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.
Wendy’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.
Starting 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.
With 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.
I 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.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.75/10
Overall GrubGrade: 8.50/10
More Info: https://www.wendys.com/en-us/right-price-right-size/steakhouse-jr-cheeseburger-deluxe
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