There’s a big battle out on the streets of Burger Town. Now this battle isn’t in the high streets of gourmet burgers and hand-made patties. It is in the mean streets of Fast Food-vile with the big daddies of the QSR space bringing out their big guns.
Round 1 - What’s inside?
On one side we have McDonalds with their Veg Maharaja Mac which comes loaded with double patty of corn and cheese, jalapenos and a generous helping of lettuce and their cocktail sauce.
The McDonald’s Maharaja Mac is a family friendly burger which can be enjoyed by even the little ones in the family.
On the other end we have a Fully Loaded beast of an Angry Whopper with a Thick Mixed-Veg Patty which sits on a bed of fries & Onion Rings which are doused in a spicy mayo like sauce. Another party trick the Angriest Whopper has is the fact that it has spices baked right into the bun.
For me personally though I like the aggressive spice levels promised by the Angriest Whopper and this Round goes to the Burger King side.
Round 2 – How are they built?
When you are creating a multi -level mega burger like these ones are you have to be mindful about not only how the flavours will come together but also how the burger will hold up when the diner decides to dive into it.
In this respect the McDonald’s burger is much more manageable being a smaller bun albeit with more height. The Angriest whopper with its extra wide bun can be a handful to hold onto.
This round then is definitely with the Golden Arches.
Round 3 – How do they taste?
In terms of taste the Angriest Whopper does tend to stand out a bit with its aggressive spice levels, however paired with that aggressive spice (Which I love btw) there is also a distinct sense that they have been a bit too liberal with the use of Garam Masala in their mix. This is something I have noticed even when trying their regular Whopper so there is a definite choice that the Burger King tastemakers seem ton making for the Indian Vegetarian Palette. The addition of the Onion rings and Fries to the burger does help in adding a varied taste to the burger though and is much appreciated.
On the other hand, the corn and cheese patty of the Veg Maharaja Mac is pretty satisfying and true to their claim does end up seeming like a whole meal. The Burger does tend to get a bit monotonous though given its size, however pair it with a side of fries like I did and you are good to go. I do wish there was more to the Burger Bun though. An herbed bun would have been nice to give a bit more flavour in every bite.
This round too goes to the Angriest Whopper for me, however if you aren’t the biggest fan of spice the Maharaja Mac will be more to your liking.
Another round to Burger King then.
Round 4 – How much do they cost?
Well this is the QSR market we are talking about so pricing is going to be key.
Both the offerings are equally matched in this respect with the prices at Rs. 159 plus taxes.
In terms of bang for your buck though the fact that the Maharaja Mac feels more like a complete meal is a definite plus for McDonalds.
With both burgers having won two rounds each it comes down to me as a referee to declare my final decision and it has to be with the Angriest Whopper. The combination of the Onion rings and Fries with a Spicy Mixed Veg Patty just appeals to me as a spice lover. I just hope that in the future the Garam Masala content is a tad lower that’s all.
Which Burger do you like better? Let me know in the comments!