Taste Test: The McDonald’s Bunless Beef Double

Taste Test: The McDonald’s Bunless Beef Double
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McDonald’s new “Create Your Taste” menu allows customers to build some pretty unique burgers — including an all-beef take on the KFC Double. Intrigued? Here’s how to order one (and what it tastes like.)

The KFC Double is one of the most recklessly indulgent fast food products ever created. For those who don’t keep abreast of the takeaway times, the Double was an all-meat “burger” that substituted bread for two pieces of Kentucky fried chicken, with a slice of cheese and rasher of bacon sandwiched in-between.

If you’ve ever wondered what a beef patty version would taste like, you can easily assemble one using McDonald’s Create Your Taste menu. In honour of the original, we’ve decided to dub it the Bunless Beef Double. Here’s a break down of how to make your own:

Step 1: Edit your double beef burger

After making your burger selection on the menu screen, select the “Edit” option in the bottom left corner. [Pro tip: You can choose practically any burger as the base of you bunless Double but the most cost-effective option is the Double Beef ‘n’ Bacon Burger — this already comes with two beef patties, bacon and cheese so you don’t have to spend extra by adding extra ingredients.]

Step 2: Remove buns and other condiments

On the Edit page, click on the minus symbol to remove the ingredients you don’t want. In addition to the buns, we got rid of the mustard, ketchup, onion and pickles to make it less messy (there is no bun holding everything together, remember). We also added BBQ sauce and another slice of cheese to make it more like the KFC Double.

Step 3: Assemble and eat!

Once you’ve made your alternations, you should receive a bespoke “burger” that looks something like this. (Note: Some minor reassembly may be required — our cheese and bacon was placed on top of both patties instead of in-between.)

Much like its chicken progenitor, the McDonald’s Bunless Beef Double tastes surprisingly different to a normal burger: the lack of buns completely changes the texture and flavour of what you’re eating.

On the downside, it’s not the easiest finger food to partake in. By the end of the meal your fingers are going to feel slightly burnt and be covered in oil. This is something that the KFC Double also suffered from — it’s basically part of the Double experience. As the addage goes; no pain, no gain (the “gain” being in your waistline, natch.)

If you want to relive the Double in cow form, are watching your carbs or just feel like something weird and different, the McDonald’s Bunless Beef Double is worth trying. Just be mindful that you’ll be paying the same price with or without buns. Tch, eh?

Score: 7/10


  • I wonder how many of those you could stack ontop of each other and still fit it in your mouth. Please try this next 🙂

  • As someone on the Keto diet, this is my usual order and you can always ask for a knife and fork.

    • You’re going to all the effort of a “Keto Diet” and yet you have a usual McDonalds order?

      Losing weight isn’t that hard, Eat more fresh fruit and vegetables, and reduce or eliminate processed foods.

      • Also, couldn’t we just refer to it as a low-carb diet. Keto sounds so pretenciously douchebaggy.

  • 7/10?! 7/10?!?!?!?!?!?!
    I know ratings are contextual, but you need better context.

    • Here’s a handy list of context from the article:

      Pros: Lack of bread gives the meat a unique taste. Fewer carbs.

      Cons: Difficult to eat. Removing buns doesn’t save you any money.

      The pros outweigh the cons to the tune of 7/10.

  • Might just point out that this was fully do-able before they introduced the CYT range.
    Some of the requests I’ve seen over the last few years make me lose faith in the human race.

  • FWIW this is nothing new, you’ve always been able to buy ingredients on their own.

    Quarter pounder patties (4:1 as in 4 to a pound) are $1.80
    the angus patties (3:1) are around $3.00 ea I think.
    Cheese slices around 80c.
    Slice of bacon $1

    I know this because I’m a fatty and often just buy a box full of 4:1 meat patties.

  • Re: The messiness factor. Ask them to wrap it, rather than killing the second tree. Use the wrapper to maneuver each bite into position.

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