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12 Discontinued Fast-Food Burgers You'll Never See Again

From recent departures to retro classics.

Take a stroll down burger memory lane, through some of the most popular discontinued burgers of the last few decades.

While most of these burgers were discontinued because they failed to reach the kinds of mass sales that their makers were looking for, they still won over hordes of fans. Fans who, to this day, hope they'll make a comeback.

Here are some of America's favorite discontinued burgers—from recent departures to retro classics.

For more fast-food news, check out 8 Worst Fast-Food Burgers to Stay Away From Right Now.


Wendy's Pretzel Bacon Pub Cheeseburger

Wendy's/ Facebook

Wendy's rarely changes its core menu, but it sure loves to experiment with limited-time burgers. One such item that became one of the most popular burgers on the chain's menu was the Pretzel Bacon Pub Cheeseburger. This guy had it all: Muenster cheese, bacon, honey mustard, beer cheese sauce, fried onions, pickles, and that unforgettable signature pretzel bun.

But after several iterations and appearances and disappearances from the menu since its first introduction in 2013, the chain seems to have nixed the burger for good last summer.


Whataburger Chop House Cheddar Burger

whataburger chop house cheddar bruger
Courtesy of Whataburger

First launched in 2009, the premium offer that was the Chop House Cheddar Burger quickly became a customer favorite. Even so, the burger never became a permanent menu item, and after several limited-time stints on the menu, it now seems to be gone for good—it hasn't been seen since 2016. However, fans are still holding out hope and have even started a petition for its return. It's gotta be that combo of grilled onions and melted shredded cheddar.


Hardee's Beyond Thickburger

hardee's original beyond thickburger
Hardee's Facebook

Hardee's original Thickburger went meat-free in 2019. It was part of the chain's trend-chasing push into the plant-based arena, and the burger was only one of four items that were created in partnership with Beyond meat.

But sometime between then and now, Hardee's decided to remove all the Beyond items from the menu, and currently seems to be focusing more on chicken and real Angus beef.


McDonald's Signature Crafted Burgers

In 2019, when McDonald's decided to simplify its operations and reduce the number of products its kitchens had to stock and make, the fancy, much-hyped line of Signature burgers was the first to go.

The Maple Bacon Dijon, Sweet BBQ Bacon, and Pico Guacamole burgers, as well as their chicken sandwich counterparts, were discontinued because they slowed operations and didn't bring the kinds of sales McDonald's was hoping for.


Jack In the Box Mini Sirloin Burgers

jack in the box mini sirloin burgers
Courtesy of Jack in the Box

Once upon a time, when sliders were all the rage, Jack in the Box tried its luck with Mini Sirloin Burgers. The mini burgers came three per order, each topped with American cheese, grilled onions, and ketchup. Unfortunately, there can only be one White Castle, and Jack in the Box discontinued the minis for lack of sales in 2011.


McDonald's Angus Burger

mcdonald's angus burgers
Courtesy of McDonald's

Another higher-end burger that couldn't make it on the McDonald's menu was the Angus Burger. Available in three varieties and featuring one-third pound of Angus beef, the item was meant to attract younger customers that gravitated toward premium burgers at sit-down restaurants. But the chain ended up cutting the $4 creation in 2013.


Burger King Turkey Burger

burger kind turkey burger
Courtesy of Burger King

Burger King tried to lighten up the calorie load of its Whopper by offering the first-ever turkey burger by a major fast-food chain. This was in 2013 and, needless to say, the item didn't last on the menus very long.


Wendy's Gouda Bacon Cheeseburger

wendy's gouda bacon cheeseburger
Courtesy of Wendy's

The Gouda Bacon was another popular limited-time cheeseburger at Wendy's circa 2015. But the chain likes to keep its LTOs fresh and interesting, so it's quite unlikely we'll see this burger again in the same iteration.


McDonald's Big N Tasty

mcdonald's big n tasty
Courtesy of McDonald's

Burger King's Big Whopper caused such a stir at McDonald's that the chain ended up creating several burgers to go up against it in the '80s and '90s. First, there was the McDLT, discontinued due to its ridiculous two-sided styrofoam packaging, then came the equally unsuccessful Arch Deluxe. And then there was the last try, the Big N Tasty, which launched in 1997. But even this creation with a catchy name didn't quite catch on, and after being demoted to the dollar menu, the Big N Tasty was finally discontinued in 2011.


Burger King's Burger Shots

burger kind bk mini burgers
Courtesy of Burger King

In 2008, Burger King wanted in on the slider market, so it re-released its long-gone Burger Buddies as BK Burger Shots. These little burgers came in pairs, attached at the bun, and were undeniably adorable. Still, they ended up disappearing from the menu a few years later.


Wendy's Bacon and Blue Burger

wendy's bacon and blue burger
Courtesy of Wendy's

The first national chain to add blue cheese to a burger, Wendy's was riding the artisanal cheese trend of the 2010s like a pro. The same burger was later brought back in an even better version—nestled in a brioche bun, smothered in blue cheese and blue cheese aioli. Sadly, it hasn't been seen since 2015.


Taco Bell Beefer

Taco Bell Beefer
Courtesy of Taco Bell

Decades ago, Taco Bell tried to compete with fast-food burger slingers by creating its own version of a burger-slash-Sloppy Joe. There was taco beef between a burger bun, topped with diced onions, shredded lettuce, and—if you got the Supreme version—cheese and tomatoes. The sandwich debuted on the menu in the '70s and managed to stick around until the '90s. Still, fans who remember it say it was delicious, and its absence, while understandable, is mourned to this day.

Mura Dominko
Mura is a Deputy Editor leading ETNT's coverage of America's favorite fast foods and restaurant chains. Read more