Takeaway Truth: McDonald’s Aussie BBQ Angus Burger

Takeaway Truth is an occasional Lifehacker feature where we compare marketing images against what you actually get served. Today: McDonald’s Aussie BBQ Angus Burger.

The Aussie BBQ Angus Burger is the latest premium offering from Ronald’s fancy M Selections range. It packs in an Angus beef patty, a rasher of bacon, cheese, caramelised onions, tomato, whole leaf lettuce, BBQ sauce, mayo and beetroot between a chilli chive bun.

Here’s the nutritional damage:

Average Quantity Per Serve Average Quantity Per 100 grams
Energy (kJ) 2950 997
Protein (g) 31.3 10.6
Fat, total (g) 42.0 14.2
Saturated (g) 16.0 5.4
Carbohydrate (g) 48.9 46.5
Sugars (g) 11.2 3.8
Sodium (mg) 1350 456

With the Golden Arches moving steadily towards bespoke products with its Create Your Taste range, it’s been a while since we’ve seen a limited-edition burger. So is the Aussie BBQ Angus Burger a welcome return to tradition or the last gasp of a dying menu model? Let’s take a look.

Here’s the Aussie BBQ Angus Burger as it appears in McDonald’s advertisements. Pretty tasty looking, eh?

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

It’s the last gasp of a dying menu model. This is a terrible, terrible assembly. While the ingredients are pretty spot on, they appear to have been churned together and shot out of a canon in the general direction of the buns.

Interestingly, McDonald’s has really lifted its game when it comes to Create Your Taste burgers — more often than not, the customer creations are built layer by layer with an almost fastidious amount of care. Meanwhile, the assembly-line burgers seem to be getting worse than ever. Tch.

Truth Rating: 3/10

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