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McDonald’s to use fresh beef patties in Quarter Pounder burgers instead of frozen

This news story was published on March 30, 2017.
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MASON CITY – You’ll be in the drive thru even more often once these tasty delights sizzle on that big flat cooking surface.

McDonald’s USA today announced that by mid-2018, it will serve fresh beef, prepared when ordered, in all Quarter Pounder burgers across the majority of its restaurants. The fresh beef burgers, cooked right when ordered, are the latest step the company has made to meet customers’ changing expectations. All McDonald’s burgers use 100 percent pure beef with absolutely no fillers, additives or preservatives.

“Over the past two years, we’ve made a series of bold, tangible changes for our customers,” said McDonald’s President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Easterbrook. “Serving All-Day Breakfast, moving to cage-free eggs and testing delivery are all proof of our commitment to build a better McDonald’s. And we are committed to transforming more aspects of our business, including offering a more modern and enjoyable dining experience, adding new levels of convenience and technology, and making more positive changes to the food we serve.”

A McDonald’s restaurant in Mason City, Iowa.

Delivering fresh beef, cooked right when ordered, in Quarter Pounder burgers is one of the company’s latest customer-led initiatives that builds on several other recent milestones, including:

In 2015, the company announced a number of changes to how it serves and sources its food by offering All-Day Breakfast, committing to only sourcing cage-free eggs by 2025, and committing to only serve chicken not treated with antibiotics important to human medicine* that was completed nearly a year ahead of schedule in 2016.

Last year, the company removed artificial preservatives from several menu items, including Chicken McNuggets and eliminated high fructose corn syrup from the buns used on Big Macs, Quarter Pounders, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, Filet-O-Fish and McChicken sandwiches.

“Today’s announcement is part of a continuing food journey for McDonald’s,” said McDonald’s USA President Chris Kempczinski. “Over the last two years, we have accelerated the pace of change around how we source and serve our food. Delivering fresh beef that’s prepared when our customers order their food is just another example of how we are raising the bar. We’re just getting started, and can’t wait to show you what’s next.”

“This represents a strong partnership between McDonald’s, Lopez Foods and their other beef suppliers to support this initiative and deliver McDonald’s quality standards,” said Ed Sanchez, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lopez Foods. “It was exciting to be part of the test and we look forward to bringing fresh beef to more McDonald’s customers in 2018.”

Quarter Pounder burgers using fresh beef, cooked right when ordered, were initially tested in 325 restaurants across the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area and 77 restaurants in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Quarter Pounder burgers include the Quarter Pounder, Quarter Pounder with Cheese, Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese, the Quarter Pounder with Cheese Deluxe and Signature Crafted Recipe burgers.

“We received overwhelmingly positive feedback from customers and employees and we’re proud to have been part of a test that is creating a watershed moment for McDonald’s,” said McDonald’s Dallas/Fort Worth Franchisee Joe Jasper. “This test was driven by the Franchisees, our region and insights from what our customers are asking for when they visit McDonald’s.”

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21 Responses to McDonald’s to use fresh beef patties in Quarter Pounder burgers instead of frozen

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    Reality Check Reply Report comment

    April 1, 2017 at 9:19 am

    For the sake of argument….. if the burger isnt actualy grilled until you order it, the cook time alone with be 8+ minutes. This is a “well done” burger since state law prohibits the sale of cooked ground beef at any temp under well done for sanitation purposes. Then add time for the orders ahead of you, packaging and presentation and counter wait time. Your burger is now at 15+ minutes………. thats no longer fast food. If they cook the burger ahead of time and hold it in a steamer as is present practice, then once again they they are being dishonest. Either way it’s faster than a Fleets enema.

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    mint Reply Report comment

    April 1, 2017 at 7:23 am

    Mc Donalds serving human meat, please watch this video,

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    mint Reply Report comment

    April 1, 2017 at 7:19 am

    Mc Davers/cadavers, please watch this video,

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    The Burger King Reply Report comment

    April 1, 2017 at 7:12 am

    Now teach the clerks how to provide customer service instead of playing grab ass with each other. Where’s the Beef?

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 1, 2017 at 12:08 am

    Maybe they’ll be as thin as Culver’s burger now

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    April 1, 2017 at 12:06 am

    So you’ll have to wait 15 min instead of 10 min

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 31, 2017 at 3:07 am

    I was at a dairy sale once and they brought in a cow that could hardly walk and had a big buldge on one eye and was skinny. only one guy was bidding and I asked the person with me “why would he buy that old cow” and the reply was “he is a buyer for mcdonalds”. now I always wonder if my burger is the buldge eye.

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    N.E.MCMAN Reply Report comment

    March 30, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    Don’t know what the taste difference will be. I am a Wendy’s fan because of fresh, not frozen. Maybe worth a try?

    Question to see how smart you are.

    Why are Wendy’s hamburgers square?

    Because at Wendy’s they don’t cut corners!!!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 30, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    It’s not old until it’s sold.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 30, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    Mc donald still sucks

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    Reality Check Reply Report comment

    March 30, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    Brilliant planning when Mercy Medical Center opened an Urgent Care Facility just adjacent to Mickey D’s West. They have outstanding cardiac services available almost immediately after your coronary burger is consumed. And it is still covered under Obamacare!

    • Allen

      Allen Reply Report comment

      April 1, 2017 at 8:10 am

      I’m thinking that alcohol and cigarettes cause more health problems then hamburger.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        April 1, 2017 at 9:09 am

        And meth causes more suffering than all of the above. Its all relevant, pick your poision wisely.

        • Allen

          Allen Reply Report comment

          April 1, 2017 at 10:12 am

          Your exactly right, but, I am going on the assumption that there are more people that consume alcohol and smoke cigarettes in excess daily, then people that eat hamburgers. And quite possibly, the same goes for meth. Since you brought up meth, you should do a search on the percentage of meth users compared to those that drink or smoke excessively or eat hamburger and die daily from it.. Meth, in any amount is a killer, (imo).

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            April 1, 2017 at 12:34 pm

            Hillbilly Heroine in all its various froms is on the rise, from meth to codine and oxy as well as other over prescribed drugs that are bought, sold and traded.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    March 30, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Like this would make it taste any better — NOT