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McDonald's Angus Burger Report

ipsedixit Dec 11, 2006 05:42 PM

Finally got a chance to try the new Angus Burger at McDonald's (at the South Pasadena location on Fair Oaks).

There are 3 varieties: 1. Angus with lettuce and tomato, 2. Angus with cheese, 3. Angus with Swiss and mushrooms.

I tried the standard Angus with lettuce and tomato. Friend got the one with swiss and shrooms. The beef patty is quite thick, but has the consistency and taste of meatloaf - makes the entire burger taste like a meatloaf sandwich.

The buns were also a little doughy and chewy - threw off the proper proportion of meat to bread ratio so critical to an iconic McDonald's burger.

The whole thing reminded me of an Eddie Murray joke from "Raw" where he describes his mother making him a "homemade" burger from Wonder bread and ground beef better suited for meatballs ... these Angus burgers sound good in theory, but they really aren't what you expect or want from McDonald's.

And at nearly $4 a pop (sans fries and drink), I'd rather get 3 or 4 double cheeseburgers and call it a day.

  1. monku Dec 12, 2006 01:27 AM

    Thanks. I won't waste a meal.
    I was the original poster of the news article.

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      montebubbles Mar 9, 2007 10:03 PM

      I love and crave McDonald's Angus burgers! I've eaten them 3 out of the past 4 days from 3 separate locations.

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        Franken Mar 9, 2007 10:09 PM

        Are they using any other food products now?

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          malibumike Mar 10, 2007 06:59 AM

          How do these compare to the Carls Jr six dollar burger, they are the same price.

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            ipsedixit Mar 10, 2007 02:15 PM

            Between the two, I think I would prefer the Carl's Jr burger.

            But really, my favorite burger at McDonald's is probably the 1/4 pounder and the real reason I ever go to McDonald's is for the Filet-O-Fish sandwich.

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            SeanT Mar 10, 2007 02:54 PM

            I thought the angus deluxe was pretty good. One must put the evaluation of this burger in its proper context. McDs is a fast food place. I will admit an affinity for the 1/4 lber or dbl. I crave them when road tripping. I thought the angus deluxe with ketchup was good. I would order it again. Mcdonalds has a 1$ off coupon online.

            I am always disappointedwith Carls jr. I don't think i have ever had hot food there. Mildly change your order at Mcds and you always have hot food. In my case I always ask for extra ketchup on burgers and extra tarter on filet o fish.

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              lordorwell Jun 18, 2009 10:20 PM

              that doesn't make any sense. I work at Mcdonald's and we build the sandwiches to order. there is no storage bin for completed sandwiches, like at Hardees (Carl's Jr).

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              PotatoPuff Mar 13, 2007 09:13 AM

              how does it compare to the Burger King Angus burger?

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                hollywoodmonkey Apr 9, 2007 09:14 PM

                All I can say is you gotta see this Angus Burger video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqcalV...

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                  Davwud Apr 10, 2007 05:43 AM

                  Why??

                  DT

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                    Ravynnelyn Dec 29, 2007 08:56 PM

                    What a totally STUPID video! Don't waste your time...dumbest thing I have seen in a long time!

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                    malibumike Apr 10, 2007 08:13 AM

                    Yes I had it the other day, for a comparison I also bought a CJ's regular 6 dollar burger, I weighed them, the CJ's was 5% heavier, other than that they both look the same. Mac's has 2 pieces of cheese, CJ's one but I suspect that the patty is a little heavier. To me the Mac burger was drier than CJ's and overall I prefer the 6 dollar burger.

                    1. foodseek Oct 15, 2007 04:28 PM

                      I may be joining this discussion late but I must comment on the Angus burger(swiss and mushroom) I had yesterday. It was terrific. I usually like my burgers dressed with lettuce,tomato,onion, and ketchup so I hadn't ordered this before for fear of being disappointed. But who knows, I was in an adventurous mood and decided to try it. For a chain who gets dissed often for being the antithesis of good food, I find McDonalds trying to step up to the plate in delivering a good burger at a good price and more importantly for its target customer- fast. It isn't often you can drive up to a window and order a hamburger as good as many sit down restaurants. If you get a chance, try it and hopefully you will be pleasantly surprised as well.

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                        Ravynnelyn Dec 29, 2007 08:53 PM

                        I have had the Angus burger many many times now at several different McDonald's, and except for one, they have all been great, and I do not like McDonald's food for the most part. The Deluxe Angus is wonderful...in appearance and taste, and I have never had a dry one. The Carls Jr. burger is NOT heavier, as I like that one too and have also had it on occasion. The Angus burgers are worth the price. All I am saying to those of you who have not had one...don't listen to the naysayers and go try one for yourself, but remember, they are not going to taste the same at every McDonald's...you have to find one that makes them right and stick with them.

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                          KaimukiMan Dec 30, 2007 01:36 AM

                          doesn't that defeat the purpose of a chain?

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                            malibumike Dec 30, 2007 11:43 AM

                            The Carls jr burger(6 dollar regular burger) is slightly heavier than the equivalent McD's burger, I have as an experiment brought them home and weighed them on a proffesional digital scale and the CJ's is about an ounce heaver, the meat is actually slightly heaver than McD's , at least out here on the west coast.

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                            Dimples51 Dec 31, 2007 07:24 AM

                            Can someone tell me why McD sees fit to put mayo on the swiss/mushroom Angus burger? I had no idea they did that. I got home and had to wipe the mayo off the bun and brush off all the mushrooms because they were swimming in mayo. I wish fast food restaurants would list ingredients especially condiments that are on their sandwiches. And let us put out own cream and sugar in our coffee!!!!

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                              spellweaver16 Jan 1, 2008 12:35 AM

                              Wow, weird. I'm not a fan of mushrooms and the thought of them swimming in mayo makes them even more repulsive. Blech! Not everything mayonnaise, McD's!

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                              lordorwell Jun 18, 2009 10:43 PM

                              This already failed once for them (not this sandwich, but trying to raise the bar). Remember the Arch Deluxe?

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                                Emm Jun 19, 2009 08:21 AM

                                Just a thought, though...the economy is different now and lots of consumers are "trading down" a notch from whatever they used to eat. If McDonald's could by some miracle produce a really good burger, they might well pick up business from the casual sit-down chains like Chili's or Applebees, where most of the food's now approaching inedible.

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                              linsue Jan 7, 2008 04:44 PM

                              i like the angus burgers, have only ordered the deluxe (cheese, lettuce tomatoes and onion). Quite good.

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