Review: Grand McExtreme Bacon Burger from McDonald’s
We kicked off our travels through the McDonald’s Worldwide Favorites menu (coming nationwide June 5, but my local McD’s started early) with a stop at The Netherlands to try the Stroopwafel McFlurry. Now let’s head west to Spain to sample the new Grand McExtreme Bacon Burger.McDonald’s describes the Grand McExtreme Bacon Burger like this:
A quarter pound of 100 percent beef topped with thick cut Applewood smoked bacon, smoky McBacon Sauce, real Gouda cheese and slivered onions served on a toasted sesame seed bun.
Aside from the goofy name, this burger had more pros than cons. Let’s review:
The quarter pound of 100 percent beef has its signature salty flavor and is it just me or have the quarter pound patties become thicker and more substantially beefy since they went from frozen to fresh patties? Whatever the case, not a lot of weight seemed to be lost from that quarter pound in the cooking process. The smoky sweet meat addition of the Applewood smoked bacon isn’t skimped on in this burger… three pieces and the texture was just right. Not too crispy, not too limp… right in the sweet spot.You can’t call yourself “Grand McExtreme” and just have bacon. In order to be “Grand McExtreme”, you must have bacon AND bacon sauce… McBacon Sauce to be exact. Before my first bite of the Grand McExtreme Bacon Burger I felt that the McBacon Sauce was the one component that could make or break the burger. Luckily, while it didn’t really put the burger into another stratosphere of greatness, it wasn’t funky and off-putting like I find most bacon-flavored stuff to be. The McBacon Sauce adds some extra smoke flavor and some mild tanginess while providing a pleasant creamy texture contrast. As names go, McBacon Sauce does sound disgusting to me and I wouldn’t be surprised if people won’t try this burger for that reason alone. Rename it Campfire Sauce or something… Red Robin won’t mind. The two slices of waxy Gouda cheese were too smooth and mild to add to the flavor experience, but the bookend slices around the beef patty had a subtle way of helping balance the beef flavors against the pork. Rounding things out were a smattering of slivered onions which I felt could be a minor issue behind the sauce, but no complaints there. The onion texture and flavor didn’t throw off any of the other components and capped off a surprisingly positive burger experience.At a price of $5.99, the Grand McExtreme Bacon Burger didn’t have any up-charge applied to it when compared to a regular Quarter Pounder with Cheese with added bacon. So the McBacon Sauce and Gouda didn’t have a premium tacked on and I liked that. It was filling on its own and more than enough of a meal coming in at a $8.59 combo price. It’s on par with other premium sandwich combos as far as value goes.As far as international menu items being available in the United States, the Grand McExtreme Bacon Burger isn’t some far out creation that Americans wouldn’t accept. If we didn’t know it originated in Spain, none of us would know the difference. What food is Spain known for anyway? Paella? Uh, yeah, that wouldn’t work in a burger. Bacon always works. It’s pretty good. Try it.
Pros: Beefy and bacon-y. McBacon Sauce was a pleasant surprise because I had low expectations
Cons: Terrible name. Doesn't scream "international" menu item... this could be a pro for some.
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 7.25/10
More Info: McDonalds.com