McDonald’s is using a classic barbecue burger build as inspiration for the latest addition to its Signature Crafted Recipe line, the company said Monday.
The new Bacon Smokehouse Burger, which will be introduced in July at participating locations in the contiguous United States, has a quarter-pound patty topped with applewood smoked bacon, a sweet and smoky bacon onion sauce, fried onion strings, white cheddar cheese and a mustard sauce the company described as “mild sweet” in a press release announcing the new item.
Bacon, barbecue sauce and fried onion rings are a common combination in burgers, particularly in the casual-dining segment. It’s also a combination IHOP is using in its new burger line launched earlier this month.
The build is also available for battered and fried or grilled chicken sandwiches.
The Bacon Smokehouse Burger is the latest in a line of premium items that make up McDonald’s Signature Crafted Recipe line. In April it introduced a Garlic White Cheddar recipe with garlic aïoli, crispy garlic chips and white cheddar cheese.
Other burgers in the line include the Pico Guacamole — topped with pico de gallo, buttermilk ranch sauce, white cheddar leaf lettuce and guacamole — and the Sweet BBQ Bacon, which has grilled and fried onions, white cheddar and barbecue sauce.
The premium burgers are priced at around $5.
All of those burgers are now made with never-frozen meat, which McDonald’s has been transitioning to since last year. The smaller patties used in the Big Mac and regular hamburgers are shipped and stored frozen.
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