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Discontinued McDonald's Menu Items People Won't Stop Talking About

Updated September 11, 2019 196.9k votes 26.3k voters 1.7m views30 items

List RulesThese should only be actually discontinued items. It's okay if McDonald's has tried (and failed) to resurrect them, or if they're still available in another country, but they shouldn't be seasonal items like the McRib or the Shamrock Shake.


This is a list of discontinued McDonald's menu Items. With the ever-changing fast-food landscape, these old McDonald's menu items just couldn't keep up. Some of these delicacies never got a chance to shine and were retired before they could find an audience. Others were just horrible, horrible ideas that left sad memories and sadder slogans. Some of these retired items should be brought back. If we can have a yearly McRibbing, why can't a seasonal McLobster also grace our dollar menus? If every St. Patrick's Day we get to indulge in a Shamrock Shake, why can't we pair it with some Onion Nuggets? Okay, replacing the potato isn't the best thing to do on an Irish holiday. Maybe bring back the super-sized fries for that day only?

It's too bad that McDonald's won't sell this retired fast food to a competing chain. The McHotDog would have a welcome home in the eclectic calamity of the Jack in the Box menu. Taco Bell could probably do something with the McDonald's Chicken Fajita recipe. And a McPizza would be great paired with a Pizza Hut P'Zone.

But, perhaps that's just a dream. Perhaps fast food items need to move on so that new ones can take their place. If that is the case, welcome to the McDonald's Fast Food Graveyard Ranker list. Vote for your favorite discontinued McDonald's food item. (Would you like fries with that?) And if you're a real fan of Ronald, be sure to check out our list of McDonald's best breakfast menu items and if you weren't already aware, McDonald's secret menu is LIT.

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    Cheddar Melt

    Photo: McDonald's
    The Cheddar Melt has reared its head a few times after being introduced in 1988. The sandwich is basically a quarter pounder topped with onions (which were sauteed in butter and teriyaki sauce), and cheddar cheese sauce on a rye bun. The last time it was seen was in 2004.
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    Angus Burger

    Photo: jshyun / flickr / CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0
    Another attempt at a higher end menu that didn't resonate with consumers. They were discontinued in 2013. 
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    McSalad Shakers

    Photo: McDonald's
    Ah, a salad in a cup. This precursors to McDonald's Premium Salads were discontinued in 2003 due to lackluster sales. 
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    Photo: trainman74 / flickr / CC-BY-NC 2.0

    Introduced in 1984, the meat and bottom half of the McDLT were prepared separately from the top half, which included the lettuce, tomato, American cheese, pickles, sauces. Both were then packaged into a specially designed two-sided styrofoam container for the consumer to put together when they were ready eat.

    It was discontinued in 1991 for environmental reasons.

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