I tried McDonald's new Third Pound Angus burger the other day and I was unimpressed. The sandwiches come in three varieties, Deluxe, Mushroom & Swiss, and Bacon & Cheese. I opted for the Deluxe, as I was curious how this would rate compared with other classic standard-topping burgers.
First, the patty, while thick and meaty, was also overly salty. And if you know me, that is saying a lot as I usually like salty food. The meat was also rather dry. However, it sat well on the custom and sturdy bun and was sized right for the sandwich. In other words, I felt like I was getting more burger than my usual McDonald's fare.
Here are some unedited pics of my sandwich. Note the attractive box and the handy little flip down tab that tells you what kind you ordered. Inside, the burger was partially wrapped in wax paper, suggesting I was in store for a messy juicy treat. Upon closer inspection (sorry about the blur in the last frame) we see that this is truly a basic burger. The assembly is heel, cheese, meat, cheese, tomato, leaf lettuce, sliced onion, pickles, mayo, mustard, and crown. This assembly order befuddles me. McDonald's knows that you want to put the flavors down lower on the sandwich closer to the tongue. So why is there only a slice of cheese between the bread and the meat? Everything else rides top-side. I tried eating it upside down and it tasted a little better.
Aside from the salt, there was also too much mayo. Now, I am a fan of the mayo/ketchup combination made popular by the Buger King Whopper. But McDonald's seems to be saying they've already addressed that with the Big N' Tasty. So ketchup is strikingly absent from this burger. And mustard/mayo is NOT as satisfying. In fact, the lack of ketchup or anything sweet only upped the pucker factor of the mustard/mayo/pickles. That, combined with the saltiness of the patty kept me reaching for my Coke.
All in all, I say this is a decent effort and I definitely felt full, but I was not blown away. Compared with, say, a Six Dollar Burger at Carl's/Hardee's this sandwich is playing catch-up. Or should I say ketchup?!