Takeaway Truth: McDonald's Angus 'Big Tasty' With Bacon

Takeaway Truth is an occasional Lifehacker feature where we compare marketing images against what you actually get served. Today: McDonald’s Angus Big Tasty With Bacon burger.

Fast food restaurants have been known to gild the lily when it comes to accurate depictions of their menu items. Far too often, the mouth-watering feast on the poster turns out to be a limp and oily morsel. In a bid to keep the fry-jockey overlords honest, we’ve decided to document the reality of fast food — it was either that, or go postal like Michael Douglas in Falling Down.

The McDonald’s Angus burger has proved to be phenomenally popular, with new limited-edition variants helping to buoy customer interest every few months. The Big Tasty With Bacon is the latest addition to the Angus burger stable. It comes with a “100% Angus beef patty”, a rasher of bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion, swiss-style cheese and a “char-grill inspired” sauce. According to the McDonald’s advertising blurb, it’s also sure to get your chair rocking (whatever that means).

Here’s what the McDonald’s Big Tasty With Bacon looks like on its Facebook page:

And here’s what we got served from Blaxland McDonald’s restaurant:

Against out expectations, the individual components of the Big Tasty aren’t too bad: the lettuce looked green and fresh for once and the beef patty was as thick and juicy as the advertisement. On the downside, the assembly of the burger was as rubbish as always.

We get that teenage employees don’t have the time or wherewithal to painstakingly recreate the poster image for every burger they make, but there’s no excuse for putting in such a sloppy effort either. With a tiny amount of care, this burger could have scored a lot higher. Tch.

    Truth Rating: 5/10

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