Three burgers on a red plinth and a red background.

So, what’s changed?

Find out how we’ve made the classics a little more ‘Mmmm’.

We only use Irish beef

Find out all about our 100% Irish bacon

Every egg we cook at breakfast is Irish and free-range

We use 100% chicken breast meat

We use milk from Irish dairy farms

It’s whole potatoes that make our fries

We only use 100% Arabica coffee beans

We only use sustainably sourced fish

Your Top Questions

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

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

We only use whole cuts of 100% Irish 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. Our Beef is from Irish farmers and Bord Bia approved. 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 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.

2. 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 Irish and EU legislation.

3. 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

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

All  of the eggs we cook across our breakfast menu are free-range Irish eggs  that are Bord Bia approved. 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.

5. Where does the bacon in McDonald's Bacon Roll come from?

At McDonald’s we only use Bord Bia Quality Assured Irish Bacon

6. Is McDonald's milk Irish?

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

7. 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. 

8. 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 uses only 100% freshly ground Arabica coffee beans.

9. 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. 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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