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Are Real Eggs Used For McDonald's Breakfast Menu?
By Angel Albring
Many customers go to restaurant chains looking for a tasty and quick breakfast, but according to TODAY, some restaurants like Burger King use a "liquid egg-pasteurized mixture" for their "eggs." However, Simple Most notes that Jack-In-The-Box and Starbucks use real eggs for most of their items, so many may wonder what eggs McDonald's serves as their iconic breakfast.
According to Business Insider, the freshest item containing eggs on the McDonald's menu is the Egg McMuffin, which uses liquid egg whites but does not have additives like the other fast food chains. The other McDonald's egg dishes are made from liquid eggs that contain additional ingredients to create an egg-like texture and flavor and to preserve the eggs, per McDonald's.
The company says its scrambled eggs, found in McDonald's breakfast platters and burritos, are made from the liquid egg mixture. The folded eggs are cooked from the liquid eggs in factories, then flash-frozen and sent to McDonald's restaurants, where they're warmed right before being served in items like egg and cheese biscuits, the McGriddle, and bagel sandwiches.
McDonald's claims that, even though these eggs have preservatives, all their eggs are real, but the ring egg patty in the Egg McMuffin uses a real egg, cracked into a USDA Grade A "egg ring," to cook it. So, if you want to ensure that you get a real egg from McDonald's and not the liquid egg with added ingredients, you have to ask for the "round egg" as part of your breakfast.