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.McGriddlesSo 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.   McGriddlesThe 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.McGriddlesYes, 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.McDonald's Logo McGriddlesAnything 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.Sausage McGriddlesI’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.Bacon Egg Cheese McGriddlesAt 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.McGriddlesAs 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.

Taste: 8.25/10
Value: 6.50/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.00/10
Price: $2.59-$3.49

Overall GrubGrade: 8.00/10

More Info: mcdonalds.com
Nutrition Facts:
Sausage McGriddles:
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

21 comments on “Review: McGriddles from McDonald’s

  1. Noodlez says:

    My local McD’s (tulsa) has the Sausage, Egg & Cheese McGriddles on the McPick 2 menu, 2 for $4 all day. I’ll admit to having more than I should.

  2. The Big Mac Cop says:

    I always substitute a round egg for the folded. Really can’t stand the folded eggs at all. I can see where the eegg and chese wouldn’t add anything in some opinions as well.

  3. Aaron says:

    I would love to try a McGriddle with the egg from the McMuffin. I think that would make a seriously better sandwich. The yellow folded egg just isn’t as good.

  4. Sascha says:

    You’re absolutely right. Granted, I’ve never tried it a different way, but i can’t imagine adding egg and cheese could add anything to the simple deliciousness of the sausage griddle.

  5. Adam says:

    I find McDonald’s bacon to heighten the sweet and salty contrast; the sausage just doesn’t do it for me, and it’s always tasted cheap and processed. When I think of a McGriddle, I don’t think of sausage seasoning like garlic and onion and herbs. I think of smoke and fat and salt and sugar — things the bacon and cheese bring. I could go either way on the egg, which is why I get the egg white.

    One thing I do notice about McGriddles is that you get some where the griddle cake is sweet and heavy, and some where it’s just kind of bland and doughy. I always prefer the former.

    The value thing is tricky given wages these days and how they can differ from market to market. Just a year ago you could get a Sausage Mcgriddle and a hash brown for a buck fifty…

  6. holly says:

    agreed, sausage, egg, and cheese is the way to go!

  7. Bubbsy says:

    When my mum would make a full breakfast while I was a wee lad, my pop would just scoop his eggs and bacon/sausage right onto his pancakes and cover the whole mess with maple syrup, I would cringe.
    But I’m now much wiser. I get it now. Along with other things, like cheese with fruit. Like olives on pizza. Like pretzels with ice cream. Like curly fries dipped in a milkshake. I get it. Life is even better now.

  8. Ryan D says:

    The sausage one is my favorite too. I’ve had them sub ham in the bacon egg and cheese one, it’s way better then the bacon. lol

  9. Murray says:

    Welcome aboard the McGriddle bandwagon. You’ll never jump off. I like to consider myself a pioneer of the McGriddle movement, having first tried them a good 15 years ago. Whatever food scientist figured out how to get the little syrup nuggets in there should be given a Nobel Prize. Long live the McGriddle!

  10. Jess says:

    The sausage one is my favorite. I’ve had friends from many walks of life disparage McGriddles, only unhealthy/obese people eat them, they’re so disgusting, how could McDonald’s even make such a thing. So I make them come with me, to get a McGriddle, a life-changing experience.

    I’ve had to special order a sausage McGriddle, somehow they’d been pulled but the sausage/egg/cheese version hadn’t. My cashier found the hidden “sausage mcgriddle” button, and charged me accordingly. My friend’s cashier charged him for a sausage/egg/cheese, hold egg/cheese. We eventually got it straightened out.

  11. Brian Garber says:

    Why is the singular version of the product called a McGriddleS ? It’s that way on all the wrappers.

    • Laine says:

      I had never noticed that, but I would guess maybe because there are technically two “griddle cakes” in each “McGriddles”

  12. SkinnyFastfoodLover says:

    I agree, the sausage McGriddle is the best of the three. I didn’t try the McGriddle until maybe 2012 or 2013. I’m not a morning person. But now that Mcdonalds will be offering this item all the time, I’ll be eating this more often.

  13. Kendall says:

    I like a McGriddle with sausage and cheese, but no egg. 🙂

  14. jth says:

    IMO, you should have tried the chicken mcgriddle instead of the sec mcgriddle.

    • JP says:

      This one knows what’s up… I have to order chicken biscuit, sub mcgriddles, but pretty much every store I’ve been to will do that easily. They’ll just charge you for whatever the cost of a Ck biscuit is.

      They’re amazing.

  15. Steve Schwartzman says:

    Of the many fast food, especially breakfast, items Ive had, one thing I credit the McGriddle is looking about the most as advertised. Im on the bacon egg and cheese train but I also dont think you can go wrong.

  16. Darrell Martinsen says:

    I have always subbed the round egg on every breakfast sandwich they offer with the folded egg. The round egg just has that nice poached texture and fried flavor that I really enjoy. The problem is this. Our area has McGriddles all day now but only offers biscuits all day. So the only egg offered during lunch and dinner is the folded one. I’m hoping this will change when all day McGriddles go nationwide; ideally offering McMuffins as well all day…

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