Review: McDonald’s Bacon Habanero Ranch Quarter Pounder

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.

McDonald's Bacon Habanero Ranch Quarter Pounder

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.

McDonald's Bacon Habanero Ranch Quarter Pounder

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.

McDonald's Bacon Habanero Ranch Quarter Pounder

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


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.

The Score

Taste: 8.5/10
Presentation: 9/10

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

Nutrition Facts

McDonald’s Bacon Habanero Ranch Quarter Pounder
Calories: 610
Calories from Fat: 280
Total Fat: 31g
Sat. Fat: 13g
Trans Fat: 1.5g
Cholesterol: 105mg
Sodium: 1180mg
Carbs: 46g
Fiber: 3g
Sugar: 10g
Protein: 37g

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Taylor Tamblin

Taylor is a food lover, rock guitar player, programmer, and runs the fast food review website Man Reviews Food.


  1. I was really hoping you would review this burger, thanks! I will definitely try it once, but I doubt I will get it in the future just because it is too expensive for a “burger,” from Mcdonalds. Good review!

    • Thanks! As much as I enjoyed this burger I agree, it’s a bit too expensive for me to order regularly. But I will definitely order it again!

  2. I tried one of these today for lunch and was pleasantly surprised. The sauce is actually spicy! The sandwich is also not as expensive in my area ($4.39), so I’ll definitely be having it again.

  3. I know what you mean about not thinking of McDonald’s sandwiches as real burgers.

    I remember a newspaper story, years ago, about Chinese chefs on a tour of the U.S., tasting various American dishes.

    After trying several real hamburgers at various places, they sampled a Big Mac at McDonald’s. One of the Chinese commented: “I don’t know what this is, but it’s not a hamburger.”

    My feelings exactly. I like McDonald’s, but I consider their sandwiches their own unique inventions. It would be a nice surprise if they tried offering an actual hamburger – I’ll have to give this new Quarter Pounder a try.

  4. I think mcdonalds has lifted their spirits to another level. Coming out with this habernero quarter pounder is truly amazing. From the meat to the sauce it can give you a taste that you have never had.

  5. I had one of these yesterday and really enjoyed it. Good and spicy! The bacon, as usual for McD’s, was too crunchy (I mean, like a rock). Not sure what’s up with the weird bun, but it was a good sandwich. I like the burgers that don’t have raw onion, so this was a hit for me.

  6. After reading UR review I decided to try one ,in ga they are only $3.99, anyways I thought the burger was bland and really had no flavor other then a spicy sauce .not impressed at all.

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