McDonald’s Big America 2: The Idaho Burger

Friday passed, and then another.

“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!

First up is the onion bun. Sadly, I didn’t really notice the bun much, though I usually love onion bread. Maybe I’ll have to get another one to try the bread again!

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.”


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17 Responses to McDonald’s Big America 2: The Idaho Burger

  1. GTebbetts says:

    Meat and potato on a bun. Terrific. When are they coming out with a nikujaga burger?

  2. Grant says:

    I concur 100%. The Idaho Burger is a win. I’ve already had two of them! But that may be it for a little while, they do sit pretty heavy.

  3. NTG says:

    I’m sure Bryan’s gonna try this one out! I’ll pass, but I will wish that they sold hashbrowns all day so that I could put one on a burger…

  4. Bob says:

    I wonder if I could recreate this in the states – any analog for the sauces? Honey mustard should be doable but I’m at a loss for an oniony sweet pepper sause…

  5. MC says:

    Quoting James who just asked me if I read this on your blog:

    “Japan McDonald’s gets all the good stuff.”

    Damn it, we need to go to Japan. I would not only try this burger, but if I liked it, I would find a way to smuggle it back to the US…

    • You should totally come! You can be food tourists–try everything from McDonald’s to yummy Japanese foods 🙂 There’s so much tasty here, it’s ridiculous.

      (You’d have to get here soon for the Idaho though, it’ll probably only be available for a couple weeks! They cycle out much faster here, it’s weird.)

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  7. Andrea says:

    Oh no, am I the only one who didn’t like the mighty Idaho burger? I just found it a little dense, and all I could taste were the raw onions and brown sauce (which was good, but got old quick, at least for me).

    • It’s definitely dense! Mine didn’t really have enough onions, and they skimped on the bacon a bit, but I took that as a misassemble as opposed to representative. I really liked the brown sauce, though!

  8. Jason says:

    wanted to try this – made a trip to the local McDs last night and it was gone… 😦

    But they had the new Miami Burger, so I tried that – pretty tasty!

    The McDs clerk said the Idaho Burger might come around again, so I should keep an eye out for a return engagement…

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