Now Testing: McDonald’s English Pub Burger Eick July 7, 2011 Burgers, Fast Food 12 Comments McDonald’s is testing a new “English Pub Burger” right now. It’s unknown how many locations it’s being tested at, but there are several early reports of stores in Illinois. Within The Empier got one at a McDonald’s in Algonquin, Ill and snapped this photo of the box: The burger is described as a 1/3lb Angus Beef Burger with hickory-smoked bacon, white cheddar, American cheese, steak sauce, Dijon mustard, grilled onions. It’s also touted as being on an “artisan roll”, which is different than the regular Angus burger bun. One reader of GrubGrade tried it and exclaimed: it works and tastes unlike anything I’ve ever had from McDonald’s First off, how unoriginal are McDonald’s and American fast food places in general with their cheese selections? Is it possible for a fast food place to EVER use a cheese that isn’t American or Cheddar? Yeah, you OCCASIONALLY get Swiss, but only in the context of a mushrooms & Swiss burger. Why are these chains so unimaginative? Also, American cheese on an English Pub Burger? Sure, makes sense (*punches self in face*). I also got a kick out of the placemat advertisement for it, which gives a one-paragraph description of the burger including popular English buzz words like “fancy”, “smashing”, and “gobsmacked.” For the average McDonald’s customer, who may not be cultured enough to know these terms, McDonald’s provides a handy glossary at the bottom of the placemat: Awesome. A GrubGrade reader also snapped this picture of a bus stop ad for the new burger, just in case there were still any doubters out there: Are there any So Good readers in Illinois or elsewhere who have seen or tried the English Pub Burger? If so, what did you think? The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest Posts Eick Latest posts by Eick (see all) Surge Wins Discontinued Foods Bracket! - April 12, 2013 Discontinued Foods Bracket FINAL VOTE: Surge vs. Planter’s Cheez Balls - April 10, 2013 Discontinued Foods Bracket Final Four! Surge vs. Ecto Cooler - April 8, 2013 12 Responses Spam July 7th, 2011 Does it not seem a bit incongruous that an ENGLISH pub burger has AMERICAN cheese on it? Reply Eick July 7th, 2011 Ha, you left that comment right as I was adding something about that to my post. Agreed! Reply Lewis July 7th, 2011 ugh, there is nothing living on there like lettuce or tomato. Its hard for me to choke down an all meat/cheese burger no matter how they dress it up. Fail. Reply JT July 7th, 2011 In the olde english tradition – more terrible mystery meat. Perfect for Mickey D’s… Reply Brian July 8th, 2011 When I want great English food (is there such a thing?) my first thought is McDonalds. Reply Andy July 9th, 2011 A pub burger is nothing like a McDonalds burger and great English food is not McDonalds! Reply Andy July 9th, 2011 I am from England by the way! Reply Chris Abraham July 10th, 2011 I think you misspelled “Empire” as Empier Reply Eick July 10th, 2011 Nope, that’s the name of the blog. The guy even says right on the homepage that it’s not a typo, that’s how he spells it. Reply Nathalie October 2nd, 2011 There’s absolutely nothing English about it, except for a slightly vinegary taste (um, that’s supposed to be on chips, McDonalds) and a sort of semi-English-muffin texture to the bun. That being said, it was the best burger I have EVER had from McDonalds. The bun seemed like it would be a nightmare (dry), but the “artisan” bread was actually pretty good. A little “whole grain” to it, a little sourdough taste to it, soft inside, just chewy enough outside. The cheeses were, well… cheese. The mixture of dijon and steak sauce as I mentioned were strongly vinegary, but it had a flavor. The bacon was surprisingly good. It was the meat part, not the fat. I didn’t have a string of some undercooked bacon with which to contend. I would actually go back for it. The meat? Well, it’s McDonalds. How they they make hamburger fluffy? Reply Nathalie October 2nd, 2011 By the way, the above review was relative to other McDonalds products… take with a grain of salt, and a LOT of sodium. Reply Brittani October 29th, 2011 Well, the McDonalds in my town has been serving these English Pub Burgers for over a month now, and so far they’ve been great! I know what I’m having for lunch today. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Current ye@r * Leave this field empty Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.