McDonald's has launched an upscale burger menu in Australia and the result looks nothing like the Big Mac. The menu includes two types of buns, four kinds of cheese, and 19 specialty toppings, such as grilled pineapple, guacamole and beetroot.
Customers order and pay for their food using a touch-screen kiosk. Then their food is delivered to them on a block of wood, which is a big upgrade from McDonald's traditional plastic trays. The burgers are held together with a giant toothpick and the french fries are served in metal frying baskets.
The new menu is considerably more expensive than a Big Mac, which costs about $4.81 USD in Australia, according to The Economist's Big Max index. By comparison, two of the featured specialty burgers cost $7.81 USD and the customized burger featured in this post cost $13.92 USD.
The program is a response to fast-casual "better burger" chains like Shake Shack and Five Guys. McDonald's has also been testing customizable burgers in California.Read the Full Article