By bringing together steak and egg together into a burrito, it sounds like McDonald’s is stepping into undiscovered breakfast menu territory. But it turns out McDonald’s is the Christopher Columbus of fast food steak and egg burritos, while Jack in the Box, Sonic Drive-In, Del Taco, Carl’s Jr., and Taco Bell are the indigenous people who were already there.
The McDonald’s Steak & Egg Burrito is not very grande. In fact, it makes a Taco Bell soft taco look like a Taco Bell burrito, makes a Taco Bell burrito look like a Chipotle burrito, and makes a Chipotle burrito look like a newborn baby. But as I’ve been taught by multiple Nickelodeon cartoons, it not the outside that counts, it’s the inside that matters.
So what’s inside this breakfast burrito?
According to the McDonald’s website, the Steak & Egg Burrito consists of pre-cooked scrambled eggs, fully cooked shredded beef, vegetables, pasteurized process American cheese, and salsa roja wrapped in a flour tortilla.
You’re probably curious about the steak. Or, for those of you are air quote-happy, “steak.” Or, for those of you who want to appear snobby and witty at the same time, “Steak? Pishaw. More like stfake.” Well, if you’re one of those people who likes air quotes or would use the word “stfake,” you have every reason to feel the way you do because, as mentioned in the previous paragraph, what’s in this burrito isn’t what many people think of as steak. I don’t know about you, but shredded beef does not equal steak. If Taco Bell can put slices of steak into their burritos, then why not McDonald’s.
Now with that said, the shredded beef was tender, each burrito had beef from end to end, and it had a nice meaty flavor. It’s not bad for something that’s not steak. However, what gave this burrito most of its flavor was the salsa roja, which was a nice tomatoey and slightly garlicky sauce with a little spicy kick.
Including American cheese, which is the same stuff you’d find in a Big Mac, was surprising, and perhaps pepper jack or cheddar would’ve been better, but the American cheese was fine. As for the scrambled eggs, they really didn’t have any noticeable flavor. All they seemed to do for this burrito was give it some girth and allow this small breakfast item to have a double protein punch.
As much as I ragged on the McDonald’s Steak & Egg Burrito in this review, it’s tasty enough that I would order it again, and I prefer it over McDonald’s Sausage Burrito. If you decide to try it, I’d recommend buying two to fill you up (or maybe order an oatmeal), because it really is quite small.
(Nutrition Facts – 1 burrito – 280 calories, 13 grams of fat, 5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 125 milligrams of cholesterol, 790 milligrams of sodium, 27 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of sugar, 1 gram of fiber, 15 grams of protein, 8% vitamin A, 15% calcium, and 10% iron.)
Item: McDonald’s Steak & Egg Burrito
Purchased Price: $3.59 (for two)
Purchased at: McDonald’s
Rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: Shredded beef has decent flavor. Salsa roja provides most of the flavor. Cheese, surprisingly, added flavor. A good source of protein. Lessons taught at the end of cartoons.
Cons: Its size makes a Taco Bell soft taco look bigger than it really is. Shredded beef isn’t really steak. Small. Awesome source of sodium. Eggs were almost flavorless. It’s more like a burito than a burrito. One isn’t filling.