"Nah you're alright."
OK, so the idea that McDonald's is helping to bring stepfathers together with their stepsons is ridiculous, if not utterly offensive. Leaving that aside though, for everyday folks like us, the truth is that their food is hard to resist and sometimes only a greasy cheeseburger will do. Or, indeed, a double cheeseburger.
Whilst there's nothing wrong with a good old fashioned cheeseburger, the meat to bun ratio is hugely improved by the addition of a second burger patty. One is good so more must be better, right?
I like to order my McDonald's burgers 'plain'. Whilst I don't necessarily dislike ketchup, mustard and diced onion, I do feel that the overall experience of a double cheeseburger is a more positive one without those distractions. Bread, meat and cheese is more than enough to be getting on with, as well as the added bonus of not having to bother getting rid of the gherkin slices. Oddly enough, when I make my own cheeseburgers at home (using recipes from The Takeaway Secret and More Takeaway Secrets, of course), I rarely leave out the ketchup etc.
Another big advantage to ordering your double cheeseburger plain is that it's much more likely to be made to order. When the restaurant is busy, McDonald's staff cook traditional menu items even before anyone has ordered them in order to deal with customer turnover more quickly. To be fair, food items are only allowed to sit in the 'Q' or warming tray for a limited amount of time before they're replaced with fresh food. A burger which has just been prepared however will stay hot for much longer with melted cheese oozing out of it as opposed to the rubbery texture of cheese which has been melted but has become partially solid again after cooling down slightly.
McDonald's burger patties are cooked from frozen in just over 40 seconds using a machine similar to the George Foreman Health Grills which have proven so popular in recent years. If you don't ask for it plain, your double cheeseburger will be topped with two cheese slices, minced rehydrated onion, ketchup, yellow mustard and pickle (gherkin) slices. The burger bun is unseeded with the insides toasted until golden brown. The whole thing is then parcelled up in McDonald's famous wrapping paper, usually with the burger patty slightly askew and not properly centered in the middle of the bun.
Poor assembly of a burger can be frustrating because it means you lose some of the cheese as it sticks to the wrapping paper instead of staying part of the burger. That said, it is McDonald's we're talking about and let's face it, the fact that your order arrives failing to resemble anything you've seen in the fancy pictures on the menu just adds to the charm of the place. That, and the russian roulette style service which often seems to suggest that staff simply throw random items into bags, cross their fingers and hope they might get lucky and match what the customer actually ordered.
I like McDonald's Double Cheeseburgers. They make me want to become more emotionally attached to new members of my family. At the time of writing, they were priced at £1.50 each as part of the Saver Menu. According to a recent statement from McDonald's, you can also tuck into their burgers safe in the knowledge that they've come out of the whole 'horsemeat scandal' unscathed. You can read more about the double cheeseburger on the official McDonald's Website.
If you'd like to have a go at recreating McDonald's menu items, recipes can of course be found in The Takeaway Secret and More Takeaway Secrets.