Review: Spicy Chipotle Jr. Cheeseburger from Wendy’s
The latest to join the Wendy’s menu is something to spice things up with the new Spicy Chipotle Crispy Chicken Sandwich and Spicy Chipotle Jr. Cheeseburger. Since I’ve always had trouble saying no to a Wendy’s burger, I figured I’d test my tongue against the Spicy Chipotle Jr. Cheeseburger and see if I could track it down for the promoted 99¢ price tag.
Wendy’s describes their Spicy Chipotle Jr. Cheeseburger as having “melted Pepper Jack Cheese, zesty jalapeños and a signature spicy sauce on top of juicy beef.” While spicy fast food items aren’t really the biggest draw for me, I’ll still dabble from time to time to see if the product is able to balance flavor with heat. I think the Spicy Chipotle Jr. Cheeseburger succeeded in this area so I came away pleased.This “value” cheeseburger wasn’t priced at 99 cents at my local Wendy’s here in Maryland, but I never expect advertised prices at the locations around me anymore. The sticker shock wasn’t as crazy as I’m used to in the case of the Spicy Chipotle Jr. Cheeseburger and it was double the cost at $1.99; that should show you how badly I’ve been burned before by whacked out Wendy’s prices. Coming in at under the 2-dollar mark was OK with me, but it will still lose some value points.
I do have an appreciation for Wendy’s burgers since I get a more natural beef flavor than the competition. This burger patty was on the dry side yet didn’t bother me because it seemed to not impact its overall texture and the flavor didn’t escape. The cheese, as you might tell from the pictures, didn’t have much of a melt to it. This un-melty cheese issue feels extremely familiar to me when having Wendy’s. Flavor-wise, the Pepper Jack cheese was subdued, but I feel as though I’d really miss it if this was just a hamburger.
Any elements of spice and heat came directly from the signature spicy sauce and jalapenos. The sauce was spot on for me as it came in at a fairly even level. This will surely disappoint the big chile-heads out there, but I feel there will be a broader appeal when catering to the rest of us. The flavor is smoky with a little bite which is mostly on the back-end. I always hate when a spicy sauce burns (McDonald’s Habanero) to the tip of my tongue and I appreciate when there is something tasty to level things out. I’ll be honest and tell you that jalapeno slices have crushed my taste buds in the past, but the Spicy Chipotle Jr. Cheeseburger had a tame bunch. Four nickel sized slivers of jalapeno peppers provided a delicate crunch and more of a salty kick than anything else. On my wimpy heat tolerance scale, this burger came in at about a 4 out of 10.
Those looking for a kick in the face of peppery heat will likely be disappointed with the Spicy Chipotle Jr. Cheeseburger. I was hoping for something with just enough heat to be noticeable, but nothing that would ruin my burger experience. This is a cheeseburger first and a distant second for a truly spicy option. You’re likely to be more satisfied with the premium Spicy Chicken Sandwich over this when looking to get a spicy fix. I consider it a decent burger and if you can find it at 99 cents, it’s a really great value menu option.
Pros: Balanced flavor with a little heat. Under two bucks. Advertisted at 99 cents if you can find it.
Cons: This won't satisfy those people with a higher heat tolerance.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 7.25/10
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