In a world first, McDonald's Australia has launched a Wagyu Beef Burger featuring genuine wagyu beef patties sourced from Queensland farmers. Sounds delicious, but does it actually taste any different to a McDonald's Angus beef patty or a run-of-the-mill Quarter Pounder? We conducted a blind taste test to find out.
Last month, we pitted the new Wagyu beef patty against an Angus beef patty and a regular old Quarter Pounder to see if we could taste the difference. To make the test as fair as possible, we eschewed the burger buns, sauce and toppings - leaving just the ground beef to fend for itself. Click on the video above to see how the Wagyu Beef Burger fared and whether it's worth over $12.
If you can't be bothered watching the video, here's the verdict from our five judges:
Wagyu: 3 Angus: 2 Quarter Pounder: 0
So only 60 per cent of us prefered the Wagyu to the Angus - not exactly a ringing endorsement. Predictably, nobody prefered the Quarter Pounder which was noticeably thinner with a cheaper taste. In conclusion, while the Wagyu is pretty damn tasty, you may well prefer McDonald's Angus offering. As an added bonus, it's also slightly cheaper!
This story has been updated since its original publication.