Review: Garlic White Cheddar Burger from McDonald’s

The latest entry to the Signature Crafted line of sandwiches at McDonald’s is Garlic White Cheddar.  My first taste came in the form of the new Garlic White Cheddar Burger.Here’s how McDonald’s describes their Garlic White Cheddar Sandwiches:

A medley of crunchy garlic chips and smooth, flavorful garlic aioli, crisp iceberg lettuce, a juicy tomato slice and melty white cheddar cheese. A 100% pure beef ¼ lb. patty with absolutely no fillers, additives or preservatives. Served on an artisan roll.

This $5.19 burger was value consistent with premium-priced fast-food sandwiches.   It’s major selling point is the garlic and it came through loud and clear.My initial feeling when seeing my burger for the first time was having to figure out if the order was correct or not.  It really wasn’t much to look at.  I could smell the garlic wafting from the box so I figured it was at least partially correct.  Luckily, the burger was constructed as advertised, but like I mentioned, it doesn’t stand out visually.  The quarter pound beef patty was a bit dry, but provided the standard salty punch familiar to McDonald’s burgers.  Waxy, semi-soft white cheddar struggles to make an impact next to garlicky flavors.  The garlic aioli combined with the garlic chips made sure to stand out flavor-wise above everything else with this burger. The crunchy garlic chips looked like little pieces of bacon.  I had to dig through to find them scattered about.  There weren’t many garlic chips, but they packed plenty of garlic flavor to be more than enough.  The lack of crunchy garlic chips only hurt the sandwich in the texture department.  Iceberg lettuce and a slice of tomato provided some cool freshness contrast and moisture.  A little sweetness from the toasted artisan roll seems to help every McDonald’s sandwich.I wish there was another way for McDonald’s to feature garlic so that the impact could come from more than just the flavor.  Garlic onion straws over a smattering of little garlic chips might have improved things for me.  A good, not great, new entry for McDonald’s. I feel like the flavors wouldn’t work as well in anything but a burger, but it’s also available in Buttermilk Crispy Chicken or Artisan Grilled Chicken.

Pros: Garlic is featured and it's very garlicky. Priced right.

Cons: Not much to look at. Lacking in contrasting textures from the lack of crunchy garlic chips. Dry beef patty.

Taste: 7.50/10
Value: 7.50/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.50/10
Price: $5.19

Overall GrubGrade: 7.50/10

More Info: McDonalds.com
Nutrition Facts:
620 calories, 33 grams of fat, 12 grams of saturated fat, 49 grams of carbs, 830 milligrams of sodium, 3 grams of fiber, 12 grams of sugar, 31 grams of protein

15 comments on “Review: Garlic White Cheddar Burger from McDonald’s

  1. Johnnyboy says:

    Man, I heard great reviews about this. Maybe it is because they use REAL, NEVER FROZEN BEEF. I can’t wait to try this soon.

  2. M-Logan says:

    The one I had was pretty good. It had way more garlic chips than the one in the pic, and the sauce was excellent. I got mine with extra cheese as I normally do.

  3. Seth says:

    Almost 3 months from the last review.. but I love the reviews from this site.

    • michael says:

      Same, sad it has become a slow news site. This review wss also long and detailed and not like three sentences saying it tastes like Taco Beel mixed ingredients again.

  4. Bubbsy says:

    I just got this today – they’ve had a $2 off the sandwich deal for like a week. It was quite nice and I’ll just 2nd the review, but describing the cheese only as waxy and not contributing anything seems unfairly dismissive – considering they actually used a decent mild cheddar instead of the melty smooth & salty processed American. The bun does really elevate this sandwich. My patty was overcooked as all fast food burgers should be but had a nice tasty crust on it. Their ‘signature’ line are all surprisingly well-made, or maybe it just seems that way because they treat the mobile orders special.

  5. Colin says:

    It’s too garlicky. I like Garlic but I all i tasted was Garlic for a day and a half. Brushed my teeth 4 or 5 times and used mouthwash trying to get rid of the taste.

  6. Chris says:

    This worked much better with the grilled chicken than with the burger patty. One of the best sandwiches I’ve had from McDs for sure.

  7. Michael says:

    Wow! A review, it has been awhile for gg to review stuff.

  8. Johnnyboy says:

    I should have listened to that ReviewBrah (Riding on empty guy) on Youtube. This was pretty bland EVEN with the Garlic chips. No taste, lettuce and tomato didn’t help, maybe it watered down the flavor.

    • Johnnyboy says:

      I just discovered that this burger tastes AMAZING if you get a side of ranch dressing (or 2 LOL) to dunk it in. Otherwise it’s totally tasteless LOL!

  9. Jonathan Wayne says:

    I like it a lot, it’s one of their best offerings in a long time, one of my favorites.

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