31 Discontinued McDonald’s Menu Items You Probably Forgot About
One of the greatest things about McDonald’s is that it’s constantly introducing new menu items. They have their classic McDonald’s menu that will never change (or at least we can only assume, and hope, it won’t). That includes fan favorites like Chicken McNuggets, the Big Mac, delicious French fries, the McFlurry, and the Egg McMuffin — these things are McDonald’s staples! It’s hard to even imagine McDonald’s without them.
But the nice thing is that the brand also spices things up with new items every once in a while, which keeps things interesting for those who are always looking to try something new. Although some of these items are limited edition, others end up sticking around for the long haul.
Sadly, there are also discontinued McDonald’s foods that don’t last, even if they’re super popular.
There has been many a time that McDonald’s has introduced a new menu item, only to later pull it from menus. And then? It just never returns, no matter how many fans beg for it to come back. Granted, quite a few of these discontinued items were discontinued for very good reason, but still, there are several we miss!
Now, good or bag, here are a bunch of discontinued McDonald’s menu items you probably forgot about.
Ah yes, lobster. Just what you want to order when you’re getting fast food. McDonald’s introduced their version of the lobster roll in 1993.
After some supply issues and the fact that it wasn’t profitable, they discontinued it not long after.
Apparently, it is sometimes still available in the Atlantic Canada and the New England region during the summer, if you really want to look into it.
2. McSalad Shakers
Back in 2000, before they introduced their Premium Salads, McDonald’s tried out something a little bit more unique: McSalad Shakers.
They came in Garden, Chef, and Grilled Chicken Caesar options.
And yes, they were basically just a salad in a cup. After three years of poor sales, they were discontinued.
This is an old one: the McDLT was first introduced in 1984. It had its own custom-made container that was designed to keep the hot and cold parts of the burger separate until you were ready to eat it.
So one section held the lettuce and tomato, and the other the patty and cheese, so that nothing got soggy.
A good idea in theory, but apparently, it didn’t work out… and there were environmental concerns about the polystyrene packaging. It was discontinued in 1991.
4. Chicken Selects
In 2004, McDonald’s decided to try out a fancier version of their Chicken McNuggets with Chicken Selects, which were bigger and looked different.
They didn’t do very well, and ended up being taken off the menu in 2015, according to Business Insider.
Since then, they’ve been brought back for a limited amount of time, but they’ve never stuck around long.
5. Eggs Benedict McMuffin
As weird as it sounds, in 2016, McDonald’s brought on an Eggs Benedict McMuffin to the menu many years ago… except it wasn’t even really eggs Benedict.
According to Eater, there was no poached egg.
Although, it did have hollandaise sauce on the round egg. Understandably, it didn’t last very long before it was whisked off the menu.
6. The McJordan
This was a Chicagoland-only special.
Michael Jordan pandemonium hit a fever pitch in the early ’90s, and this special proves it.
Dubbed the McJordan, the sandwich was a cheeseburger on a sesame seed bun, complete with raw onions, pickles, bacon, and barbecue sauce. You can custom order a cheeseburger, but since the bacon was circular in the ’90s, it will never truly be the same.
7. Fruit and Walnut Salad
In an attempt to bring on healthier options in 2005, McDonald’s introduced the Fruit and Walnut Salad. It was literally just apples slices and grapes with candied walnuts and a little yogurt.
It’s probably not shocking that it didn’t do well and was discontinued in 2013.
People don’t exactly go to McDonald’s for fancy schmancy salads.
8. Mighty Wings
In 2013, McDonald’s expanded their chicken selection with Mighty Wings, which were bone-in chicken wings covered in a spicy breading. Sales were so low that the chain had to drop the prices. Why?
In order to get rid of the chicken wings they had already ordered.
They were discontinued shortly afterwards.
9. Fish McBites
If the Fish O’Filet doesn’t sound appetizing to you, then you probably won’t be impressed by Fish McBites either — apparently, a lot of people weren’t.
This was flaky whitefish dipped in batter and fried, then served with tartar sauce for dipping.
They didn’t last long before they were discontinued in 2013.
10. Chicken Fajitas
Why did McDonald’s try selling Chicken Fajitas? This is a great question. They introduced Chicken Fajitas and Breakfast Burritos in the ’90s, then discontinued them not long after.
This seems like it was probably the right move.
Because really, who isn’t craving a burger and fries when making a stop at McD’s?
11. The Big ‘N Tasty
Introduced in 1997, the Big ‘N Tasty was supposed to be McDonald’s way of competing with Burger King’s Whopper burger. It was a seasoned quarter-pound beef patty.
It also included ketchup, mayonnaise, onions, pickle slices, lettuce, and a tomato.
It was discontinued in 2011, but is still sold in some stores outside the U.S.
12. The Arch Deluxe
In 1996, the chain introduced the Arch Deluxe, which was the “gourmet” version of their regular old hamburger. It was supposed to be more “adult,” but it’s unclear what was more adult about it.
It was discontinued not long after it was released.
Probably because people were loyal to the classic anyway.
13. Chopped Beefsteak Sandwich
So, this is interesting. All the way back in 1979, the restaurant tried something different. The Chopped Beefsteak Sandwich was basically like a long burger on a roll that looked more like a sandwich.
It was topped with onions and steak sauce.
It never took off, maybe because it was pricier than other menu items, and was discontinued in the ’80s.
14. The McHotDog
McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc would not have approved. In 1995, McDonald’s introduced a hot dog, called — you guessed it! — the McHotDog.
The hot dog was sold in the Midwest, and it is still available in some Japanese McDonald’s restaurants as well.
According to Mental Floss, Ray Kroc would have been upset, as he said he never wanted to serve the item at any of his restaurants, saying, “There’s no telling what’s inside a hot dog’s skin, and our standard of quality just wouldn’t permit that kind of item.”
15. The Triple-Double Burger
Also known as the Superhero Burger, this item was released in 1995 and was coordinated with the release of Batman Forever. It included three beef patties and two slices of cheese, and was extremely hyped up.
Though, we’re not exactly sure how it relates to Batman…
It just couldn’t live up to that, and was removed from the menu not long after.
16. Onion Nuggets
Onion Nuggets actually don’t sound too bad! They were introduced along with the Chopped Beefsteak Sandwich, and they were basically just chunks of fried onions.
So, onion rings without the circle shape.
They were discontinued along with the sandwich. Perhaps because onion rings are just too fun and perfect as-is?
17. The Angus Burger
In 2013, once again, McDonald’s tried to make their burgers fancier. They did this by introducing the Angus Burger… and it still didn’t work out for them.
It was discontinued in 2013.
At the time, Time wrote, “One reason for dropping the item from the menu would seem to be the ever-rising price of beef, which hit record numbers this week, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.”
Yes, it’s true: McDonald’s actually tried selling pizza at one point. The McPizza was introduced to the menu in the 1980s. It was a family-sized pizza that was later scaled down to personal-size.
The pizza took 11 minutes to prepare.
That was way too long for the chain’s fast service. They got rid of it pretty much everywhere by 2000.
19. Hot Mustard Sauce
This very popular dipping sauce was discontinued in 2005. The chain said it had poor sales, but since it’s been gone, fans have been begging for it back.
Maybe one day?
In 2014, McDonald’s told Consumerist, “McDonald’s is removing Hot Mustard sauce from our lineup due to its slow moving performance.”
20. Cheddar Melt
Another burger variation that didn’t ever work well enough was the Cheddar Melt. It was brought on in 1988 and was made of a thick burger topped with cheddar cheese sauce and grilled onions on a rye bun.
Sounds pretty good.
Although it’s made a few small comebacks, it’s never stuck around.
21. Mulan Szechuan Sauce
In 1998, McDonald’s released Szechuan Sauce as a promotion for Disney’s Mulan. It was only available for a limited time around the movie’s release and was then discontinued.
People are kind of obsessed with it, though.
So the restaurant has brought it back in small quantities a few times, but it’s never stayed on the menu for long.
22. Spanish Omelette Bagel
In the early 2000s, McDonald’s started selling a Spanish Omelette Bagel that was made of a bagel, ham, cheese, egg, and spices.
It didn’t work out well and was pulled pretty quickly.
Even just a year ago, users on Reddit were lamenting the loss of these beautiful bagel sandwiches. Alas.
This was basically a McDonald’s version of a hot pocket in 1993, which sounds like a dream fast food item. It was French bread stuffed with a variety of toppings, like pepperoni pizza and teriyaki chicken.
Which sound a bit like fancy fast food calzones?
It just didn’t work out well and was discontinued shortly after it was released. But honestly, these sound good!
We’re not sure how you would eat this on the go. In the 1980s, McDonald’s tried to get into the Italian food market by serving McSpaghetti.
They also had a lasagna and fettuccine alfredo option, in case spaghetti wasn’t your bag.
The dish flopped spectacularly in the U.S., but it is still available in some countries like the Philippines.
25. Hula Burger
Let’s just say you’re probably glad this was discontinued when it was. The Hula Burger was introduced in the 1960s as a meatless burger for Catholics on Fridays during Lent, when you aren’t supposed to eat meat.
It was literally just grilled pineapple on a bun with cheese, which sounds awful.
There are so many other meatless alternatives!
26. Strawberry Shortcake McFlurry
This delicious McFlurry was strawberry mixed with vanilla soft serve. It was released in the U.S. for a limited time, and even though customers loved it, it was removed from the menu.
However, McDonald’s has since introduced the Strawberry Shortcake Sundae.
This is a “creamy vanilla soft serve topped with sliced strawberries in a sweet and tart strawberry topping.” Yum!
Can you imagine ordering soup at McDonald’s? Apparently, some people can! The McSoup was basically Campbell’s chicken noodle soup poured into a McDonald’s cup and renamed McSoup.
Not surprisingly, it was discontinued.
Most likely because people could just buy a regular old can of chicken noodle themselves (and not have to worry about it spilling all over their car).
28. Sweet Chili Sauce
Another favorite dipping sauce was the Sweet Chili Sauce, which was discontinued despite the fact that customers really, really liked it.
Serious Eats described it as a duck sauce with red pepper flakes mixed in — a little sweet, a little hot.
We can only hope they decide to bring it back one day!
29. Son of Mac
This smaller take on the McDonald’s classic was first introduced around 2007.
It had all the same ingredients as a Big Mac.
The only difference? It had one patty instead of two. Even though you can’t order it by name, you could ask fro a burger with Mac sauce and have a similar outcome.
30. The McFeast
You’d think that with a name like “The McFeast,” this would be a pretty impressive meal, right? Turns out it’s just your standard McDonald’s burger with lettuce, tomato, picks, mustard, ketchup, and a special McFeast Deluxe sauce.
You can still get it if you go Down Under
The sandwich made a comeback in Australia in 2014–and it’s still a hit.
31. The Hot ‘N Spicy McChicken
This simple-but-delicious spicy chicken sandwich was pulled from the menu back in 2006.
It stayed in some regional markets, but not for long.
And why? McDonald’s describes the sandwich as “crispy, tender chicken seasoned with a bold m ix of spices, topped with shredded lettuce, mayonnaise, and served on a perfectly toasted bun.”