Review: Grilled Onion Cheddar Burger from McDonald’s
Seeing as though I gravitate towards value more than anything else in the fast food realm, a new Dollar Menu burger at McDonald’s is something I’m all over. Mainstays like the McChicken and McDouble have solidified their spot for a good while now and it’s time for the spotlight to shine on a newcomer. McDonald’s recently added the Grilled Onion Cheddar burger to the Dollar Menu and I just spent a buck to see if this new taste is worthy of your buck.McDonald’s describes their new Grilled Onion Cheddar burger like this:
A juicy 100% beef patty topped with grilled caramelized onions and smooth melty cheddar.
The onion has been featured front and center on some recent McDonald’s offerings such as the CBO Angus and others. With the Grilled Onion Cheddar burger, onions truly dominate. If you’re big into an oniony taste in your burger, you should come away pleased.An interesting thing about the power of the onion in the Grilled Onion Cheddar is that I’ve never been too fond of grilled onions in my burger choices as I’m more into the crunchy variety. But I have to say, this burger won me over.Some thoughts on the economics of your spending at McDonald’s. I won’t go into too many details like I did with the whole “McDonald’s Burger Pricing Breakdown” back in March, but here’s a brief something to keep in mind. The McDouble is clearly the loss leader at McDonald’s that draws you in and has you spending way too much for your drink or some other grossly overpriced staple. The 390-calorie McDouble is a one dollar double patty burger that has 23 grams of protein and weighs in at 5.3 oz (151 grams). The new 310-calorie Grilled Onion Cheddar burger is a one dollar single patty burger that has 15 grams of protein and weighs 4.1 oz (115 grams). With all that out of the way, it’s hard to not be slightly jarred by the fact that a bigger burger is priced the same as the new kid in town, but I still find it difficult to get too worked up over one dollar. The Grilled Onion Cheddar burger on its own stands as a strong new addition.There are just four primary ingredients to this burger, 100% beef patty, caramelized onions, pasteurized process white cheddar cheese and the standard bun. I found the Grilled Onion Cheddar burger to be quite tasty, albeit primarily a taste of grilled onions. What can I say? The flavor really just jumped at me and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. If you’re familiar with the Steak Egg and Cheese products from McDonald’s, you’ll know what to expect. The #1 flavor is the grilled onions and it complements the slightly salty McD’s burger patty in a way that ketchup/mustard/pickles never could. The white cheddar is processed and familiar like American cheese, but the taste is the mildest of mild cheddar and doesn’t hinder or help. It just does its job and takes a backseat to the onions.The Grilled Onion Cheddar burger has no sauce, but the mustard found in the CBO Angus might have worked here also. As it stands, I’m glad McDonald’s didn’t just make a value-sized CBO but instead went with a new taste and kept it simple. No sauce might have you thinking the burger would be too dry, but I feel the onions did enough to meld together the beef with the cheese without sapping the moisture. I was pleasantly pleased with the Grilled Onion Cheddar burger. Even if I hated it, I was only out a buck. If you’re into onions on your burger, try it out. If you’re like me and you aren’t crazy about grilled onions, try it anyway…maybe you’ll become a believer. Truth be told, the Dollar Menu at McDonald’s needed a new member and this burger should fit right in.
Pros: One dollar. Added variety to the value menu items at McDonald's. Caramelized onions.
Cons: White cheddar wasn't a standout. Should have a "Mc" name of course.
Grubbing on-the-go: 8.75/10
Overall GrubGrade: 7.75/10
More Info: http://www.McDonalds.com
Calories - 310
Total Fat - 13 grams
Carbs - 33 grams
Sodium - 660 milligrams
Cholesterol - 40 milligrams
Sugars - 7 grams
Dietary Fiber - 2 grams
Protein - 15 grams