McDonald’s has just released a new addition to its lineup of Angus burgers—the Cheddar Bacon Onion, or CBO for short. Just imagining these three ingredients coming together was enough to whet my appetite, although it can probably be attributed to the fact that it simply has the word “cheddar” in it. For this review I opted for the Angus beef variation of the CBO, though it’s available with either grilled or crispy chicken as well. Leading up to the taste test I remained cautiously optimistic as McDonald’s has proven to have a pretty decent track record in the past. Unfortunately the CBO could be best described as either run-of-the-mill or conventional. The cheddar was fused together with the patty pretty nicely, but lacked sharpness and depth of flavor. If they had used American cheese instead, it wouldn’t have made much of a difference. I had no problems with the bacon, which managed to be crispy yet flimsy at the same time. The onions could’ve easily gone unnoticed, were it not for the fact that some pieces were able to retain that distinct onion texture. Flavor-wise, the onions were simply dominated by the rest of the ingredients. The best part of the sandwich to me was the Dijon mustard, which had a bold zest and acidity to it. Ultimately I felt as though the CBO was something I've already had many times before. Some originality and better quality ingredients would go a long way in ensuring McDonald’s is able to keep up with its competitors.
Phoood rating:Posted by Jin on October 31, 2012