Praise the test market lords and demigods of saturated fat, we have a new burger! The Jalapeno Double features two beef patties, white cheddar cheese, jalapeno aioli, and both pickled and crispy jalapenos. I’ll give it to you in stock terms: buy now, and buy long. This burger is impeccable. I was nervous that the loss of the onions, pickles, ketchup, and mustard would take away some of the acidity and balance that the classic McDouble is known for, but thankfully, McDonald’s mitigated the acidity gracefully in this one.
The bun, beef, and cheese are nothing new, but the fresh jalapenos and crispy jalapenos are well-balanced here, and surprisingly don’t battle it out too heavily. The burger was not as spicy as I expected, and the sliced peppers brought out more of a tangy, pickled flavor rather than heat. The crispy jalapenos were excellent- thinly sliced, crunchy, and much hotter than their sliced counterparts.The sole small complaint I had was the inconsistency of the burger, but this was largely based on ingredient distribution rather than overall quality. The bites that had only jalapeno, beef, and cheese were dry, and subsequently smothered the flavor of the pepper. The aioli brought the sandwich together, adding yet another layer of tanginess and flavor to the burger. The end result tasted somewhat like a jalapeno popper. This was an excellent burger, and I’m crossing my fingers that it makes its way to the permanent menu.