Review: Mac Jr, Big Mac, and Grand Mac from McDonald’s
The Big Mac from McDonald’s is one of those classic fast food items that hasn’t been tinkered with for decades. Now all of a sudden we’re seeing a test run of a sriracha version and two new sizes of the original. Even though we have a review of the McDonald’s Big Mac already posted here on GrubGrade (and even the wrap version), I figured since I didn’t personally write it and there’s two new sizes to check out, it’s worth another taste. So here’s another look at the Big Mac alongside the new Mac Jr and Grand Mac.Here’s how all three sizes of Big Mac are described by McDonald’s:
- Mac Jr – The legend, but smaller. That iconic taste in a smaller size with a sear-sizzled 100% real beef patty, salt & pepper and special sauce sandwiched between a sesame seed bun. American cheese, crisp lettuce, onions and pickles top it off.
- Big Mac – The one and only. Mouthwatering perfection starts with two sear-sizzled 100% pure beef patties and Big Mac sauce, sandwiched between a sesame seed bun. American cheese, crisp lettuce, onions and pickles top it off.
- Grand Mac – The legend, but bigger. When that Big Mac craving calls for something more… sink in 1/3 lb of 100% real beef seasoned with salt & pepper sandwiched between a sesame seed bun. All dressed with special sauce, crisp lettuce, onions, pickles and two slices of American cheese.
While admittedly I’m not a regular buyer of the McDonald’s Big Mac, I respect its place as an iconic fast food burger. If you’ve ever wanted the Big Mac taste, but in a smaller burger, the Mac Jr is for you. If you’ve ever wanted a beefed up version of the Big Mac, the Grand Mac should satisfy quite nicely.Let’s be honest, Big Mac sauce is the key to the Big Mac’s success. I’ve never heard of anyone craving an extra piece of bread to separate ingredients so yeah, the sauce is pretty crucial. With all three versions of Big Mac, the sweet/sour/tangy creamy sauce dominates. The sauce dominates from a flavor perspective and also because all three Mac’s were a messy chore to eat. Combine the over application of Big Mac sauce with too much shredded lettuce and you can see how this won’t win many grubbing on the go points. The difference between the Mac Jr and the Big Mac is one less burger patty and no center bread or “club” layer. I found the traditional Big Mac to be in better proportion in its ingredients over the Mac Jr which seemed to drown in sauce and lettuce more than the others. The one slice of cheese works to the advantage of the Mac Jr over the Big Mac where it doesn’t stand out as much. Both the Mac Jr and Big Mac share the same burger patty sizes and sesame seed bun sizes. The Grand Mac seems to match the Big Mac’s balance of ingredients quite well by upping the bread size, the burger patty size (1/3lb total), and an extra slice of American cheese which turned out to be a plus. I also felt the Grand Mac gets the advantage over the Big Mac because the beefier burger patties hold up a lot better in a sea of sauce. At my local McDonald’s in Maryland, the Mac Jr was priced at $2.49, the Big Mac was $4.39, and the Grand Mac was $5.19. The Grand Mac is worth a buy since it’s just 80-cents away from the Big Mac and is a much heftier, protein-packed burger that will fill you up a lot easier. The Mac Jr is there if you want a taste of nostalgia and want to keep things under 3 bucks. Another alternative, ruin the fun of new product promotion by just adding Big Mac sauce to whatever you want.In the end, the Mac Jr and the Grand Mac are here to give us extra options in a familiar flavor that has stood the test of time. The way the sour pickles intermingle with the sweet and tangy sauce and the salty beef patties just works. Adding newcomers is really more about comparing the sizes and prices against the traditional Big Mac than anything else.
Pros: Tasty Big Mac Sauce. The Grand Mac. Options.
Cons: Too much tasty Big Mac Sauce. Mess to eat. The Grand Mac makes the Big Mac seem insignificant.
Grubbing on-the-go: 4.00/10
Price: $2.49 for the Mac Jr, $4.39 for the Big Mac, $5.19 for the Grand Mac
Overall GrubGrade: 7.25/10
More Info: mcdonalds.com
Big Mac: 540 calories, 28g fat, 46g carbs, 25g protein
Mac Jr - 450 calories
Grand Mac - 860 calories