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.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.50/10
Overall GrubGrade: 7.50/10
More Info: McDonalds.com
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