The cheeseburger is a burger similar to a regular hamburger, but with a slice of cheese added under the top bun. McDonald's cheeseburgers were previously promoted in commercials using the McDonaldland character, Mayor McCheese. It is topped with cheese. Traditionally, the slice of cheese is placed on meat patty, but the burger can include many variations in structure, ingredients, and composition. The term itself is a portmanteau of the words "cheese" and "hamburger." The cheese is usually added cooking hamburger patty shortly before the patty is completely cooked which allows the cheese to melt. Cheeseburgers are often served with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup, and occasionally bacon.

In fast food restaurants, the cheese used is typically processed cheese, but there are variations, such as cheddarSwiss cheesemozzarella cheeseblue cheese and pepper jack. When cheese is added to a burger the nutritional value of the burger can be changed substantially. For example, a slice of Cheddar cheese can add 113[1] calories and 4.5 grams of saturated fat to a burger.[2] Other types and amounts of cheese would have varying effects, depending on their nutritional content.

Due to it's small size, McDonald's cheeseburgers are normally sold by two per meal.


  • The McDouble is a Double Cheeseburger,but with a slice of cheese taken out.
  • The Gold n Grill is a pineapple Cheeseburger available for a very limited time at McDonald's in only Australia.



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