"Two Sandwich Review"
I ended up at McDonald's because it was one of those days when I was stuck in the car and starving and realized there was only $3 bucks in my pocket. And you can call me "old school" but there's just something very wrong with paying for fast food with a credit card. Anyhow, I immediately went into survival mode and started asking myself questions like: Where can I get the most burger for my buck? - What burger joints are on my way home? - How can I maximize my purchase to sustain me until my next meal? That's when Mickey D's popped into my head. It's been a very long time since I've hit this fast food chain up for some burgers (it's my least favorite of the big chains). But again, I was desperate. I parked and went inside because I needed to concentrate on ordering and I sometimes feel rushed at the drive-thru window mainly because of all the choices and the distracting glamour-shot photos of the food. Naturally, my current financial situation of $5 dollars (I was able to find two more dollars in change in my truck's console) led me straight to the Value Menu where I spied the two burgers listed above and promptly ordered them thinking I'd "Frankenstein" them. For you Nube's, the art of "Frankensteining" a burger is to create a single (larger) burger from the parts of others. (If you've never done this, you need to try it.) And BTW, the art of, as well as the name "Frankensteining" is my creation so don't be using it without my permission.
I figured I could make myself a double Grilled Onion and Cheddar Burger by putting two together which I had hoped would create a respectable size burger. It worked, and BTW, MD's is on to something with those grilled onions - WOW they were tasty. I would guess they are the same onions used on the "Steak, Egg & Cheese Bagel" which is pound-for-pound, the best thing on the menu. Again, the onions = very good, the burgers, not so much. But at $2 bucks for a double Grilled Onion & Cheddar Burger ($1 x 2) it was a great value. Now remember, it's McDonald's, and their food quality is constantly under the liberal media's microscope which makes me feel a little like all the big Fast Food chains are singled out to some degree so I decided to check around on my own to see what I could find on their burger ingredients. MD's advertises "100% Pure Beef" and with all my Internet surfing (including Snopes.com) I could not find anything to the contrary. So since their "100% Pure Beef" statement seems to be true, I still can't help wondering why the burgers don't taste very much like real beef. I imagine it takes a hell of a lot of processing for meat to lose it's flavor. I also think that if not for the seasonings: salt, pepper, onion powder (if I had to guess) it would be hard to think of these burgers as being a meat product. In any event, it was a decent-tasting sandwich. The cheese is processed White Cheddar and doesn't have as much of that "candle wax" look and texture as their standard American cheese does.
As for the McDouble - I "Frankensteined" that too. Yes, I ended up with what was essentially a quad-burger for $2.58 ($1.29 x 2) and if you nuke the burger when you get home to melt that "candle wax" American cheese, you'll find it is a decent sandwich for the money spent. Value, Value, Value. Oh, and did I mention the McDouble has cheese fore and aft? Love that. Also, having two burger bun tops is great, kinda like only eating a muffin top and tossing the dryer, less desirable bottom. I ordered mine with NFK as usual and overall I'd say I was a very happy camper. Mystery meat or not, my 2-burger meal consisted of both a double burger and a quad burger for under $5 bucks which sufficed until dinner. And again, try the grilled onion burger... I was very pleasantly surprised. Yes, Fast Food establishments really do have their place in the world. 7/10
Bill's Burger Factoid:
A single cow yields in the vicinity of 5,000 McDonald's burger patties.