Review: Mighty Angus from McDonald’s Canada
McD’s Canada hadn’t added a new burger to their permanent menu in The Great White North since 2012, but here we are. Aesthetically speaking, the new Mighty Angus looks fantastic.
McDonald’s describes the new Mighty Angus like this:
Delicious, carefully selected, juicy, tender cuts of 100% Angus beef sourced from Canadian farms. Top that with a smoky Angus sauce, hickory smoked bacon pieces, crisp leaf lettuce, tomato, processed cheese and grilled onions, served on a sesame and poppy seed bun. Then, and only then, can you call it “Mighty.”
The bun proves a welcoming sight, a buttery, toasty brown liberally peppered with both poppy and sesame seeds. It’s an airy beast, letting you know it’s a tad more upscale compared to its Quarter Pounder brethren.
Under the hood: Let’s speak to the pluses, first. The lettuce was perhaps the freshest leaf I have seen grace a fast food burger. Crisp, even after being locked inside its cardboard tomb for 10 minutes, as it was transported home for dissection. None of that grated Big Mac nonsense here. Impressive. The sautéed onions were delicious, well executed, even though I suspect they came from a bag, not the grill. Considering the burger’s other components, a bit more acidity would’ve been appreciated. OK, so, for me, those were the positive notes.
In this day and age of fast food bacon delivery technology, why, oh why, do companies still feel we the public crave tiny, chopped up bits of fried oink perched upon our burgers? This isn’t a salad. In fact, if the word “Mighty” is in your name, this should guarantee a few thick slices of Applewood smoked, draped over you 100% beef goodness.
Fast food joints will never perfect the burger tomato slice. Plus, let’s admit it, most people just throw it out. Mine was so wilted; it practically slid off my burger when I began the dissection. Which was made way more creepy by the fact it had somehow managed to graft to the processed cheese. And speaking of the cheese, nothing to write home about. It’s your standard processed orange yawn. Again, not to beat a dead burger, but if you’re touting a new Mighty, Angus based menu item, why not up the game? The signature Angus beef taste? Indiscernible. Thanks mainly to the overpowering smoky sauce, which appeared to be applied to every part burger and with a power washer. Or it somehow managed to master osmosis. A shame, since it’s the component that was supposed shine. A large dollop of smoky sauce on the top bun, to hold those offending bacon bits in place, then on the bottom, a much more enthusiastic application was laid down. It took away any enjoyment from the burger and any of the other components it came in direct contact with it.
In a related, make me jealous note, Australia’s Mighty Angus comes served with a tangy tomato relish in lieu of smoky sauce. They also swap out sautéed onions for red. Either could have added the much needed acidity the Canuck version desperately requires. And bacon? They don’t chop theirs up Down Under. Overall, the Mighty Angus was pretty to look at. It’s what lies beneath that should concern anyone thinking about trying it out. For a ‘premium’ burger, there sure seems to be a lot of budget cuts.
Pros: Nice bun, hon. Epic lettuce.
Cons: Hosed down in overpowering smoky Angus sauce. RIP tomato. I can has bacon strips? I could barely finish 1/2 of it.
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.00/10
Price: $ 6.79 CAN (Burger) $8.99 (Combo)
Overall GrubGrade: 3.50/10
More Info: http://www.mcdonalds.ca/ca/en/menu/full_menu/sandwiches/mighty_angus.html#/
Serving Size - 291 grams
Calories - 790
Total Fat - 43 grams
Saturated Fat - 16 grams
Cholesterol - 120 milligrams
Sodium - 1330 milligrams
Carbs - 56 grams
Sugar - 15 grams
Fibre - 3 grams
Protein - 42 grams