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McDonald’s is testing a bigger, more expensive burger to add to their menu.

The Angus Beef Third Pounder costs $3.99, weighing in as the priciest item offered by the franchise, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The new burger is currently available only in about 600 restaurant locations in Southern California.

The paper quoted McDonald's franchise owner Scott Frisbie as saying that he approached the company about two years ago with the idea that the menu needed a premium burger to remain competitive. "The initial reaction has been overwhelmingly positive," said Frisbie, who helped conduct the initial tests of the burger during the past several months. "The sales really surprised us," he told the paper.

Developed by McDonald's executive chef Dan Coudreaut, the burger comes on a denser bun, which Frisbie said has more of a "roll flavor," the report said.

Meanwhile, other fast food companies have also added Angus burgers to their menus. Burger King added the $3.99 Angus Steak Burger to its menu in 2004. Carl's Jr. and Hardee's, which are both owned by CKE Restaurants Inc., offer as many as eight variations of an Angus burger priced as high as $6.

The report said that the new McDonald’s sandwich comes in three versions: a deluxe with American cheese, tomato slices, lettuce, red onion strips and pickles; a mushroom and Swiss cheese; and a bacon and American cheese.

Only the double Quarter Pounder with cheese compares to the calorie count of the new burgers. The Angus Third Pounder ranges from 720 calories to 860 calories, while the double Quarter Pounder contains 740 calories. McDonald's signature sandwich, the Big Mac, is 540 calories, said the report. News

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@ 1:58pm ET on March 8, 2007
This is amazing to me to read that a burger with half a days calories and probably more fat than even Nicole Richie needs is selling extremely well! There is so much stuff on diet and exercise out there today and people know better and I'm sure it won't be too long before somone is suing McDonald's for making them fat (or worse) when they should have known better because they were well informed but chose to listen to what they wanted and block out everything else.

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