McDonalds Per Dollar – Calorie and Protein Per Dollar At The Largest Fast Food Chain

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Due to demand for more articles more often, we will begin to study specialty store info. If you have a place you want to see the math for, post it in the comments or shoot me an email.

Cheapest McDonalds Food


With over 35,000 locations, this one will probably end up coming in handy.

How To Use

Select higher items that are similar – You get 50% more buying a Jr. Mac instead of a Big Mac. Not sure how picky you are, but some items are simply better deals.

Remove things you wouldn’t have ordered anyway – If you are a repeat customer, eliminate the over-the-top expensive items you weren’t a fan of. I never really liked their Fillet-o-Fish much anyway.

Fill up when desperate on Cheese Burgers – The protein + calories is going to be the best you are going to get. Consider purchasing a preferable item and one cheese burger for calories.

Should you get a drink? Drinks are technically Infinity Calories Per Dollar. Is it ethical to buy a soda pop and use McDonalds as a wifi hub all day? I can imagine drinking a lot of Calories, Caffeine and getting some work done.

McDonald’s Calories Per Dollar

If you frequent a specific location and want your customized data, download the list and enter your prices. The orders, calories, and protein servings are there for you. Also included in the excel file is Protein/Calorie and a dimensionless weighing system. Prices were similar enough between restaurants to make Efficient decisions.

Raw Data Download


Key Takeaways

  1. Despite The Telegraph claiming the McDouble is the cheapest and most nutritious food in human history. It doesnt stack up to similar home cooked foods.
  2. The McDouble and Cheese Burger are the highest protein per dollar item at 15g/$. This is 33% more expensive than canned tuna and over 300% more expensive than chicken breasts. Honorable mention to the 20% more expensive McChicken.
  3. You could fill up on empty carbs with their 430 Calories Per Dollar Chocolate Chip Cookies. Not exactly healthy, but I’ve done similar if I made a protein shake and wanted some solid food.
  4. It seems McDonalds runs sales, see their $1 cheese burger. In this case it was a top deal.

If there are any items or stores you are interested in, comment or mail me 🙂

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8 thoughts on “McDonalds Per Dollar – Calorie and Protein Per Dollar At The Largest Fast Food Chain

  • March 4, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    Very nice list but this does nothing for me as a Canadian customer… Different price scheme and product offering, unfortunately. Please do the Canadian menu !!! We’re a bunch of frugal lads, you’ll get lots of northern traffic I’m sure of it!

    • March 5, 2017 at 2:27 am

      We can do that 🙂 If you can collect the info I’ll throw you a copy of our books.

      I do live a few miles from Windsor, will that be different enough from metro Detroit?

      • March 5, 2017 at 3:11 am

        Hmm good question, I’ve never been to an Ontarians McDonald’s. I’m in Montréal. I can gather the data, what contact address should I use to send the .xlsx spreadsheet once it’s completed?

    • March 26, 2017 at 1:48 pm


  • March 26, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    I order mcchicken patties ‘a la carte’ whenever I go. You get just the chicken, and it’s $0.75 per. Only problem is a lot of the employees don’t know how to enter it into the machine so sometimes you pay the extra quarter. Oh, and I order six at a time– if I’m hungry enough to need to stop at a fast food shop I’m usually pretty hungry. Please note that the staff will not like you wiping out their chicken supply around lunch. Especially if you’re only paying $4.50 to do it.

    • April 5, 2017 at 4:07 pm

      Had no idea this was an option. You are a genius!


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