Review: Montreal Steak Burger from Checkers
It’s been over a year since I last reviewed something from Checkers and that’s not entirely on me. The LTO’s at Checkers/Rally’s haven’t been released with much consistency lately, but now that 2015 is coming to an end, there’s a new burger now available… the Montreal Steak Burger.
The new Montreal Steak Burger features a hamburger patty topped with Montreal seasoned shaved steak, Montreal seasoned mayo, lettuce, sliced red onions, a slice of Swiss cheese and crispy onion tanglers on a toasted bun. This burger is being advertised for $1.99 and I’m happy to say my local Checkers had it priced for $1.99.The “Montreal” name comes from McCormick’s Grill Mates Montreal Steak Seasoning which is used on the shaved steak and the mayo. This seasoning is a blend of salt, ground red and black pepper, garlic, paprika and other spices. Even though there’s not a lot of shaved steak in this sandwich, the smoky seasoning flavors come through and that’s likely due to plenty of mayo. And speaking of not a lot of shaved steak, check out the promo picture… mine definitely didn’t look this stacked. The Montreal Steak Seasoning takes over the flavor of the entire burger and I wasn’t too crazy about that. I think just seasoning the shaved steak and leaving the mayo out of it would’ve improved things. I found the shredded lettuce to be completely pointless and became slaw-like with all the flavored mayo. I love Checkers crispy onion tanglers, but there were maybe two rings tops. Also for some reason sliced red onions were also included which takes away from any impact the crispy onions would have had. Normally in a burger that goes overboard with ingredients (like this one), the cheese is lost. Unfortunately the cheese in this burger wasn’t lost. The slice of Swiss used is a processed Swiss American style that really tastes unnatural. The bun wasn’t very toasty and without a thorough enough toasting, the dry flaws are exposed so much more.
Since the Montreal Steak Burger is only $1.99, it’s tough to complain about how much I want my money back but I’ll do it anyway. Save yourself 50 cents and just get the All-American Cheeseburger which achieves a lot more with so much less. I know American cheese, ketchup, mustard and pickles aren’t going to be overly impressive, but at least they’re palatable.
Pros: Won't put much of a dent in your wallet at just $1.99.
Cons: Too much Montreal seasoning left the flavors unbalanced. Garbage lettuce. Not enough crispy onions.
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 3.50/10
More Info: checkers.com