A Review of the Signature Sandwiches at McDonald's

Updated on November 11, 2018
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Finn Liam has a career in librarianship, having worked in a variety of library settings. He currently lives in Southern California.

Three New Sandwiches to Choose From

McDonald's Has New Sandwiches

Well if you are familiar with fast food restaurants you will already know that in most places at least, McDonald's is offering these new sandwiches. These are supposed to be a little more sophisticated and add a flair to the regular hamburger or chicken sandwich and provide an alternative to the Big Mac or Quarter Pounder.

They are a little more expensive and come in three varieties: The Maple Bacon Dijon, the Sweet BBQ Bacon and the Pico Guacamole. You can order these with the Beef Patty (the same used in the Quarter Pounder) or the Crispy Chicken or the Grilled Chicken. You also get a choice of bun: Sesame Seed or Artisan Bread.

Quite a few decisions to make in order to request a simple sandwich, but is it worth it? It's a little more expensive - which is to be expected. The new variety of sandwiches also helps McDonald's compete with some of the higher end fast food burger establishments like Carl's Jr.

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McDonald's is Convenient

Certainly there are a few good things to say about McDonald's. They are definitely convenient and like most chain restaurants, comfortable because when you dine there, you know what you will get. The menu doesn't usually fluctuate too much and the prices are usually fairly reasonable. You can pick something up in your car, grab a bag for take out to work or the park or sit inside and dine comfortably in an air conditioned room.

The food isn't certainly high quality or extremely healthy, but it is palatable and there is always something available: you can go there for a nice quick breakfast, eat there for lunch, or dinner or a snack. There are salads if you want to avoid the fried food as well.

McDonald's...(cont.)

I won't spend too much time going into the history of the restaurant because most of Ray Croc or can find out about him through a reliable resource. There is a book called Fast Food Nation and the McDonald's story is explained there. If you haven't picked it up, give it a read. It is well worth it and will enlighten you about what a large impact (and control) these conglomerates have on the American Economy.

McDonald's has been around for many years - you may recall the signs that often stated "Over 100 billion served" which is the population of the planet many times over. That is quite a few hamburgers and of course, this new variety of sandwiches deserves some examination.

Signature Burger Health Info

Sandwich
Calories
Fat
Carbs
Sodium (mg)
Beef
840
45
62 g
1,580
Crispy Chicken
920
45 g
81 g
1,980
Grilled Chicken
750
31 g
62 g
1, 940
French Fries (med.)
340
16 g
44 g
230
The above sandwiches include the bacon smokehouse. Other sandwiches may vary slightly, however, you get the drift.

Fast Food Nation - a good read

The New Sandwiches

I already mentioned the varieties which you can order your sandwich in and my personal favorite flavor is the BBQ Bacon. I like barbecue sauce and I love bacon. The little onion chips are a nice addition and there is a usually a lighter cheese - Swiss I believe - added. I always opt for the sesame seeded bun because I like sesame.

I've had both the beef and the chicken - fried not grilled- types. I am not that that much of a fan of the grilled chicken sandwiches since McDonald's changed the recipe several years ago. However, chicken is a pleasurable alternative to the regular beef sandwiches available at McDonald's.

Their beef version of this Signature Sandwich doesn't taste much different than their regular burger - they use the same patty that is in the Quarter Pounder. In other words, the upgrade is not that magnificent. Even with the extra toppings, there is nothing fancy (or signature) about them.

The grilled chicken version of this sandwich however is remarkably good - everything tasted like it was fresh grilled. The onion strands were crispy and the sandwich was warm and resembled the picture quite accurately.

Some Sandwiches Rated

Restaurant/Sandwich
Sandwich- Main Ingredient
Toppings
Overall
McDonald's/BBQ Bacon Crispy Chicken
8.5
7.5
8
McDonald's/BBQ Bacon Beef
7
7.5
7.3
Carl's Jr./Western Bacon
9
9
9
Red Robin/BBQ Bacon
9.5
9.5
9.5
Denny's/Burger
8
7.5
7.8
In and Out/Any Burger
9
9
9
Chick Fil-A/ Chicken Sandwich
8.5
-
8.5
Arby's/Regular Roast Beef etc
9
8
8.5
Scale of 1 to 10 where 10 is the highest

Was my initial McDonald's experience with these sandwiches better? I'm not really sure. I bought these when the concept was still new. It is my belief that when a company promotes a new product - it makes better samples available in the beginning in order to hook an audience.

The company provides a better quality product initially. As soon as the consumers start become attached to the new item, the company loosens it's quality control and finds ways to cut costs and produce a similar product, with lesser quality (and lesser tasting) ingredients.

This is a bit of an assumption on my part, however, there are other factors to consider. Familiarity often can be an inspiration to boredom. Once you become used to something, the newness sort of wears off and that originally new meal that was fine and tasty becomes blase because you are accustomed to it. This could be the case with the sandwich.

The first time I tried it, I thought it was spectacular and then it started to loose its taste and flair. When I ate my tried the sandwich a second time, it actually seemed to be absent of any flavor and parts of the texture were almost like rubber. I was actually surprised my chicken patty had passed inspection.


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Some Words on Fast Food, McDonald's and the American Appetite

Well one of the things I can say about fast food is that quickness doesn't always ensure quality. That should be a given. But is the fact that fast food restaurants can be found on every corner a symptom of our need for instant gratification or a result of corporate greed? Perhaps a combination of both.

We want what we want and we want it now: movies, e-books (forget actually going to a bookstore or library), music, the latest fashions, food etc. Everything about us today seems to be about right here and right now. Fast food restaurants used to be a convenience and an occasional luxury when we were too tired to cook and eat at home. One look at the climbing obesity rates and it seems no surprise that this new ubiquitous monster called the fast food restaurant awaits us.

Fast food isn't cheap as it used to be either. Of course we are living in an economy where prices are rising much faster than our wages. What I paid for a hamburger, french fries and a refillable soda, I could have gotten a decent meal and desert and perhaps left a tip at a sit down restaurant fifteen years ago.

Overall, I would probably pass on the sandwich and just save my money. The onion strings were not crispy, the bacon was minimal, the cheese almost invisible and the chicken breast patty had fatty fillers included. Not what I expected or anticipated.

My Overall Rating on the BBQ Bacon Crispy Chicken

Item
Taste
Quality
Overall
Chicken Patty
7
8
7.5
Bacon
7
7
7
Onion Straws
7
7
7
Cheese
7
6
6.5
Barbecue Sauce
8
7
7.5
Bun
7
6
6.5
Sandwich Overall
7
6.5
6.5
On a Scale of 1 to 10 where 10 is the highest: My feelings about the sandwich tonight

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    • wpcooper profile imageAUTHOR

      Finn Liam Cooper 

      6 months ago from Los Angeles

      thank you. it's been awhile since I've enjoyed Wendy's. They have nice chili. I'll have to try one of their potatoes sometime

    • FlourishAnyway profile image

      FlourishAnyway 

      6 months ago from USA

      Although I don’t eat McDonald’s sandwiches I did enjoy your review. I usually do Wendy’s potatoes.

    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 

      15 months ago from Oklahoma

      Interesting overview!

    • wpcooper profile imageAUTHOR

      Finn Liam Cooper 

      16 months ago from Los Angeles

      the whopper is pretty good. McDonald's fries used to be good. I preferred Carl's Jr. in the day.

      thank you

    • Shyron E Shenko profile image

      Shyron E Shenko 

      16 months ago from Texas

      I like the whopper at Burger King, McDonalds has the best fries.

      Wonder if the new owner will change the name of McDonalds.

      Thanks for the interesting read.

    • wpcooper profile imageAUTHOR

      Finn Liam Cooper 

      16 months ago from Los Angeles

      thank you Mandal: they are pretty good actually aren't they? Even though I couldn't do it every day.

    • Debangee Mandal profile image

      DEBANGEE MANDAL 

      16 months ago from India

      I love McDonald's Sandwiches..so i loved the review. Very well written.

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