Review: Steak, Egg & Cheese Biscuit from McDonald’s

Ready or not, All Day Breakfast 2.0 in coming. Starting in September you’ll no longer have to hustle into McDonald’s before 10:30 am if you’re craving a biscuit in Ohio. The McGriddles (review) of your choice will be available 24/7, and standbys like hotcakes will remain. But what about some of those lesser-known breakfast items?Steak Egg Cheese Biscuit McDonaldsMcDonald’s added steak breakfast sandwiches to the menus of nearly 10,000 stores three years ago, but I never tried the options when they first came out. Like most McDonald’s breakfast eaters, I had my staple (Bacon, Egg, and Cheese McGriddles) and I was happy with it. But now that All-Day Breakfast is expanding, I thought I’d mix it up a little and see if the Steak, Egg, & Cheese Biscuit is something to add to my regular rotation.Steak Egg Cheese Biscuit McDonaldsAt $4.69 and 520 calories, the sandwich is one of the most expensive on the McDonald’s menu. That said, it doesn’t really feel all that big. I could have downed two of these, no problem. The bold flavor of the steak is apparent from the first bite. It’s a salty, garlicky, and greasy patty that nevertheless has a really nice char and beefy flavor. Maybe it’s heresy, but I found that I enjoyed the steak a lot more than the beef patties McDonald’s uses for its burgers. It’s definitely a lot juicier—thanks, undoubtedly, to the steaks of partially melted fat running through the meat (trust me, it tastes better than it sounds!).Steak Egg Cheese Biscuit McDonaldsThe onion reduction sauce is one of my favorite items on McDonald’s menu (RIP Grilled Onion Cheddar Burger) and adds a very necessary sweetness to the steak and cheese. The problem is that there aren’t enough onions, and they were applied sloppily. The cheese, for its part, was nicely melted. It added a moist and salty textural element to bind the bites together. These three elements work well together, but the other two parts of the sandwich—the biscuit and folded egg—were lackluster. I don’t know why McDonald’s doesn’t just switch over to the round egg (like on McMuffin sandwiches) for all their sandwiches, because the folded egg is bland, dry, and even chalky. It tastes like overcooked scrambled eggs. Likewise, I know there are a number of people who love McDonald’s biscuits, but I’m not one of them. The biscuits just taste very plain to me; there’s not much buttermilk or butter flavor, and every time I’ve had one, the layers are somehow both fluffy (not flaky) and dry. McDonald’s claims to pat the biscuits with real salted butter, but the pat is much less generous than what you might get at a chain like Chick-fil-A.Steak Egg Cheese Biscuit McDonaldsDespite being exceptionally salty, McDonald’s steak is a tasty option for a breakfast meat. That said, the quality of the biscuit and the folded egg patty bring the sandwich down and don’t warrant the $4.69 price. I don’t think I’m ready to rule future steak sandwich purchases out, but I’ll be sure to get the steak on an English muffin with a round, whole egg. That, or I might just need to run across the street and buy a Chick-fil-A biscuit to stand in.

Pros: Steak has strong meaty flavor and isn’t dry or overcooked. Onions provide sling sweetness and crunch. Cheese is nicely melted. All day breakfast creates the opportunity to make a Steak Frites sandwich if you put French fries into the biscuit.

Cons: Biscuit lacks a buttermilk tang or chewy sweetness to cut the salty-garlic flavor. Not enough onions. Egg patty is dry and mostly flavorless. A dollar too expensive.

Taste: 5.50/10
Value: 4.00/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 8.00/10
Price: $4.69

Overall GrubGrade: 5.00/10

More Info: mcdonalds.com
Nutrition Facts:
Calories - 520 (from Fat - 270)
Fat - 30g (Saturated Fat - 14g; Trans Fat – 1g)
Sodium - 1430mg
Carbs - 37g (Sugar - 3g)
Protein - 25g

30 comments on “Review: Steak, Egg & Cheese Biscuit from McDonald’s

  1. Matt says:

    I always ask for the round egg when I order a biscuit sandwich. (Though Ive never had the steak one.) I agree, the egg patty is all texture, no taste.

  2. TehBuLL says:

    That’s a shame. The steak egg and cheese bagel is still my go-to when im up early enough a couple times a year to get it.

  3. Robert says:

    I was not a fan of the steak but to each their own. I order my McD breakfast sandwiches based on what meat I want. If I want bacon egg and cheese, it’s a McGriddle or a bagel. If I want sausage and egg and cheese, it’s a McMuffin. If I want plain sausage, biscuit all the way. And their biscuits are still light years ahead of BK or KFC, at least.

  4. JP says:

    My local McDonalds lets you change the eggs in the sandwiches for an extra 25 cents

  5. Steven says:

    Which stores/regions are selling steak?

    I *love* it for breakfast but it is not anywhere in Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico or Texas that I’ve been to in the last 4 months. And yes I check the breakfast menu when I stop in for just a drink.

    • Matthew says:

      I split my time in between Texas and MD and, from my experience, it’s an east coast thing. I think each area has a certain amount of menu spots so they’ve got to pick and choose for local tastes; in Texas you can get the Biscuits and gravy, for example.

  6. kevin m says:

    Did you know you can request the round egg at no extra charge on breakfast sandwiches. It’s what i do and the only way to get a real egg at mcdonalds

  7. Lochlain says:

    I don’t care for McDonald’s biscuits either, but I do like the steak on a bagel.

    • M-Logan says:

      ^ Same. Sub round egg and put it all on a wonderful Hardees biscuit and then you’d REALLY have a treat. I used to really like the McD bagels, but in the last couple years they changed their bagel and it’s somehow less satisfying now. Maybe get it on a McMuffin – that could work….

  8. Andre says:

    $3.79 / 3.89 in NW Ohio depending on location. I like the steak better on a muffin. Try scrambled egg or egg whites and add black pepper.

  9. stilletkniv says:

    For anyone who may have cringed when reading that there is garlic flavor on an egg sandwich — There is no garlic seasoning on any of their meats. None. Not sure what the blogger was tasting but it wasn’t garlic. Garlic powder is not included in fast food seasonings (*except a special garlic-themed item) because it’s too distinct and clashes with too many things.

    • holly says:

      If you look at the ingredients on their website they list dried garlic as an ingredient in the steak patty.

    • Robert says:

      Why would you make up something like that, and be so emphatic about it when you’re mistaken? Of course there’s garlic in fast food meats. This is from McD’s own website!

      BREAKFAST STEAK PATTIE

      Ingredients: Beef, Water, Salt, Sodium Phosphate, Natural Flavor. Seasoned with Salt, Spices, Dried Garlic, Soybean Oil, Natural Flavor

    • James says:

      From Mcdonalds.com:

      BREAKFAST STEAK PATTIE

      Ingredients: Beef, Water, Salt, Sodium Phosphate, Natural Flavor. Seasoned with Salt, Spices, Dried Garlic, Soybean Oil, Natural Flavor.

    • Moron says:

      For anyone who may have cringed when reading there is beef flavor on an egg sandwich — There is no beef in any of their meats. None. Not sure what the blogger was tasting but it wasn’t beef. Real beef is not included in fast food sandwiches because it’s too expensive and clashes with too many things.

  10. Caitlin J says:

    I agree with your comment regarding the egg; the folded egg tastes and feels like rubber to me, I always sub a rounded egg! Haven’t tried the biscuit yet but I had the steak and thought it tasted terrible. I would choose sausage over their steak any day! Their steak was like cheap meat with steak seasoning. I’m pretty sure my dog food has higher quality steak than the sandwich did, honestly.

  11. holly says:

    I think I am in the minority that actually prefers the folded eggs, all a case of personal preference. Also, can we please start a petition to bring back the grilled onion cheddar burger! One of the best menu items they’ve ever had!

  12. Clay says:

    McDonald’s hasn’t served the steak, egg, and cheese bagels around here (Colorado) for at least 10 years.
    Which is probably a good thing, because I liked them WAY too much. Best fast-food breakfast sandwich ever.

  13. Thistle says:

    I’m with Holly, I don’t like the round egg. I really dislike the taste/texture of egg whites, so the folded (scrambled) egg works a lot better for me.

  14. Johnnyboy says:

    Now please don’t you all go and ask for the round egg, because McDonald’s is gonna charge you for it in the future, like 50 cents more. Let’s keep that secret for the people who really like the yolk and egg white tastiness. I remember when adding Big Mac sauce was free, now it’s like 25 or 50 cents because of all these online ha is to get a cheaper Big Mac using McDouble and adding lettuce and sauce.

    What they need to do is add that yellow Hollandaise sauce to all breakfast sandwiches, I get it like once in a blue when I see they put that yellow sauce in my steak and egg bagel sandwich and it seeps through the side, that’s the best! They need to add Big Mac sauce as a condiment and also for dipping nuggets. Maybe have it for breakfast sandwiches too. How about bringing melted cheese to add to burgers, Anything with melted cheddar cheese is good!

    PS: when I worked in Mcdonalds in the late 90’s, I took breakfast and lunch items and made new sandwiches. Dipping nuggets in Big Mac sauce, etc. Once I took a honey packet, round bacon when they had it then….and fresh fried Chicken breast and adding cheese to make a Roy Rogers Golden Rush Chicken Sandwich! It was delicious.

  15. M-Logan says:

    Well there is Sadness in St Louis – just this week STEAK has been dropped from every local McD I have tried to get a steak bagel at. They say it’s due to lack of sales, and it’s not expected to return. This sux.

  16. Dolores Meaney says:

    Are there steak and egg biscuits in Portland, Oregon? Why not????!

  17. Brenda K Passon says:

    Anyone know where they have the steak biscuits in alabama(northern) or Tennessee?

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