Review: Steakhouse Jr. Cheeseburger Deluxe from Wendy’s

With one key ingredient, you can really transform a burger.  It seems that there’s so much pressure these days to try to be different that products can sometimes overdo it.  There’s a challenge with walking the tightrope of familiarity and attempting to still offer something new.  The new Steakhouse Jr. Cheeseburger Deluxe from Wendy’s aims to bring us a value menu mainstay while tweaking it just enough to pass as something truly original.

Steakhouse Cheeseburger Wendy'sWendy’s describes their Steakhouse Jr. Cheeseburger Deluxe like this:

Our new Steakhouse Jr. Cheeseburger Deluxe offers you more for less with our Hot ‘n Juicy beef topped with steakhouse seasoning, garlic aioli, lettuce, American cheese, tomato and red onion. Hurry and get more delicious for your dollar for a limited time only.

So what we’re working with here is your typical Jr. Cheeseburger Deluxe and adding steakhouse seasoning and garlic aioli.  The suggested price is $1.49 on the Right Price Right Size Menu, but I found it at my local Wendy’s in Maryland for $1.99.  Let’s put this little cheeseburger to the test and see if it’s worth a recommendation. 

Steakhouse Wendy'sStarting my attention with an ingredient we’re familiar with, let’s begin with the bun.  I guess the most important thing to point out here is that we’re not dealing with ciabatta again.  It seems like over the last couple of years, the bun has been the X-factor with a lot of new Wendy’s products.  The pretzel bun had its time to shine and so did ciabatta and brioche, but what about the old standard?  I’ve always liked the light and airy buns with their hint of sweetness and I’d rank them amongst the best bread for fast food value menu sandwiches.  In my experience, the prices at Wendy’s are a wild card, but the food is incredibly consistent for the quick-serve industry.  What separates the Steakhouse Jr. Cheeseburger Deluxe from your regular Jr. Cheeseburger Deluxe is replacing the ketchup/mustard/mayo/pickles for a seasoned butter spread which is applied to the “fresh, never frozen beef hamburger patty” and the garlic aioli sauce.

Steakhouse Cheeseburger WendysWith this cheeseburger being a value menu item, you’re not getting anything too hearty to fill you up where the Jr. hamburger patty is concerned.  The patty is barely approaching 2 ounces in weight, but it’s packed with a tasty punch.  The steakhouse seasoning on this burger really pops with buttery flavor and the unmistakable impact of black pepper and paprika.   From the garlic aioli you get a combination of roasted garlic, onion and Dijon mustard.  I felt the most dominant flavors from the Steakhouse Jr. Cheeseburger Deluxe came from butter, garlic and black pepper.  It was a very savory and tasty blend that truly altered the typical fast food burger experience to something on another level.  When a burger gets the “Deluxe” treatment at Wendy’s I guess it basically means it has lettuce/tomato/red onion.  The trio was fresh and cool with some crispness coming from the lettuce and red onion.  The slice of tomato provided a nice balance of moisture to the burger.  Rounding out the ingredients, the American cheese rarely has a good melt at Wendy’s and it’s never really bothered me too much.

Wendys SteakhouseI came away impressed with the Steakhouse Jr. Cheeseburger Deluxe and it’s a good example of a product that can truly stand out without a fancy new bread or some spring mix of nine different greens.  This burger exceeded my expectations and all it took was some sauce and seasoning.  We’ve gone through so many premium burgers that want to try and make us forget we’re eating fast food and the focus has been lost.  The Steakhouse Jr. Cheeseburger Deluxe brings back the focus to a decent value and a memorable new taste that I’d easily buy again.

Pros: Under 2 bucks. Unique new taste in a value menu cheeseburger. Loved the buttery steak seasoning spread.

Cons: Black pepper was a little heavy in some areas. Suggested prices at Wendy's don't matter much when you're surrounded by franchise owned restaurants.

Taste: 8.75/10
Value: 7.00/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.75/10
Price: $1.99

Overall GrubGrade: 8.50/10

More Info:
Nutrition Facts:
Calories - 390
Total Fat - 24 grams
Saturated Fat - 9 grams
Cholesterol - 60 milligrams
Sodium - 780 milligrams
Carbs - 26 grams
Dietary Fiber - 2 grams
Sugar - 5 grams
Protein - 17 grams

22 comments on “Review: Steakhouse Jr. Cheeseburger Deluxe from Wendy’s

  1. SkippyMom says:

    It seemed overdone, but I really like your review. Now if I hadn’t moved away from a Wendy’s. Sigh. I guess I’ll have to wait until we go to the “big” city, Charlottesville, and try it. It seems just my size. And yummy – quite a deal. Thanks.

  2. Nick says:

    I usually hate wendy’s but i gave this one a shot and i have to say its probably my favorite burger at wendys though i still hate their patty but the garlic pepper flavoring is awesome….its basically a poor mans garlic steakburger from steak n shake, since i live 30 mins away from the closest steak n shake this is actually not a bad substitute

  3. Alex K. says:

    Aioli by definition is already a garlic sort of sauce — I always have to wonder why so many people/companies (Wendy’s here) feel the need to be redundant and say “garlic aioli.” Eesh.

    ANYway, I’ll be getting this the next time I go to Wendy’s, even if the price seems a bit high for the amount of food you get compared to other things on the menu.

    Nice job.

  4. Danno B says:

    I tried this and liked it as well. To me the sauce reminded me of ceasar salad dressing like you get at a steak house. Good burger, but I didn’t taste the mustard flavor in the sauce.

  5. JoeyF says:

    I need to try one of these as a Double Stack, just not sure what they will charge. $2.50-2.99 seems fair i guess.

  6. Axel says:

    I’d love to see a non-Jr. rendition of this.

    • JoeyF says:

      I got one this evening with extra patty for 2.86 with tax and it was delicious. The aoili and seasoning worked well with the fresh lettuce, tomato and onion. I’ll definitely be getting it again.

  7. Had one tonight, basically agree with everything. A nice change up for a value burger ($1.49 at our local shop), but the pepper was a little over the top. Thought it could use some pickle to cut it. Happily detected no mustard, either (since I don’t like mustard).

  8. CulinaryZerg says:


    It has the highest variance in quality from franchise to franchise I’ve ever seen. You must not be talking about the preparation.

  9. Jen says:

    Ehhh… I have to say I’m not impressed. I didn’t mind the pepper but the garlic flavor was very light and I would have rather just had a normal junior cheeseburger deluxe (with a pickle). And I do agree about the variance in quality among different Wendy’s locations.

  10. Don says:

    Just had one and wasn’t that into it. It’s as if they dropped the patty into a vat of pepper, picked it up and then dropped it again. So absurdly peppery, it just drowned out everything else.

    Then again, the local Wendy’s is terrible. Not sure what I was thinking.

  11. Joe says:

    There’s just not enough beef to hold up to that level of seasoning. I

  12. jr wend says:

    Tried this burger and ended up throwing it away. It was seasoned too strong on the pepper and paprika. I may not go to Wendy’s again.

  13. GMoney says:

    Awesome, as great as the Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger and only $1.49

  14. Tom says:

    This is probably one of the worst items I have had off of their menu. Way to seasoned. I threw it away half way thru eating it. Save your money and your taste buds.

  15. Brandy says:

    Tried this the other day and liked it very much except there was not enough meat. Went back and had a patty added to it, it was worth the extra buck and I loved it!

  16. amanda says:

    This burger sucked!

  17. james42519 says:

    man all your wendy’s reviews seem to be bad. how can your wendy’s be like this all the time? you need to find others that actually do stuff right…

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  19. merry-go-round says:

    Stopped while driving through Kansas City, MO a d ordered a steakburger. Yuk!!! What a mistake. Cold, very skimpy…a total pepper sandwich. Don’the ruin a good burger and call if steak by putting a bunch of pepper on it.

  20. jerkface says:

    I want this seasoning & sauce on a Baconator.

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