Review: Lettuce & Tomato Sirloin Third Pound Burger from McDonald’s
As we reported early last month, McDonald’s is set to release new Sirloin Third Pound Burgers on Monday, May 11th. My local McDonald’s is offering them already and I figured I should start with the oddly named Lettuce & Tomato Sirloin Third Pound Burger for a GrubGrade review.
I say it’s an odd name for a burger because it seems that traditional veggie toppings don’t really feel like they’re deserving of having a title. Was the name “Classic” not accurate enough? I’ll just call it the LT Sirloin Burger for the rest of this post.
This new trio of premium Sirloin Third Pound burgers also includes the Bacon & Cheese and the Steakhouse. McDonald’s wants you to forget about the Angus Third Pounder experiment, but it’s hard not to feel like this is all too familiar… and that’s not a bad thing. The LT Sirloin Burger features leaf lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles, mayo, mustard, white Cheddar and beef seasoning. I paid $4.99 for my burger and it’s a hefty burger that felt like a fair value for a premium fast food menu item.
McDonald’s is making some recent moves towards better quality with products like the new Artisan Grilled Sandwich and this new LT Sirloin Burger is no exception. Putting aside the gripe of getting the title treatment, the leaf lettuce and tomato are exceptional in the new burger. Bright, clean, crisp and fresh…. there’s one thick slice of tomato and a good amount of leaf lettuce pieces in the mix that makes for a refreshing crunch. There’s plenty of red onion rings in the burger too, as well as four decent-sized pickles. The pickles add a nice flavor element to the burger as they are not as sour and vinegary as the standard pickles found in other McDonald’s burgers. It’s a little disappointing that the thick, crinkle-cut pickles from the Angus lineup didn’t make the cut, but these pickle still add a nice flavor.
There isn’t a big presence from the mayo, just enough creaminess to help with the overly dry burger patty. I’m usually not a fan of mustard in my burgers and luckily there’s not enough of it in the LT Sirloin Burger to bother me at all. There are two slices of white cheddar that have minimal impact. I’m a fan of white Cheddar when it’s got some sharp pop to it and with such a hefty burger, even two slices isn’t enough to be a highlight. You would think that with all the premium ingredients in this burger, the white Cheddar would’ve been updated too. About that dry burger patty I mentioned… yeah it’s noticeably lacking moisture. I felt like I could remove the sirloin burger patty from this sandwich and eat it straight-up and not get any of its juices all over my hands. There’s plenty of flavor and it’s definitely a big, beefy hunk of protein, there’s just not enough moisture and that really stood out to me. The beef seasoning worked OK in about 80% of the burger, but I found some spots that were so salty that I was convinced it was a shoddy application of the stuff. The ingredients list shows the standard salt, onion powder, garlic powder… but also notable is dried beef broth and Worcestershire sauce powder. The “premium” sesame seed bun was excellent and right up there with the best fast food sandwich breads I’ve had.
I think all fast food burger places need to have a spot reserved for big burgers and for McDonald’s, it’s the new Sirloin Third Pound Burgers. The dry and unbalanced seasoning of the burger patty carries more weight than all the positives found in some of the other premium ingredients so the LT Sirloin Burger suffers a bit in the end. That said, there’s still just enough good to balance with the not so good to make want to try the other two options.
Pros: Big, filling burger. Fresh produce. Awesome bun.
Cons: Dry sirloin burger patty. White Cheddar deserves an update in a burger this big.
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 5.75/10
More Info: mcdonalds.com
Serving Size 10.9 oz (310 g)
Calories - 750
Total Fat - 39 grams
Saturated Fat - 16 grams
Carbs - 62 grams
Sodium - 1590 milligrams
Fiber - 4 grams
Sugars - 10 grams
Protein - 39 grams