McDonald’s latest addition to their line of burgers and the most interesting of the new Quarter Pounders is the Bacon Habanero Ranch Quarter Pounder. This spicy addition to the McDonald’s menu consists of a Quarter Pounder patty, white cheddar cheese that McDonald’s is including on everything lately, leaf lettuce, tomato, a new applewood-smoked bacon, and a spicy habanero ranch sauce all on a bakery-style bun with 8g of whole grains. I picked up the new burger for a fairly pricey $4.99.
How Does It Taste?
So McDonald’s has finally decided to do something with the old classic Quarter Pounder with cheese. The Bacon Habanero Ranch Quarter Pounder looks and feels like a real burger, which is something out of the ordinary for McDonald’s. I like to think of their burgers simply as McDonald’s sandwiches. The burger is about as pricey as the now extinct Angus Third Pounders, but does it live up to that price tag?
The Bacon Habanero Ranch Quarter Pounder bears a striking resemblance to a burger I am very fond of: Dairy Queen’s Flamethrower Grillburger. The main difference being DQ’s burger contains double patties of meat. The Bacon Habanero Ranch Quarter Pounder, even under all of the ingredients and sauce, still possesses that characteristic Quarter Pounder flavor.
The new Quarter Pounder is slightly less meaty than the Angus Third Pounders, but a lot less salty – even with all of the bacon on the burger. Speaking of the bacon, it’s crispy and delicious. Most fast food bacon is limp and coverage is usually sparse, but the Bacon Habanero Ranch Quarter Pounder dishes out perfectly crisp bacon in a decent amount.
The sauce on this burger is the real star of the show here. The habanero ranch sauce is very similar to a chipotle sauce, but is a bit spicier than most I’ve had thanks to the habanero peppers. This is definitely the spiciest sandwich I’ve eaten at McDonald’s. The sauce is daring, but not overwhelming. I am very pleased with what the sauce did for the burger and it was my favorite part of the entire sandwich. However, I still wouldn’t be surprised if someone tried to sue the Golden Arches for the burger being uncomfortably spicy.
The veggies on the new Quarter Pounder are basically the same as the Angus Third Pounders. They are a step above the normal veggies on McDonald’s burgers, and they better be at the price they are selling this thing for. The single tomato slice was quite monstrous, but tomatoes are good for you, so I’m not complaining.
McDonald’s Bacon Habanero Ranch Quarter Pounder is a spicy sandwich that still has that characteristic Quarter Pounder taste. The sandwich is a bit pricey and doesn’t feel like that great of a value, but it is a really good burger. The habanero ranch sauce was smokey and spicier than I thought it would be. The bacon was cripsy and the veggies were fresh. If you are looking for a McDonald’s sandwich with a little more boldness to it then look no further than the Bacon Habanero Ranch Quarter Pounder.
Pros: Habanero Ranch sauce, thick and crispy bacon, veggies appeared fresh, actually spicy
Cons: One of McDonald’s most expensive burgers, might be too spicy for the average palette
McDonald’s Bacon Habanero Ranch Quarter Pounder
Calories from Fat: 280
Total Fat: 31g
Sat. Fat: 13g
Trans Fat: 1.5g