Review: Bacon Mozzarella Cheeseburger from Wendy’s
This year has been a little quiet for Wendy’s when it comes to new items. Thankfully that looks to be changing now considering just last week a new salad was released and this week the Bacon Mozzarella Cheeseburger goes national. I’ve been looking forward to trying this burger since it first entered my radar last year.
Wendy’s describes their new Bacon Mozzarella Cheeseburger like this:
We pair a savory Parmesan Garlic cheese sauce with a fresh slice of natural Mozzarella cheese. We then add three strips of our freshly cooked, Applewood Smoked Bacon on top of our 100% fresh beef, followed with spring mix, and red onion – all served on a buttery garlic Brioche bun.
This burger hit on a bunch of crucial areas and even managed to overcome one big issue. Wendy’s didn’t go overboard with the ingredients and it could have easily failed if just one added component tipped the scale in the wrong direction.I might as well get this out of the way first… as you can see from the first two pictures, the bacon was definitely overcooked. This was an isolated incident since I can’t ever remember another time my bacon turned out so poorly. The Applewood Smoked Bacon is almost always a bright spot in any Wendy’s sandwich and unfortunately, the batch I received shouldn’t have been used for any customers food. I won’t repeat this review process again and again until everything is perfect. Proof that this burger is still worth a buy is the fact that I still enjoyed it with the dried out crumbly bacon mishap. I can only imagine how stellar the burger would have turned out if the bacon was how it usually is.
One flavor and aroma stood out for me most with this burger and maybe putting its name in the title of the sandwich would have scared some away. I’m talking about garlic and it was my favorite part of this burger. The Parmesan Garlic cheese spread had a smooth, buttery texture and was loaded with garlicky flavor. Combine that with the garlic Brioche bun and you’ve got enough garlic to call this burger “Garlic Lovers”. I found the slice of natural Mozzarella cheese to be a bit waxy and didn’t do much to really sell the name of the burger. The spring mix and healthy serving of red onion rings were super fresh and provided a nice balance between cooked and raw ingredients. Finding 100% fresh beef at a fast food restaurant isn’t the norm, but it’s becoming the new trend. Wendy’s gets points for their beef and for leading the pack with their freshness.
The Bacon Mozzarella Cheeseburger comes with a suggested price of $4.69 and if you can find it at that price, I’ll say its a good value. For premium fast food burgers, I’m used to paying over five bucks these days and my local Wendy’s in Maryland had this one priced at $5.29. It seemed like big Wendy’s sandwiches kept creeping up towards the six dollar mark so even $5.29 seemed a little lower than expected.In closing, the Bacon Mozzarella Cheeseburger wasn’t perfect, but I enjoyed it enough to want to get it again. The buttery garlic flavors won me over and had me forgetting about the overcooked bacon. It’s a shame that the first two words in the name are “Bacon Mozzarella” and those two ingredients were a let down. Luckily the Parmesan Garlic cheese spread and garlic Brioche bun were enough to win me over.
Pros: Parmesan Garlic cheese spread and garlic Brioche bun were excellent.
Cons: Overcooked bacon. Mozzarella cheese slice.
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 7.75/10
More Info: wendys.com
620 calories, 37 grams of fat, 15 grams of saturated fat, 120 milligrams of cholesterol, 1430 milligrams of sodium, 34 grams of carbs, 6 grams of sugar, 2 grams of fiber, 37 grams of protein.