Review: Bacon and Blue on Brioche from Wendy’s
I’ve never been a huge fan of blue cheese on burgers and when I heard Wendy’s was coming out with one of their own, I approached with caution. I thought to myself that I’ll get the burger for a GrubGrade review, but it’s not something I’d likely seek out on my own. The new Bacon and Blue on Brioche from Wendy’s was an assignment for me. Even though I try my best to approach food I’m about to review with a neutral opinion, I admit to never being too impressed with this style of burger. Wendy’s changed my mind, I enjoyed every bite of this.
The Bacon & Blue on Brioche features Wisconsin blue cheese crumbles, blue cheese herb aioli, tomato, spring mix and three strips of Applewood smoked bacon on a toasted brioche bun. I ordered the single, 1/4 pound burger version and it was priced at $5.29 for the burger alone and $7.59 for the combo.
My first impression of the Bacon & Blue on Brioche was how well put together it was. All the ingredients felt perfectly balanced and clean with no gross slop of any one part of it taking over. The burger looked pretty darn close to what the promotional picture looks like and the promo pic is borderline cartoony. The shiny brioche bun I’m familiar with… I had it with the Smoked Gouda Chicken Sandwich and the BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich from last year. It’s a nice looking, toasted bun and it really pops in pictures. Aesthetics aside, like the previous sandwiches which featured brioche buns, I still find it to be kind of average. It does hold up well for a big burger bun and I prefer it over ciabatta, it’s just that the “brioche” word gets a spot in the burgers title and I don’t see it as a major selling point. The Bacon and Blue however, that’s a different story.
What can I say about Wendy’s Applewood smoked bacon that hasn’t already been mentioned before? It’s a fan favorite for a reason. Personally, I love the texture of the bacon at Wendy’s. I don’t care much for super crispy bacon that dries out and crumbles or flat, undercooked bacon that comes off as too rubbery. Wendy’s Applewood smoked bacon finds that perfect in between spot and pops with smoky/salty flavor. There’s three slices of bacon and it’s a thick cut that feels to be in a nice ratio to the other ingredients. The most flavor impact comes from the “Blue” portion of this burger. You don’t need a ton of blue cheese to make it noticeable so I was worried that in addition to blue cheese crumbles there was also a blue cheese herb aioli. I figured this was going to turn out to be a funky blue cheese overkill disaster and it really wasn’t. The sharp, tangy blue cheese crumbles provide a real blast of flavor that worked incredibly well. While the blue cheese herb aioli’s flavor was difficult to pinpoint amongst all the ingredients, it did enough to complement the overall feel of the burger while also adding a creamy and savory element. Tossed in amongst the spring mix and slice of tomato, the blue cheese herb aioli had a salad dressing vibe. The sauce is also coated on the bottom bun, underneath the seasoned beef patty, so I got it in every bite.
Bravo Wendy’s. I don’t like paying $7.59 for a fast food combo, but if I thoroughly enjoyed my meal, I guess I can’t complain too much. The Bacon and Blue on Brioche is a filling burger with plenty of flavor and fresh ingredients. This burger is an example of exceptional fast food quality and it makes places like Burger King look like food from a third world country. I was never crazy about blue cheese on a burger until this came along.
Pros: Big premium burger. Super flavorful, good balance of quality ingredients. Applewood-smoked bacon.
Cons: Brioche bun looks great, but it doesn't stand out much. Combo price closing in on 8 bucks.
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 8.50/10
More Info: http://www.wendys.com
Calories - 650
Total Fat - 39 grams
Saturated Fat - 16 grams
Carbs - 37 grams
Sodium - 1290 milligrams
Sugars - 6 grams
Fiber - 2 grams
Protein - 34 grams