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Taste Test: McDonald's Angus Third Pounders

Back in April, McDonald's announced plans to add a premium Angus burger to its fast-food lineup. The burger, priced at $3.99, would compete with other higher-end fast-food burgers such as Carl's Jr.'s Six Dollar Burger and Burger King's XT burger, and was scheduled to roll out nationwide by August. Well, July's barely begun, but yesterday the chain's Angus Third Pounders hit menus across the country.

The burgers, which weigh at least a third of a pound, or 5.33 ounces, before they're cooked, come in a trio of styles, all on a sesame seed bun: Deluxe, with tomato, lettuce, mustard, mayonnaise, red onions, dill pickles, and American cheese; Bacon & Cheese, with ketchup, mustard, red onions, dill pickles, American cheese, and three slices of bacon; and Mushroom & Swiss, with mayonnaise, sautéed mushrooms, and swiss cheese. See more pictures — and the results of our office taste test — when you keep reading.

Mushroom & Swiss: Although every taster agreed this burger was too salty, this selection was my favorite. Although it was heavy on mayonnaise, the gooey Swiss cheese and sautéed mushrooms tasted surprisingly authentic.

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Deluxe: Although tasters couldn't agree on a favorite, there was one clear consensus: this plain Jane burger was the least favorite. "I'd rather have a Whopper," one commented. "At least I'd get the special sauce."

Bacon & Cheese: This overall favorite of the bunch had a pronounced bacon flavor and a juicy patty. While the burger was on the salty side as well, the three strips of bacon were perfectly cooked. One taster put it succinctly when he said that the quality of beef in the Angus Third Pounders was "welcome and easily discernible." The patties were larger, juicier, and had a more robust flavor, making it $4 well spent.

Do these burgers seem like something you'd try? If you've sampled them already, what are your thoughts on them?

Comments
danizzle
danizzle
i do not eat any fast food...but when i do indulge a few times a year it is always mcdonalds. i usually get a kids chicken nugget meal and/or a double cheeseburger... yummy. i will for sure indulge in the angus burger when i have a "free" day
shoneyjoe
shoneyjoe
@ busybeegal, I think a brief beef tryst sounds a lot better than a beef brief tryst. Ew... ;)
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Food
Busybeegal what a great story! That is hilarious.
bchicgrl
bchicgrl
nope i wouldn't have these, I can't stand mcdonalds. If i want a good burger I'll go to in and out.
busybeegal
busybeegal
Yeah, we've had these since last spring where I live in NY, around an hour north of NYC. In fact, this was the burger (the deluxe angus) that brought me out of 10 years of vegetarianism. And I gotta say, it was kinda worth it. I was 8 months pregnant and wanting BEEF. I've basically gone back to eating virtually no meat again, but I did enjoy my brief beef tryst. :)
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Food
jelibeann -- they launched yesterday, but perhaps you lived in a test market. Lucky you!
miamixo
miamixo
I'm stuffed to the max with mexican food but omg that looks wonderful.
dclsweetspot
dclsweetspot
I had a bacon cheese angus yesterday and loved it. I don't really like burgers much less McD's but was so curious after all the reviews I had to try one. I would definitely get one again.
jelibeann
jelibeann
hmm...is this a new type of angus burger or did we just happen to get them much, much sooner here? i've had these quite a few times over at least the past six months, if not more...i actually loved them until the last time i ate one, maybe a month or so ago, and felt gross afterward...now i'm off mcdonalds, at least for now...not the worst way to go
wunami
wunami
I would guess they are using the same patties for all the burgers though. I think the bacon one was probably only better due to luck of the draw. Like they were the ones that hadn't been sitting in the warmer for as long.
CoconutPie
CoconutPie
I tried them a few months ago in Canada. If the burgers were too salty it's probably the employee's fault who added too much spices to the patty after cooking them. I normally ask to have mine without the spices. In Canada they served them on a ciabatta roll and it made a huge difference. I liked them.
shoneyjoe
shoneyjoe
I would devour those.
ashleyamoeba
ashleyamoeba
I love burgers. Even if it comes from a restaurant, my own grills or McDonalds. I always go to McDs instead of BK and the like, because I grew up going there. This looks pretty good to me, so I think I'll try it.
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