer.comâ„¢ says:

      Alas, no, we don’t have one here.

    • Gandalf the Grey says:

      Oh how I wish. They were even running ads on local TV stations for a while, but the closest JITB is about 300 miles from here.

    • George4478 says:

      >>Without knowing what the burrito costs, or what size the burrito used to be for the same price, I am having difficulty seeing the problem.

      I doubt he would be complaining if they shrunk the burrito by 50% and dropped the price by 50%. The grocery shrink-ray tales are always “product shrunk, price didn’t” stories so that is the problem.

  11. ericlewis91 says:

    They didnt fold this properly, they made it too short!

  12. sushibandit says:

    I’ve been fairly religiously eating McD’s breakfast burritos for the better part of two years.

    While they are at times unevenly heated, misshapen, and filled with varying quantities and qualities of ingredients, I’ve never seen one this small.

  13. LINIStittles says:

    This is the dollar menu burrito. Their other burritos are significantly larger.

  14. Alvis says:

    Sausage Burrito
    Serving Size: 3.9 oz (111 g)

    I don’t take it subby has a scale handy?

  15. Cheap Sniveler: Sponsored by JustAnswer.comâ„¢ says:

    It’s been a long time since I had one, I do remember the dollar menu burrito being larger than that.

    Does anyone have the old nutrition information on these so we can verify shrinkage?

    • Coles_Law says:

      I used to make these burritos. They use a standard size tortilla (6 or 8 in.) and are supposed to be open at one end. However, when I first made one, I tucked both ends in as seen above. That, plus a new worker using the wrong scoop size for the filling, could easily result in this.

  16. Rasputin45 says:

    They only have one burrito on the menu, a breakfast burrito, inside is a scoop of a sausage, pepper, and onion filling and a slice of American cheese. If I am remembering correctly, these guys cost about $1.30 or so each, normally 2 is a breakfast. I think they may have slightly shrunk since I worked there and was making them 15 years ago, but not that much.

  17. savvy9999 says:

    To help speed the cure of a horrific hangover, I stopped by McDs on the way to work a couple of weeks ago– the first time in years– and bought 3 of these little breakfast burritos for 99 cents each. Each was about as long as the width of my hand, about as big around as an “ok” sign with thumb and forefinger, and actually quite yummy w/ the picante sauce.

    I’d say the pic is about right.

    I don’t eat fast food very often, but the whole thought of it, all greasy and spicy and warmy, while writing this thread is making me hungry. Time to go have a clementine!

    • LastError says:

      Do you know what you ate in those three burritos?

      2490MG of sodium. The RDA for healthy people is 2400, so those three burritos put you over the line in one meal. Everything else you ate today was over the line. If you had McD again for lunch and something else for dinner, you might have taken in 5000 to 6000MG, or three times the RDA. That’s scary stuff.

      What else did you eat?

      48 grams of fat, 21 of them saturated. That’s 75% of the RDA for fat and 99% of the RDA for saturated fat. Again, any other saturated fat you eat today is probably going to put you over the line.

      900 calories. That’s a little less than half of what most people need per day, so no worries there. There had to be some good news out of this breakfast. This might be it.

    • imasqre says:

      I love how almost everyone going to McDonald’s hasn’t “been there in years” lol

  18. Cheap Sniveler: Sponsored by JustAnswer.comâ„¢ says:

    I’ve seen lumpia bigger than that!
    (lumpia is a delicious little deep fried Filipino egg roll)

  19. Big Mama Pain says:

    At least it looks properly folded. Normally you open the wrapper and whatever they call what the filling is somehow winds up all over the place; and I have never had one that actually rolled the ends up. You’d think they would do this so that you don’t have to actually look at what your eating before you take the first bite.

    • Coles_Law says:

      The “proper” way of making them actually leaves one end open. I have no idea why.

    • Rena says:

      I eat fast food burritos fairly often (much larger than this shrimp), usually from the same place, and about half the time, they make it sideways. Put all the ingredients in, roll it, and flatten it out… but they flatten the wrong side, so you end up with all the meat on one side, all the tomato/lettuce/etc in the middle, and all the cheese on the other side. So one bite you get nothing but meat, the next you get nothing but veggies and cheese. Annoys the crap out of me.

      You can of course squish it the right way yourself, but since you have to bite into it first to see, this tends to be messy, and since it’s already been squished once, it tends to tear the tortilla.

  20. Master Medic: Now with more Haldol says:

    Actually, this is a result of all the liberal, “we must tell you what and how much to eat” program.

    Therefore, if you eat McDonalds you must be a fatty and as such we will only allow you an itty bitty boritto. Limit 1. NO TOY

  21. bratwurst says:

    It is not the size of the burrito that matters.

  22. Loridori4 says:

    Go to Burger King. They give you 2 in the meal, and they are 4 times that size! Actually, it’s way too much food!

  23. Das G says:

    Only Mcdonald’s could pack 300 calories and 16g of fat into a bite sized burrito.

  24. AngryK9 says:

    What is it with you people and this strange preoccupation with size?!

    Does size really matter *that* much?!

    What difference does size make as if it does it’s job well?!

    Size is unimportant if you utilize it properly!

  25. mike6545 says:

    It hasn’t changed in size. It’s not a taco bell burito but it’s ok. That’s a bad picture because people don’t know that the sauce they give you is actually a long packet. Someone who hasn’t had one will think it’s probably the size of a ketchup packet but really it’s more like the length of two of them or more.

  26. Jeff says: "WTF could you have been thinking?" says:

    The last time I got a BB about a week ago I too thought it was smaller. Not as small as that one, but nothing like they used to be.

  27. Southern says:

    In other news, Starbucks just announced a new size, called the “TRENTA”, which will be 31oz of coffee goodness. That’s just 1oz. shy of a full QUART of coffee.

    Woohoo! :-)

    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/business/7385328.html

    • Erika'sPowerMinute says:

      Nuh uh. It’s half a quart of coffee and half a quart of ice.

      I’ve never understood yucky iced coffee drinks–I worked for years at a NON chain espresso shop in Seattle, and we *always* made our iced lattes by first adding the shots to the milk, then stirring the ice into the now-cool coffee mixture. Most places, including I’m assuming Starbucks but correct me if I’m wrong, will dump ice into the cup and then throw the freshly-pulled shots on top of them. Yuck. Fine, fine espresso + stale-tasting melted ice cubes. Grody.

  28. Razor512 says:

    Never order from the breakfast menu from a fastfood place, if you compare the grams to the lunch foods, you are getting about half the food at most for the same price or more

  29. ShariC says:

    Ah, yes. Complain that portion sizes are too big and it is making people fat, then complain that serving sizes are shrinking.

    People don’t need as much food as they think they need, and part of the reason they think that is that large serving sizes (which are offered because food is cheap and it increases the perception of “value”) have distorted their overall thinking about what is an appropriate portion. This is a good thing. The nutritional content and the calorie count on that burrito matters much more than the overall size, but that information is absent from this piece.

  30. LastError says:

    Not only is it small, the nutritional content indicates it must be mostly made of fat and sodium. Inedible food ought to at least be visible.

  31. dourdan says:

    it is only 99 cents. i get those burritos when i am not very hungry but the person i am with is.

  32. Rhinoguy says:

    It’s a shame you folks don’t live in the south where you could feast on a sausage, egg and cheese biscuit from Biscuitville. 780 disturbing calories with 54 grams of fat (almost two ounces!) half of them saturated. Enough salt to make a piece of steel float in a sink full of water. An aroma that fogs your car windows for three days! Top it with packets of ketchup, mustard, mayo, pickle relish, barbecue sauce or Texas Pete. Man, that’s some eatin’! Once a month tops.
    Stick a wick in your ear and you’re a tallow candle.
    BTW, next door is a Krispy Kreme!

  33. selmorestuff says:

    I buy based upon calories per dollar. At Micky D’s you gotta go with the sausage biscuit.

  34. Ereshkigal234 says:

    Honestly just looks like they used a Taquito size flour tortilla… not that uncommon here in south Texas.. Any Breakfast burrito i get tends to be made with a small tortilla.. maybe they just utilized a smaller size due to availability.

  35. UnicornMaster says:

    The value meal comes with 2. I think it’s actually a perfect size, about one egg and sausage in each one.

  36. HogwartsProfessor says:

    I noticed they were getting smaller, but I haven’t eaten one in a while. They used to be big enough that one burrito, a hash brown and OJ was enough for me. Now I would have to eat two. Better I just skip them or make my own.

  37. jcargill says:

    where do they get such cute little tortillas?

  38. Cetan says:

    I could eat like, 50 burritos that size.

  39. consumedchick says:

    yet it still will make you sick for the rest of the day. This little think packs a punch.

  40. bravohotel01 says:

    Lessee….

    10 Pack o tortillas: $1.50
    Can o twice-fried beans: $1
    Block o cheddar: $2.50
    Small thing o sour cream: $1.50

    = $6.50 for 10 burritos = 1 for $0.65

    How much did you pay for your micro burrito? $2?

    *If you complain about the price of food you didn’t’t assemble yourself, sorry, but you’re a sucker.*

  41. burrito says:

    I have been buying the breakfast burrito meal deal for years. Recently our McDonald’s closed for remodeling and today was my first trip back. Nobody is imagining anything — the burritos are WAY smaller than they used to be! Yet they are the same price (if not more). NO FAIR!!!

  42. blueman says:

    Yes, better that it be a foot long and stuffed with fake eggs and fake cheese and procesed meat and three days worth of fat and calories. That’s the American way!