The 5 Most Egregious Big Mac Rip-Offs Of All Time

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McDonald's
So good.

The fast food war is a rough life. No one thinks eating food from out of a window is a good thing to do anymore. The market for fast food isn't growing. So marketing fast food today is more about who's hip and who's cool than it is about the quality of the food. To grow, companies need to literally steal customers from each other.

The restaurants have sunk to taking direct pot shots at each other (Taco Bell v. McDonalds, anyone?) and even more or less directly ripping off menu items.

Need proof? Well, here are the first most egregious Big Mac rip offs to have ever existed, and they're all pretty new.

5. The Big Carl

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Carl's Jr.
Who needs more carbs, anyways?

Carls Jr.'s shot at the Big Mac, the Big Carl was originally released in 1995 with a rerelease in 2009 and featured two beef patties, two pieces of cheese (compared to the Big Mac's one), lettuce, special sauce, and only two pieces of bread.

It also featured a sort-of tacky commercial that let go of any subtlety and directly compared it with the Big Mac. Sure, it's slightly cheaper and about 30 percent heavier, but when you're going up against the what is pretty much the best known signature burger in fast food history, you probably shouldn't remind your audience about it -- especially if your burger isn't actually as good.

The Big Carl is a perfectly adequate fast food burger, but that's not saying much. Compared to the Big Mac, it's a pain to eat, messy, and a little monotonous (breads not a sin, you know?). Sure, starving college students might be attracted to the extra girth, but people who don't need to worry about how much money they're spending on fast food of all things? Meh.

4. The Big King

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Burger King
Burger King needs more carbs!

Another throw back from the nineties that found a resurgence late last year, the Big King might be the only burger on this list that actually sort-of-objectively tastes better than the Big Mac.

Why's that? Well, the Big King is a near carbon copy of the Big Mac, from the three piece bun to the single piece of cheese, but the biggest difference is a doozy. The Big King uses Burger King's "fire-grilled" beef patties, and when it comes down to "fire-grilled" vs. flat top, well, sometimes tasting the heat is better than tasting meat.


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JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

The Jack in the Box commercial embedded within this post is hilarious!  


Steve Lanzi
Steve Lanzi

Big Boy's burger is actually even better than the Big Mac thanks to its red relish. It's been at least 20 years since I had a Big Boy burger and I *still* miss it. Mmmm...

Dave Nguyen
Dave Nguyen

A Royale With Cheese > Quarter Pounder

Aron Muro
Aron Muro

Pat Sharples you should eat this before a big workout!

Gabriel Torres
Gabriel Torres

1. Someone found a use for, egregious. 2. Big Carl rules. Also Carl's JR is going to be called CJs. #CJs2015

Christina Endo
Christina Endo

I always wondered why McDonalds only serves 3/4 slice of cheese on their filet fish sandwich.

brownout
brownout

Okay, so now that we've acknowledged that the Big Mac was itself a ripoff of the Big Boy, we can address the real question: how high are you if you think McDonald's has ever made anything that tastes better than even Carl's Jr's worst effort?

mhip
mhip

I love the Big Boy...

The Brawny Beef is good too. I just wish they weren't Mormon.

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

@brownout  

The Sausage and Egg Biscuit at Carl's Jr. is like eating a greasy, flavorless ball of salt.  Consuming any breakfast sandwich at McDonalds is a sublime experience...their worst effort is better than my best orgasm, at least lately as I'm starting to age.  Honestly, unless it was great years ago or it's just the overall sentimental value, I don't know what the fuss is over Carl's.  California should be proud to have bred McDonalds and other fast-food places like Rubio's...Carl's should be put to rest, IMHO.  


brownout
brownout

The sausage biscuit holds the questionable honor of being the best thing on McDonalds' menu, morning or night. Carls Jr's sausage biscuit, you're right, is salty, like the McDonald's version at its best right off the grill, before the heat lamp has boiled the buttery moisture out of the biscuit. As far as eggs go, I tend to avoid them at fast food joints.

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