Review of McDonald’s Bacon Habanero Ranch Quarter Pounder


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Fast food just got a little more spicy. McDonald’s recently released a new Quarter Pounder that’s layered in Habanero sauce.  The only thing Irish about this sandwich is the Mc in McDonalds but this blog is not just about Irish it’s about heat and spicy food. So here we go.

We all know the actual burger/sandwich never looks like the menu picture. So I included my own pictures below. I asked them for some of the sauce on the side.  They don’t provide condiment packets for it. So don’t be surprised if you get deer in head lights look if you do the same. Just ask them to put it in a small container. 





The Quarter Pounder Habanero Ranch is topped with cheddar cheese, hickory-smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato and a habanero ranch sauce. I asked for it without the lettuce and tomato so I could really taste the sauce.  They don’t put a lot of sauce on it but for anyone that doesn’t like spicy it probably delivers a slight kick. For the rest of us I would say it’s a very low end medium burn.

However if you eat the sauce directly it’s more of a medium burn and leaves your lips burning slightly. It has a dry pepper chili con queso taste to it in my opinion. I don’t dislike it but I don’t want to drink it :-)

The ingredients are listed below. The sauce is basically mayo with spices and citric acid ingredients to keep the ph correct. There’s actually more Cayenne pepper than Habanero. I’m not surprised by this.

The bacon is not crispy how I like it but it does have a really good smokey flavor to it. The smokey flavor mixes nice with the dry peppery tasting habanero ranch.

A little pricey at $4 just for the sandwhich but I’m just happy whenever I see more spicy menu options fast food or not.

In support of bringing more heat to menus go out and get you one. Let us know what you think.


Ingredients: Water, Soybean Oil, Corn Syrup Solids, Distilled Vinegar, Buttermilk Powder, Egg Yolks, Maltodextrin, Dried Cayenne Red Pepper Sauce (Aged
Cayenne Red Peppers, Vinegar, Salt, Garlic), Sugar, Corn Starch, Modified Food Starch, Contains 1% or Less: Salt, Spice and Spice Extractives, Natural Flavor
(Dairy and Animal Sources), Lemon Juice Concentrate, Lactic Acid, Habanero Pepper, Red Bell Pepper Powder, Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Sorbate
(Preservatives), Xanthan Gum, Propylene Glycol Alginate, Apple Cider Vinegar

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