Fast Food Review: Egg White Flatbreads from Dunkin’ Donuts
As far as fast food breakfast sandwiches go, it’s hard to find anything not soaked in grease. Egg, cheese, bacon and sausage are the culprits. Let’s name a few baddies… How about a Sausage, Egg and Cheese Bagel Breakfast Sandwich from McDonalds? The Double Croissan’wich with Sausage and Bacon from Burger King? I don’t know about you, but I’m not quite ready to ingest an entire days worth of calories, fat and sodium first thing in the morning. Dunkin’ Donuts introduced their Egg White Flatbread Sandwiches a couple years back and have gone through a bit of a makeover. Does a new look equal a new taste? Let’s review.
Dunkin’ Donuts Egg White Flatbreads are described like this:
Egg White Flatbread Sandwiches have a new, rounder look. It’s the oven-toasted taste you love, with a new round shape that packs even more egg and cheese into every bite. With the same multi-grain flatbread and egg white omelets featuring turkey sausage or veggies, each DDSMART sandwich is still a great way to start the day.
OK, now for my words… As mentioned above, the Egg White flatbreads come in two choices, Veggie and Turkey Sausage. The cost… $2.99 each. The original version was $2.99 and I still believe they are probably a dollar too much. A big problem with the original flatbreads was too much dry, tough flatbread and not enough egg. The original version’s flatbread portion was overwhelming when compared to the actual egg filling. I always felt there needed to be less flatbread and a price drop… or they should increase the amount of egg and filling to merit the $2.99 price tag. Well just about everything I hoped to change did change, but the price stayed the same. To me, still worth a regular purchase.
Veggie — I prefer the Veggie Egg White Flatbread over the Turkey Sausage variety. The Veggie version of this sandwich consists of egg whites, peppers, onions, mushrooms, and reduced-fat cheddar cheese on a multigrain flatbread. The Veggie Egg White Flatbread has more of a flavor variety and you can tell from your first bite. The flavors that stick out the most are from the green and red peppers. At 320 calories and 12 grams of fat, it takes some of the guilt away from your morning breakfast. Note: Original version had only 11 grams of protein and the New version has 20 grams of protein.
Turkey Sausage — The Turkey Sausage version is 290 calories and only 8 grams of fat. It’s made up of egg whites, turkey sausage, spinach, and reduced-fat cheddar cheese on a multigrain flatbread. The original version of this flatbread used mozzarella cheese and had virtually no impact. The reduced-fat cheddar was a better choice and stands out more. Unfortunately (or fortunately based on your tastes) you can’t really taste much of anything in terms of turkey sausage or spinach in this one. Tastes come from the egg, cheese and flatbread and that’s about it. Note: Original version had 19 grams of protein and the New version has 21 grams of protein.
With the new, rounded look to the DD flatbreads, you’ve got a pretty even egg to flatbread ratio which is a big improvement. No more glut of flatbread taking over the sad portion of egg. I also noticed the flatbread being a bit softer and not as dried out. Also, these flatbreads are not messy or greasy whatsoever. As I mentioned before, they are not a breakfast you feel guilty about selecting. Both flatbread items are at least 25% reduced (in comparison to the sausage, egg, cheese on a croissant) in calories, fat, saturated fat and sodium. With that, you of course lose some of the buttery/cheesy/greasy factors you’re probably used to with a fast food breakfast sandwich. Many might consider it bland but you must understand what you’re ordering… and remember this is the “better for you” option. Just throw on some hot sauce and zip it!
The fact that these flatbreads are lower in fat and calories than most everything else out there in the fast food breakfast sandwich world raises my grade. Just keep in mind that you will be sacrificing the salty/buttery tastes of what you’re probably used to from a breakfast sandwich. I’m OK with cutting back on the greasy overload a typical breakfast sandwich brings if I can get a somewhat decent meal with way less of the bad stuff. If you’re in the same camp, I recommend giving this a taste.
Pros: An improvement over the previous versions. New round shape... flatbread fits egg white omelet. Better for you breakfast sandwich option. Turkey Sausage version eliminates tasteless mozzarella and adds cheddar.
Cons: Still a little pricey considering the current Dunkin' breakfast value menu. Turkey Sausage version could use an extra ingredient that sticks out.
Grubbing on-the-go: 8.50/10
Overall GrubGrade: 7.50/10 (Veggie) 6.25/10 (Turkey Sausage)
More Info: DunkinDonuts.com
Calories - 330
Total Fat - 12 grams
Saturated Fat - 5 grams
Cholesterol - 25 milligrams
Sodium - 820 milligrams
Carbs - 35 grams
Dietary Fiber - 4 grams
Sugars - 5 grams
Protein - 20 grams
Calories - 290
Total Fat - 8 grams
Saturated Fat - 3 grams
Cholesterol - 20 milligrams
Sodium - 600 milligrams
Carbs - 34 grams
Dietary Fiber - 3 grams
Sugars - 6 grams
Protein - 21 grams