McDonald’s Scraps Cheeseburger From Happy Meals in Effort to Appeal to Health-Conscious Parents

What’s going on?

McDonald’s is trimming some of the fat (literally) from its kids’ menu in an effort to appeal to health-conscious parents.

How will the menu change?

Cheeseburgers and chocolate milk will be technically taken off the Happy Meal menu, but parents can still request them as part of a kid’s meal.

The company says that not listing a cheeseburger as an option will mean that kids order it less.

McDonald’s is planning to bring back chocolate milk eventually after tweaking the recipe to have less sugar. Ironically enough, fat-free chocolate milk was introduced as a healthier option when McDonald’s previously revamped its Happy Meals.

But kids can still eat cheeseburgers, right?

Yes. On today’s show, Pat and Stu chatted about this story, with Stu pointing out that the company isn’t really removing cheeseburgers from the menu the way most headlines are claiming. Isn’t it common sense that any restaurant can usually add cheese to your hamburger if that’s what you want?

What will be the difference in the new Happy Meal?

The restaurant chain has announced these goals for every Happy Meal option:

  • 600 calories at most
  • Less than 650 milligrams of sodium
  • Less than 10 percent of its calories coming from saturated fat
  • Less than 10 percent of its calories to come from added sugar

Will taking it off the menu keep you from ordering it anyway? Let us know what you'll do in the comment section below.

This article provided courtesy of TheBlaze.

PAT: I don't know about you, Stu, but what when I'm thinking a healthy meal for the kids, the first place that comes to mind, McDonald's.

STU: McDonald's. That's what I would think.

PAT: And let's get them a quick Happy Meal, which will be super, super healthy.

STU: Uh-huh.

PAT: And then we'll go work out at the gym. Or maybe we'll work out first. And then we'll go get the Happy Meal.

STU: I usually combine them. I usually eat them on the treadmill.

PAT: That's fine too.

STU: Big handful of fries on the treadmill for each step I take.

PAT: And because of this health conscious, McDonald's mindset, I think of American people, they're taking cheeseburgers and chocolate milk off their Happy Meal memory in an effort to cut down on the calories, sodium, saturated fat, and sugar kids consume.

STU: I will say, this is one of those cases where you have to read past the headline. Because just like they were talking about the Tomi Lahren tweet, when I read this headline, I felt anger. I felt anger.

PAT: Oh, you did. Oh, no.

STU: I can't believe McDonald's is going down this stupid road.

PAT: I know.

STU: When you read the story, what you realize is, first of all, they're keeping hamburgers on the menu. Okay?

PAT: They're just taking the cheese off of it.

STU: Because now they have a hamburger and a cheeseburger Happy Meal. Now they just have a hamburger Happy Meal. The idea being that, of course, any human being knows that if there is a hamburger, there is also a cheeseburger, because the difference between a hamburger and cheeseburger, is just a slice of cheese, which we all know they have. So you can still order a cheeseburger, and what they will give you is a cheeseburger.

PAT: But wait. I thought they were taking the cheeseburger off the menu.

STU: They are. But you could still order it. They just aren't telling you that it's there. Why? Because they want everything to fall under these guidelines of the amount of calories.

PAT: So it's not like they're replacing the cheeseburgers and the Happy Meal with kale. Is that what you're telling me? There's no kale burger? There's no new McKale at McDonald's.

STU: You just have to ask for the cheese on it, instead of just being listed on the menu, as if we don't know.

PAT: So stupid.

STU: We all know there's a cheeseburger there, if there's a hamburger there. All the times a hamburger is there, a cheeseburger is also there. All times. It's always available at every place. This is not something that is a mystery to America.

PAT: Well, do I have to replace the fries with apple slices though?

STU: No. They do give you apple slices and fries. But they have -- because --

PAT: Like three fries?

STU: You know this. Because whenever you want something healthy, you bring it to McDonald's.

PAT: Yeah. You're not telling me anything I don't know.

STU: They have these little baby fries that have 12 fries in them. It's not impressive. But it's adorable.

PAT: It's McDonald's. Come on. Can you realize, you're McDonald's.

Would Glenn make a better bounty hunter or a Jedi? You'll have to find out in a new episode of the Beltway Banthas Podcast, where Glenn goes deep on Star Wars with host Stephen Kent. In this 45 minute discussion, Stephen and Glenn explore the political themes of the Star Wars franchise, Darth Vader's redemption from Return of the Jedi, Glenn's earliest memories of seeing the films and even debate elements of the latest Star Wars films.

If you enjoy the pop culture and nerdy discussions that Glenn, Pat and Stu get into on the radio show, you'll love this! After you're through, you can also check out Stu Burguiere's appearance on Beltway Banthas to talk Star Wars. You can find that here.


It's never too early to start your Christmas, Hanukah, or Kwanzaa shopping. Or even birthday gift shopping. Especially if that special someone in your life is a Democrat. Because at last count, pretty much all the Democrats are now running for president. And that means there has never been a wider selection of official candidate merchandise to choose from. Whether you're into environmentalism, feminism, classism, socialism, or just plain love, there is a smorgasbord of classy items that you and yours will treasure forever... or at least until the next presidential election.

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First, the bargain basement options. Hurry! Time is running out to grab your Beto bandana, or your Delaney pack of golf balls, because at this point Stu has as much of a chance as these guys of getting the nomination.

Tom Steyer, for example – is he still in the race?


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There's way too much Tom here. That shirt's got more Toms than a Caucasian dentists' convention.

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Andrew Yang is a lock for Math Club president…


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If you happen to be shopping for your dog, may I suggest this lovely "Dogs for Delaney" dog collar…


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John Delaney's definitely going to secure the canine vote with this kind of outreach. As for any human votes, that's another question entirely.

How 'bout this tastefully understated "Natural Canvas" Michael Bennet tote to remind you he's also still here?...


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Then again, it's a tote. So, it'll end up on the floor of your closet and you won't have it with you until that one random moment when you're out somewhere and you really need a tote bag. Just like Democrats will really wish they had a moderate when we're in the middle of the socialist nightmare of their creation.

Captain Planet himself, Jay Inslee recently dropped out of the race, but don't let that stop you from picking up what may be the greatest single item sold by anyone in this race…


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A children's book called Elvis & the Elves: the Mystery of the Melting Snow. Written and illustrated by Governor Jay Inslee. Talk about a whodunnit – how could that snow possibly be melting? Spoiler alert: it's because of evil, white, patriarchal capitalism. And Donald Trump.

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When your last name's Castro, do you really want to go with a weird drawing of yourself as if you're a classic Latin American dictator on a postage stamp?

If you prefer a little "dark psychic forces" battling in your candidates, you'll love Marianne Williamson's "Turn Love Into a Political Force" rally sign…


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"Turn Love Into a Political Force" would be an even better title for a Marianne Williamson album of 80s cover songs. And if you think I'm joking, then you haven't heard Bernie Sanders' classic 1987 folk album, We Shall Overcome. That's not a joke. Well, it is a joke, but it's also a very real thing.

Now, just a quick pause to consider the peculiar baby-wear that way too many candidates are selling…

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-AND-

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Speaking of serious women, Kamala Harris wants to be president very badly for you, the people, as you can tell from her "For the People" poster…


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For the race's number one socialist, there's a whole lot of capitalism going on in Bernie Sanders' campaign. He sells so many delightful items that it's hard to choose. But we did anyway. The most random item is this hundred-dollar, black, "Art of a Political Revolution – Artists for Bernie Sanders Coaches Jacket"…


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It promises the kind of snug approach that Biden loves to provide women. Even when they don't ask.

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.