low syn McDonalds New York Stack

The McDonalds New York Stack – almost single-handedly responsible for reversing a fair few weeks of us being good, I can tell you. However, whack it through the syns calculator and it’s enough to give Mags a fit of the vapours, so we’ve come up with a low-syn take on it which actually tastes almost exactly the same. To fully replicate the taste experience, make sure you put it in a box with nicotine-scented fingers, leave it to sweat for about thirty minutes and then mash it with your fist so it’s all smeared and gross.

Sorry for the lack of recipes at the moment, but it’s too hot – it’s as simple as that. As soon as either one of my nipples thaws out I’m immediately too hot and start working at 40% capacity, like an overheated engine. But rather than leaving you famished, let’s barrel out some of the recipes we’ve got stuck in draft – beginning with this New York Stack!

New York Stack

New York Stack

low syn McDonalds New York Stack




Yield 1 burger

Of the four burgers that appeared in the Great Tastes of America menu that McDonalds did, this was our easy favourite - not least because a bagel always cheers the soul, doesn't it? The proper version comes in after over 30 syns, so this is a big old saving!


  • 1x New York Bakery Co. Bagel Thins, Seeded (1x HeA)
  • 200g 5% beef mince
  • 20g reduced-fat cheddar (½x HeA)
  • 2 slices of bacon, fat removed
  • few slices of gherkins
  • handful of lettuce leaves
  • 1 tbsp extra-light mayonnaise (1 syn)
  • 1 tbsp tomato sauce (1 syn)


  • make the burgers (see notes)
  • cook the burgers (see notes) and bacon
  • meanwhile, slice the bun
  • spread the tomato sauce on the top half of the bagel half
  • top the bottom half of the bagel with a slice of cheese, two burgers, bacon, gherkins, mayonnaise, lettuce leaves and other slice of cheese
  • top with the other bagel half
  • eat!


  • a burger press will make easy work of the burgers but if you haven't got one just roll the mince into a ball and flatten into a burger shape
  • you can cook the burgers however you please - we used our Tefal Optigrill on the 'burger' setting but you could use a frying pan over a high heat (spray in a little oil first), under a high grill, on a George Foreman or even on a barbecue. It's up to you!
  • don't forget - you get both mince and bacon in our fantastic Muscle Food deals! 
  • there's no need for egg or any binders in this - the mince will hold just fine as long as you spend a few minutes giving it a good squeeze and a mix first

Courses burger

Cuisine McDonalds

Yum! Mind our McDonalds-a-likes don’t begin and end with the New York Stack, you know. We’ve also done some cracking takes on other stuff, see?

Tasty! Remember to share!




2 thoughts on “low syn McDonalds New York Stack

  1. OMG! I hate those words but I love your blog, I been reading recipe after recipe which by the way I love but actually the thing that’s keeping me out of the kitchen and munching my way through the entire fridge is YOU and your humour.
    Your blog is a shot in the arm errr can you move down South – ok, long shot! That north -south divide thing, but we’re really quite friendly down here . . . honestly and boy could we do with some help on the losing weight front.
    I’m an overweight, overworked Nurse (sshhh!!) and your fabulous blog should be available on the NHS, forget all that professionalism, namby pamby, pussy footing around lets just have a bit of straight talking for Gods sake, and do you know what?
    My attitude is just keep trying. Losing weight is worse than trying to stop smoking (which I don’t do) because we have to eat, no question. temptation is there at least three times a day every day.
    Blood brilliant.
    Thank you for inspiration and making dieting delicious and fun.

  2. I’ve randomly started struggling with hay fever this year. I’m not advocating it, but I tend to get so desperate that I’ll take one of every type within a few hours. Not good for you, but fuck it, it works.

    Of a night, I find getting the drowsy Benadryl and just knocking yourself out. Boom. No more sniffles if you can’t wake up!

    Love your recipes and your writing, I often read you guys.

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