FAST FOOD NEWS: McDonald’s Quarter Pounder Deluxe and Premium Chicken Deluxe Sandwich

McDonald's Scaled Back Menu2

McDonald’s has been testing streamlined menus for several weeks. The photo above was taken at a restaurant in Ohio, which is a known test location for McDonald’s.

Update: The new menu has begun rolling out nationwide.

Looking at the menu above, the number of Extra Value Meals has been trimmed back to eleven, thanks to cuts to the Quarter Pounder and Premium Chicken Sandwich lines. The number of Quarter Pounder options have dropped from five to three. Goodbye, Bacon Habanero Ranch and Bacon & Cheese Quarter Pounders!

If you’re a Deluxe Quarter Pounder eater, you’re probably wondering why the Quarter Pounder Deluxe is labeled as “New” and the word “Deluxe” is now at the end of the name. Aren’t they the same?

They are not.

Both versions have a beef patty, tomato, mayo, American cheese, pickles, lettuce, mustard, and onions, but the new Quarter Pounder Deluxe has a sesame seed bun that replaces the Deluxe Quarter Pounder’s Bakery-Style Bun and it also has ketchup.

The Quarter Pounder Deluxe has 580 calories, 32 grams of fat, 13 grams of saturated fat, 1.5 grams of trans fat, 1200 milligrams of sodium, 44 grams of carbohydrates, and 29 grams of protein.

Now that I’ve made your brain all twisted with Quarter Pounder Deluxe and Deluxe Quarter Pounder differences, let’s move on to the Premium Chicken Sandwiches.

The Classic, Chicken Club, and Ranch BLT Premium Chicken Sandwiches have been replaced by the Premium Chicken Deluxe Sandwich that features an artisan roll, a tomato slice, mayo, leaf lettuce, and your choice of a grilled or crispy chicken fillet. If you’ve eaten a Classic Premium Chicken Sandwich, you might be thinking this new chicken sandwich sure sounds like the Classic one. Well, they’re pretty much the same sandwich except, just like the Deluxe Quarter Pounder…or was it the Quarter Pounder Deluxe, it has a different bun.

A Premium Crispy Chicken Deluxe Sandwich has 530 calories, 22 grams of fat, 4 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 1000 milligrams of sodium, 59 grams of carbohydrates, and 25 grams of protein. The grilled version has 370 calories, 9 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 830 milligrams of sodium, 45 grams of carbohydrates, and 29 grams of protein.

(Thanks for the image Shane!)

18 thoughts to “FAST FOOD NEWS: McDonald’s Quarter Pounder Deluxe and Premium Chicken Deluxe Sandwich”

  1. This has been the case in Baltimore (another test market) as well. No more southern style chicken sandwich and they’re really hitting the new menu combo ‘choices ‘ Shamrock Shake is back though.

  2. It looks sounds like the Quarter Pounder Deluxe is the same as the old Big-N-Tasty With Cheese, but with a better name.

  3. I think all McDonald’s are doing this, not just test market areas. I’m an employee from a Wisconsin McDonald’s and they’ve done the same thing with the menu.

  4. It’s sort of like a “best of” the current menu. I see the classic 2 cheeseburgers combo is back, an old friend of mine. I’m a little surprised they kept all 3 premium Mcwraps. They are pretty good though.

  5. And McDonald’s thinks that this is going to save its sinking sales? At its relatively higher price-points for, unfortunately, relatively lower quality offerings, why not just spend a few bucks more (if that) and get a much more interesting, higher quality meal?

  6. We have these in the Knoxville TN area. I stopped in the drive thru and had to scan the board for what I wanted and when I found it, the bacon clubhouse burger, I said I’d like a number 6. But the person rang it up as a chicken clubhouse. I had to correct her. While the board looks streamlined, I think it is confusing because of the multiple choices under the numbers.

  7. How’s the value menu side looking? Are the grilled onion cheddar burgers and Jalapeño McDoubles that brought me back to occasionally stopping at McD’s on borrowed time?

    1. Ditto–each of these “value” items actually offers some flavor (of course, due to the non-meat extra), and is not over-priced.

    2. thejalapeno is discotiued and grilled onion cheddar will probably stay as long as the steak for breaksfast stays on the menu they changed to using the grilled onion for the birger instead

  8. The more they change the menu, the more confused customers get and the more will stay away. I recently tried to order a grilled chicken sandwich a the drive-through and was told it no longer exists, but I is now a make-your-own-taste item. The menu for the make-your-own-stuff was impossible to understand, so I asked the lady over the intercom if they could just make a burger that is like the old grilled chicken sandwich used to be. She said ‘no, you have to make it yourself’. I said, ‘Thanks, I will not be ordering anything then’ and I waited patiently for the line to move through until I was able to exit.
    I went to Burger King and found familiar items on the menu and was able to order without any confusion.

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