May 18, 2014

News: McDonald's Testing Guacamole Burgers

McDonald's is testing Guacamole Burgers as well as guacamole with any other menu item at participating locations in Denver as well as the rest of Colorado.

The Guacamole Burger is available with either a quarter pound beef patty or grilled or crispy chicken filet and comes with guacamole made from Haas avocados, pico de gallo, ranch sauce, processed white cheddar, and leaf lettuce on the same toasted, egg-washed artisan roll you'd find on the Bacon Clubhouse Burger.

The price tag comes in at $4.79, which falls into the top range for McDonald's burgers.

For an extra 89 cents, guacamole can be had with any other menu item including breakfast items and can also be had on the side like, say, for an order of fries.

According to The Daily Meal, the Guacamole Burger and Chicken Sandwiches are also being tested in North and South Carolina.

It should be noted that guacamole isn't that much of a novelty among McDonald's competitors: Burger King occasionally ventures into guacamole as they did with the Avocado Swiss Whopper and regionally with the California Whopper; Carl's Jr. features a Bacon Guacamole Cheeseburger on their regular menu; and Wendy's has tested a Guacamole Bacon Cheeseburger and offered a Spicy Chicken Guacamole Club in the past (apparently, I've tried them all...). Not to be left out, Sonic offered a Wholly Guacamole Dog one summer (there! I did not try that one).

Nor is this the first time McDonald's has tried incorporating the gooey green ingredient: it's currently an available option for the "build your own burger" concept they're testing and was previously tested as part of the ingredients in a test of Chicken Flatbreads.

Basically, guacamole has worked out for competitors before, but hasn't worked out for McDonald's yet.