1990s: $2.45, or $4.59 for a Big Mac Extra Value Meal.
The Big Mac Value Pack, precursor to today's Extra Value Meal, sold for $2.59 in 1985, which amounts to $6.09 in 2018.
In 1990, your burger cost an average of $0.71.
Average price of a Big Mac in the U.S. Line chart showing the average price of a Big Mac in the U.S. from 2000 to 2022 in March 2022 dollars. In 2022, the price of a Big Mac is $5.93 in March 2022 dollars. In 2000, it was $4.23 in March 2022 dollars.
The Big Mac debuted at Delligatti's Uniontown, Pennsylvania restaurant in 1967, selling for 45 cents.
1990s: $2.45, or $4.59 for a Big Mac Extra Value Meal
A photo of a McDonald's menu from the '90s shows a Big Mac listed for $2.45, with a Big Mac Extra Value Meal listed at $4.59. And Seeking Alpha noted that the average price of a U.S. Big Mac was $2.50 in 1998. Ah, the good old days.
After comparing the original ad with a shot of Mr Blundell trying a current Big Mac, the burger appears to be significantly smaller. The fast food giant had previously claimed that the burgers hadn't changed size since 1967.
In 1996 the government began measuring inflation differently, lowering the reported number significantly. ... The average Big Mac costs 83.5% more. Even though the cost of a Big Mac has risen from $2.36 to $4.33, the CPI index has only adjusted to pay $3.49 for a Big Mac leaving seniors $0.84 shy of smiling.
Meet the Whopper
Originally selling for 37 cents, the Whopper was born out of the desire to offer customers a bigger burger than competitors.
In 1995, your burger cost an average of $0.74.
The last time the chain featured a Whopper for 99 cents was in June 1998, although it did sell two of the sandwiches for $2 briefly two years later.
$1.10 -- Cost of the first Happy Meal, introduced in 1979 as the Circus Wagon Happy Meal. It included a burger, fries, drink, McDonaldland cookies and penny toys such as a McDoodler stencil or a McDonald's character eraser.
1995: $2.50 per gallon
In 1990, the federal government passed more laws promoting the sale of milk.
In 1998, the average price of a Big Mac was about $2.50.
CNBC reported that the burger costs an average of $6.05 in the U.S., a 40% increase over the last 10 years. Between Dec. 2020 and Dec. 2021, the annual inflation rate accelerated to 7%.
This story is a years-old falsehood related to a 2013 scandal in which European meat suppliers sold horse meat advertised as beef. Burger King cut off one of its suppliers in response. But as the AP reported at the time, Burger King said it conducted DNA tests on its burgers and found no traces of horse meat.
McDonald's, Taco Bell, and Burger King announce they no longer use pink slime in their menu items. ABC's Jim Avila airs a story on meat processor Beef Products reporting that 70% of ground beef at supermarkets contains "lean finely textured beef," as the company calls it.
You could buy it for about 49 cents. The first TV ad for the Big Mac appeared in 1969 and featured the memorable Ballad of the Big Mac: “Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions—on a sesame seed bun!”
According to Insider, your average burger cost about 40 cents (with some wiggle room for regional fluctuation), and rose to only 62 cents by 1987.
At the first McDonald's location, every item cost less than 25 cents and hamburgers were only 15 cents.
At 6.98 U.S. dollars, Switzerland has the most expensive Big Macs in the world, according to the January 2022 Big Mac index. Concurrently the cost of a Big Mac was 5.81 dollars in the U.S., and 4.95 U.S. dollars in the euro area.
Called the Triple Samurai Mac, this burger features three 100% all-beef patties.
The Final Verdict. While Burger King's Whopper was a little tastier, McDonald's Big Mac took full sweep in being the better burger. It's more aesthetically appealing, has more toppings, is healthier (relatively speaking), and is cheaper in price. Congrats, McDonald's!