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In Dining

The first Big Mac Museum opened in North Huntingdon, Pa. in August 2007.

In Dining

Burger King's Whopper originally sold for 37 cents.

Sunday Sound-off: McDonald's Big Mac or Burger King's Whopper?


OK, fast foodies, here's your chance to weigh in on your big ol' sandwich of choice. Do you prefer McDonald's Big Mac or Burger King's Whopper?

McDonald's Big Mac was invented in 1967 and originally was named the "Aristocrat" and then the "Blue Ribbon Burger." The Big Mac is a hamburger with three buns, stacked with two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions on a sesame seed bun. (You remember the jingle.) It has 30 grams of fat and 540 calories.

The Whopper, Burger King's signature hamburger, has a single, beef patty on a sesame seed bun layered with mayo, lettuce, sliced onions, tomatoes, pickles and ketchup. Also, the menu features a double, triple and junior Whopper. The regular Whopper, which has been around since 1957, has 39 grams of fat and 670 calories.

So, when you have a hankering for a sloppy, fast food sandwich, and there's a McDonald's and a Burger King on the same block, where do you go? Do you pick a Whopper or Big Mac? Toss out your opinion by using the talkback feature.

Big Mac. Even though it's been around for less time, McDonald's Big Mac is more of a classic. It's bigger, tastes better and has that extra bun in the middle to add bulk and prevent spillage. I'm also a big fan of the special sauce.

Whopper. The charbroiled taste is the best, and I like the pickles and sliced onions, both of which are bigger than on The Mac. Even though it features just one beef patty and has more fat and calories, the overall taste blows away the competition so it's worth the splurge.


Talkbacks

OCMEX | Oct. 23, 2007 at 11:30 a.m. (report)

I love the way you Whopper eaters jump on the "flame broiling" nonsense. The last time a Whopper realy tasted flame broiled was about 25 years ago. Today, it tastes fresh out of the freezer and watery!! I dont know what they changed but that burger is a shell of it's former self. Even still it could not compare to a Big Mac, Quarter Pounder with cheese, Filet o' Fish or any other sandwich at Mc Donald's." BIG MAC " all the way !!!! And I agree BRING BACK THE MC DLT !!!!!! HOT SIDE HOT COOL SIDE COOL!!!!

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shoeinthebrew | Oct. 23, 2007 at 1:58 a.m. (report)

SHOUT OUT FOR THE WHOPPER for sure. FLAME BROILING versus flat surface grilling?....please........save the flat grill for your eggs, your pancakes and bacon.....this is a burger, and burgers are MADE FOR THE GRILL........burn the fat off with the flames and give the meat the charbroiled taste.......no need for the 3 slices of bun, either. AND PUH-LEASE>>>>>>SPECIAL SAUCE>>>>>okay, last time I checked, it was about as special as 1000 ISLAND dressing. oh. I mean maybe they mix ketchup, mayo and pickle relish. That's real special to me....again.....this all come out to be 1000 ISLAND. (Anyone remember the Marc's BIG BOY ? from our own dear Marcus Corp ?.......they too had a specialty burger.....BIG BOY restaurants sold their "special" BIG BOY SEASONING, a blend of herbs that they used on their signature burger) Let me have it MY way.....I order it with HEAVY lettuce, pickles and onion. Love the extra crunch from the EXTRA veggies. Seriously, I have not been able to eat a burger at McDonalds for about the last 15 years.......don't know why but I get a stomach ache, for real. Don't know what their "secret" is in the meat......think they got a parnership with one of the 3P's......Prilosec, Pepto-Bismol, or PepcidAC.

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bknut | Oct. 22, 2007 at 8:39 p.m. (report)

Other than the special sauce in the Big Mac, everything else taste like gunk.....Whopper forever!!! Nothing like the flame-grilled taste!

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Scott | Oct. 22, 2007 at 7:40 p.m. (report)

Molly, I can't believe you be doing a story on this? Have you ever eaten at Mcdonald's or Burger King? Aren't you a vegetarian!? Scott

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Captain | Oct. 22, 2007 at 2:01 p.m. (report)

I gotta say the Big Mac gets Captain's endorsement. There's really nothing innovative about the Whopper. Even though the world would be better off without both of them. I wish I could stop eating fast food. Help me, please! Bring back the McDLT! Hot side hot, cool side cool!

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