McDonald's may be making a big change to its most iconic menu item. The chain is testing a bigger Big Mac, called the Grand Mac, in some Texas and Ohio restaurants, a spokesperson tells Eater. And for those with smaller appetites, Mickey D's is giving a trial run to a smaller Big Mac called the Mac Jr.
The only difference in the new sandwiches is the size — they both are dressed with the ubiquitous lettuce, American cheese, pickles, onions, and special sauce and served on the traditional sesame seed bun. The Grand Mac comes on a bigger bun and features two 2.7 ounce patties, which makes it a one-third-pound sandwich. At the other end of the spectrum, the Mac Jr. contains one 2.7 ounce patty with the middle bun removed. The former is selling for $4.89, and the latter is priced between $2.39 and $2.59, depending on the location.
The Street notes the Grand Mac is likely an attempt to compete with chains that serve larger burgers, such as Five Guys. McDonald's says the Mac Jr. is "easier to eat on the go."
"We carefully created the Grand Mac and Mac Jr. to pay homage to the original Big Mac," Chad Schafer, senior director of culinary innovation for McDonald's USA, said in a prepared statement. "Our goal is always to prepare the best-tasting burgers to meet our customers’ expectations."
The sandwiches are being tested at more than 500 restaurants in Dallas-Fort Worth and Columbus, Ohio, and the trial is set to run through June 6. Whether they see a nationwide release will depend on customer feedback. It remains to be seen if the all-important millennial demographic will like these Big Mac variations more than McDonald's doomed line of McWraps.