Everything you want to knowABOUT OUR FOOD

What goes into our food? Quality ingredients, responsibly sourced. So whether it's 100% chicken breast meat or whole cuts of British and Irish beef, you know it's been selected with you in mind.


Let's talk quality

We only use British and Irish beef.


It's always 100% chicken breast meat.


We're always improving our Happy Meal.

And that's not all

It’s whole potatoes that make our fries.


Every egg we cook at breakfast is free-range


Find out about our pork


We only use sustainable-sourced fish


We only use milk from UK dairy farms


We only use 100% Arabica coffee beans


Your Top 10 Questions

Got a burning question about our beef? Well you've come to the right place. We've compiled a handy list of the 10 questions we get asked the most.


What's really in a McDonald's burger and how are they made?

We only use whole cuts of 100% beef from the forequarter and flank to make our famous burgers with nothing else added apart from a pinch of salt and pepper after cooking. All of our beef is sourced from over 16,000 British and Irish farmers that must meet the standards set by a nationally recognised farm assurance scheme, such as Red Tractor. Butchers prepare these whole cuts of beef, which are then minced and shaped. Our blend of fresh and frozen mince holds the patties together. We don’t need to add any binders, McDonald’s UK burgers are just 100% beef. In our restaurants we don’t use fat or oil to cook our beef burgers. Hot plates cook the beef patties from both sides at once. We then add a pinch of salt and pepper, dress with your chosen filling and serve.


Are Chicken McNuggets® made with real chicken?

Chicken breast meat is the only meat we use across our entire chicken range, including our McNuggets®. We’re proud of the suppliers we use and we won’t work with anyone who does not adhere to our own high standards of animal welfare, as well as those required by UK and EU legislation.


Are McDonald's fries made with real potatoes? Why are they so long?

Whole potatoes are the only potatoes we use for our Fries. From the Russet Burbank to the Shepody, these are long potatoes that can be cut to make extra-long Fries. These whole potatoes are washed, peeled, cut, prepared and frozen. Our restaurant teams cook them in a blend of sunflower and rapeseed oil, adding salt before serving.


Are McDonald's eggs real eggs? Why are they so round?

All of the eggs we cook across our UK breakfast menu are free-range British and Irish eggs that conform to the Lion Quality Code of Practice or equivalent. Compassion in World Farming has awarded us two Good Egg awards. The most recent in 2015 for our commitment to only using free-range eggs, including ingredients. The answer to why our eggs are so round is simple. We steam our eggs gently in a ring, which gives them their distinctive round shape. The cooking process is quick and easy. Once cooked, they then fit perfectly into our toasted McMuffin buns.


Where does the pork in McDonald's McMuffins come from?

Due to supply issues, for a short time we are temporarily unable to guarantee that all of our streaky bacon is made from British RSPCA Assured pork. Our back bacon and sausage patties are unaffected. We are working to resolve this as quickly as possible and we remain committed to high welfare standards and pork sourced from British, RSPCA Assured scheme farms.


Is McDonald's milk organic?

We only use organic, semi-skimmed milk for our teas, coffees, Happy Meal® milk bottles and porridge.


Is there milk in McDonald's milkshakes?

We only use whole milk from UK dairies to make our popular milkshakes. We add individual syrups to flavour our milkshakes, whether that’s for strawberry, chocolate, banana or vanilla milkshakes.


Is McDonald's food suitable for vegetarians?

We may be famous for burgers but we offer a number of tasty options for vegetarians too. Our French Fries, the Vegetable Patty used in our Spicy Vegetable Deluxe and Vegetable Deluxe have all been approved by the Vegetarian Society and are suitable for vegetarians. All of our fried products from our fries to our vegetable patties are cooked in a blend of sunflower and rapeseed oil, and in separate vats from our chicken, beef and fish products. You can find the full list of products that have been approved by the Vegetarian Society as suitable for vegetarians here.


Where does McDonald's source its coffee?

Every single coffee bean we use in our McCafé® range comes from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms. The Rainforest Alliance works with coffee farmers to improve their livelihoods and the well-being of their local communities. As well as being good for farmers, our coffee also tastes great too. Every cup of coffee we serve – and we serve around 375,000 cups of coffee a day in the UK – uses only 100% freshly ground Arabica coffee beans.


How many calories are in McDonald's food?

We want to make sure you have everything you need to make an informed choice about what to eat and drink when you visit our restaurants. That’s why you can find all of our calorie information for our food and drink on the menu boards in our restaurants, on our website and via our mobile phone app. You can also find nutrition and allergen information for all our standard products on the reverse of our trayliners, and a summary of the nutrition information on some of our packaging. An allergen booklet is also available in every McDonald’s restaurant.

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