REVIEW: McDonald’s BLT Quarter Pounder

McDonald's BLT Quarter Pounder

Below are descriptions of three different McDonald’s Quarter Pounder varieties:

A quarter pound juicy beef patty topped with melty American cheese, crisp red onion, crinkle-cut pickles, thick-cut Applewood smoked bacon, ketchup and mustard, on a toasted bakery-style bun.

A quarter pound juicy beef patty topped with melty American cheese, crisp red onion, crinkle-cut pickles, ripe tomato, leaf lettuce, mayo and mustard, on a toasted bakery-style bun.

A quarter pound juicy beef patty topped with melty American cheese, crisp red onion, crinkle-cut pickles, thick-cut Applewood smoked bacon, ripe tomato, leaf lettuce, mayo and mustard, on a toasted bakery-style bun.

Now that you’ve read them, cover the descriptions with your hand and then guess which one is for McDonald’s Deluxe Quarter Pounder, Bacon & Cheese Quarter Pounder, and new BLT Quarter Pounder.

Go on. Humor me. The answers are at the bottom of this post.

Didn’t get them correct? Don’t feel bad. The differences between the three are slight. It’s as if McDonald’s cross-pollinated their Deluxe Quarter Pounder with their Bacon & Cheese Quarter Pounder to make the BLT version. Or perhaps a better way to explain the BLT Quarter Pounder is to say it’s what you’d probably get if the person making your burger got confused between the Deluxe and Bacon & Cheese and ended up making it wrong.

McDonald's BLT Quarter Pounder Split

The BLT Quarter Pounder is an uninspired burger, but it is satisfying. Because it’s topped with almost every vegetable and condiment a McDonald’s crew member can get his or her gloved hands on, it has a wide variety of flavors. There’s the seasoned beef patty, the salty slices of somewhat crispy bacon, the creamy mayonnaise, the bite of the pickles, the savory cheese, and, at times, thanks to the improved Applewood bacon, the burger tastes like a BLT sandwich. However, with so many ingredients, some of them got lost.

The amount of mustard in the two sandwiches I ate was a bit pitiful. Peeling back the bun, there was a lot more mayonnaise than mustard, and it looked like someone was trying to write their name in the snow with their pee. To be honest, I don’t understand why mustard is included. Because I’m pretty sure BLT sandwiches don’t come with mustard. And the same can be said about the pickles and onions. Speaking of the crispy red onions, which I’ve always thought were more pungent than white onions, they were as low-key as the green lettuce and tomato slice.

Now let me take a moment to complain about the “bakery-style bun.” It’s toasted and a decent vehicle for all the meat, vegetables, and condiments. However, I don’t like those thingies on top of the bun. They tend to fall off easily, leaving a mess. It’s messier than McDonald’s sesame seed bun.

Much like the Deluxe and Bacon & Cheese Quarter Pounders, there isn’t anything that screams “LOOK AT MEEE!!!” about the BLT Quarter Pounder. It’s basically a bacon deluxe cheeseburger. However, it’s a decent burger with good flavor, and if you enjoyed the other varieties you’ll probably like this one too. But your taste buds will probably think, “Yeah, we’ve had this before.”

(Nutrition Facts – 640 calories, 310 calories from fat, 35 grams of fat, 14 grams of saturated fat, 1.5 grams of trans fat, 110 milligrams of cholesterol, 1360 milligrams of sodium, 46 grams of carbohydrates, 10 grams of sugar, 3 grams of fiber, and 37 grams of protein.)

Item: McDonald’s BLT Quarter Pounder
Purchased Price: $4.99*
Size: N/A
Purchased at: McDonald’s
Rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: Great, if you love bacon deluxe cheeseburgers. At times, it tastes like a BLT sandwich. The bacon. Green lettuce (not the pale stuff on Big Macs). Making readers do weird things in front of a screen.
Cons: An uninspired burger. With so many ingredients, some of them get lost. Too similar to other Quarter Pounder varieties. The thingies on top of the bun make a mess. Red onions and mustard didn’t add anything.

*because I live on a rock in the middle of the Pacific Ocean I probably pay more than you do.

Answers: Bacon & Cheese, Deluxe, and BLT.

5 thoughts on “REVIEW: McDonald’s BLT Quarter Pounder

  1. I actually had this yesterday and was pleasantly surprised, although that’s mostly a function of my being terribly disappointed by the other QP varieties. McDonald’s burger offerings have taken a major step back since the discontinuation of the Angus burgers. Say what you will about Burger King, Wendy’s, and the other burger joints, but if these Quarter Pounders are McDonald’s signature burgers, they’ve officially ceded the throne in Burgerland.

  2. I think this is a well constructed burger, and the bacon is really quite good. Before they introduced the BLT version, I basically asked for one to be made using the combo of ingredients. My issues are that the beef, while it has that oddly pleasing McDonald’s flavor, is Mojave desert dry, while the cheese isn’t very melty or ooeey-goeey. Considering that there are some QSR chains which will make you a 1/4 cheeseburger for a similar price (as in, an actual juicy cheeseburger with fat dripping from the meat and gooey cheese that will stick to your face) it’s hard to go back to the well. But considering how good the new bacon is, McDonald’s needs to start adding it to some dollar-ish menu items.

  3. I actually got the answers for the descriptions correct, even though I haven’t been to McDonald’s for any of these burgers. This knowledge kind of saddens me, because apparently it means I think like the people in charge.

  4. I also got the answers correct. I did work at McDonalds in my teen years though and remember what they considered deluxe on sandwiches then, which helped.

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