Shake Shack adds Bacon and Avocado – is it worth the upgrade?

Shake Shack adds Bacon and Avocado

If you had to name the trendiest ingredients in fast food – bacon and avocado would top many people’s lists. The chef’s at Shake Shack (another eminently trendy name in fast food world) would be right there with you. This week the restaurant chain took the wraps off its latest time limited menu specials – both based around bacon and avocado upgrades. But are the new additions worth the extra splurge? Lets find out.

First up, a bit of detail on the three new items you can purchase at Shake Shack with bacon and avocado:

  • Avocado Bacon Burger, single – $7.59
  • Avocado Bacon Burger, double – $10.39
  • Avocado Bacon Chicken – $8.49

The Avocado Bacon Burger is a regular Shake Shack Cheeseburger gussied up with “freshly sliced avocado” and “Niman Ranch applewood-smoked bacon” according to the brand. Meanwhile the Avocado Bacon Chicken applies the same fixings to the Chick N Shack respectively. For those upgrades you’re of $1.50 (chicken) through $1.90 (burgers).

The verdict? In a word: disappointing. You can check out the pictures below, but I found the quality control surprisingly lacking. For a premium brand, to charge a premium price, for ostensibly premium toppings – I’d expected to be pleasantly surprised. The reverse was true.

The main culprit was the avocado – unripe, hard, tasteless stuff. Of course this could be a one off chain location problem, but again, I would expect the premium branding of Shake Shack to bring a little more finesse. In the case of the chicken sandwich, the person who prepared the sandwich seemed almost embarrassed by the quality, laying on a miserly three blink and you’d miss it pieces of the green stuff. Or should I say, almost green.

The bacon was better but still lacking. Shake Shack tout Niman Ranch as the source of the bacon – a brand I love and buy (check out their Pulled Pork) ordinarily myself. The bacon had a solid flavor, with the gentle smoke certainly apparent. The limp and languid texture though was a let down. Again, the amount of topping applied to each sandwich was seemingly random.

Aside from that these two sandwiches are as you’d expect from the brand. The Chick N Shack is a solid chicken sandwich, and the Cheeseburger is a tasty enough burger; but would I spend the extra on bacon and avocado? Probably not. Here are the pictures…

Shake Shack Avocado Bacon Chicken

Brand description – Crispy chicken breast topped with lettuce, pickles, buttermilk herb mayo (contains milk, wheat, egg, soy, and gluten)

Shake Shack Avocado Bacon Chicken
Shake Shack Avocado Bacon Chicken
Shake Shack Avocado Bacon Chicken toppings
Shake Shack Avocado Bacon Chicken toppings
Shake Shack Avocado Bacon Chicken - a couple of the toppings
Shake Shack Avocado Bacon Chicken – a couple of the toppings
Shake Shack Avocado Bacon Chicken interior
Shake Shack Avocado Bacon Chicken interior
Shake Shack Avocado Bacon Chicken close up
Shake Shack Avocado Bacon Chicken close up

Avocado Bacon Burger

Brand description – Cheeseburger topped with freshly sliced avocado, Niman Ranch applewood-smoked bacon, ShackSauce

Avocado Bacon Burger
Avocado Bacon Burger
Avocado Bacon Burger toppings
Avocado Bacon Burger toppings
Avocado Bacon Burger interior
Avocado Bacon Burger interior
Avocado Bacon Burger close up
Avocado Bacon Burger close up
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Hi there, I'm Stuart, nice to meet you. I'm a food writer of more than 15+ years experience writing about food and drink in all its forms, fine dining through the to the grocery store. I've also got a secret obsession with fast food too. You can find my writing at places like Gastronomic SLC, Visit Salt Lake, The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah Stories, Utah Now Online and many others.