“Is it here yet? It’s got to be here.”
“I dunno, that’s what you said last Friday.”
“The website said late January. January is almost over!”
Finally, with only a few days left in the month, it was true. The Idaho Burger was here.
The Idaho Burger is the newest burger in McDonald’s Big America 2 series. You might remember the disastrous Texas2 from a few weeks ago, reviewed here. Well, now it’s the great potato state’s turn. Is it as terrible as it’s predecessor, or delicious and delightful?
It’s fan-freaking-tastic, I’m happy to say. At first bite I was worried it might be a bit too bland, but a few bites in and it was a winner.
A few more bites and I wanted to die, but that was to be expected–it’s the heftiest of the Big America 2 series, clocking in at over 700 calories. I felt a bit sick after finishing it, and now I feel oddly hungry just a few hours later–complex carbohydrates, these are not. But, damn, was it tasty!
The anchor of the burger is the patty, of course, which is quite big, but not really the point here. There’s bacon, cheese, and fresh onions–apparently Idaho is famous for fresh onions too? Who knew?
The leading attraction here is the Hash Browns, just like the ones sitting next to your McMuffin in the morning. At first they worried me with their blandness–I prefer mine with ketchup. Soon, though, the sauces (there’s multiple!) balanced that out, and left a satisfying crunch to go with the meaty burger. It was a bit like putting chips on a Sandwich (Oh, wait, that’s the upcoming Miami Burger. No, really.) The texture of the crispy hash browns was delightful and definitely added something unique to the overall experience.
The surprise stars, however, were the sauces. Not one, but two tasty sauces were included on this bad boy. First up is the honey mustard, which is perfectly nice. But hiding under the cheese, on the very bottom, is possibly one of the best sauces to ever come out of Micky D’s. It’s apparently a sweet pepper sauce, but it tasted a bit like caramelized onions to me. Brown, sweet, and a bit earthy, it really made the burger.
So the Idaho Burger is a hit, and my front runner for best of the Big America 2 series, so far. The Miami’s got a chance, but the Texas2 still haunts my mouth with sadness.
And really, they put a freaking potato on a burger, how hilariously literal of an interpretation of “Idaho” can you get?
What do you think, guys? Would you try it? Does it sound good to you, or is it just ridiculous?
ETA: Sean says “It’s like lunch and breakfast had a kid. And I ate it.”