Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Mcdonalds' New Bacon Clubhouse Burger

I couldn't decide what to eat for dinner last night. Then, after hours of heavy introspective thinking, decided it was time to honor the fans who requested we review this burger, and I headed out to Mcdonalds. The last few times I've hit up Mickey D's, the second I rolled down my window, I got hit with the super bored, I-want-to-kill-myself robotic question, "thankyouforcomingtomcdonaldswouldyouliketotryourbaconclubhouseburger" and I was psyched for once to be able to say "YES. YES I THINK I WOULD." And of course they didn't ask me. I would have made their day.

Anyway, I ordered it up and headed back to the house to take pictures and eat in the comfort of my home. Then I remembered that I had taken the house key off my keychain when I went for a walk earlier (yea, I know- a walk? come on). I quickly found out nobody would be home for about 40 minutes and I panicked. My phone was at 6%, I had nothing to drink, my food was already getting cold, and it was dark outside, meaning I couldn't really take decent pictures. I made the command decision to heat the burger up later, and I just drove around for awhile.

When I was finally let in, a trip for delicious burritos was presented, and I briefly contemplated accepting my fate of a burgerless night. Burritos would be delicious, but I had already spent money on a stupid burger that was probably now terrible, and even though I bought it for dinner, I mostly bought it for this here blog. I decided to take a bite of the burger as it was, and if it was good enough, I would heat it up in the microwave and eat it for dinner, realizing that of course it would probably be terrible, and I could use that as an excuse to just get a delicious burrito and cut my losses for the night.

I was wrong. Right away I knew that this burger was a delicious burger, and not only that- it showed so much promise that I knew in my heart of hearts that a reheating wouldn't take a thing away from it. So after 45 minutes of sitting in my cold car, I heated it up and tore in.

I opened the box to reveal the fakest looking bun I've ever seen (well maybe not). This looked like a squeak toy!


Opening it up, I saw pretty solid looking lettuce, a huge tomato slice (sliced in half for some reason), crisp applewood-smoked bacon, and delicious white cheddar cheese.

The bottom was a mess of caramelized onions and special sauce. 

And inside was beef that looked like... well, actual beef.

To recap: 

It's the ingredients that make it so tasty! (isn't that true of everything?)

And was it? Hell yea it was. Screw burritos- this reheated burger that was probably reheated before I even got it hit the spot big time. 

don't get confused by my massive hands, this is a full sized burger

I actually decided to get rid of the lettuce- both because it was distracting a little from everything else, and because my microwaving had rendered it pretty soggy. But the bacon was crisp and awesome and the tomato was very prevalent, which seems to be rare these days, and for someone who loves tomato like me, ruled. The rest kind of blended in with itself, for the most part. The burger was really good- surprisingly good actually, especially for McDonalds. It was really good meat- Five Guys might have to be worried. The cheese was there but kind of blended in, and the special sauce was awesome. On the box, it just says "special sauce," and while eating, I was wondering if it was a different version of Big Mac sauce. As someone who doesn't like pickles on burgers and doesn't like getting ripped off (come on, it's just a double cheeseburger with more bread), I never get Big Macs, so I couldn't tell- my guess was that it was the standard Big Mac sauce but without the 4 pounds of ground up pickles, and maybe even a cheese sauce added in. But according to Mcdonalds' website, it's just Big Mac sauce, which, as you all know, is their somewhat different take on Thousand Island dressing. Whatever it was, it was delicious. I felt it went extraordinarily well with the meat, cheese, tomato and roll, which had that buttered-bun flavor all the Wendy's burgers now have (which I normally don't like that much, but the sauce made it awesome). Also, this bun was just flat out really good.

And even better, there was a good amount of sauce on both sides of the bun. This burger was a mess, and that's how I like it. As someone who gets a side of sauce with nearly everything I eat (so I can dip), I didn't need that with this. FINALLY a burger has the right amount of sauce. 

My only complaint with this was the onions. I don't typically get onions on burgers, even if they're the kind that are cooked in caramel. But Mcdonalds has done a great job with these onions, on the retired and awesome CBO and on their great value menu item, the Grilled Onion Cheddar Burger (which I used for the greatest creation ever here). So I was psyched about these onions, and they just didn't really do it for me on this burg. The Big Mac sauce mixed with a really large tomato brought out an acidic tomato sweetness, and the onion was either not from a good batch, or that flavor just didn't really work with the other ingredients. The only time I noticed the onions was when my mouth was saying "why did they add onions to this? This doesn't need onions." I would have preferred this without them. I just feel like the different flavors would have worked together better. 

But the bottom line is, this is a great burger. All the ingredients on mine were fresh and awesome, and everything worked great together (other than the onions). Even reheated 45 minutes after it was fresh, I really don't have a bad thing to say about this. Mcdonalds has done a great job. And it's a quarter pound patty and I believe $4.75, so it's reasonably priced and a solid meal. 

I give this an A- and I expect you to go buy one. 

-review by Mike

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  1. I'm sorry that I missed my opportunity to try it on Monday for lunch. I was diverted elsewhere by a slight distaste for all things McD. Maybe I'll give it a try after reading your review.

    1. If you hate McDonalds, don't go! But this is definitely higher quality than a lot of their menu.

  2. Nice, I've been wanting to try this since I saw it on TV and glad to know it's gonna be tasty P=

  3. Can we discuss this?

    1. Yea, pretty insane. I don't know if I trust Dominos in the chicken department, but you can bet your ass we're on the lookout for this!

  4. Hey. I'm doing a survey on fast-food consumption for my seminar in marketing research class. It would be greatly appreciated if anyone can take the survey and help me out. Thanks!

  5. Found your blog when searching for reviews of this burger. Just ate one not too long ago (literally) and I still LOVE this burger. It's like Big Mac's fancier cousin and the crispy chicken version ain't too shabby either. Great blog!

    1. Thanks for reading! I need to get another one of these. The burger is definitely the better version I think, but yea. fantastic stuff. I hope they keep this on the menu forever.