M cDonald’s is [Ed: allegedly] an essential part of any university student’s diet. It began with birthdays — a happy meal, a game of pass-the-parcel and a Peters ice-cream cake.

But now it is the heroic Macca’s run after a night out, the one sweet moment after doing assignments or maybe even your happy place before an exam.

Eating McDonald’s is like watching the Kardashians, you think this has to be bad for me, but it’s just so good. [Ed: No, it is not.]

Today is a monumental day, today for the first time ever, I try a famous McDonald’s cheeseburger. I have always been a fussy eater and up until about a year ago I only ever ordered chicken nuggets. Somehow, pickles, ketchup and onions on one burger never appealed to me.

Not only will I try a traditional cheeseburger, I also will also try a McDonald’s gourmet cheeseburger from their new gourmet range.


Regular Cheeseburger $3.05

Ingredients: Beef patty, pickles, cheese, ketchup, mustard, onions and the bun.

Full disclosure, I also bought hash brown bites after being talked into them by the order taker. (By talked into them I mean I was asked once and I leapt at the offer.)

Time: 10/10 shorter than most soap opera recap sequences, so one point to McDonald’s.

Overall taste: I’d loved the first bite and the combinations of the flavours. However after the first bite the sauce was too overpowering and cancelled out the other ingredients.

The ketchup had a strong sweet taste and I lost all the other flavours. I couldn’t taste the mustard at all on the burger because of the ketchup flavour.

The beef patty was fairly plain but I was relieved there was no strong onion flavour like in most beef patties.  The cheese and beef patty tasted great together. The diced onion also added a nice crunch to the burger.

Fun fact: The hash brown bites were too dry by themselves but they tasted great on the burger. The bites absorbed the extra sauce and just tasted amazing combined with the meat and cheese.

Score: 6.5/10 would be 7.5/10 without sauce


Gourmet burger whole

Gourmet Cheeseburger $9.25

Ingredients: Angus beef patty, swiss & parmesan cheese, bacon, pickles, onion and dijonnaise mustard.

Sauce Distribution: To their credit McDonald’s distributed the sauce fairly evenly but it was just too bad I hated the mustard.

Time: 10/10 True to their word they delivered the gourmet burger very quickly, in two minutes and 22 seconds. That’s still longer than some Bachelor couples relationships, but still for fast food that’s pretty impressive.

Overall taste: It was similar to the cheeseburger in that I loved the first bite but then the sauce just ruined the flavour. The dijonnaise mustard was a really potent smell and flavour which ruined the whole burger for me. The Angus beef patty was well seasoned but then it would leave a bit of a fatty taste in your mouth.

The burger was really filling so I recommend it if you’re really hungry. The bacon had a flavour which I would describe as a Texan barbecue flavour. I love bacon so no complaints there.

Bonus Round: packaging: The Gourmet Range deserves bonus points for their sturdy packaging. I feel like the packaging would weather better in the jungle than the celebrities on I’m a Celebrity Get me Out of Here.

Score: 5/10 I felt that the burger needed a piece of lettuce to balance out the bacon and Angus beef patty. I also couldn’t get over the strong flavour of the sauce which just overpowered everything else. But the burger was very filing with having double meat and I was pretty much full after two bites.

Final word: Cheeseburger vs Cheeseburger

If you’re a fairly plan eater like me then I think you would be pretty happy with a regular cheeseburger with no ketchup or onions. But if your palette demands tangier flavours and you have money to burn, then I would recommend the gourmet cheeseburger.

At just over triple the price of the regular cheeseburger, the gourmet burger for me just doesn’t cut the mustard. Also McDonald’s please cut the mustard from that burger. The mustard on the burger is like the Hungry Jack’s ice cream machine on a regular basis, it’s not working.

For the university student dollar menu warriors probably just stick to your chicken & cheese burgers with a dollar frozen coke.

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