Review: Blueberry McGriddles from McDonald’s

In the summer of 2016, panic set in that I was 5 years away from being a 40-year old virgin.  On July 22nd, 2016, I was no longer a boy.  My first McDonald’s McGriddles experience was a good one.  I’ve had a 3+ year drought since that day.  With new Blueberry McGriddles being a test market in the DC Metro area, I felt it was appropriate that I break my cold streak.Blueberry McGriddlesHas there ever been another flavor of McGriddles?  Since making its debut 16 years ago, I can’t recall this sandwich introducing any expansion to the McGriddles family.  I guess blueberry is the next step in the evolution of this breakfast bread.   Let’s review:
Blueberry McGriddlesMy biggest complaint with Blueberry McGriddles would unfortunately be the griddle cakes themselves.  With my original experience with McGriddles, the griddle cakes were pancake-like, but toastier.  I purchased the Sausage Egg and Cheese Blueberry McGriddles along with the Bacon version and both griddle cakes were soft and spongy and lacked that toasty quality I found with the original.  The consistency of the griddle cakes were very reminiscent of a moist blueberry muffin top.  This “toasty” quality is likely hit or miss depending on where you go and when you go and who is in control of the food.  All I can do is review the product I received and these griddle cakes had unimpressive texture.
Blueberry McGriddlesFrom a flavor standpoint, Blueberry McGriddles were just fine.  A good amount of blueberry in each bite mixed with syrupy sweetness… and smells great too.  How well blueberry griddle cakes pair with sausage or bacon plus folded egg and cheese is up for debate, but this is another area for me that didn’t live up to the original.   It’s not off-putting or anything, just an added flavor to a breakfast sandwich that already had pretty good balance.  You’ve got a mix of salty/buttery/sweet and that should be enough for most, but it works better with the original.Blueberry McGriddlesAt a price of $3.99, Blueberry McGriddles are a 10-cent upcharge over the original McGriddles.  It’s a breakfast sandwich that doesn’t skimp on the egg and the a fair amount of breakfast meat in both versions I tried.  Under the 4 dollar mark for a breakfast sandwich is a decent value in the fast food world so Blueberry McGriddles are priced right.Blueberry McGriddlesIt’s cool that my area is a test market for Blueberry McGriddles, but I just wish they were better.  It’s hard to top an original and the original hasn’t been toyed with since it’s debut.  If/when these hit a national release, I hope they’re tweaked a bit to be more like the griddle cakes I remembered from my first time.

Pros: Smells great. Plentiful blueberries. Priced under the 4 dollar mark.

Cons: Consistency of the griddle cakes wasn't like the original.

Taste: 6.00/10
Value: 6.50/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.00/10
Price: $3.99

Overall GrubGrade: 6.25/10

Nutrition Facts:
Sausage Egg Cheese - 500calories
Bacon Egg Cheese - 370 calories

5 comments on “Review: Blueberry McGriddles from McDonald’s

  1. Johnnyboy says:

    Man I can’t wait to give these a try. I was done with all fast food breakfast for past year, but I think this will be a treat. So far, I know these don’t have these in London or Paris, since I am out of the country. The food and drink here is much less sugar, flavor enhancers and additives and people look healthier. I get the term now, “You silly Americans”! LOL! We need to fix our food and what we put into our bodies. Anyhow, McDonalds is high quality fast food, I give it a try anytime.

  2. Robert says:

    Surprised you ever had a McGriddle that seemed “toasty” (maybe if you overcook them, they’re less spongey?) but I’m no expert on them either.

  3. M-Logan says:

    Every McG I have ever had has been spongey. Is the flavor here mainly blueberry, or is it still “mapley” just with some BB added in?

    Sorta OT but I really wish McD would fix their BEC bagel, it is VERY much less good these past few years than it used to be.

    • Johnnyboy says:

      That’s because they need to toast them and make them as advertised. Sometimes I have gotten bagels not toasted and not hot, workers rushing the right steps to make them. I get Steak Egg and Cheese bagels and when it is right….it it hot, toasted and had the Hollandaise sauce. When it is not, it is cold, not toasted and no sauce and looks limp and depressing.

  4. Jesse says:

    I’m with everyone else in the comments, I’ve never had a “toasty” McGriddle.. always been a normal pancake like feeling.

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