Back in 2008, McDonald’s altered their Dollar Menu burger options, consequentially disrupting the gravitational pull of the sun.  The Double Cheeseburger had been a mega hit selling for a measly dollar.  College kids crushed them with a vicious passion that petrified any vegetarian into a dumbfounded stupor. But apparently McDonald’s profit margins weren’t high enough on these burgers and a change was made.  In waltzed in the McDouble, with skepticism and curiously surrounding it like that new kid who showed up in your 4th grade class mid year.


So whenever the McDouble hit the Dollar Menu and the Double Cheeseburger was thrown into the “Burgers” section at $1.19 or even higher ($1.29 in most places now), the average consumer scratched their head, winced their eyes, and fell over in a wrath of confusion and bewilderment.  After all, the average fast food goer doesn’t keep track of this stuff with a fine tooth comb like we do.  With the problem still ongoing today, we wanted to help out you readers and get down to the cold, hard facts.


The McDouble is listed as a slice of American cheese between two 100% beef patties, topped with pickles, onions, ketchup and mustard.  The McDouble has 390 calories, 19 grams of fat, 22 grams of protein, and weighs in at 5.3 oz


The Double Cheeseburger is listed as two slices of golden American cheese with two 100% all beef patties, pickles, onions, ketchup and mustard. It has 440 calories, 23 grams of fat, 25 grams of protein, and hits the scales at 5.8 oz.


So basically, the only discernible difference at all is the amount of cheese in each, with the McDouble touting one and the Double Cheeseburger packing two.  A little internet research says that a slice of cheese can weigh anywhere from a half to a whole oz, so there’s no way the meat is any larger or more robust in the Double Cheeseburger.


This doesn’t stop McDonald’s from using the magic of photography, angling, and dimensions to make it seem that way.  A quick glance at the photos side by side, would have most anyone believe the McDouble is downright puny in comparison.

Don’t be fooled though readers, if you can handle only one less slice of cheese, save yourself the twenty cents and go for the McDouble.  What do you readers buy? Let us know in the comments.

~Fast Food Geek Staff