McDonalds Chopped Beefsteak Sandwich

McDonalds Chopped Beefsteak Sandwich

Since McDonald’s has a pretty robust menu, it might not surprise you to hear that starting the late seventies McDonald’s began selling a Chopped Beefsteak Sandwich in select locations. The McDonalds Chopped Beefsteak Sandwich consisted of a long hamburger on an oblong bun, covered in onions and sauce. Sadly, it never went past the phase of “test product”, despite a commercial campaign for it. Now I can’t be certain, but I am pretty sure that chopped beefsteak is just a hamburger. At least that is what it looks like in the commercial.

If so, it is a brilliant move on McDonald’s part to add a more evocative name and reshape their most common menu item and resell it as something else. It makes me also wonder why they have never acted on my suggestion for a Chicken McNugget salad. Who would want a bowl of salad dressing with tempura fried chicken pieces floating in it? That is stick to your ribs food!

While it might be just a footnote in fast food history, it did pave the way for a more important sandwich that launched two years later, the infamous McRib.

Watch this classic McDonalds Chopped Beefsteak Sandwich Commercial


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4 thoughts on “McDonalds Chopped Beefsteak Sandwich

  1. That critter looked tasty to me. Reminds me of the Stewart brand Longhorn heat-and-eat sandwich of the pre-microwave oven days. Infrared heating or something similar warmed up the plastic encased delight bought at convenience stores, truck stops, etc. Mighty good eating!!!

  2. Lisa says:

    It was quite tasty. That’s what brought me here. A McRib commercial was just on and got us to talking about this sandwich. I would buy one today. Beefsteak, not the McRib….

  3. Ron Rowell says:

    The steak sandwich was the Best as saucrs was in flat packets as someplace I stI’ll have a couple. Purchased in Michigan Saint Clair area near lake.

  4. Munson Yee says:

    The steak sandwich did make it past the test phase. Back then, it was the best steak sandwich I ever tasted. Don’t know why it went away and never came back. I dislike the McRib.

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