Maccas Create Your Taste but who created the better burger?
My overall rating: 4.8/5
This blog is a paid for advertorial in collaboration with McDonalds Create Your Taste
Most of you who follow me on Instagram will have seen that I wanted to show Jay the new gourmet burgers that McDonald’s have on offer for their new Create Your Taste menu after first trying this out over in Australia and loving it! The Create Your Taste menu includes 31 gourmet ingredients; 10 sauces, 7 cheese and 3 buns – including a bunless option made using lettuce. Jay likes Macca’s as a treat on his cheat days, so I thought that after hearing about the new menu this could be a healthier alternative.
Creating Our Taste
When we arrived we custom created our burgers from scratch using the kiosks in store. We had the option of paying at the counter or at the kiosk – we chose the kiosk. We then could chose whether we wanted an Angus beef patty or a grilled chicken breast fillet (which is currently being trialled at the Albany restaurant at the moment), on our burger. These each have their own price point. The beef burger starts from $10.90 and $14.90 for a combo and for the chicken option the starting price is $12.90 and $16.90 for a combo. You can also get a veggie combo for $16 but ultimately the end price depends on what ingredients are chosen.
We could navigate the menu choosing ingredients from sections labeled Make It Cheesy, Turn Up The Taste, Fresh’N It Up and Get Saucy. From these the speciality items you can select have an additional price marked between 80c – $1.50.
Once you have selected your ingredients you pay for your meal which will then print your receipt with an attached ticket that you can take to your seat. There, you’ll find clipboards on each table which you stick your ticket to, while you wait for your meal to be freshly cooked, built and bought to you by McDonald’s staff.
After hearing the new Create Your Taste menu had the option to build a bunless burger using a lettuce wrap as an alternative, I was keen to try it out. I have an 80/20 lifestyle and take a low carb approach to most of my food, so this was perfect. Navigating through the touch screen kiosk these were the ingredients I chose:
I created my burger using the grilled chicken option as Jay wanted to try the beef. After seeing all the ingredients, I decided a Hawaiian style was going to be the theme for my burger, so I added rasher bacon and grilled pineapple. I found the rasher bacon to be a better choice than the crispy bacon for the bunless burger as it would still hold together as I bite through the lettuce bun. I also jam packed it with extra greens (spinach) to stay on top of my health game and added tomato and red onion. To finish, I sauced it up with some herb mayonnaise.
When I created my combo I went with the salad option, choosing the Parmesan & Crispy Bacon Salad over the Coleslaw. I also could choose from three dressings. I thought the balsamic dressing would be the lowest carb, so opted for this over the Caesar Dressing or Italian Dressing. I added a mini Pump water bottle to drink rather than a soft drink although they did have other options like coffee and frappes from the McCafe.
Jay’s Gourmet Burger
Jay has a pretty healthy diet, but he decided to indulge after seeing the gourmet ingredients used in the Create Your Taste menu. His burger was a typical bloke burger that included lots of kiwi favourites. He built his burger using these ingredients:
Jay was conflicted between choosing either the brioche or the bakery bun – he took forever to make up his mind. He finally picked the toasted brioche bun which an Angus beef patty. Like most men in my life, he loves eggs and this was a must on his burger. He also added bacon because let’s be real, who doesn’t love bacon?! He chose two cheeses – the mozzarella and the cheddar. I told him he had to add salads to his gourmet burger so he selected spinach, red onion and tomato. He went with the tomato chilli jam as his alternative for tomato sauce as he thought this was a little bit fancy.
The presentation of the burgers being bought out a wooden board with the fries served in a mini fry basket felt more like an up market burger joint. In fact, he loved it so much he said it tasted better than Burger Fuel. Plus, he gave it brownie points for the burger actually looking like what you would see in an advertisement.