Double Burger Double Check - Burger King vs. McDonalds

Imagine my surprise when Nick sent the following image from a Burger King commercial!

Just finished with my Big Mac vs. Big Carl side-by-side investigation, here was another challenge, the McDonalds double cheeseburger vs. the Burger King double cheeseburger!

The McDonalds double cheeseburger recently graduated from the dollar menu due to its $1.30 price tag.

In the commercial, the Burger King Cheeseburger (on the right) is taller, due to larger beef patties, super pickle and a more substantial bun.

The ad was easy to challenge. At lunch I visited both restaurants and took some photos of the actual burgers side by side.

In real life, they look somewhat less impressive.

I attempted to get a better photo. I wanted to compare the actual patty sizes by removing their bready shells, but they were caked with melted cheese and ketchup.

I'll just take their word that the Burger King patties are larger.

Five more photos.

Dennis DeYoung

Domo arigato.

Mr. Roboto
Friday 15th of January 2010 4:31 am


As someone who once worked at McDonald\'s, I can tell you that the patties on the McD burger are 1.6 ounces each before cooking. Based on BK\'s ads, I am assuming that their patties are 2 ounces each. (Somebody correct me if I\'m wrong. I know you will.)

Friday 15th of January 2010 8:24 am

Bill Foster

Look at this sorry miserable squashed thing, can anybody tell me what\'s wrong with this picture?

The Gunslinger
Friday 15th of January 2010 8:58 am


gotta pee!

Bicentennial Man
Friday 15th of January 2010 10:48 am


They both look disgusting. I think the McD burgers look slightly better here in Finland than the examples you\'ve shown. We don\'t have BKs or Carl Jr\'s...

Friday 15th of January 2010 11:25 am


You\'re not supposed to look at them, you\'re just supposed to stuff them in your mouth.

Ed 209
Friday 15th of January 2010 12:15 pm


If they showed them on the commercials the way the look in real life, no one would want them. FALSE ADVERTISING!

Friday 15th of January 2010 1:10 pm



Gigilo Joe
Friday 15th of January 2010 1:56 pm


A burger I ordered at a fast food joint in college was photographed for a story in the Sac Bee. It was a little cold by the time I got it, but it was the pretties fast food I\'ve ever eaten. Been disappointed ever since.

Friday 15th of January 2010 2:10 pm


Somebody should sue these companies for lack of truth in advertising. The burger you get is NOT the same as the one you are shown. Class action baby!

Friday 15th of January 2010 6:40 pm


this is why i eat at wendys.

Friday 15th of January 2010 11:03 pm

Andrew Martin

I really think you should get rid of the comment sections. It makes the world stupider, watch, even I\'m doing it: Jesus! Everyone knows that the pictures is ways better than teh commercials show they do. YOu have too much time on ur hands.

Bicentennial Man
Saturday 16th of January 2010 2:01 am



Saturday 16th of January 2010 11:44 am


Maybe do a bit of photoshop on the original ads, just to remove the gigantic lettuce/pickle/condiments? For both this comparison & the last one, once that stuff is gone, even in the original ads the burgers are about the same size.

Saturday 16th of January 2010 12:03 pm


Perhaps if you tell the people at the counter that the food will be used for a commercial?

Optimus Prime
Saturday 16th of January 2010 10:14 pm

I have a ruler exactly like that next to my computer!

Bicentennial Man
Sunday 17th of January 2010 10:37 am



Teddy Ruxpin
Sunday 17th of January 2010 12:21 pm

chow chow

please take a photo of the burger coming out the other end

Monday 18th of January 2010 7:11 am


Man those are both a shell of the commercially represented images.

Teddy Ruxpin
Monday 18th of January 2010 8:27 am


The McDs at Disney (Fla) produces food that looks like the ads. If they can do it there, they can do it anywhere. We were told that the Disney McDs represents the international quality level. In the US, we get the crappy stuff.

Monday 18th of January 2010 9:12 am

Eric V

I believe we need a \"how much\" comparison. Is it even possible for the uncrushed, uncooked, raw ingredients to even appear close in stature to the commercial?

Monday 18th of January 2010 12:26 pm


@Chris: This is not true. McD\'s is crap everywhere, even internationally.

Monday 18th of January 2010 10:04 pm


Whatever may be, thou shall not eat fast food.

Bicentennial Man
Tuesday 19th of January 2010 12:09 pm



Thursday 21st of January 2010 8:22 pm


I almost died laughing. Funniest thing ever, seeing those \"ad\" vs \"real-life\" pics right next to each other.

The Gunslinger
Sunday 24th of January 2010 6:32 am

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