It seems that things are getting serious at McDonalds, with the introduction of their Serious Lamb Burger and their Serious Lamb Taster. After viewing many enticing advertisements, and being curious about novelty burgers, I made it my mission to experience the new lamb range of products and see how serious they really were.
Serious Lamb Burger
I wasn't sure what to expect with the Serious Lamb Burger. It looked like it had all my favourite extras on a burger, there was beetroot and egg and it looked awfully promising. I was incredibly disappointed to discover that cheese was not included. I could have known this if I had studied the picture for a little longer, but I simply assumed there would be cheese on a burger that boasted to have it all.
I was pretty impressed with my overall experience. The burger was a hearty size, and filled me nicely, although took a while to finish. The lamb patty has received mixed reviews on my Facebook newsfeed, but I was personally pleased with it. It is a mix of lamb mince, rosemary and oregano. The herbs were a good move by McDonalds, they really add to the overall flavour.
I wasn't only disappointed with the lack of cheese however. It may have just been the kitchen hands at this particular store, but there was way too much Spanish onion. Half of the onion fell out onto the table, and at one point all I was eating in my burger was onion. The egg could have been cooked better as well. This one was hard and tasted like it had been sitting there a while, whereas I prefer my eggs to be a little softer and a little fresher. I didn't notice the beetroot or the aioli amongst the other flavours.
There are two big deterrents to this burger though: the cost and the health impact.
For $7.95, you can purchase the burger on its own, no chips or drink. Lamb is more expensive than beef, and I usually don't mind paying for a good burger, but that's a seriously high price for a burger from McDonalds. I won't be making this a regular purchase.
Don't let all the salad on that burger fool you into thinking it's a healthy choice. It seems the Serious Lamb Burger is serious about one thing for sure: kilojoules. Eating one of these burgers alone will cost you 3370 in kilojoules, or 805.45 calories. That's almost half of the recommended daily intake of kilojoules for an average Australian, according to 8700.com.au. Lifehacker.com.au also points out that this burger contains more kilojoules than almost everything else on the McDonalds menu. It falls short to the Double Quarter Pounder. It also has more than half of your recommended sodium intake.
Serious Lamb Taster Wrap
At $3 a pop, this wrap makes the McDonalds range of lamb easily affordable and accessible. Containing the lamb patty, lettuce and creamy aioli, it really is a taste of what is on offer with the lamb range.
As with all these wraps, they are never big enough to fully fill you at dinner time, but they are an enjoyable extra. I enjoyed mine so much that I ordered another a few hours later.
Calories and kilojoules wise, this is a much better option than the Serious Lamb Burger, containing less than half of the kilojoules found in the burger. With 1460 kilojoules, or 348 calories, this wrap can easily fit into balanced diet without causing too much damage. Of course, moderation is the key.
If you're curious about the range of Serious Lamb on offer at McDonalds, I recommend starting with the wrap. It won't set you back as much as the burger, but gives you an idea of what's in store.
Thanks for the review! I also found the burger slightly disappointing for the price! My egg was over cooked, had too much onion and not enough sauce. Maybe that's just the recipe! I don't think i'll be buying it again anytime soon.