Macca's Aussie-exclusive Cheesy burgers: as delicious as they look in the pics?
McDonald's limited-run Cheesy Beef Burger and Cheesy Chicken Burger get put to the test.
A couple of days ago, I wrote an article about McDonald's Australia – or, as it's correctly known in these parts, Macca's – launching a new 'Cheesy' range including two new burgers, along with the return of Mozzarella Sticks with a new dipping sauce.
Although I'm far from a regular Macca's eater – I try to eat as little fast food like this as I can normally, and even when I do, Macca's isn't exactly my go-to – something about these particular burgers captured my imagination enough to make me want to try them.
While my local Macca's was out of Mozzarella Sticks, I was able to get both burgers to try and started off with the Cheesy Beef Burger.
While impressed initially by the individually marked boxes the two burgers came in, compared to the promotional pictures, the actual real-life burger itself looked hastily put together, to put it politely, particularly in the case of the beef. Standard Macca's experience so far then, although the ooziness of its triple cheese hit – with a three-cheese patty, a slice of cheese, and a cheesy sauce – was certainly enticing, and the cross-section of the burger when cut in half was actually very appetising indeed.
As with practically all Macca's beef burgers, the beef patty itself was the weak point here. While it may be billed as being 100 percent Australian beef, it may well be better for your conscience, but not so much for your tastebuds. Clearly beaten to a pulp before cooking, it was as dry and cardboard like as ever. Not my cup of tea.
The sesame bun, too, could've done with more toasting as always, and the standard-issue bagged lettuce was certainly not quite as impressive and vibrant as in the ad too.
However, the cheesiness of it was incredibly promising. The taste and texture of the cheese patty – comprised of mozzarella, cheddar, and parmesan – was fantastic, and a slice of cheese still being present and the cheesy sauce at the base made it feel truly indulgent.
The tomato chilli jam though was the real star here – packing a nice hit of spice and a truly fantastic flavour, it perfectly offset the otherwise dairy-heavy burger. A perfectly-judged addition that reminded me of why it was such a shame I couldn't get those Mozzarella Sticks as they now come served with it as a dipping sauce.
Switching to the Cheesy Chicken Burger next, however, it all made far more sense. Not only was the 100 percent Aussie chicken juicy where the beef had been dry, but the flavour of the meat made far more sense within the context of the whole burger.
When not just picking apart each element and instead taking a whole bite, the chicken burger was easily the nicer overall of the two. Not skimping on the lettuce helped out greatly, and the texture of the chicken made much more sense in my eyes.
The tomato chilli jam though was still the real star of the show for me when it came to the chicken. Not only able to shine through more clearly while also complementing all the other flavours within, it made this thing a genuinely nice eat.
While, as I said earlier, I'm far from a big Macca's eater, if I'm ever caught out and it's the only option around, while the Cheesy Chicken Burger is still on the menu – both are only a limited-run proposition – I would absolutely have it again as it genuinely did taste surprisingly nice to me.
The beef, I'll leave, but when it comes to the chicken – Macca's, you've left me pleasantly surprised and impressed.