Review: Son of Baconator from Wendy’s

I admit, avoiding Wendy’s while on a fast food run happens all too often.  While most of their food is pretty good as far as quick-serve burger joints are concerned, the inconsistent prices can get annoying.  I’ve ranted in my own annoying way in the past about the prices at Wendy’s and it seems I can’t make mention of anything on the menu without throwing in the well-deserved jab.  I’m resigned to it at this point, so why not start my therapy with acceptance and then a burger.  Here’s my take on the Son of Baconator from Wendy’s.

Wendy’s describes Son of Baconator like this:

Introducing Son of Baconator™. Now you can decide how big you want to go. Two fresh, never frozen beef patties topped with four strips of fresh-cooked Applewood Smoked Bacon in between a premium buttered, toasted bun. Topped off with mayo, ketchup, and American cheese to complete the pinnacle of mouth-watering taste any father would be proud of.

Son of Baconator is the spawn of the half-pound beefy original Baconator.  A burger that doesn’t overdo it with a bunch of different ingredients and keeps it simple and focuses on the beef and bacon.  Take out the fact that Son of Baconator is oddly priced at $4.53 at my local Wendy’s, I admit it’s among the better fast food burgers out today. Let’s talk Big 3 for a sec… McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s.  The Wendy’s beef patties taste the best by a good margin.  I constitute “best” by such factors as juiciest, beefiest and above everything else, least fake and packed with over-seasoning. Son of Baconator is stacked with two beef patties that were cooked evenly through and retained moisture while adding a little crusted edge.  A slice of American cheese in between the two beef patties acts as the support system to keep the package incredibly intact.  This is one of those burgers you can keep in one hand while you’re double-fisting with a drink in the other.  My Son of Baconator never fell apart on me and a big thanks goes to the absence of sliced tomato, raw rings of onion or a glut of iceberg lettuce.  The produce is normally a welcomed addition to most burgers and Wendy’s does produce right, but less is more with Son of Baconator and the creators didn’t overdo it and that’s a big plus.

It’s impossible to give a rundown on Son of Baconator without making mention of the bacon.  Wendy’s has always done a fantastic job with their bacon.  From back in the day with my love of Jr. Bacon Cheeseburgers to advances into applewood smoked bacon territory, the salty swine strips have always been done right at Wendy’s.  Son of Baconator piles on four generously portioned strips of bacon to balance out the burger quite well.  Not too crispy, not too chewy, not overly salty… this is solid bacon.

Son of Baconator is priced about a dollar too high for what I’d consider to be a good deal.  Doubling up on value menu burgers and simple math can prove all of that.  A small combo set me back nearly 7 bucks and that defeats the purpose of what I feel the quick-serve industry should be targeting.  The price of Son of Baconator was the only part of the package that bothered me.  It’s a great fast food menu item with barely a flaw that will satisfy your bacon cheeseburger cravings.

Pros: Applewood smoked bacon. Slightly seared beef edges. Well constructed fast food burger.

Cons: Price

Taste: 8.50/10
Value: 5.75/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.75/10
Price: $4.53 sandwich alone, $6.49 small combo

Overall GrubGrade: 8.25/10

More Info: Wendys.com
Nutrition Facts:
Calories - 700
Total Fat - 43 grams
Saturated Fat - 18 grams
Cholesterol - 130 milligrams
Sodium - 1760 milligrams
Carbs - 40 grams
Dietary Fiber - 2 grams
Sugars - 9 grams
Protein - 39 grams

22 comments on “Review: Son of Baconator from Wendy’s

  1. Davidy says:

    I’ve also tried this and it’s a solid burger, but I wouldn’t ever buy it again because of the price. That’s price competition for local drive-thru burger joints instead of big ol’ international burger chains. But maybe Wendy’s has most of there locations in places where there is no local competition. Their history of pricing sure would lead you believe that.

  2. Manavee says:

    I really liked this burger as well. I like the regular Baconator, but there just is so much grease that it leaves me with a “What did I just do to myself?” type of feeling after I’ve eaten one.

    The Son of Baconator’s smaller size left me feeling less guilty.

  3. Allokago says:

    Maybe I just haven’t had a fast food burger in a while (I haven’t), but the edges of that burger look crazy burnt and dry. I’m glad it didn’t taste that way!

    • Noodlez says:

      Looks that way to me also. Pretty sad… I worked the grill at a Wendy’s back in my younger days and would have been ashamed to send meat like that out. People just don’t seem to care nowadays and few complain so why should they.

  4. I saw the Salty Swine Strips play a few years ago in Portland.

  5. CJ says:

    Completely agree with you on price.

    Bought this last weekend and although the burger was good, the $7+ price made it hard to it.

  6. Dave says:

    My Wendy’s charges 50¢ for drink refills so they’re dead to me. I don’t care how much bacon they try and tempt me with.

  7. Bill says:

    The Wendy’s by me has a McDonald’s right across the street and the prices are high but there always a line out the door and a line at the drive through at lunch time.

  8. pete says:

    little hint every receipt has a phone number for a survey.spend a few minutes on survey or better yet web site they also list.they give you a code to write on receipt for 2 bucks off a large sandwich which make it affordable

  9. Todd says:

    “Wendy’s does produce right”….we definitely eat at different Wendys. Whenever I get a hamburger there I usually receive one piece of lettuce…that just ain’t right.

  10. ratbuddy says:

    Like I mentioned on every site that reviewed this thing: Order two junior bacon cheeseburgers, have them put it all on one bun, and you get pretty much the same thing as this, except with lettuce and tomato. You also pay less.

  11. Cynthia says:

    love the tip, ratbuddy! and i also agree with most that while the burgers are good, the prices are just too prohibitive.

  12. Matt says:

    That sole glop of mayo hanging out in the main picture looks quite gross

  13. Jonathan Wayne says:

    $4.53 for that dried out looking thing, are they on crack?

    I can go to Five Guys for the same money or less and get a fresh burger that tastes way better with unlimited toppings. Ridiculous.

    Wendy’s clearly thinks their burgers are much better than they really are based on their prices.

  14. Mike says:

    I had a triple Baconator a few months after Wendy’s much-hyped revamp of their burgers. It was pretty good, but honestly, it wasn’t much different from the burgers they had been making for many years. I still consider Burger King the standard for big-chain fast-food burgers (and let’s not forget that char-broiling was always meant to be part of the burger equation since that’s how the first burger was prepared), but if you are itching to try something that truly is “new and improved,” the sirloin burgers at Jack in the Box are the way to go. I continue to be mystified by Wendy’s and (far more so) by McDonald’s ability to dominate the burger business.

    • TJ says:

      I agree with most of what you’re saying. When people are mystified by McDonald’s success though, I have to say I think that’s fairly obvious. It’s a matter of real estate and a few popular favorites. McDonald’s is everywhere, to begin with. You’ll find them so frequently on a road trip, for example. Also, they do a few things very well. I’m talking about chicken mcnuggets, their fries, etc. Their breakfast items aren’t bad. Their expensive burgers are mediocre, but the mcdouble isn’t a terrible deal for a dollar. I don’t go there often, but I can see why McDonald’s still has a ridiculous line these days lol… there’s something there for almost everyone.

      • Mike says:

        I mean, of course I like McDonald’s fries and their breakfast, but when you consider that they are mostly a burger place and put tons of money into marketing themselves as a burger place, it is amazing that consistently making the worst chain burger (not even 100% beef) has had virtually no effect on their sales.

        • ratbuddy says:

          What are you talking about, ‘not even 100% beef?’

          Are you saying McDonald’s is lying on their ingredient statement?

          • Mike says:

            I know it’s a shocking thought to entertain, but it is possible that not all giant corporations are giving you exactly what they advertise. I remember reading an article in the last couple of years that said that the patties were over 80% beef and the rest was soy. I remember having a conversation with my parents about it along the lines of, “I always thought their patties tasted a little different.” Can I find the article now? Unfortunately, I cannot. However, interestingly, if you do a Google search, you will find that McDonald’s has been dogged by rumors about partially soy patties for about a decade.

          • ratbuddy says:

            Ahh, anecdotal evidence. I’m convinced!

            Seriously, there would have been a giant lawsuit by now if McDonalds was really falsely labelling the beef as being pure when it wasn’t.

  15. Rob says:

    I had a double Baconator combo the other day and did not check the price. When I got to the window it was $10. I had to check my reciept to see if it was right. It was decent burger but, at that price never again. I am not cheap guy but, that this baconator prices are nuts.

  16. Reviewscout says:

    To be frank, I still consider “Son of” Baconator a contradiction. Very little differences to their standard menu items except for bacon quantity, and its idiotic name.

    Kinda wished Wendy’s didn’t glorify their Baconator like this.

  17. kikurage says:

    Good reviews, thanks. I want to eat this burger, especially solid bacons.

  18. Joe says:

    In NYC it was $4.79 for the Son of Baconator, and $6.39 for the Double Baconator.

  19. Athena says:

    Pretty sad when the NYC price is about the same as it is everywhere else.

  20. JF says:

    Long story short. Before the review, there was an initial update this was coming. I went to my local Wendy’s (Drive Through) and ordered this. Or so I thought. I don’t recall the original price, but I upgraded to Medium and though the upcharge was way too much.

    When I got home, I realized I got the regualr Baconator. It was good, as I always like Wendy’s. But was disappointed I did not get what I ordered, as well as I should have realized from the final charge something was wrong.

    I still want to try this, as I always love the original. I think Wendy’s does have high quality burgers, but will take Carl’s Jr. any day over anyone else.

    But their prices are a bit too high, even though by me, their value menu is exactly where it should be.

    So if I get one, I’ll give my feedback. I apprecaite everyone else’s and confirms my initial decision that I need to give this a try.

  21. Scrape says:

    Ditto for gettin miffed at the prices. I have gone to my Wendys down the street numerous times to find that the prices were higher than nationally advertised. Their $.99 menu is pathetic now (I understand the cost of beef went up) and so my usual, the Jr, Bacon Cheeseburger isn’t much of an option. They went from the best value menu to the worst.

    Then they get rid of the Big Bacon Classic, which was my standard for years (if it wasn’t Bacon Mushroom Melt season) for the Baconator, which is disgustingly greasy and almost inedible. Then they brought it back as the Bacon Deluxe. They have replaced it now with the W, which is decent, but it ain’t no BBC. BRING BACK THE BIG BACON CLASSIC. Same name, same ingredients, same price. Just do it.

    Wendy’s…giving you fewer and fewer (but more expensive) reasons to eat there. No wonder they are in trouble.

  22. CulinaryZerg says:

    “Wendy’s has always done a fantastic job with their bacon. From back in the day with my love of Jr. Bacon Cheeseburgers to advances into applewood smoked bacon territory, the salty swine strips have always been done right at Wendy’s. ”

    Huh? Wendy’s bacon has been terrible (worst in fast food) for most of their history. Limp, small, thin slices of fatty-ham. Never crisp, never abundant. It’s not until the recent revamp with applewood smoked bacon that they could even achieve parity with their rivals. On the other hand, Arby’s always had good bacon.

    I’ve only tried Son of Baconator once, and it wasn’t very impressive. Even the applewood bacon was limp, soft, and flavorless this time around, although I had it at one of the weaker franchises (which vary a ton in quality). The “W” is a far superior burger, IMO.

    • Ryan says:

      Just my opinion.

      I agree Arby’s is way up towards the top with their bacon.

      I’ve always disliked McDs bacon.

      Fast food bacon poll? Hmm, I think that would make a nice Saturday post later today.

  23. Bill says:

    It is 3.99 in Harrisonburg Virginia.

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  25. Ron A says:

    Speaking of Wendy’s odd pricing, at the Rhode Island location, a 5 piece spicy chicken nuggets is 99 cents but the 5 piece original is $1.39. It costs less to add the spices I guess.

  26. Joseph C Goodson says:

    A fan of this site, without question. Just one suggestion: is “double-fisting” the phrase you really wanted to go with?

    • ratbuddy says:

      You need to lay off the extreme porn, bud. Double fisting just means you have a drink in each hand, or in this case, a sandwich and a drink.

  27. Deekin says:

    When I pass on and go through the pearly gates, I want Anne Hathaway waiting for me with a Baconator in one hand and a Grilled Stuff’d Steak Burrito in the other…then, I shall have reached Sto-vo-kor! Come for me, Death!