Battle of the Burger Steaks!
2017 began with two of the Philippines’ most-loved fastfood restaurants launching new spins on the Filipino burger steak. Burger steak meals have been around on many a Pinoy’s fastfood dining table for years, with Jollibee as the pioneer. This year has been different because McDonald’s Mushroom Pepper Steak has entered the ring while Jollibee has made an upgrade on their mainstay as Pepper Cream Burger Steak.
So now, I take on snooping duties to taste what the fastfood bigwigs’ new offerings are about.
Exhibit A: Jollibee’s Pepper Cream Burger Steak meal.
Jollibee’s Pepper Cream Burger Steak
Their Pepper Cream Burger Steak meal looks almost the same as their classic Burger Steak, only that the gravy has a much lighter colour compared to the original. The sauce has black pepper, corn kernels, and mushrooms on it. Sauce goes on smooth – not that thick as I would have expected. Consistency comes on like mushroom soup. The patty is oblong and a bit irregular, and it tastes okay. The beef taste is there, certainly, and it seemed subtle.
Overall, patties and the sauce did go well together, but it was a minor upgrade from the original.
Days later, I found myself at McDonald’s and ordered their Mushroom Pepper Steak right away. I can say that it definitely lived up to its expectations…almost.
McDonald’s Mushroom Pepper Steak
First impressions first. I liked how the meal looks. The sauce looked velvety white over the patties, and there were sprinkles of black pepper and herbs on it. Personally, I like a herb-y sauce and this made me smile. The taste did not disappoint, too: it’s delicious and it kind of reminds me of pasta sauce for it was apparently viscous. Fat in the sauce was obvious, thus the taste was full-on mushroom pepper gravy.
The patties were just the right thickness. Beefy taste was good! I’ve also noticed that the sauce and patties stand apart in this meal as they have their own savouriness. Also, the gravy tends to congeal over time.
Both burger steak meals were great and delicious in their own way. Jollibee’s being the mellow, subtle one while McDonald’s being the big, bold one. I enjoyed eating both and I can say they were different in a good way!
BONUS!: Wendy’s Burger Steak
After trying the two burger steaks head-to-head, I decided to eat another burger steak meal from another fastfood joint. Turns out that Wendy’s also happens to offer this particular rice meal treat, so I thought I’d give it a go.
Wendy’s Burger Steak Meal
Wendy’s is known for their delicious burgers, so it’s no surprise that they’ll make a rice meal out of their square patties. As I received my order, it is evident that this is the classic one we know — patties sitting on top of each other and smothered with brown gravy, and topped with a decent amount of mushrooms. The first bite was meaty and tasty. Patties were remarkably thinner than Jollibee’s but were evenly shaped. It’s worthy to note that despite the thickness, these patties pack a beefy punch compared to Jollibee’s. Every bite does remind me of the beef in it. The gravy sauce flavour is more pronounced, despite thin consistency.
Deciding to eat at Wendy’s made me appreciate burger steak meals more this time. I can say that Jollibee’s, McDonald’s, and, especially, Wendy’s were comparable to each other in their own, unique way.