The Sweet BBQ Bacon sandwich is one of three new signature crafted recipes offered by McDonald’s, with the other two being the Maple Bacon Dijon and Pico Guacamole. The sandwich can be ordered with either a 1/4 pound beef patty, crispy buttermilk chicken, or grilled chicken along with a choice of an artisan or sesame seed bun. The cost at my local McDonald’s was $4.99 for just the sandwich and $6.99 for a combo meal featuring an order of medium fries and a large drink. From May 4th until May 8th, the sandwich can be bought with a free order of medium fries and a drink at participating McDonald’s restaurants. The Sweet BBQ Bacon sandwich features white cheddar cheese, smoked Applewood bacon, crispy onions, grilled sweet onions, and sweet onion barbecue sauce.
I decided to order the Sweet BBQ Bacon sandwich with a burger patty as I was interested how the beef would be different from a standard Quarter Pounder patty. The first thing I noticed when I broke off and tried a piece of the beef was that the patty was much juicier and had a more natural texture than the standard Quarter Pounder patty. This felt much more like real, fresh beef than the patties that come on the Quarter Pounder sandwich, which are usually pretty dry with an unnatural, coarse texture.
The barbecue sauce on the burger was definitely sweet, and was different than the tangy barbecue sauce that comes with an order of McNuggets. The sauce was very powerful, and I was glad that they didn’t overuse it as it felt like the perfect amount was put on the burger so that the improved beef could be tasted.
The bacon was surprisingly crisp and delicious for a fast food sandwich, and I was pleasantly surprised that I could clearly taste it when eating my burger. Unfortunately, the crispy onions could have been non-existent as they were generally not flavorful and did not add much to the sandwich. The sweet onions were actually non-existent as I did not see any of them on my sandwich.
Even with the disappointing lack of advertised sweet onions, I felt that this sandwich was very delicious with the combination of the juicy burger patty, thick-cut Applewood smoked bacon, and sweet barbecue sauce. This is a clear example of the new type of quality sandwich that McDonald’s has been trying to promote for the past few years, and I think it is a big hit. If I were to go to McDonald’s with the intention of not ordering off their Value Menu, this is definitely a burger I would get again, especially over normal menu staples such as the Quarter Pound and the Big Mac.