Review: Bacon Mozzarella Cheeseburger from Wendy’s

This year has been a little quiet for Wendy’s when it comes to new items.  Thankfully that looks to be changing now considering just last week a new salad was released and this week the Bacon Mozzarella Cheeseburger goes national.  I’ve been looking forward to trying this burger since it first entered my radar last year.
Bacon Mozzarella Burger WendysWendy’s describes their new Bacon Mozzarella Cheeseburger like this:

We pair a savory Parmesan Garlic cheese sauce with a fresh slice of natural Mozzarella cheese. We then add three strips of our freshly cooked, Applewood Smoked Bacon on top of our 100% fresh beef, followed with spring mix, and red onion – all served on a buttery garlic Brioche bun.

This burger hit on a bunch of crucial areas and even managed to overcome one big issue.  Wendy’s didn’t go overboard with the ingredients and it could have easily failed if just one added component tipped the scale in the wrong direction.Bacon Mozzarella Burger WendysI might as well get this out of the way first… as you can see from the first two pictures, the bacon was definitely overcooked.  This was an isolated incident since I can’t ever remember another time my bacon turned out so poorly.  The Applewood Smoked Bacon is almost always a bright spot in any Wendy’s sandwich and unfortunately, the batch I received shouldn’t have been used for any customers food.  I won’t repeat this review process again and again until everything is perfect.  Proof that this burger is still worth a buy is the fact that I still enjoyed it with the dried out crumbly bacon mishap.  I can only imagine how stellar the burger would have turned out if the bacon was how it usually is.
Bacon Mozzarella Burger WendysOne flavor and aroma stood out for me most with this burger and maybe putting its name in the title of the sandwich would have scared some away.  I’m talking about garlic and it was my favorite part of this burger.  The Parmesan Garlic cheese spread had a smooth, buttery texture and was loaded with garlicky flavor.  Combine that with the garlic Brioche bun and you’ve got enough garlic to call this burger “Garlic Lovers”.  I found the slice of natural Mozzarella cheese to be a bit waxy and didn’t do much to really sell the name of the burger.  The spring mix and healthy serving of red onion rings were super fresh and provided a nice balance between cooked and raw ingredients. Finding 100% fresh beef at a fast food restaurant isn’t the norm, but it’s becoming the new trend.  Wendy’s gets points for their beef and for leading the pack with their freshness.
Bacon Mozzarella Burger WendysThe Bacon Mozzarella Cheeseburger comes with a suggested price of $4.69 and if you can find it at that price, I’ll say its a good value.  For premium fast food burgers, I’m used to paying over five bucks these days and my local Wendy’s in Maryland had this one priced at $5.29.  It seemed like big Wendy’s sandwiches kept creeping up towards the six dollar mark so even $5.29 seemed a little lower than expected.Bacon Mozzarella Burger WendysIn closing, the Bacon Mozzarella Cheeseburger wasn’t perfect, but I enjoyed it enough to want to get it again.  The buttery garlic flavors won me over and had me forgetting about the overcooked bacon.  It’s a shame that the first two words in the name are “Bacon Mozzarella” and those two ingredients were a let down.  Luckily the Parmesan Garlic cheese spread and garlic Brioche bun were enough to win me over.

Pros: Parmesan Garlic cheese spread and garlic Brioche bun were excellent.

Cons: Overcooked bacon. Mozzarella cheese slice.

Taste: 8.25/10
Value: 6.25/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.00/10
Price: $5.29

Overall GrubGrade: 7.75/10

More Info: wendys.com
Nutrition Facts:
620 calories, 37 grams of fat, 15 grams of saturated fat, 120 milligrams of cholesterol, 1430 milligrams of sodium, 34 grams of carbs, 6 grams of sugar, 2 grams of fiber, 37 grams of protein.

19 comments on “Review: Bacon Mozzarella Cheeseburger from Wendy’s

  1. Robert says:

    Your Wendy’s needs to just shut down. That bacon is a travesty.

  2. Bunny says:

    That is one sad, dry looking burger.

  3. Snackeroo says:

    What exactly does “fresh beef” imply? Is it fresh and never frozen like In-N-Out’s burger patties?

    • Sascha says:

      No, they’re probably fresh and never frozen like Culver’s patties. But yeah, if you’ve seen their commercials lately, the Wendy meat is also fresh.

  4. Jonathan Wayne says:

    What this needs is an egg on top. Speaking of eggs, McDonald’s has eggs on site, how come they have never thought of suggesting it or having it as an option for their burgers?

    • alexG says:

      I agree, they should follow the Taco Bell model and use all their ingredients at their disposal to create unique offerings.

  5. John says:

    That burger looks like an old shoe. They can keep it.

    • Johnnyboy says:

      One of the best comments ever. I think Ryan had a bad experience because workers in MD are lazy and the worst workers (ghetto) work at Wendy’s. The same things goes for Bojangle’s but go to North Carolina and you’ll see the best Bojangle’s and go to Columbus, Ohio and you can bet on always getting the best food and service at Wendy’s.

  6. Scrape says:

    It was okay. Kinda salty. Wendys needs some help lately. Their LTOs have been kind of week (and expensive). They desperately need to revamp their menu as well. They NEED to bring back the Big Bacon Classic exactly as it was and lose the Baconator (or keep both). That is what Wendy’d was KNOWN for. I also seem to be missing the Bacon Mushroom Melt that would make its way into the rotation. Around here, they also need to get their act together. They seem to be short staffed. The person at the register is also the expediter and serves the chili (and other stuff) and makes the mixed drinks. So, it slows everything way down. Getting fast food there isn’t fast anymore. They also need to be consistent with the drinks. Some still get your soda, and other have the machines in the dining room for self serve and refills.

  7. T.J. says:

    Got this today. I was given the option of single, double, or triple so I went with a triple for $7.09. I probably would have really enjoyed this if they hadn’t completely forgotten the bacon. The sauce was really tastey but there wasn’t enough of it to prevent this from being rather bland. Needed that extra smokiness and saltiness that the bacon would’ve provided.

  8. Bryan K says:

    This seems like a complete rip off of the Jack in the Box Buttery Jack which is essentially the same thing except mixing the Classic Buttery Jack and the Bacon and Cheese Buttery Jack except sub’ing swiss for mozzerlla. Interesting that Wendy’s is copping JiTB’s ideas now. Must show you how well JiTB is doing with their new burgers.

    • T.J. says:

      Honestly, if Wendy’s had decided to tell me that this was swiss cheese, I wouldn’t have batted an eye. That’s how bland the cheese was. I liked the texture but it had zero flavor.

  9. JT says:

    I appreciate the level of gourmet going into a Wendy’s taste test. However the bacon MUST be crispy, its from Wendy’s and its not a porkchop. Trust me you don’t want undercooked Wendy’s bacon.

  10. Anthony Rastelli says:

    Just had one last night, maybe because I was there near midnight and the good cooks weren’t there, but my burger was very dry, and some lazy person put mayonnaise instead of the garlic Parmesan because there wasn’t any, also the lettuce mix was not a good mix on this burger. I would love to try this again in the afternoon, I’m sure it would be better than the one I had last night that tasted like the burger was under a heat lamp, which I can say is an experience I’ve never had at a Wendy’s before.

  11. Chris says:

    Worst burger I ever have eaten.

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