Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese … It may soon be time to update the Big Mac jingle.
McDonald's said Thursday that it will offer two additional sizes of its famous burger for a limited time in early 2017. One version will feature two larger patties, while the other will downsize to a single patty and skip the middle bun.
Tinkering with its famous double-patty sandwich with a middle bun is another way for McDonald's to try to entice patrons to visit more often. The chain's October 2015 introduction of All Day Breakfast was a hit that helped ignite sales growth. Now, with All Day Breakfast more than a year old, McDonald's has come up with another way to make more of its existing product lineup.
The Grand Mac, as its name suggests, is larger than the Big Mac. The Grand Mac will include two patties that together weigh in at one-third of a pound before cooking, two slices of American cheese, special sauce, lettuce, minced onions and pickles, and is served on a larger sesame seed bun. The two patties in the original Big Mac total one-fifth of a pound.
The Mac Jr. has one patty and skips the middle bun. McDonald's said the single-layer Mac. Jr. has a bigger beef patty, yet is easier to eat on the go.
"The Big Mac is a legend and a great-tasting burger with hints of pickle relish, mustard, garlic and onions," McDonald's Chef Mike Haracz said in a statement. "We listened to our customers who told us they wanted different ways to enjoy the one-of-a-kind Big Mac taste."