Review: McGriddles from McDonald’s
I’ve admitted in the past that McGriddles breakfast sandwiches from McDonald’s are a blind spot in my fast food history. In a very geeky way, running a blog like GrubGrade makes admitting that I’ve never had McGriddles a pretty big deal. I can’t really even give you a good reason as to why it took me 13 years to have my first McGriddles experience, but better late than never. I guess I’ve officially become a man, or received my special badge, crossed some invisible fast food breakfast threshold… as of this morning.So yes, it’s now the year 2016 and McGriddles debuted way back in 2003. Why review McGriddles now after so much time has passed? Well, I think I needed that self-imposed validation. How can I run this blog and continue to have that empty spot in my history? Another reason why I decided to review McGriddles now is that coming this fall, all-day breakfast at McDonald’s will be including the McGriddles nationally and not just regionally. I decided to go all-out with my first McGriddles experience by not limiting myself to sampling just one. The trio of McGriddles include the Sausage McGriddles, the Sausage, Egg & Cheese McGriddles, and the Bacon, Egg & Cheese McGriddles. Going in to the experience, just to let you know where my head was at, if I could only pick one sandwich, I would have picked the Sausage, Egg & Cheese version. As it turned out, it was my second favorite of the three. I bet you’re thinking the Bacon, Egg & Cheese version was my favorite, but you’d be wrong.Yes, the plain-Jane Sausage McGriddles was my favorite. I guess “less is more” plays into that decision since I couldn’t really say the folded egg from the other sandwiches was a big highlight. The positives from the egg would be limited to the extra protein and a more filling meal, but beyond that it doesn’t add much to the overall flavor of the McGriddles. Maybe it’s the extra flavorful and mildly spiced sausage patty and the syrupy sweetness of the griddle cakes that makes for just the right flavor combination. By the way, I love the nice touch of the embossed McDonald’s logo on the top of the griddle cake.Anything beyond the sausage and griddle cakes either gets lost or gets in the way of the simple harmony of the duo alone. I won’t go as far as to say folded egg and American cheese were bad, they just didn’t improve the sandwich for me enough. It’s more of a compliment to the sausage and griddle cakes than a dig at the rest.I’m sure I’ll get a lot of contrarian opinions with my thoughts on the Bacon, Egg & Cheese McGriddles. Usually when I tell a McGriddles fan that I’ve never had a McGriddles I’ll get a wild response along with the recommendation of, “You’ve got to get the Bacon, Egg & Cheese McGriddles”. While I think McDonald’s newish thick-cut Applewood smoked bacon is an improvement over their old stuff, I find it works better as an add-on to a burger than as the lone meat-protein in a breakfast sandwich. The salty pork strips just didn’t cut it as they were dwarfed by the thick pillow of folded egg.At a price of $3.49 for the Sausage, Egg & Cheese McGriddles and the Bacon, Egg & Cheese McGriddles, the value is just OK. I set my “good value” marker at 3 bucks for standard-size breakfast sandwiches at a fast food place. The Sausage McGriddles was priced at $2.59 so 90 cents gets you the egg/cheese upgrade which didn’t improve the sandwich overall for me.As a trio, of course I can choose my favorite and least favorite, but the bottomline is my overall impression of McGriddles was a positive one. I can’t believe it took me so long to actually try one so it seemed appropriate to try three at once. In a couple of months we’ll be seeing McGriddles on the all-day breakfast menu nationally and I can see the Sausage McGriddles joining me for lunch or dinner when that time comes.
Pros: Griddle cakes. Sweet and salty simplicity of the Sausage McGriddles at under 3 bucks. McDonald's logo is a nice touch.
Cons: Egg and cheese didn't improve the sandwich for me.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 8.00/10
More Info: mcdonalds.com
450 calories, 25 grams of fat, 9 grams of saturated fat, 970 milligrams of sodium, 15 grams of sugar, 2 grams of fiber, 11 grams of protein.
The McDonald's website has undergone a makeover as of writing this review and the Sausage, Egg & Cheese McGriddles and Bacon, Egg & Cheese McGriddles full nutrition info isn't showing.
Folded Egg= 60 calories
American Cheese= 50 calories
Bacon= 70 calories