Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Order Gourmet Burgers at Kiosks inside Utah McDonald's

By Victoria Saley from obSEUSSed

If you haven't been to McDonald's this month, you'll be surprised at the changes you'll see inside. Utah is a test market to try a new dining experience and when I tried it this month, I can tell you this is a game-changer for McDonald's. 

Marissa and I had fun trying out the kiosk.

Walk inside your local McDonald's and you'll notice the Create Your Taste touchscreen kiosk (60+ restaurants will offer this in Utah by the end of 2015. It is brand new!). It allows you to customize your perfect burger. In addition to the traditional sesame seed bun, there are now options like artisan breads, ciabatta rolls and lettuce wrapped burgers. You can make it any way you want.

To tell you the truth, the only negative thing I could notice is that it took a little longer to order at first because I wanted scroll through to see all the 20+ toppings like guacamole, sriracha mayo, chili lime tortilla strips, caramelized onions and more.  The first time you try it, just plan to take your time to see all the options. Once you know the basics, you'll be a pro in no time. 

Pay at the kiosk and they deliver your food to your table in stylish wire baskets. It takes 5-10 minutes for them to freshly prepare the food but I enjoyed my time waiting as I sipped on my soda, looked at my phone (gotta love that free wi-fi at McD) and watched my kids play in the play land. The 2nd and 3rd visits I ordered for just myself (not my whole family), the order was done just under 5 minutes.

It was so much fun customizing my burger to my taste. I tried a gourmet burger on an artisan roll with pepper jack cheese, guacamole and Sriracha mayo.  Yes, it had a kick! You can tell a difference in the meat and how it is prepared. They have a separate grill to pan sear the burgers. McDonald's explained each restaurant has hired 2-3 additional staff to run Create Your Taste, (including a chef to run the grill) so computers are not replacing jobs.

I was so impressed with this new gourmet burger dining experience at McDonald's. 
I'm excited Utah is one of the few test markets to start offering Create Your Taste.  Look for the logo outside your McDonald's. Check this link for a location near you: Create Your Taste Locations




We want you to try it out too. I Heart Salt Lake is giving away a $25 McDonald's Arch Card (gift card).

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Giveaway ends at midnight Decemeber7, 2015.
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*Disclaimer: I was provided a free meal to test this out and gift cards to share with readers of iHSL. All opinions are 100% my own. (seriously impressed with the changes at McD!)