Review: Cheddar Bacon Onion Angus from McDonald’s

Over the last few years we’ve seen the fast food burger wars enter the realm of bigger burgers with the likes of such items as the Wendy’s Bacon Portabella Melt, the pricey Burger King California Whopper, and the ever-expanding line of McDonald’s Angus Burgers. There have been four (see also Chipotle BBQ Bacon Angus) total Angus burger entries to date and the Cheddar Bacon Onion Angus is the fifth and latest member of the family.

McDonald’s describes their  Cheddar Bacon Onion Angus like this:

A 1\3 lb.* of juicy, 100% Angus beef topped with creamy white Cheddar, hickory-smoked bacon and caramelized grilled onions, all served on a soft, bakery-style bun.

The Cheddar Bacon Onion Angus, or Angus CBO for you cool kids, has been testing for what seems like forever.  It combines some of the most ideal ingredients I look for in a good burger.  Specifically, a flavorful cheese like cheddar and salty strips of bacon. Unfortunately, both had issues, but there are some areas of saving grace.

The Angus CBO is a hearty burger weighing in at a third pound Angus beef patty. The beef should always rise above the rest and be able to stand alone in a great burger. All accompaniments are there to show there support and help bring the best out of the lead star. With the Angus CBO, the beef needed a lot from its supporting cast.

The Angus patty was overly dry and it’s quite pathetic on its own. Thankfully my burger was smothered in creamy mustard sauce which had a mild Dijon/mayo taste without the spice. The mustard sauce flavors came through more than any others and that’s not a bad thing, I liked it. I felt this mustard sauce was something actually new and different from what I’ve come to expect. All too often there are items branded as “new” and all it really is happens to be a new combination of the same ingredients you’re used to. So the creamy mustard sauce was a nice addition here and it helped the dry patty out a lot.

While the bacon was abundant, even over abundant, it just doesn’t taste natural like the bacon I get at a place like Chick-fil-A or Wendy’s (see Baconator).  There has always been something a little off for me with the taste of McDonald’s bacon. Until there’s a bacon change at the Golden Arches, I’ll continue to think that you can change all but one ingredient and still taste like products of old. The grilled onions had way less impact than I was expecting because there was a good amount of them. The onions were there for texture, not taste. Fried crispy onions would’ve been a better choice here.

Hey I almost forgot the first word in the name of this burger: Cheddar. Surprisingly weak and hidden. The Cheddar was buried under all the ingredients and was more of a light creamy smattering than a front and center big slice. Places need to take a page from the Panera book and maybe experiment with Vermont White Cheddar or something that will stand out better. I paid $4.39 for my Angus CBO and I came away neither impressed or unimpressed. A decent burger that will probably be polarizing for most. My impressions fall somewhere in between. The burger overall turned out better as a whole than what you’d expect from the individual parts.

Pros: Nice bun. Creamy mustard sauce. If you like the taste of McDonald's bacon, there's a good amount of it.

Cons: Dried out beef patty. Weak Cheddar and onions. Would prefer crispy fried onions over grilled.

Taste: 6.50/10
Value: 5.75/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.50/10
Price: $4.39

Overall GrubGrade: 6.50/10

More Info: http://www.McDonalds.com
Nutrition Facts:
Calories - 790
Total Fat - 41 grams
Saturated Fat - 18 grams
Sodium - 1830 milligrams
Carbs - 62 grams
Cholesterol - 150 milligrams
Protein - 45 grams

13 comments on “Review: Cheddar Bacon Onion Angus from McDonald’s

  1. Alex K. says:

    That’s definitely a sad looking burger. Jebus.

  2. Branson says:

    The bacon looks like… I don’t know. Don King’s hair? It’s very aggressive looking, which makes me uncomfortable.

  3. Manavee says:

    I also liked the mustard sauce. I got more flavor out of the onions and actually thought they were surprisingly good.

    At the end of the day, though, I felt the same about this burger as I do about the rest of the Angus line. Namely, the surrounding ingredients are all quite good (and sometimes impressively good), but the burger patty itself still has that McDonald’s funkiness to it. I felt like if you could do some sort of burger transplant surgery whereby you transplant a Five Guys patty, or a Wendy’s patty, or a Smashburger patty into this burger, the results would have been a lot better.

    The other thing I noticed was that they apparently ditched the idea of a special bun for this burger (which looked to be one of the more intriguing aspects of the pub burger previously tested). The bun itself is fine, but the plainness of it kind of saps away some of the flavors of the burger.

    By the way, Burger King rolled out the new White Cheddar Whoppers today.

  4. Lee says:

    I’ve had the CBO twice but they never seem to put enough mustard sauce on the burger for me to really taste it until halfway through.

  5. Mike says:

    Had it two times many better burgers out there for the price at $4.99 in Los Angeles I can get a much better burger.

  6. KTK says:

    I guess fast food joints around here are better than in other places… either that, or I’m just that hungry by the time I can take lunch. Either way, that burger patty looks horrible, as if it was burnt or left in a food hot box for a few hours. The last Angus burger I ate about a month ago must’ve been pretty fresh, because it was actually pretty decent and moist. They go for $3.99 here, so I might have to try it when I’m off the beaten path and there aren’t many options.

  7. JF says:

    I had this today and while I never really cared for the Angus burgers, thought I’d give it a try. To be honest, about the only taste I could detect was salt (most likely from the bacon) and mayo. Everything else, even the onions, didn’t seem to be there. Would not get it again.

  8. CulinaryZerg says:

    My previous comment must have gotten deleted.

    Anyways, this is a pale imitation of the CBO that McDonald’s has sold in Europe and elsewhere. THAT sandwich has crispy chicken and bacon strips, crispy fried onions, bacon-pepper cheese, bacon-chicken mayo, all housed in a square bun topped with toasted bacon and onion bits. It’s a bestseller.

    The U.S. version is a poor derivative of their standard line of boring Angus & Chicken burgers. Same bun, same processed cheese, just with bacon and mustard. Wow (not). C’mon McDonald’s, bring us the REAL version!!!

  9. Had both the chicken and burger versions and they were marginal at best. Something is wrong with their buns, they just don’t seem right. This won’t help McDonald’s in my opinion.

  10. PeterM says:

    I scraped off the slimy mayo-mustard sauce and it was somewhat less horrible. This is one version of the Third-pound Angus that I will never order again.

  11. Lees says:

    I liked it ok, but here is the thing – I could buy four McDoubles for the price of one CBO. Because everyone buys McDoubles all the time, McDoubles are almost always super hot and actually fresh (shocking at McDonald’s!). If I could get a hot and fresh CBO for $3, perhaps I would consider buying it again. As it is, I’ll take the $1 superiorly fresh McDouble.

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