A month ago, McDonald's sent me 3 vouchers to try their new Angus burgers. Well, it really wasn't necessary since I was going to try them anyways. Besides, they were 50% off during that particular week. So off I went to the Scott Road location near 86th for some 1/3rd pound action. I ended up picking up the Mushroom Swiss for myself and Bacon & Cheese for Hot Mama. Okay, I have to be completely blunt here. I did not like the burger. I like a nice crust on my burger patties; but this was was downright overcooked. Essentially, I had a pathetically dry 1/3rd pound of meat sandwiched in between a dense bun.
Okay, maybe this was a one-off. Maybe the person making them was a pimpled-teen wanting to just finish their shift. Hence, I visited the Hastings and Gamma location for a retry. Nope. That was another unmitigated disaster. Another set of dry patties and equally dry cold buns. I really couldn't believe how unappealing they were. Furthermore, they messed up my order of 3 burgers. I wanted one of each and I got one Deluxe, one Mushroom Swiss and a third one that looked like half a Mushroom Swiss and half of a Deluxe. WTF? I went as far as emailing the PR rep and notifying her that I really didn't like them (and be prepared for a not-so-glorifying post). However, after speaking with several people who have also had the burger, I was convinced to give it a try once again. Fine.
After paying for 2 tries, I used the coupon for the third time. I decided to go to a different location, being the Brentwood location in Burnaby. Finally. This time around, the experience was a complete 180. The meat patties were still not juicy; yet at least they were not dry. I got plenty of meat flavour and unlike the Quarter Pounder, I found it less salty (possibly because there is more meat?). The bun was warm and soft while the mushrooms were Earthy and delicious. So what can I conclude about the new Angus 1/3 Pounders? It is a solid fast food burger, if you can find a location that makes it right. Oh, on a side note, I really like McDonald's fries. I don't care what people say.
- It's a substantial burger
- Lots of meat flavour
- It's kinda pricey
- Consistency from location-to-location is not there yet