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McDonald’s makes changes to menu

Quarter Pounder with Cheese sandwiches, featuring thick cut bacon.

McDonald’s via Associated Press

Quarter Pounder with Cheese sandwiches, featuring thick cut bacon.

NEW YORK — McDonald’s is adding three new Quarter Pounders to its menu as the fast-food chain looks to offer cheaper premium burgers while capitalizing on one of its most popular brands.

The company says the new burgers will replace its meatier Angus Third Pounders, which were among the most expensive items on its menu at $4 to $5. The Quarter Pounders will come in two of the same varieties as the Angus burgers: Bacon and Cheese and Deluxe. The third will be Habanero Ranch.

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McDonald’s Corp. says the new burgers will be rolled out nationally in mid-June. The new Quarter Pounder line will use a bun that has eight grams of whole grains, while the original Quarter Pounder will stay with its regular bun.

The swap for burgers with less meat comes as restaurant chains across the industry face rising beef prices.

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