Fast Food Review: Egg McMuffin from McDonald’s
Arguably the most famous item on the McDonald’s lunch/dinner menu would be the Big Mac. When it comes to the morning, you’d have to put the McD’s Egg McMuffin at the top of the breakfast popularity list. I’ve admitted before that the McDonald’s Big Mac is an item that I’ve probably consumed only a few times in my life. The same can be said about the Egg McMuffin. I don’t really have anything against these items, I’ve just never been particularly crazy about them. With Burger King coming out with their own version of the McMuffin, my interest in the “Golden Arches” original has been piqued. It’s time to revisit this fast food classic and give you my full review of the McDonald’s Egg McMuffin.
As I’m sure you all know, the Egg McMuffin is a simple breakfast sandwich. This sandwich is made up of a round griddle-steamed egg, a slice of American cheese and a slice of Canadian bacon all on a toasted and buttered English muffin. The McMuffin family of breakfast sandwiches also includes a version with sausage instead of egg/Canadian bacon (Sausage McMuffin) or simply substituting the Canadian bacon alone with a sausage patty (Sausage McMuffin with Egg). So anyway, let’s get back to the signature sandwich and focus on the simple Egg McMuffin. It’s breakfast time and this familiar classic is an OK choice in my opinion. Something that separates the Egg McMuffin from most other breakfast sandwiches would have to be the grease factor. With the absence of real bacon, sausage or a flaky/buttery biscuit, the Egg McMuffin is actually decent for grubbing on the go. This isn’t a dripping mess of ingredients spilling all over each other. I usually shy away from breakfast sandwiches because they just weigh me down with the glut of grease. So with the absence of the “grease factor”, the Egg McMuffin does take a hit in being pretty dry. The English Muffin is described as being buttered and toasted but just not enough to bring some moisture to the sandwich. I like how the Egg McMuffin’s ingredients are all noticeable individually. It’s way too often that I skip on toppings like cheese because it becomes lost in the shuffle. The egg, the Canadian bacon, the cheese and the English muffin all bring a little something to the taste. The slightly salty Canadian bacon helps out the dry muffin and the mild American cheese helps out the normally boring egg. At only 300 calories and 12 grams of fat, the Egg McMuffin is also not as deadly as most fast food breakfast sandwiches. It would be nice to find a local deal in your area because the $2.79 regular price is steep for something this small.
Like a lot of classic items, the nostalgia factor usually brings bonus points to the table and thus can turn something average into someone’s favorite. The Egg McMuffin has never been anything but average for me. It had been years since my last taste, but it’s still as I expected. Sometimes simple is perfectly fine. It’s hard to throw a rock these days without hitting a sign for a new monster breakfast sandwich or giant breakfast burrito. Going back to the classic Egg McMuffin shows the breakfast sandwich in it’s infancy and it hasn’t grown up since. That’s actually not a bad thing.
Pros: Not a messy disaster like most fast food breakfast sandwiches. Just 300 calories and 12 grams of fat. Each ingredient can be tasted.
Cons: Small and pricey at $2.79. Dry.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.50/10
Overall GrubGrade: 6.00 (Average)
More Info: McDonalds.com
Calories - 300
Total Fat - 12 grams
Saturated Fat - 5 grams
Cholesterol - 260 milligrams
Sodium - 820 milligrams
Carbs - 30 grams
Sugars - 3 grams
Dietary Fiber - 2 grams
Protein - 18 grams