Sherman's Food Adventures: The New Angus Burger at McDonald's

The New Angus Burger at McDonald's

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.

The Good:
- It's a substantial burger
- Lots of meat flavour

The Bad:
- It's kinda pricey
- Consistency from location-to-location is not there yet

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Hastings and Gamma"

yep, me too and it was a dry patty with cheese that had melted then re-hardened. Delicious! McDonald's is at the bottom of the food chain for me, just garbage...

Anonymous said...

Like some bad restaurants with food safe issues and not well trained staff. Mcdonalds can have the same issues or much worse. People expect mcodnalds to have higher standards then a family run business. However, I've worked at fast food and they cut corners like any bad business model they have. It all depends on the lazy manager that is not doing his job properly.

Anonymous said...

I live in the same area and will only ever go to the Brentwood location. The Willingdon (head office?) and Gamma locations are an exercise in frustration. Wrong orders, crap food, etc.!!

Sherman said...

Yah, I'm not a huge fan of Hastings and Gamma. But... OMFG... The head office location on Stillcreek takes the friggin' cake. They NEVER get my order right there especially the drive-thru. How many times I've ordered 3 Filet-O-Fish and get home to find one. The same goes for the McBride location too. I agree that the Brentwood location is solid.

Anonymous said...

I've tried all 3 Angus Burgers in Langley's 204 St. location and have to say I was disappointed too. I found all 3 burgers to be tasteless. The Prime Rib burger at the A&W across the street is a much better buy for a similar price.

Sherman said...

I can't argue with that.

Anonymous said...

How was the Hastings and Gamma disaster mitigated? Did you mean "unmitigated disaster"?

Sherman said...

LOL! Thanks for the correction!