You can finally add avocado to your Shake Shack burger

Shake Shack's new avocado and bacon burger and sandwich.
Shake Shack’s new avocado and bacon burger and sandwich.

  • Shake Shack has added two new limited-edition avocado and bacon items: a sandwich and a burger.
  • Both come with avocado slices and applewood-smoked bacon, and are part of Shake Shack’s spring menu.
  • You can also add avocado to any other Shake Shack burger or sandwich on the menu.
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Shake Shack has finally added avocado to its menu.

You can have it in one of two new avocado and bacon dishes, or, for the first time, add it to any other burger or sandwich on the menu.

Shake Shack launched its Avocado Bacon Menu Wednesday. You can order either a burger or a sandwich with freshly-sliced avocado and Niman Ranch applewood-smoked bacon.

The burger comes a Shake Shack patty, while the sandwich adds a crispy chicken breast, lettuce, pickles, and buttermilk herb mayo to the avocado-bacon combo.

Shake Shack's new avocado and bacon burger and sandwich.
Shake Shack’s new avocado and bacon burger and sandwich.

Prices depend on where you are, but at the Flatbush restaurant in Brooklyn, New York, the burger costs $7.89 for a single and $10.69 for a double, while the sandwich costs $8.79. Adding avocado slices to other menu items costs $1.25.

The two new dishes are available until June 30 at all US locations, but Shake Shack told Thrillist that the avocado add-on option was here to stay, and that avocado was one of the chain’s most requested additions.

Avocado has boomed in popularity in recent years, causing prices to soar, and it has become an embodiment of millennial culture thanks to memes about avocado toast. The food industry has tried to find creative ways to serve avocado beyond toppings and as guacamole, and some restaurants even base their entire menu on the green fruit.

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I compared McDonald’s new crispy chicken sandwich to Chick-fil-A’s, and I thought they were almost identical

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McDonald’s has come out with an undeniably good chicken sandwich that’s similar to Chick-fil-A’s.

The chicken sandwich wars are in full swing, and McDonald’s is coming out with its own heavy hitters.

On February 24, McDonald’s launched its newest lineup of chicken sandwiches: the Crispy Chicken Sandwich, the Deluxe Crispy Chicken Sandwich, and the Spicy Crispy Chicken Sandwich.

Immediately, fans and industry experts began to notice that the new offerings seemed very similar to Chick-fil-A’s and Popeyes’ iconic chicken sandwiches. Insider’s Kate Taylor previously reported on a leaked menu that revealed McDonald’s plans to release a new chicken sandwich, saying that the chain was planning to “take a page out of Chick-fil-A’s playbook.”

Former McDonald’s chef Mike Haracz told Insider “it’s very apparent” that McDonald’s is following Chick-fil-A’s lead with its sandwich. “It comes in a foil bag just like Chick-fil-A, from what I understand it has a very similar flavor profile,” he said.

The description for the McDonald’s crispy chicken sandwich describes it as a “southern style fried chicken sandwich” with crinkle-cut pickles and a toasted, buttered potato roll. Chick-fil-A’s chicken sandwich also comes on a toasted, buttered bun with dill pickle chips. 

However, I wasn’t going to assume that the sandwiches were identical – I had to try them for myself.

Here’s what I thought of each chicken sandwich, from how similar they were to which one might even win the chicken sandwich wars.

I tried the new McDonald’s crispy chicken sandwich and Chick-fil-A’s original chicken sandwich.

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McDonald’s crispy chicken sandwich and Chick-fil-A’s chicken sandwich.

Both sandwiches came in a foil and paper bag. They also both stayed warm, despite half an hour passing between the time I picked them up and when I finally got them home. 

The sandwiches were similar in size, though Chick-fil-A’s bun and chicken fillet looked ever-so-slightly bigger.

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McDonald’s crispy chicken sandwich and Chick-fil-A’s chicken sandwich.

I noticed that each sandwich had a very different bun. McDonald’s bun was harder and slightly denser, while Chick-fil-A’s was softer and slightly bigger than the fillet inside.

I’ve had the Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich countless times, but I tried to go into this taste test with a fresh perspective.

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Chick-fil-A’s chicken sandwich.

The chicken sandwich from Chick-fil-A cost me $6.85, making it slightly more expensive than the McDonald’s sandwich. 

Chick-fil-A has been consistently voted as one of America’s most beloved fast-food chains, and customer loyalty is high. 

“Chick-fil-A has very strong brand loyalists,” former McDonald’s chef Mike Haracz told Insider. “I’ve sat in panels when I was doing chicken work. They will try the food, but when you tell them it’s not from Chick-fil-A they’ll say, ‘Well, I think it’s great but I’m not going to buy it because I am a Chick-fil-A consumer.” However, there are some people who might go to Chick-fil-A strictly for the flavor, and if McDonald’s can match that, they may be swayed.”

Chick-fil-A’s chicken sandwich, which comes served on a toasted, buttered bun with dill pickle chips, is a favorite among customers.

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Chick-fil-A’s chicken sandwich.

According to a report by Edison Trends, Chick-fil-A received more online chicken sandwich delivery orders than any other brand in most of 2020, cornering around 45% of the total online order market share.

The bun was light and fluffy and the chicken breast was the perfect thickness.

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Chick-fil-A’s chicken sandwich.

Chick-fil-A’s chicken breast was flakier as opposed to juicy. Looking at both of the sandwiches, the fillet itself also looked slightly bigger. The breading was thinner and clung to the chicken breast well, which gave it a great texture. 

However, I was slightly disappointed by Chick-fil-A’s pickles — they didn’t have the strong briny flavor or crunchiness I usually look for.

Next up was the newcomer: the McDonald’s crispy chicken sandwich.

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McDonald’s crispy chicken sandwich.

The McDonald’s crispy chicken sandwich cost $5.99 at my local chain in Brooklyn, New York.

The chicken fillet was thick – right off the bat, it looked really similar to sandwiches I’ve had from other chains.

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McDonald’s crispy chicken sandwich.

I’ve been a fan of McDonald’s McChicken sandwiches for years, but I could already tell that I was going to like this sandwich a lot more.

The sandwich came with a few whole pickle chips on top of the chicken fillet.

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McDonald’s crispy chicken sandwich.

The bun held the contents of the sandwich together perfectly, and in terms of size, I thought McDonald’s did a great job at nailing the bun-to-chicken ratio. 

Biting in, I was immediately impressed.

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McDonald’s crispy chicken sandwich.

The breading of the sandwich had a slight sweetness to it. However, it was perfectly balanced out by the tart, crunchy pickles, which had a strong briny flavor. The chicken was thick, juicy, and flavorful.

The only aspect of the sandwich I wasn’t totally in love with was the bun — though it was a good size, I thought it was slightly too thick. I’m of the opinion that a sandwich bun’s sole purpose is to hold everything together, without overpowering the other ingredients. I think this thicker potato bun slightly missed the mark on that.

It was really hard to say which one I liked more. However, I have to give props where props are due – McDonald’s has come out with an undeniably good chicken sandwich.

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McDonald’s crispy chicken sandwich and Chick-fil-A’s chicken sandwich.

So, how similar were the two sandwiches? Pretty similar, in my opinion. If I was to do a blind taste test, I might not even know which was which, unless one was slathered in Chick-fil-A sauce. However, this is not to say that McDonald’s is in any way actively trying to copy or imitate Chick-fil-A’s most iconic offering.

The fact is that there is a trend in what consumers across the board are looking for in a chicken sandwich, whether they’re ordering from Chick-fil-A, McDonald’s, Popeyes, or any other chain.

Judging by the success of the chicken-war competitors, consumers want a Southern-inspired flavor with juicy, flavorful chicken and tart and crunchy pickles. McDonald’s definitely delivered on all counts.

As far as this food reporter is concerned, the new McDonald’s chicken sandwich stacks up well against fan favorites — and might even be a new go-to menu item.

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Jack in the Box just announced 2 new chicken sandwiches as last year’s biggest fast-food battle heats up again

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Jack in the Box’s cluck sandwiches.

  • Fast-food chain Jack in the Box is expanding its chicken menu with two new chicken sandwiches, the Cluck Sandwich and the Cluck Deluxe Sandwich.
  • The new rollout falls on the heels of last year’s heated chicken sandwich battle between Popeyes and Chick-fil-A but comes before McDonald’s new chicken sandwich that will be unveiled early 2021.
  • Jack in the Box’s new sandwiches have ingredients like a mystery sauce, guacamole, and pickles.
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Fast-food chain Jack in the Box is expanding its chicken menu with two new chicken sandwiches, the Cluck Sandwich and the Cluck Deluxe Sandwich.

The fast-food chain already has several chicken sandwiches in its lineup, but the new Cluck Sandwich rollout comes on the heels of the infamous chicken sandwich war last year between newcomer Popeyes and longtime standard Chick-fil-A.

Read more: One chart shows the explosive impact of Popeyes’ chicken sandwich on the fast-food chain’s sales

Other fast-food brands have since joined in on the chicken sandwich dispute, including Wendy’s and Church’s Chicken. McDonald’s is also set to join the contentious battle early next year when the fast-food giant unveils its new fried chicken sandwich.

Jack in the Box’s new chicken sandwich lineup consists of the Cluck Sandwich and the Cluck Deluxe Sandwich.

Jack in the Box's cluck sandwiches
Jack in the Box’s cluck sandwiches.

The Cluck Sandwich comes with a crispy chicken fillet, pickles, and a mystery sauce, all held together with a brioche bun.

Jack in the Box's Cluck Combo
Jack in the Box’s cluck combo.

The deluxe version has the same bun and chicken combination, with the added bonus of mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, guacamole, hickory smoked bacon, and cheddar cheese. According to Jack in the Box, these extra ingredients are a “classic hit with consumers.”

Jack in the Box's cluck deluxe sandwich combo
Jack in the Box’s cluck deluxe sandwich combo.

Jack in the Box has also partnered with singer and actress Becky G for a social media #JacksNewChickenDance campaign to help launch the new chicken sandwich lineup.

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Becky G and Jack in the Box.

The Cluck Sandwich is $4.99, while the Cluck Deluxe is $6.99. Both can be upgraded to the combo version for an additional $1.

Jack in the Box's cluck sandwich
Jack in the Box’s cluck sandwich.

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