Do you want fries with that?

Decided to take a risk today and answer a question that has been on my mind for a number of weeks – what’s this “create your taste” fiasco all about at McDonalds?? Whilst they are not known for their gourmet burgers, I have been really curious to see how they stack up, so I took a trip down to the local Golden Arches to find out.

Firstly, you have to key in your own order into one of their huge touch screens. Apart from having some scrolling issues from time to time, it’s relatively easy to use. You choose what type of bun, cheese, and other ingredients you want. You can also order regular menu items as well, pay on the spot with your credit card, put the printed ticket number into a stand at your table and wait for your meal to be served to you. It’s a true self service system and you will no longer have to answer the famous question – “do you want fries with that?”

Anyway, I created my own burger and ordered a double patty, cheddar cheese, BLT, egg, onions and BBQ sauce on a brioche bun. It was delivered on a wooden board with fries in their own little frying basket. The burger was average. The meat tasted just like their normal patties, but just a bit thicker and still not any comparison to most speciality burger places. The ingredients were all over the place too – onions, egg and bacon on the bottom, with meat in the middle and salad on top!? And 2 patties, both with cheese, but only one melted to the meat and the other just placed in there unmelted. It was weird and likely the result of the burger being put together by a teenage casual worker with no real “burger experience”!

I walked away thinking that it still just tasted like a regular McDonalds burger, but dressed up a bit to make you think it was better.

A good novelty but the price tag of $8.95 just for the burger plus extra for bacon, egg, etc is not worth it. The Big Mac is still the best option on the menu for me and if you feel like a real burger, go somewhere else!

What’s your favourite regular menu burger at McDonalds?
Split Decision – 6.1/10

Location: McDonalds, 1464 Ferntree Gully Road, Knoxfield VIC 3180

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