Do McDonald’s Wagyu Patties Actually Taste Better? [Updated]

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!

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This story has been updated since its original publication.


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