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McDonald’s Revives Angus Burger Rollout Plan

Filed under Marketing, Menu, Nutrition, QSR Burgers

[UPDATE: Details on July 2 national rollout here ] McDonald’s Corp. plans a national introduction of its third-pound Angus burgers by August so that the line can be featured in its October Monopoly promotion, according to a report in Crain’s Chicago

If so, the rollout would be a vote of confidence in the economy and in consumer spending: Last October, stock analysts said the chain was delaying the Angus debut because the time wasn’t right for another premium-price burger. During test marketing in Southern California, which began two years ago, the Angus burgers were priced at $3.99. Initially, the burgers were offered in three varieties: Deluxe, Mushroom & Swiss and Bacon & Cheese.  A separate  Web site promoted the burgers. A fourth style, Chipotle BBQ Bacon Angus, was added later in Southern California, but may not have been tried in Columbus, Ohio, and New York, where the Angus line also was rehearsed.

McD/Canada Angus

McD/Canada Angus

McDonald’s sells the Angus burgers nationally in Canada, where they are served on ciabatta rolls. The Southern California test used seeded buns (right). According to the company, the base Angus Burger sold in Canada has 590 calories (just slightly higher than a Quarter Pounder with Cheese) and 33 grams of fat . The Angus Burger with Bacon and Cheddar jumps to 740 calories and 45 grams of fat (slightly less than a Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese).

Some Wall Street analysts long have contended that McDonald’s needs to add a larger burger, such as the third-pound Angus line, to compete with the very successful third-pound  Thickburgers offered at Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s. Burger King’s new XT (extra thick) burger patty is 7 ounces of beef. Wendy’s, too,  is expected to add a new large signature burger later this year.

Click here to watch a McDonald’s/Canada TV spot for the Angus burgers. Click here to watch a Spanish-language Southern California TV commercial for the Angus burgers.

2 Responses to McDonald’s Revives Angus Burger Rollout Plan

  1. Francis

    How many calaories does an Angus burger contain made with plain wit catsup only. And how many grams of fat

  2. admin

    This would be something you’d want to ask McDonald’s rather than us. And it would depend on which of the 3 Angus burgers you choose. A good start is the “Bag a Meal” nutrition info on McD’s site. It’s at