Review: BBQ Ranch Burger from McDonald’s
I’m drawn to fast food burgers on value menus. McDonald’s has one of the best fast food value menus around with their Dollar Menu. Starting today the Dollar Menu becomes the Dollar Menu & More and with it there are a few changes (McDouble is no longer $1.00 and the Bacon McDouble is $2.00). The change I’m most interested in is the increase in new menu items and the one that caught my eye first is the BBQ Ranch Burger.
Priced at $1.00, the BBQ Ranch Burger takes a seat alongside the $1.00 Grilled Onion Cheddar which was introduced late last year. The Grilled Onion Cheddar has become one of my go-to’s at McDonald’s and with the addition of the BBQ Ranch Burger for the same price, I’m in a bit of a fast food love triangle.
The BBQ Ranch Burger is a single beef patty burger with white cheddar, crispy tortilla strips and a barbecue ranch sauce. The 100% beef patty is the small 1.8 ounce size and is prepared with the standard salt and black pepper. You all know the familiar taste right? It’s one of the saltier fast food burgers in my opinion and maybe that’s what gives it that addictive quality for me. Atop the BBQ Ranch Burger is a slice of white cheddar cheese which is a processed slice that doesn’t melt as well as I’d like. This is a mild cheddar so it isn’t much of a taste standout, but it does the trick.
The crunchy tortilla strips aren’t a burger topping that I’m used to so I was looking forward to seeing how they’d do with the BBQ Ranch Burger. I was a little wary considering that the recent Southwest Chicken McWrap had the same tortilla strips and some were stale, limp and weighed down by excess sauce. Fortunately, the tortilla strips worked really well with the BBQ Ranch Burger as they were plentiful and packed just enough to have crunchy impact. They aren’t anything more than salted corn tortilla strips, but that was just fine with me. The barbecue ranch sauce did its job in the flavor department. As is to be expected, the BBQ Ranch Burger’s flavor is mostly from the sauce. Since ranch is involved, it’s slightly creamier than regular barbecue sauce. What I took most from the barbecue ranch sauce is its sweetness. I felt the sweetness needed to be cut back a tad, and that’s saying a lot since you’d figure it would be balanced with all the saltiness from the burger. I was pleased that the barbecue ranch sauce had a slight kick of heat to it. Barbecue sauces that figure out how to combine elements of tangy, sweet, bold and spicy are winners to me. The barbecue ranch sauce leans on the side of just sweet and spicy. This sauce should have been used with the Southwest Chicken McWrap and I think its appeal would’ve been a lot broader.The major appeal with the BBQ Ranch Burger will first be the $1.00 price-tag and it’s hard to argue with a buck. With the rising costs of some old favorites, the likes of the Grilled Onion Cheddar and BBQ Ranch Burger will have to stand out with less burger and a different taste. The Grilled Onion Cheddar succeeded enough to become a regular buy for me. I don’t think as highly of the BBQ Ranch Burger, but I feel it’s a worthy addition to the new Dollar Menu & More. This burger has a good crunch and a little heat to its sauce so in the end, it was one dollar well spent.
Pros: Just a dollar. Slight kick from the barbecue ranch sauce. Plentiful crunchy tortilla strips.
Cons: Barbecue ranch sauce lacked any bold qualities. White cheddar does more in texture than in taste.
Grubbing on-the-go: 8.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 7.25/10
More Info: http://www.mcdonalds.com