McDonald’s has released their latest set of new sandwiches (in what appears to still be test markets). As part of a new Guacamole Sandwiches promotion, consumers can choose either a beef patty or fried chicken patty to go on their guacamole sandwich, which features guacamole made from real Hass avocados, fresh pico de gallo, leaf lettuce, ranch sauce, and white pasteurized cheese all on an artisan roll (the same one used with McDonald’s recent Bacon Clubhouse Burger.
McDonald’s has fallen on some hard times (as seen by their recent reduction in menu offerings and a bold new advertising campaign promoting “lovin'”). Given the recent chain of events at McDonald’s, I’m surprised to see them venturing into guacamole territory. Sure, it may still be a test market item, but it looks like it is geared up for a nationwide release in the near future (they have a page for it on their website).
The Guacamole Burger is served on McDonald’s toasted artisan roll. While some may find this to be a good thing, I found it to be the most detracting element of the sandwich. It fared much better on the Bacon Clubhouse Burger than it did here. On the Guacamole Burger, given the milder flavors at work here, the bun’s sweetness really cut through the mix, and it wasn’t a good thing.
If one can look past the bun (although some will like it here I’m sure), the mix of flavors is very well done, if not surprisingly so. The guacamole was served in a generous portion with an equally generous portion of pico de gallo (which McDonald’s claim is made fresh daily). The guacamole was very good, and I’d place it over Taco Bell’s guacamole honestly. The guacamole also had an unexpected hit of spiciness to it, which was a nice surprise.
The guacamole worked very well with the beef patty (the same one used on their Quarter Pounders), and even detracted a bit from the saltiness. Upon eating the sandwich, I noticed that there was a sauce on the bottom bun of this burger (which I later found out is ranch sauce). Although the amount was fairly minimal, some of the flavor managed to work its way through each bite of the sandwich.
McDonald’s claims that a spritz of lime enhances the flavors of the sandwich on the box that the Guacamole Burger comes in. I would have loved to see if they were right, but they forgot my lime wedge. However, after having eaten the sandwich, I’m sure that it would have worked very well with the mix of flavors.
Overall McDonald’s Guacamole Burger is one of the better LTO’s from McDonald’s in a long time, and I’m excited to give the chicken version a try as well. Maybe I’ll even get a lime wedge too.
Pros: Guacamole makes everything better, a new flavor at McDonald’s, guac can be added to any of their other sandwiches (for a small fee)
Cons: Missing lime wedge, bun was too sweet