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McDonald’s Has the Worst Hamburger in the Country, According to New Consumer Reports Study
New York Daily News ^ | Wednesday, July 2, 2014 | Chelsea Hirsch

Posted on 07/03/2014 4:09:55 PM PDT by nickcarraway

The Habit Burger and In-N-Out lead the pack. Chick-fil-A also has lots to squawk about. Turns out nobody’s loving it.

The standard McDonald’s hamburger — the one that claims to satisfy “billions and billions” — finished dead last in a new Consumer Reports taste test.

The Hamburglar’s favorite meal earned a score of just 5.8 out of 10 from the magazine’s readers, putting it far behind West Coast chains The Habit Burger Grill and In-N-Out Burger, which scored 8.1 out of 10 and 8 out of 10, respectively.

The top fast food burger available locally was Five Guys Burgers and Fries, which got a 7.9 score from the 32,405 readers surveyed by the magazine.

McDonald’s said in a statement that it’s “proud to serve 27 million customers a day” — but the chain has suffered declining sales for six consecutive months. And Consumer Reports thinks it knows why.

“More and more, food quality - not just low price - is emerging as a deciding-factor for many Americans when choosing where to spend their dining dollars,” said Tod Marks, senior projects editor for the magazine.

By quality, Marks said his readers mean “the food’s flavor and fresh-tasting character.”

Even Micky D’s fans couldn’t really defend their daily bread (and frozen patty).

“The food (quality) depends on what McDonald’s location you’re at,” said Aravid Murali, an 18-year-old Brooklynite who dines with Mayor McCheese once a month.

Meanwhile, New Yorkers are waiting in line for the burger at Five Guys, despite a meal that costs several dollars more.

“I like that you can see them cooking at Five Guys as opposed to McDonald’s,” said Sean Daniels, 26, of Crown Heights.

McDonald’s did get a measure of revenge — its McGriddle breakfast sandwich beat Taco Bell’s Waffle Taco in a mouth-to-mouth test.

Still hungry for more? Breakfast and burgers weren’t the only thing on Consumer Reports’ menu. Midwest-based Portillo’s Hot Dogs was the best tasting fast-food chain with a score of 8.5 out of 10. And Chick-fil-A’s signature poultry sandwich earned a score of 8.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Food
KEYWORDS: chickfila; fastfood; hamburgers; mcdonalds; top10
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1 posted on 07/03/2014 4:09:55 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

No argument here.


2 posted on 07/03/2014 4:11:00 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: nickcarraway

Has Burger King’s faggot-burger been tested yet?


3 posted on 07/03/2014 4:12:56 PM PDT by greene66
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To: nickcarraway
Meanwhile, New Yorkers are waiting in line for the burger at Five Guys, despite a meal that costs several dollars more.

McD's sells on price and speed, not high quality.

4 posted on 07/03/2014 4:13:23 PM PDT by iowamark (I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy)
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To: nickcarraway

I remember my first McDonald’s hamburger. It was around 1960 and one had just opened in Ft. Walton, Bch. They were 15 cents and I think the fries were the same.

I was really surprised how good they were.

My last one was around 10 years ago. I was in the midst of moving and had to just grab something for lunch. I got a cheeseburger and coke at the local one.

Absolutely awful. I can’t believe how much they have changed.


5 posted on 07/03/2014 4:13:56 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: greene66

Tastes like ****.


6 posted on 07/03/2014 4:14:03 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: nickcarraway

Part of mcdonalds problem is that recently, last year, they stopped using heinz ketchup after 40 years. I went to a local mcdonalds recently and I dont know what brand ketchup theyre now using, but it was inferior to heinz.


7 posted on 07/03/2014 4:14:59 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: nickcarraway

Wendy’s , maybe a qtr pounder now and then..the dogs love the fries


8 posted on 07/03/2014 4:15:26 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: yarddog

Is del taco still around, they used to make some messy burgers. hardees too


9 posted on 07/03/2014 4:16:18 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: iowamark

There is an old saying in the manufacturing industry. You can get it fast, cheap or of good quality. Which two do you want?


10 posted on 07/03/2014 4:18:19 PM PDT by glyptol
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To: NormsRevenge

Hardees used to make one called the Huskie. They were large and delicious. There was so much juice in them that they were served in clear plastic sort of bags which kept the liquids from leaking on you.

I bet they were really unhealthy but boy they were good. This was also in the 60s.


11 posted on 07/03/2014 4:19:30 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: nickcarraway

My first job was at McDonald’s and that was when a hamburger was 13 cents. The free lunch for a full shift was 2 burgers, small fries and a small soda.

On the occasions when I’m in a hurry, need a quick bite and a McD’s is on the route, I’ll still get the same meal. But, the fries are no where near as good and the burgers are not quite the same. Anything else at McD’s? - Forget it.


12 posted on 07/03/2014 4:20:11 PM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: lowbridge

I like Heinz but will not buy it.
The Kerry connection.

Del Monte is fine for me.


13 posted on 07/03/2014 4:20:23 PM PDT by super7man
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To: NormsRevenge
Del Taco is all over the Coachella Valley....unfortunately, we only have two In-N-Out locations, one of which is too far west to apply.....the best thing about Indio:


14 posted on 07/03/2014 4:20:59 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (It ain't a "hashtag"....it's a damn pound sign. ###)
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To: ErnBatavia

I’m In-N-Out since 1963.

Also like Fat Burgers. If you exit El Camino Real off I-5 in San Clemente there is a burger place which used to be Fat Burgers. They kept basically the sam menu. Burger, Skinny Fries, Chocolate Shake.


15 posted on 07/03/2014 4:23:56 PM PDT by morphing libertarian ( On to impeachment and removal (IRS, Taliban, Fast and furious, VA, Benghazi)!!!)
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To: nickcarraway

My personal opinion, for the price, nothing beats the little McD’s burger. With those minced onions. Its good. I simply like that flavor. Its nutritionally balanced too.


16 posted on 07/03/2014 4:23:57 PM PDT by Paradox (Unexpected things coming for the next few years.)
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To: nickcarraway

Perfect cure for constipation


17 posted on 07/03/2014 4:27:10 PM PDT by Sybeck1 (Remember Mississippi!)
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To: yarddog

They used to make some big burgers and roast beef samwiches were good too.. as to health, that’s 40 plus years ago.. bring it on!


18 posted on 07/03/2014 4:29:21 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: nickcarraway
At least there is cheese...


19 posted on 07/03/2014 4:30:39 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Sybeck1
Perfect cure for constipation.

Nah! That's White Castle burgers...

20 posted on 07/03/2014 4:30:56 PM PDT by raybbr (Obamacare needs a death panel.)
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To: ErnBatavia

During my socal years, I lived on del taco.. or so it seemed.

we have 1 in-n-out 4 miles away, so far.


21 posted on 07/03/2014 4:31:05 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: nickcarraway

no argument here, either... I continue to belch McD’s up immediately upon attempted ingestion


22 posted on 07/03/2014 4:31:15 PM PDT by faithhopecharity ((Brilliant, Profound Tag Line Goes Here, just as soon as I can think of one..))
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To: nickcarraway

Habit burger. I tried it. It was over priced and not very good.


23 posted on 07/03/2014 4:33:21 PM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: nickcarraway

Who wants a hamburger when you can have a pork tenderloin sandwich?

24 posted on 07/03/2014 4:33:39 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: nickcarraway

I kind of like the humble McDonald’s 79 cent cheeseburger, especially from a competent franchise. In no way does it pretend to be a Five Guys burger. Totally different category. I like the basic formula with the onion bits and the tangy pickle slices. One of its virtues is that you can eat it with one hand while driving to a business meeting without worrying about it drippig stuff on your tie. It also is perfect in an airport when you’re jogging to make your connection.


25 posted on 07/03/2014 4:34:31 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Paradox

26 posted on 07/03/2014 4:34:34 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: nickcarraway

Portillo’s Italian Beef. Drool. Damn now I’m hungry


27 posted on 07/03/2014 4:35:26 PM PDT by sharkhawk (Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall.)
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To: nickcarraway

Captain Obvious pix please?

Actually, I know McD’s is tiny and flimsy and thin and supposed to be bad, thus. However, I love them.

Not a big fan of burgers, per se, but I do love fast food, and the faster it is for me, the better the burger. I prefer a Wendy’s or McD’s any day to homemade or restaurant burger. Even when they put bacon on it. So I don’t eat many burgers outside an FF place.


28 posted on 07/03/2014 4:36:06 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue.)
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To: nickcarraway
I probably have poor taste but I''ll take a McDonald’s hamburger (double quarter pounder with cheese) over any of the others, I just like the taste, but all is not lost I think their fries and shakes are nasty. 5 guys fries in a greasy bag are my choice followed by Chick-fil-A waffle fries and Arby's curly fries..

The real crappy burger is from Dairy Queen IMHO.

29 posted on 07/03/2014 4:37:01 PM PDT by this_ol_patriot
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To: nickcarraway
Their stuff is cheap and saves the masses from starvation.

I just wish there were more fiber in the buns.

30 posted on 07/03/2014 4:37:02 PM PDT by x
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To: Sybeck1

I actually find McD’s basic non angus hamburger easy to digest. And yes they do what you said.


31 posted on 07/03/2014 4:37:04 PM PDT by A message
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To: nickcarraway

Last Mickie D’s I had tasted grainy ... or had the consistency of grainy.


32 posted on 07/03/2014 4:38:48 PM PDT by SkyDancer (If you don't read the newspapers you are uninformed. If you do read newspapers you are misinformed)
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To: lowbridge

That’s BS. I remember that thread. However, they have NEVER given Heinz credit and in no way is the McD’s ketchup from Heinz. No way. It is sweeter and a bit thinner. It is not Heinz.


33 posted on 07/03/2014 4:38:59 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue.)
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To: this_ol_patriot

The problem with Five Guys is the people they have working behind the counter. How do they get so many gang-bangers, and criminals to accept entry level employment? When the cashier rings up my bill, I instinctively hide my wallet while I gather the cash so I don’t get rolled in the parking lot as I leave.


34 posted on 07/03/2014 4:43:31 PM PDT by Yogafist
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To: nickcarraway
McDonald’s did get a measure of revenge — its McGriddle breakfast sandwich beat Taco Bell’s Waffle Taco in a mouth-to-mouth test.

Well, I guess you should take your victories where you can get them. Ray Kroc would have been so proud.

35 posted on 07/03/2014 4:43:54 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: NormsRevenge

Ate at a del Taco about a year ago in Florida. Got tacos. They were way better than the Taco Bell tacos,and rivaled the Bette food truck and taco stand tacos I’ve had.


36 posted on 07/03/2014 4:44:08 PM PDT by NYFriend
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To: nickcarraway

McDonald’s here sells double hamburgers for 89 cents, and for that, it is just delicious.


37 posted on 07/03/2014 4:46:05 PM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: Yogafist

Tell me about it, ours is right smack on the border of 2 gang territories, they had a few incidents, not a place to go after dark.


38 posted on 07/03/2014 4:47:00 PM PDT by this_ol_patriot
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To: the OlLine Rebel

My guess is that McDonalds has a specification for its ketchup — percentage of corn syrup, percentage of acetic acid, percentage of tomato paste, percentage of salt — and gets it from any number of OEM suppliers. Their goal these days is consistency. They don’t want noticeable variations from one supplier to the next. I’d be surprised if the ketchup packs that come with your fries are necessarily supplied by the same manufacturer that supplies the ketchup that goes on the burgers.


39 posted on 07/03/2014 4:48:54 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: greene66

The faggot burger costs $6.66


40 posted on 07/03/2014 4:49:01 PM PDT by Rome2000
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To: nickcarraway

All fast food burgers are crap ... especially McDonalds.


41 posted on 07/03/2014 4:50:20 PM PDT by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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To: raybbr

I love White Castle. Used to live near a couple. I ate one White Castle lunch in the last year. But in my younger days, it was usually late at night, and with friends.

I’ve seen some sorry looking people at White Castle at midnight, and sometimes they were I.


42 posted on 07/03/2014 4:51:42 PM PDT by NYFriend
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To: Born to Conserve

Here they sell double cheeseburgers for about $1.30. Two of them, eaten on the go, are not bad for under $3.


43 posted on 07/03/2014 4:52:00 PM PDT by Mr Rogers
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To: sharkhawk

We have several Portillo’s within a reasonable distance as well as a Five Guys. Both are closer than the nearest McDonald’s.


44 posted on 07/03/2014 4:53:02 PM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: NewHampshireDuo

The fries haven’t been as good since they quit using lard.


45 posted on 07/03/2014 4:53:48 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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To: Rome2000
The faggot burger costs $6.66

Where did you see this? Not that I'm doubting it. Would be typical middle finger behavior toward traditional America by leftists.

46 posted on 07/03/2014 4:53:49 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Sybeck1

No, you want to cure constipation you go to taco bell.


47 posted on 07/03/2014 4:54:37 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: nickcarraway

I was just trying to think of a way to describe the last McD’s cheeseburger I had.

Someone said “grainy” and I think that is appropriate. I think if you took an old worn out football, cut a chunk of it off and ground it up, then mixed it with some Elmers glue to keep it together, then put in on a 10 day old bun with the cheapest bit of cheese product, that pretty much reminds me of how it tasted.


48 posted on 07/03/2014 4:55:04 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: Yogafist

A guy working at my local Taco Bell doens’t seem to be a gang-banger, but he’s got a grotesque tattoo on his neck, and did something really freaky with his earlobes, with some wide piercings.

Having him at the register taking my order, the sight of him made me totally and completely lost my appetite. Haven’t been back to the place since, and I’m sure I won’t for a long, long time, if ever.

The type of people I see nowadays working at these fast-food joints, taking orders and making meals, just look so nasty and so putrid. I’ve really all but stopped going to any of them, save for Chic-Fil-A.


49 posted on 07/03/2014 4:55:38 PM PDT by greene66
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To: yarddog; nickcarraway

I got my first in 1951 as a young man and liked them. Wendy’s claim theirs are REAL beef. Taste better!!!


50 posted on 07/03/2014 4:58:59 PM PDT by danamco (-)
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