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Yes, every patty is 100% real beef with no fillers, additives or preservatives. Have more questions? They’re probably answered here.

What kind of beef do you use in your burgers?
Every one of our burgers is made with 100% pure beef and cooked and prepared with salt, pepper and nothing else—no fillers, no additives, no preservatives.

We use the trimmings of cuts like the chuck, round and sirloin for our burgers, which are ground and formed into our hamburger patties. Check out how we make our beef patties.

By mid-2018, we will serve fresh beef Quarter Pounder®* burgers cooked right when you order**.

How do you make your beef patties?
Our burgers are made of 100% ground beef, formed into hamburger patties, and then quickly frozen at our suppliers to seal in great fresh flavor.

We add salt and pepper to our burgers when they are cooked on the grill at our restaurants to bring out all that great beef taste. Learn more about the beef we use.

By mid-2018, we will serve 100% fresh beef Quarter Pounder®* burgers cooked right when you order. **

How do you season your beef?
We add salt and pepper to our burgers when they are cooked on the grill at our restaurant to bring out all that great beef taste. We don’t add anything when making our patties—they are 100% ground beef.

Of course, there’s always an option to order without salt and pepper, so you can adjust your order to fit any dietary needs. (Or, just your preferred taste.) Learn more about how we make our beef patties.

Where do you get your beef?
It takes a lot of beef to make as many famous burgers as we do—so our suppliers buy from ranchers located throughout the U.S., including Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.

While we remain one of the largest purchasers of U.S. beef, we also import USDA-inspected beef from New Zealand, Australia and, recently, Canada. Beef up your knowledge.

Is your beef ‘grass-fed’?
Farming practices vary, but most of the cattle we use for our beef are raised in the U.S. on grass for the first part of their lives. Later, the cattle are provided a balanced diet of grains, grasses and minerals. Get more information about our beef.

Are your burgers fresh or frozen?
Our 100% beef is ground, formed into patties, and then flash frozen. Flash freezing is when beef is quickly frozen to seal in fresh flavor. From the day it was formed, it usually takes about two to three weeks until the burger is served. Care to learn more about how we make our beef patties? We’ve got you covered.

By mid-2018, we will serve 100% fresh beef Quarter Pounder®* burgers cooked right when you order. **

Why do you offer cheaper menu items than some other restaurants?
We serve more than 27 million customers every day, so we buy in bulk. And, as anyone who’s ever shopped at a warehouse club can attest to, that means lower prices. Those savings are then passed along you to you.

How is your McRib® patty formed?
The McRib® starts with pork ground from the pork shoulder that has been shaped into that iconic rack of ribs shape. The patty gets tossed with a tangy barbecue sauce and then topped with slivered onions and pickles. And it’s all layered on a soft, hoagie-style roll. Makes you wish you had one right now, doesn’t it? Still curious about what's in a McRib®?

How do you make your McRib® sandwich?
The McRib® starts with pork ground from the pork shoulder that has been shaped into that iconic rack of ribs shape. The patty gets tossed with a tangy barbecue sauce and then topped with slivered onions and pickles. And it’s all layered on a soft, hoagie-style roll. Makes you wish you had one right now, doesn’t it? Still curious about what's in a McRib®?

Why isn't the McRib® sold year-round?
We like to change up our menu throughout the year by offering some limited time only items, like our Shamrock Shake® in the spring. The timing of the McRib®’s return can vary from year-to-year, but most recently, it debuts in the fall. If you'd like to share your thoughts with us, find us on Facebook or Twitter. We're always here to listen.

Is the McRib® fresh or frozen?
The McRib® pork patty is quickly frozen right after being formed to maintain the great taste. It is then fully cooked in our stores and assembled with slivered onions, pickles and barbecue sauce on a hoagie-style roll.

Is your McRib® made from real pork? What cuts do you use?
We use ground pork from the pork shoulder to form the McRib® patty into that famous, rack of ribs shape. Still curious about what's in a McRib®?

Do you use so-called 'pink slime' in your burgers or beef treated with ammonia?
Nope. Our beef patties are made from 100% pure beef. Nothing else is added. No fillers, no additives and no preservatives.

Some consumers may be familiar with the practice of using lean, finely textured beef sometimes treated with ammonia, which is referred to by some as “pink slime.” We do not use this. Still curious about what's in our burgers?

Tender and juicy chicken? Yep. Is our Filet-O-Fish® sustainably sourced? You know it. Read more in this section.

What's in Chicken McNuggets®?
Our McNuggets® start with white-meat chicken. The chicken, which is cut from the tenderloin, breast and rib, gets mixed with a marinade for flavor and to help the Chicken McNuggets® keep their fun shapes.

Still curious about our Chicken McNuggets®?

What kind of chicken do you use in a chicken sandwich?
Our Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich and Premium Grilled Chicken Bacon Clubhouse Sandwich are made with white-meat chicken, which are seasoned with simple, everyday ingredients, and the chicken filet contains no artificial preservatives. Seared right in our kitchens.

Our Buttermilk Crispy Chicken is made with real buttermilk in the breading, blended with spices, including black pepper, garlic & onion powder.

Our Premium Crispy Chicken Bacon Clubhouse Sandwich is made of a tender and juicy chicken breast filet.

In our McChicken® sandwiches, we use a filet that's made with a blend of dark and white meat chicken, so it's juicy and flavorful. Learn more about our Chicken here.

All of the chicken served at McDonald’s approximately 14,000 U.S. restaurants comes from U.S. farms, and every chicken item McDonald's serves is made from chicken not treated with antibiotics important to human medicine. Farmers still use ionophores, a class of antibiotics that are not prescribed to people, to help keep chickens healthy.

Does your chicken contain added hormones?
No, we don’t add hormones to our chicken. As a matter of fact, no one in the U.S. does—it’s actually against federal law.

How do you prepare your Chicken McNuggets®?
We start with all white-meat chicken cut from the tenderloin, breast and rib and mix it with a marinade for flavor and juiciness and to help them keep their fun shape.

Once everything is mixed, we create the four famous Chicken McNugget® shapes—bell, boot, ball and bone. They’re coated in a light tempura batter, partially fried and quickly frozen to preserve flavor. Once in our restaurants, they’re fully fried and served hot to you with a delicious taste that is full of flavor. Still curious about the ingredients in a Chicken McNugget®?

Where do you get your Chicken McNuggets®?
We work with three dedicated Chicken McNuggets® suppliers with various manufacturing locations within the U.S., such as Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia.

Do you use so-called "pink slime" or "pink goop" in your Chicken McNuggets®?
No, our Chicken McNuggets® do not contain what some people call "pink slime" or "pink goop." We've seen the photo of "pink goop" or "pink slime" in association with McDonald's.

Let's set the record straight: this image in connection with McDonald's is a myth. In fact, we don't know where it came from, but it's not our food. The photo is not a representation of how we create our Chicken McNuggets®, or for that matter, any item on our menu. Each and every one of our Chicken McNuggets® is made with USDA-inspected boneless white-meat chicken—cut from the chicken breast, tenderloins and rib meat. Still curious about what's in a Chicken McNugget®? See all of its ingredients.

Do you only use chicken treated without antibiotics?
In 2015, we introduced an antibiotics policy in the U.S. to only source chicken raised without antibiotics important to human medicine, which we completed nearly a year ahead of schedule. Farmers still use ionophores, a class of antibiotics that are not prescribed to people, to help keep chickens healthy. 

We have also committed to fully transitioning to cage-free eggs in the U.S. and Canada by 2025.

What type of fish do you use in the Filet-O-Fish®?
We use wild-caught Alaska Pollock for our Filet-O-Fish® sandwich in the U.S., which is 100% sourced from sustainable fisheries. Why is sustainable fish so important to us? Because it helps protect our oceans—something that's important to you. Interested in learning more about the Filet-O-Fish®?

Why do you offer cheaper menu items than some other restaurants?
We serve more than 27 million customers every day, so we buy in bulk. And, as anyone who’s ever shopped at a warehouse club can attest to, that means lower prices. Those savings are then passed along to you.

The first meal of the day has some important questions answered. Find out more about our breakfast.

Is breakfast served all day?
It’s time for All Day Breakfast. Why? Because of you! You told us you wanted to live in a world where the 10:30 AM cutoff didn’t exist, a world you could have breakfast anytime you wanted. Well, we heard you. Made just for you, the All Day Breakfast Menu is filled with fan favorites from our original breakfast menu. From our iconic McMuffin® sandwiches to our warm biscuits, plus a variety of other delicious choices, there’s something for everyone, whenever they want. McDonald’s All Day Breakfast Menu varies by location. Check out all of the options on the official All Day Breakfast Menu.

Do you use freshly cracked eggs?
We use a freshly cracked, Grade A egg for our famous Egg McMuffin sandwich. It gets its iconic round shape when we cook it on the grill with an ‘egg ring.’ And that’s just the start of your favorite morning sandwich! Next, we add extra lean Canadian bacon, a slice of melted American cheese, and serve it all on a toasted English muffin with real butter.

Check out all the different ways we prepare our eggs for you.

Are your eggs real?
Oh, they’re real alright. Across all five styles of eggs we make, you can feel confident knowing they all start with a real egg.

Learn more about what kind of eggs we use.

How are your eggs prepared?
Good question. Our breakfast menu items are all made with real eggs—they’re just prepared a little differently for each sandwich. 

Round Egg:
We use a USDA Grade A cracked into an ‘egg ring’ to get that iconic round shape for our Egg McMuffin®.

Scrambled Eggs:
Our scrambled eggs are made with liquid eggs that are cooked fresh on our grill with real butter.

Egg Whites:
We use 100% egg whites in our Egg White Delight McMuffin®, cooking them on our grill with real butter in an ‘egg ring’ for that iconic round shape.

Folded Eggs:
Our folded eggs, like the ones on a Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit, are made with liquid eggs that are pre-cooked and folded before being flash frozen by our suppliers. Once in our kitchens, they’re prepared on the grill with real butter.

Sausage Burrito Eggs:
Our suppliers pre-cook liquid eggs with ingredients that include sausage, tomatoes, green chiles, onions and seasonings before flash freezing them to help maintain their taste.

Visit our breakfast menu page to see the full list of ingredients in your favorite sandwich.

How do you make the egg on the McMuffin® round?
With an ingenious tool we call an ‘egg ring.’ That way, the egg effortlessly fits the English muffin and is easy to hold when eating. That Grade A egg or serving of 100% egg whites comes with extra lean Canadian bacon and a slice of melted American cheese, served on a toasted English muffin with real butter. Cool, huh?

Still curious about how we prepare our eggs?

Do you currently use cage-free eggs?
By 2025 McDonald's will source cage-free eggs for our restaurants in the U.S. and Canada. This commitment means all of the eggs we serve on our breakfast menu—from scrambled eggs to our iconic Egg McMuffin®—will be sourced from hens raised in a cage-free aviary system, which is a hen housing system where the hens roam freely through an open barn or section within the barn.

We’re proud to share that our transition to cage-free eggs has already begun with more than 12 million cage-free eggs purchased each year in the U.S. in 2015. Because we source approximately 2 billion eggs in the U.S. today, this move is a bold step forward in our continuing journey to evolve our food experience to better meet consumers’ changing expectations.

Are your eggs microwaved or grilled before serving?
Well, it depends on which egg you’re referring to. Our freshly cracked and scrambled eggs as well as egg whites are cooked on the grill with liquid real butter. We also use the grill to heat our folded egg, which is previously cooked in our suppliers’ kitchens before arriving at our restaurants. As for the eggs used in our Sausage Burrito, we cook these in our suppliers’ kitchens then microwave in our restaurants prior to serving. Get the details on how we prepare our breakfast eggs for you.

What’s in a McGriddles® bun?
Actually, it’s not really a bun—it’s a warm griddle cake that has the taste of maple baked right in. Learn more about the McGriddles® and get complete ingredient info.

Is the Egg White Delight McMuffin® healthy?
Let’s look at the facts: the Egg White Delight McMuffin® is made from 100% egg whites, extra lean Canadian bacon and natural white cheddar cheese on an English muffin—all for 280 calories.

See the nutritional breakdown for more info.

What's the difference between hotcakes and pancakes?
There is no difference. We just prefer to call them ‘hotcakes’ instead of ‘pancakes.’ Still round, fluffy and topped with real butter. Simple as that.

Still curious? Learn more about our hotcakes.

How fresh is the fruit in your Fruit 'N Yogurt Parfait?
We use strawberries and blueberries that have been cut and frozen. At our restaurants, we add it to our low-fat vanilla yogurt and serve it with granola. You can check out more nutritional info for our Fruit 'N Yogurt Parfait right here.

Fruit ‘N Yogurt Parfait combines low-fat vanilla yogurt layered with plump blueberries and sweet strawberries, all topped with crunchy granola. This 150-calorie, hand-prepared parfait is available nationwide and served all day.

How healthy is your breakfast parfait?
Well, why don’t we just give you the facts: our Fruit ‘N Yogurt Parfait is made from low-fat yogurt, berries and granola, all for 150 calories. See a full list of nutrition information.

Does your yogurt contain live and active cultures?
It does. The yogurt we use to make our Fruit ’N Yogurt Parfait and Smoothies, as well as our Yoplait® Go-GURT®, contains live and active cultures. See what else goes into our Fruit ‘N Yogurt Parfait.

Do you have vegetarian breakfast options?
Although we don’t have a vegetarian menu, we do offer options without meat, including our Fruit & Maple Oatmeal and Fruit ‘N Yogurt Parfait. We’re also happy to make any of our breakfast sandwiches for you without meat—just ask. Learn more about our Fruit & Maple Oatmeal and Fruit ’N Yogurt Parfait.

Do you use real butter?
Yes! Just like how you butter toast at home, we use real butter on our English muffins, biscuits and bagels on breakfast menu items, making mornings extra special.

From the fresh lettuce varieties to the crisp veggies, we’re all about quality ingredients when it comes to our greens.

What type of lettuce do you use in your salads?
We use multiple kinds of lettuce in our Premium Salads and McWraps—crisp chopped romaine, baby spinach, baby kale, red leaf lettuce and carrots. Our Premium Salads offer at least 2.5 cups of vegetables. Find out where we get our lettuce.

Where do you get your lettuce?
The majority of our lettuce comes from farms right here in the U.S. We move our sourcing throughout the year based on the seasons. From April to November, it's primarily from California and Colorado, and in the winter months, from Arizona and Florida. We also supplement our lettuce needs with imports from Mexico.

Curious to know what kind of lettuce we use for our salads?

Are your salads made in your restaurants?
Yep—they're freshly assembled right in our kitchens. Check out all of our Premium Salad varieties.

Our snacks and sides give you a taste of this or a bite of that. Here are some answers so you can walk away satisfied.

Do you use real potatoes for your fries?
Yep. The most common ones we use include the Russet Burbank, Russet Ranger, Umatilla Russet and the Shepody—varieties known for producing a flavorful fry that's crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Learn more about how we make our fries.

How do you make your fries?
Our World Famous Fries® are made from quality potatoes, including Russet Burbank, Ranger Russet, Umatilla Russet and the Shepody. The suppliers we work with first peel, cut and blanche the potatoes. They then dry, partially fry and quickly freeze the fries for our restaurants. Once in our kitchens, we cook them in our canola-blend oil so you can have them crispy and hot—just the way you like them. Want to hear more about our fry ingredients? Get the down low.

Do you add any type of flavor when preparing your fries?
Yes. When our suppliers partially fry our cut potatoes, they use an oil blend that contains beef flavoring. This ensures the great-tasting and recognizable flavor we all love from our World Famous Fries®. The fries are cooked in our kitchens, seasoned with salt, and served hot to you. Still curious? Find out everything you want to know about our fries.

Why are your fries so good?
If we had a dime for every time someone asked us that! We stick to a gold standard that helps us ensure we deliver you a great tasting fry. It starts with the right potatoes, which we cut exactly right, and then use a canola-blend oil with just the right amount of flavoring. Get the full run down on how we make our World Famous Fries®.

How much salt do you add to your fries?
We add a small amount of salt to our fries after we've cooked them in our kitchen. Find all the information about sodium per serving for our fries on their nutrition page.

What are the ingredients in your fries?
Considering the popularity of our World Famous Fries®, there's a lot of care that goes into perfecting them. 

It should come as no surprise the primary ingredient for our World Famous Fries® is a great-tasting potato, including a variety of Shepody, Ranger Russet, Umatilla Russet and Russet Burbank. For their signature golden look, we add dextrose—a natural form of sugar that helps give the fries their perfect golden color. Sodium acid pyrophosphate is also added to keep the potatoes from turning gray after freezing and before they are cooked at the restaurant. This is a natural occurrence in potatoes, similar to how an apple might turn brown after being cut. In order to maintain texture, our suppliers partially fry our fries in an oil blend containing canola, soybean and hydrogenated soybean oil. Our suppliers add natural beef flavor, which includes hydrolyzed wheat and hydrolyzed milk, to the par-fry oil to contribute to that World Famous Fry taste. Citric acid is also added to preserve the freshness of the oil, as well as dimethylpolysiloxane to reduce foaming and oil splattering.

In our restaurants, we finish frying with a canola oil blend.

Right after cooking, our crew adds salt before serving hot to you. We’re really proud of our fries. That's why we make sure they’re top notch before serving them to you. Check out more facts on our World Famous Fries®.

Can I order fries without added salt?
Sure. You can still enjoy the great taste of our World Famous Fries® without salt. Just ask for no salt when placing your order, and we’ll be happy to prepare a batch for you. Please understand it’s possible a small amount of salt may be transferred from the bin or the scoop. Curious about how our fries are made?

Do any of the McDonald’s stores sell curly fries?
Nope. Not in the U.S., at least. 

Why are your ingredients for your fries different in the U.S. from those in the U.K.?
Every country has a way of doing things a little differently, so there are a few reasons that can influence why our ingredients vary here at home. These can include customer preferences, local regulations and guidelines, and supply chain availability. While the ingredients we use in our fries in the U.S. may differ from those served across the pond, taste and safety are never compromised.

Smoothies, coffee, espresso. We’ve got all of the buzz on our McCafé® drinks here.

Can I get a decaf McCafé® espresso drink?
None of our espresso-based drinks are currently available as decaf. Learn more about our McCafé® espresso drinks.

Is your coffee responsibly grown?
As of 2016, about 56% of our total global coffee bean purchases were sustainably sourced using certifications such as Rainforest Alliance Certified™, Fair Trade USA or UTZ. Over half of our certified coffee purchases are from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms, including 100% of the beans used for our espresso in the U.S. and Canada. This is moving us toward our goal of 100% verified sustainable coffee, both hot and iced, by 2020. 

Here in the U.S., in partnership with our franchisees along with McDonald's Canada, we invested $6.7 million in a farmer technical assistance program in Central America. Since the completion of the four-and-a-half year program, we helped nearly 15,000 coffee farmers produce more sustainably.

Farmers in the program saw amazing results. Participating farmers reported harvesting 45% yield increase compared to their neighbors.

What’s the difference between your regular coffee and espresso?
Our McCafé® coffee is a medium roast that is smooth and balanced, while our McCafé® espresso is a medium-dark roast that is full-bodied with hints of chocolate. Find out more about all of our delicious McCafé® espresso drinks

How much caffeine is in your coffee?
We don't currently report the amount of caffeine in our coffee—but we can promise you a bright and balanced cup. See what else makes our McCafé® coffee so delicious.

Thirsty for answers (see what we did there)? Find all of the dish about our drinks here.

Why does the Coca-Cola® taste so good at McDonald’s?
There are many reasons the Coca-Cola® tastes so great at McDonald’s. We simply follow the guidelines set by Coca-Cola® and take steps to ensure that we serve a high-quality fountain beverage.

The water and Coca-Cola® syrup are pre-chilled before entering our fountain dispensers with the ratio of syrup set to allow for ice to melt. We also keep our fountain beverage system cold so your drink is always refreshing. In order to ensure our drinks are always meeting a gold standard, we filter all the water before it enters fountain dispensers.

There’s also our straw—it’s slightly wider than a typical straw so all that Coke® taste can hit your taste buds.

Do you offer fruit and dairy options?
You bet! We’re committed to helping make nutrition-minded choices fun and easy for families, and we’re proud to have helped increased access to key food groups like delicious fruit and dairy. In fact, in March 2012, we began automatically including a fruit or low-fat dairy side option with each Happy Meal, which makes it easier for your children to enjoy wholesome fruit and low-fat dairy options when they eat at our restaurant. 

Did you know that we’ve sold more than 2 billion packages of apple slices in Happy Meals® since 2012? And that’s just the beginning. From seasonal Cuties® to Go-GURT® Low Fat Strawberry Yogurt, there are many options for your family to enjoy. 

Want to learn more? Check out our work with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Where does your milk in your milk jugs come from?
It comes from a cow, of course. Dairies around the U.S. supply 100% of the milk for our Milk Jugs.

Do you use milk from cows treated without rbST?
We offer customers milk jugs made with milk from cows not treated with rbST, an artificially grown hormone. No significant difference is shown between rbST-treated and non-rbST treated cows.

Is your orange juice pasteurized?
Yep. We serve Minute Maid® Premium Orange Juice which is pasteurized for safety and quality reasons. Still curious? Find out more about our orange juice.

Just in case you need another reason to want dessert, find all the reasons you should be sweet on our sweets here.

Do you use real apples in your apple pies?
Absolutely—real diced apples. The exact variety can vary from season to season, but we look for apples that are sweet and slightly tart. See a full ingredient list for our Apple Pies.

What is your soft serve ice cream made of?
You'll find ingredients like milk, sugar and cream in our reduced-fat vanilla ice cream. Our vanilla soft serve—featured in our popular vanilla cone, McCafé® Shakes and McFlurry® desserts—is made with no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. Still curious? Learn more about our reduced fat vanilla ice cream.

Why don’t you call your 'shakes,' 'milkshakes'?
Great question. Our shakes contain milk from our reduced-fat soft serve, which makes them thick and creamy. Dairy regulations actually vary from state to state on what can officially be called a 'milkshake.' We like to keep it simple and refer to them strictly as 'shakes.' Get the full list of ingredients for all of our shakes.

Are your smoothies healthy?
Let’s take a look at what goes into it: our Smoothies are made with ingredients like low-fat yogurt, fruit purees and juices. Get all of the ingredients and nutritional facts on your favorite smoothie.

Find out all the info on our variety of creamy, spicy, sweet and savory sauces and condiments.

What is in the Big Mac® sauce?
Ah, the age-old question of what's in our "secret sauce." But what good is a secret sauce if you can’t keep it secret? Only kidding. Find a full list of ingredients here, along with a full list of all our sauces and condiments.

Can I order a sandwich without sauce?
Go for it! We want you to be happy with your meal, so we encourage you to customize your order to appeal to your taste preferences. Less special sauce? You got it. More pickles? Done. The possibilities are endless. Check out our menu explorer and see how you can customize your sandwich. 

Questions about veggie burgers or customizing menu items to make them meat-free? Find the answers here.

Do you sell veggie burgers?
We are always looking to evolve our menu. Currently, we don’t sell veggie burgers. We have many customizable menu items, like our Premium Salads, that we’re happy to make for you without meat; these are not certified vegetarian. Find out more about how you can tailor your orders with our menu explorer.