When you order a breakfast sandwich, can you “start your morning off right” (as Dunkin’ Donuts claims) and “wake up to deliciousness” (as McDonald’s says)?
Looking at calories, fats, sodium, sugars, and fiber, we graded the nutrition of 106 egg sandwiches from Burger King, Dunkin’ Donuts, McDonald’s, Starbucks, Subway, and Wendy’s.
Then we had four tasters try one or two of the more nutritious choices from five of those chains, omitting Wendy’s because its breakfast sandwiches aren’t to be offered nationally until later this year.
Tasters visited at least three locations per chain. Prices are from stores in the New York area.
What we found.
When it came to taste, only one of the sandwiches we tried rated Very Good: Subway’s Egg White and Cheese on Mornin’ Flatbread. Its components blended well, its flatbread was tender, its egg whites were flavorful. The rest had one or more drawbacks. Cheese in both Starbucks sandwiches was saucelike; egg in McDonald’s Egg McMuffin was slightly rubbery. Others had mediocre muffins or flavorless eggs. Sandwich quality often varied from one location to another within a chain. The BK’s eggs were fluffy in two restaurants and wet in a third.