Fast Food Review: New! BBQ Bacon Cheddar Roastburger from Arby’s
Back in early March, Arby’s new line of sandwiches tempted me enough to venture out and try all three. Dubbed the “Roastburger”, Arby’s famous roast beef now had a new position in the fast food universe as a sandwich with an identity crisis. Essentially, the Roastburger is basically just a more dressed up version of the typical plain jane roast beef sandwich and the original three (All-American, Bacon and Cheddar, Bacon and Bleu reviewed) came with some mixed results. I’m happy to report that the latest in the Roastburger family is the best of the bunch. Introducing the BBQ Bacon Cheddar Roastburger from Arby’s.
The BBQ Bacon Cheddar Roastburger features oven-roasted, thinly sliced roast beef, cheddar cheese, bacon, crispy fried onions, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and BBQ sauce on a toasted specialty roll. With the inclusion of BBQ sauce, Arby’s is calling it the “Official Sandwich of Summer”. If you’ve been following my food reviews for the past 10 months or so (on FFC and GrubGrade), you may have noticed my near obsession with Western-style burgers. Throw some BBQ sauce and onion rings on a burger or sandwich and I’ll throw on my cowboy hat and bib. With the latest Roastburger, I’m venturing into new territory with never before having a Western-style roast beef sandwich.
Before I actually tackled this new Roastburger, I went into it with my mind on BBQ sauce, bacon and cheddar. I was very pleasantly surprised when I noticed that some crispy fried onions were also included. Even prior to my first bite, on looks alone, I was thinking “this is right up my alley”. With the previous three Roastburgers, I knew what to expect from the roast beef. Very lean and non-greasy roast beef that is generously piled high. As expected, the roast beef didn’t disappoint and was definitely plentiful. Next to the roast beef, the ingredient that stood out most was the BBQ sauce. I’m used to the BBQ dipping sauces that Arby’s has available for their popcorn chicken but the BBQ sauce used to top this sandwich was way more tangier (upon further investigation, turns out it’s called Smokey Q sauce). Not sure if the recipe is different or just that the fact that this was on a roast beef sandwich and not a nugget of breaded chicken, but this stuff just popped. Very thick BBQ sauce that complimented the sandwich much better than I could ever remember Horsey sauce doing. Even though it was generously applied, I wouldn’t mind a little side of it to apply myself. The pepper bacon at Arby’s is always pretty solid and appropriately did it’s job as playing second fiddle to the roast beef and just gave that little extra flavor. My feelings on the bacon can also be said about the slice of Cheddar applied on the sandwich. It’s just there for that little bit of extra flavor and can really be seen as crucial if it was missing. What’s a good sandwich without some cheese? The pleasant surprise that really sealed the deal for me were the crispy, fried onions. Nothing really too crazy but very nice to have. I think the crispy onions boosted this Roastburger into the Very Good category for me. The only real negative taste-wise I would point out is something I’ve said a million times before. NO PICKLES IN A WESTERN-STYLE BURGER/SANDWICH!!! Sheesh. It just throws the whole thing off. You don’t have to throw the kitchen sink at it, just quit while you are ahead. That being said, I don’t really think lettuce and tomatoes belong either, but this time they didn’t bother me that much. Actually, I barely noticed the lettuce and it really just seems unnecessary to be there anyways. The easy fix is just to ask them to leave off the pickles as they were the only ingredient that really bothered me.
All in all, I really appreciate the newest Roastburger and hope it takes the place of the Bacon and Bleu (yuck). The combination of BBQ sauce, bacon, Cheddar cheese and crispy fried onions is sure to please me. I can get extra critical about such creations so the fact that Arby’s did a good job with it will most likely make me a repeat buyer.
Pros: Lean roast beef. Tangy BBQ sauce. Pepper bacon as good as usual. Inclusion of crispy fried onions.
Cons: Hold the pickles! Mess of shredded lettuce is more of an annoyance than anything else.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.25/10
Price: $3.79 sandwich alone, ($5.00 for a combo, limited time)
Overall GrubGrade: 8.75/10
More Info: Arbys.com
Calories - 580
Total Fat - 25 grams
Saturated Fat - 10 grams
Cholesterol - 57 milligrams
Sodium - 2128 milligrams
Carbs - 61 grams
Dietary Fiber - 1 gram
Sugars - 16 grams
Protein - 24 grams