October 31, 2012

McDonald's Angus Cheddar Bacon Onion

rsz_cbo.jpgMcDonald’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: So-so

Posted by Jin on October 31, 2012

Totally agree, for that much extra, it should taste much better. The bun was dry, the burger overdone and the onions and cheese flavorless.
Remember the cheddar melts they used to do once in a while? Those were great!

Posted by: grumpiestoldman at November 2, 2012 6:37 AM

I agree. The mustard is overpowering and I hate mustard. None of the mktg hype mentions mustard, or I would definitely have given this one a miss. IMO, bacon and mustard do not belong together.

Posted by: Marthasanjose at November 5, 2012 12:39 PM

Tried this today. Meh. Nothing to taste here folks. Bland and typical Mc-flair. Couldn't finish the last two bites.

Posted by: Max Winstein at November 20, 2012 8:40 PM

I have tried both the hamburger and chicken varieties, and the chicken one is much better. As one who loves mustard and onions, I would have been happy with just mustard and onions. McD's bacon has long been subpar as compared to Carls Jr and other burger joints. In my opinion, the crispy chicken CBO is a winner.

Posted by: skibum at December 8, 2012 10:47 PM
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