McDonald’s the the largest food company in the world. Originally founded as a hamburger stand and later being turned into a franchise, McDonald’s is known for its hamburgers – also selling a variety of chicken, fries, breakfast items, wraps, desserts and much more. In recent years, due to changing consumer tastes and a new focus on the more healthy options in diets, the company has been adding an increasing number of salads, fish, smoothies and fruit options to it’s menu.
McDonald’s has experimented through history with a number of different options on the McDonald’s menu – with hamburgers, cheeseburgers, milkshakes and fries traditionally forming the predominant part of the popular menu. McDonald’s signature product, the Big Mac, was opriginally introduced in 1967 and consists of two 1.6 ounce ground beef patties alongside special “Big Mac Sauce”, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions. This is all topped off (similar to the signature BK Whopper) in a sesame seed bun – with an additional middle bun separating the beef patties.
McDonald’s sells a number of burger options alongside it’s coveted and famed Big Mac on the McDonalds Menu. The quarter pounder burger is a classic (also known as the Royal Cheese in international markets), with other offerings such as the Big N’ Tasty, Double Cheeseburger, McDouble and Bacon McDouble also available. Unlike Burger King, McDonalds tends to create its menu around specific types of burger (featuring many classics on the changing menu over the years) rather than encouraging customization of menu items.
McDonald’s Other Menu Options
Outside of the burger classics, McDonalds also sells a number of chicken options. This includes the signature chicken burger, the McChicken (also available as a Hot n’ Spicy in international markets) which is made of white chicken, mayonnaise, shredded lettuce and a toasted bun. This frequently tops their best selling item list just behind the Big Mac, and dominates in some international environments where beef is not as widely consumed.
Another famous example of McDonalds chicken options are the Chicken McNuggets – small chicken sized chunks served with dipping sauces. They are exclusively made of white meat, and are another famous example of a classic McDonalds food.
McDonald’s fish options are significantly more limited but are being produced with increasing frequency in recent years due to the health pressure associated with eating fast food frequently. The McDonalds Fillet-O-Fish features tartar sauce and cheese on a steamed bun and was interestingly introduced during Lent to appease Roman Catholics who chose to eat non-meat alternatives during religious periods.
Finally, the McRib – a sandwich featuring boneless pork ribs and BBQ sauce (alongside onions and pickles) is an annually released sandwich available from October for approximately 10 weeks per year. In some international markets, the McRib is actually available all year around – but this caries depending on location.
McDonalds finally offer a number of signature sauces which are available on most of it’s burgers (although as previously mentioned, customizing the menu is not exactly encouraged) including Habenero Ranch, Honey Mustard, Spicy Buffalo, Sweet ‘N Sour, Tangy BBQ – and other classics such as ketchup, mustard and mayo.