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McDonald's turns up the heat with limited-time-only Sriracha burger

McDonald's turns up the heat with limited-time-only Sriracha burger

Houston, Ken Hoffman, July 2017, McDonald's Sriracha Burger
Signature Sriracha Burger at McDonald's is a limited-time special. Courtesy photo

This week I reached out for a new Signature Sriracha Burger, the latest addition to the "Signature Crafted Line" at America's No. 1 burger slinger, McDonald's, with about 15,000 restaurants blurring the red, white, and blue.

McDonald's ... Sriracha ... what took you so long? This just in: Even the drive-thru set likes spicy food. The other burger barns have been turning up the heat with Sriracha for a few years. Did you think they were just blowing smoke?

Here's the Signature Sriracha breakdown
A 1/4-pound beef patty, spicy chili-infused Sriracha Big Mac sauce, tender baby spinach and kale, smooth white cheddar cheese, crispy onions, and tomato. Choose from an artisan roll, sesame seed bun, or — the smart play — a potato bun.

Whoa, spinach and kale on a McDonald's burger? This must be the Ronald's attempt at health food.

Until we get a load of ...
Total calories: 670. Fat grams: 35. Sodium: 1,010 milligrams. Carbs: 56 grams. Dietary fiber: 4 grams. Protein: 32 grams. Manufacturer's suggested retail price: $4.99.

Still, baby spinach and kale are baby steps in the right direction, if only for eye candy, so good for McDonald's. Other sandwiches in the Signature Crafted Series are: Maple Bacon Dijon, Pico Guacamole, and Sweet BBQ Bacon. The burger patty can be switched out for a deep-fried buttermilk crispy chicken or artisan grilled chicken breast.

The secret is in the sauce
Obviously the star attraction and big difference is the Sriracha Big Mac Sauce. Unlike some hair-raisers that deliver a slow burn, the Sriracha Big Mac Sauce delivers a lightning jolt that fades fast. Still, it's the hottest sauce in McDonald's array of smears and dipping sauces. The Sriracha Big Mac Sauce is available for Chicken McNugget plunking too.

For everything else, this is a regular old Quarter-Pounder all gussied up. That's not a knock — a hundred billion, trillion people seem to enjoy McDonald's burgers, and, credit due, the beef has no fillers, no additives, and no preservatives. So fans of pink slime and artificial flavors and colors, so sorry.

The Signature Sriracha Burger is a limited-time special, so get 'em while they're hot.