My review of the McDonald's Angus Third Pounder (Deluxe)

#1 Posted by Mikemcn (6937 posts) -

 

  
I decided to try something new during one of my rare visits to McDonalds, I went for one of their new Angus Thrid Pounders, My options were mushroom and swiss (BackGround), Bacon and cheese (Middleground), or Deluxe (A normal burger, as seen in the foreground of the above image) I chose Deluxe. First off, its really not clear that you even have options for choosing your thrid pounder, the advertising for the burger at the drive thru really isn't clear. I initially ordered just a third pounder but then was asked what type i wanted, stunned by choices, I went for the easy option, the deluxe, which is more like the normal burgers I order. The person behind me had the same exact issue as I pulled up, and didn't realize there were options. I appreciate the McDonald's has been trying to reinvent its advertising, but it shouldn't be done at the expense of convenience.
 

First off, what is it?.

 I cant speak for the other two burgers as I have not had them, but the Deluxe is Mayo, Tomato, Lettuce,Onion, Pickles, Burger patty and Cheese. The onion is sliced rather than diced which I appreciate, giving it a much fresher taste and better crunch, I love burgers with mayo and the pickles are much crisper than im used to. All and all the toppings are much fresher and better prepared. 
 
The patty is where the big difference is, not only is it much thicker and larger than a standard burger patty, it is also made of much more flavorful beef, hence the "Angus". The meat is not as compressed as in standard burgers, which is good for eating but makes the patty crumble more during consumption. It is a definite departure from standard McDonald's Burger faire.  But more on that later.
 

Packaging.

 I must admit the container was a bit of a surprise. It was larger than the standard cardboard box you receive, It had flaps that would be pulled down on the sides to allow the server to mark what type of burger it was. However, they were rather large flaps, so what ended up happening is the person at the window pulled down the section for "Deluxe' and "Special" and opened up a good half inch hole in the box. This compromised the sturdiness of the box, making removal from the bag far from ideal. 
 
Upon opening the box, you are met with the burger covered in a wax paper sleeve, im not sure why it was put in the box like that, i only assume to help it hold together, but it added yet another barrier between you and your food, and added to the garbage that you must deal with. The Burger was arranged in a much nicer fashion than usual, all and all the burger looked good. If That burger was put on a plate at say an Applebee's or other Franchised Bar/Grill establishment, i wouldn't be put off, it looked alot better than what you would expect out of a fast food joint. It certainly wasn't as nice as the picture above, but it was by no means hard to look at either. 
 

Eating the burger.

I was surprised by how poorly the burger held together relative to most burgers from McDonald's, as I prepared to take my first bite, It certainly isn't a burger for eating one handed. The patty as i said before is not as tightly packed as normal, adding to the flavor but also causing it to fracture after each bite.  This combined with much larger chunks of toppings and large amounts of condiments, make it fairly messy.  The bun is especially not structurally sound, making it unreliable if not handled correctly. (Unless you eat burgers upside down like a crazy person)
 
The flavors of the toppings themselves didn't stand out as loudly as normal. This is by no means a bad thing, most fast Food burgers taste (To me anyways) like cheese covered meat followed, by flavor spikes of tangy ketchup and sweet/bitter onions. In the Third Pounder, the flavors could easily be identified but weren't overpowering. They blended more than stood out, which I enjoyed.  The mayo was the only issue, although tasty, it wasn't distributed evenly throughout the burger, making pockets of intense mayo flavor that hurt the overall flavor of the rest of the burger. This is mis-distirbution is common in fast food, but it still was an upset after all the improvements that had seemingly been made to this burger over your normal cheeseburger. 
 
The patty was very good, the meat really gave it's own kick to the rest of the burger. Of all the flavors in the burger it was by far the best. But the size of the patty caused the pace of eating to slow significantly, this is not a burger you can wolf down. You need to put alot of effort in to get what you want out of it, but its usually worth it. Each Bite needs to be carefully positioned and timed. 
 

In Conclusion

The Angus Third Pounders  Are certainly worth a shot. They are part of McDonald's attempt at making more restaurant quality food, and for the most part they succeed at making that happen. But it still walks an awkward middle line between fast food and Real Food. It lacks the convenience of fast food in handling, and the handcrafted quality of restaurant food. But it has some great flavors, and is worth a purchase, so long as your not in too much of a hurry. 
 
   
 

 



#2 Posted by Landon (4127 posts) -

Looks good. Might have to pick one up.

#3 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18955 posts) -

are u guys comfortable with saying "third pounder" and shit to name the burgers ?  i just dont get it its stupid :S its goddamn burgers 

#4 Posted by Claude (16254 posts) -

I tried the mushroom and swiss, thought it was okay. Every time I see Angus, I think Anus. I would like the Anus Burger, please.

#5 Posted by Marcsman (3094 posts) -

They are part of McDonald's attempt at making more restaurant quality food 
 
Lost me there. They will always be awful
#6 Posted by Fjordson (2448 posts) -

Damn, nice review. This made me really hungry, which means I'll probably be trying one today.
 
Do you remember how much it was?

#7 Posted by Mikemcn (6937 posts) -
@Fjordson said:
" Damn, nice review. This made me really hungry, which means I'll probably be trying one today.  Do you remember how much it was? "
3.99 for the meal I believe.
#8 Posted by Evilsbane (4519 posts) -
@Claude said:
" I tried the mushroom and swiss, thought it was okay. Every time I see Angus, I think Anus. I would like the Anus Burger, please. "
Before I had even heard the word Angus I saw it advertised on a sign in town and when I drove by it I was like "ANUS BURGER...WTF?" I turned around to say the least and was disappointed, I didn't want one but if it had been real oh man....damn right I would have bought one.
#9 Posted by HitmanAgent47 (8576 posts) -

Are these in canada too? I was going to pick up a filet of fish and fries as usual, however the swiss burger looks mighty tasty.

#10 Edited by Mikemcn (6937 posts) -
@HitmanAgent47 said:
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Are these in canada too? I was going to pick up a filet of fish and fries as usual, however the swiss burger looks mighty tasty.

"
I have no idea, I dont see why not, I'd be curious to find out though. If not, FIlet o'fish is always a good choice.
#11 Posted by Cube (4366 posts) -

Ew, fast food. 

#12 Posted by Scotty_Gun (23 posts) -

You should gives us an update on how it came out in the end.  A good food review doesn't overlook this important detail.
#13 Posted by ChristianCastillo (1178 posts) -
@Scotty_Gun said:
" You should gives us an update on how it came out in the end.  A good food review doesn't overlook this important detail. "
...and please provide a picture
#14 Edited by lockwoodx (2479 posts) -

The one I had was abysmal. Tasted like they emptied a whole bottle of salt onto the entire burger. I will never eat an angus from Mc'Ds again ,
 
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#15 Posted by JaredA (818 posts) -

I hate you. This made me want to eat McDonald's.

#16 Posted by Mikemcn (6937 posts) -
@Leon592 said:
" I hate you. This made me want to eat McDonald's. "
So did you?
#17 Posted by ZmillA (2257 posts) -

great review

#18 Posted by thehexeditor (1404 posts) -

Now I feel like chewing on a salad like a farm animal :x

#19 Posted by Peacemaker (1101 posts) -

I do like the angus burgers.  I'd prefer to get one of them over a normal burger from there.  I think it does well being a more than fast food, less than restaurant burger.

#20 Posted by JaredA (818 posts) -
@Mikemcn said:
" @Leon592 said:
" I hate you. This made me want to eat McDonald's. "
So did you? "  
 
Unfortunately, no:( But next time I go I am getting this burger!
#21 Posted by hedfone (1749 posts) -

mmmm meat

#22 Posted by UnsolvedParadox (1861 posts) -

Wow, 4/5 for a McDonald's product? I may have to give this a try...

#23 Posted by azhang (111 posts) -

The burgers are alright.

#24 Posted by hai2u (322 posts) -

i've tried the swiss and the bacon one, good quality for fast food, probably the only thing worth getting at mcd.

#25 Posted by BionicMonster (1032 posts) -

I love this website.

#26 Posted by UnsolvedParadox (1861 posts) -
@BionicMonster said:
" I love this website. "
I know, right? Fun AND food!
#27 Edited by ProfessorEss (7254 posts) -

I haven't had the third pounder but I gotta say the first time I got a McDonald's Angus burger I was quite surprised. It was the first time that I could remember where the burger I was eating, looked almost exactly the same as the picture I ordered it from.

#28 Posted by Guided_By_Tigers (8060 posts) -

I wasn't very impressed by the Angus Burger

#29 Posted by Hector (3352 posts) -

I love my Mcdonald's angus, it has replaced the Big Mac for me.

#30 Posted by Tebbit (4447 posts) -

The Angus Third Pounder... seriously? 
 
That's an awful name. 
 
 
In New Zealand, it's called the Mighty Angus and the Grand Angus. Granted, that's not much better, but come on. 3rd Pounder? 
 
Also, our ones look nicer! 
 

Relish, Mayo, red onions, bacon... some kind of mutant bun. Delicious!

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