Review: Bacon Queso Burger from Wendy’s

Wendy’s has dabbled with queso in test markets as far back as last summer so the latest LTO might be the first in a line of queso products to come.  Now available nationally is the new Bacon Queso Burger, Bacon Queso Chicken Sandwich, and Bacon Queso Fries.  For my first experience, I went for the Bacon Queso Burger.
Wendy’s describes their new Bacon Queso Burger like this:

A quarter-pound of fresh, never frozen beef topped with warm and spicy poblano queso, three strips of Applewood smoked bacon, fire-roasted salsa, red onions, and shredded cheddar cheese, all served on a toasted red jalapeno bun.

It’s difficult to tell how much better this new burger could have been.  I found it to be pretty good, but with no glaring flaws to point to.  Mark it up to my exact mood at that exact moment for this specific product.  I must say, the Bacon Queso Burger was better than I expected it to be.The familiars present such as the quarter pound of beef seemed beefier today.  Also I got lucky with a perfectly cooked trio of Applewood smoked bacon… hearty pieces too.  I was pleasantly surprised, impressed even, by the queso topping.  The thickness was just right.  It was gooey enough to be a noticeable cheese sauce, but thick enough to not be a complete mess to eat.  I counted two minor spots of queso spills when I was done with the Bacon Queso Burger and that was an unexpected victory.  The queso has small chunks of poblano pepper strewn about which made for a well-rounded queso texture that wasn’t so one dimensional.  It’s a mild chili pepper, but the queso is clearly spiced up with a mix of earthy, smoky heat.  The fire-roasted salsa also added to the spice and it was reminiscent of a pasty mole that kicked in some extra peppery flavor.  The two red onion rings seemed unnecessary, but luckily they didn’t get in the way.  It seems trivial, but too many times there are sandwiches that can be completely thrown off in its flavor and texture balance by just one simple ingredient.  In this case, I felt the onions would likely be the culprit and I was wrong. I didn’t think the shredded cheddar cheese would be all that crucial, but I’m thinking that the drier texture change helped contain some of the melty queso goo. The toasted red jalapeno bun is hearty and built to hold together the burger well.  From a flavor perspective, any standout flavor that may come from the bun is overtaken by the combination of the queso and salsa.  I think the main reason why I ended up sort of impressed with the new Bacon Queso Burger was that it seemed to be a product that couldn’t have been easy to pull off.  This isn’t a lazy creation by Wendy’s and I give them points for taking the risk.At a price of $5.19 for the burger alone, I’m finally at a point with premium-priced Wendy’s sandwiches to say I was surprised it wasn’t priced slightly higher.  The burger was filling enough on its own so I wasn’t sorry I didn’t shell out another couple of bucks for a small combo.  In closing, the new Bacon Queso Burger introduces enough impactful new flavors and textures to be a worthy recommendation.  It’s got a little heat, but nothing that I would say is too overwhelming.  What I appreciate most about this new burger is that the queso topping wasn’t a halfhearted attempt.  The queso could have easily been just a spiced nacho cheese sauce, but Wendy’s made it a quality component that turned out to be worthy of being featured in a burger.

Pros: Queso's thickness worked surprisingly well in a burger. Fire-roasted salsa.

Cons: Red onions didn't seem necessary. Toasted red jalapeño bun would've been a better standout component in a milder flavored sandwich.

Taste: 7.75/10
Value: 6.25/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.00/10
Price: $5.19

Overall GrubGrade: 7.50/10

More Info: wendys.com
Nutrition Facts:
Calories - 550
Total Fat - 32 grams
Saturated Fat - 14 grams
Cholesterol - 110 milligrams
Carbs - 36 grams
Sodium - 1140 milligrams
Fiber - 2 grams
Protein - 33 grams

17 comments on “Review: Bacon Queso Burger from Wendy’s

  1. Tom says:

    $5 for a single 1/4lb burger isn’t worth it. This isn’t going to lure me back there, because I’d also have to get a Double Stack and Nuggets, and as usual it would end up being $10 for a fast food meal that doesn’t necessarily even fill me up.

    • MP says:

      You really can’t fault Wendy’s for not selling enough food to fill 2-3 adults for $5. Have you tried your local farm supply/grain & feed store?

      • Steven says:

        XD !!! You are spot on

      • Alex says:

        Fat shaming eh? LOL

        I was 120 pound teenager that would go to McDonalds and regularly order two Big Macs, a Fry and a Drink and never gain an ounce. This horrible diet lasted all the way up to my mid twenties and when I was still fairly thin. I’m in my 40’s now and can no longer eat like that and believe in physical fitness and good nutrition.. I guess what I’m trying to say in this round about way is to stop fat shaming people on this website because you never know what their metabolism and tolerance for food might be. I think we all know going in that fast food is horrible for you no matter the quantity..

        • Johnnyboy says:

          Alex…I worked at McDonalds with 2 skinny workers…maybe both 17. One girl and one guy….both always wanted to order the Double Quarter Pounder meal with large fried, nuggets and milkshake with apple pies for their free lunch. Management would say they need to stop picking the largest meals, but these 2 never gained a pound and would eat more throughout the day like stealing a nugget here and there, eating Mcflurries, etc. That’s like 3,000 calories meal.

      • Elderly Hipster says:

        Haha! Seriously, the amount of food that people admit to eating in the comments section on fast food posts is pretty alarming.

      • Johnnyboy says:

        HA HA! That’s so funny….I laughed out so loud at work.

  2. CANADIAN NOONER says:

    Just had the Queso Chicken sandwich. Not a fan at all! All I taste is spice, and the aftertaste is terrible. The bun was ok, but the rest? NOPE!

  3. Brian says:

    Had it the other day, no red onions, and pretty much agree with the review. It wasn’t a halfhearted attempt or lazily done. Probably won’t get it again though because the queso just overpowers the whole burger for me. If you like queso then this is the thing to get.

  4. chester goddard says:

    tried the burger and fries today such a let down, the burger didn’t look at aLL LIKE THE PICTURE…

  5. LVG says:

    Good to hear others realize the extreme double standards Ryan applies to his reviews: 90% of anything from Wendy’s or Arby’s gets a free pass for its flaws and a higher score, while anything from BK is trashed no matter what.

    Other than bias, the only explanation for this would be franchise quality wherever Ryan lives. You’d think that this would be apparent and review authorship would be adjusted accordingly, yet all the large chain’s signature LTOs are reviewed by a single source. So boring.

    Happened again here. I had this yesterday (at a good Wendy’s no less!) and it was absolutely one-note, only can taste the queso masking the flavor of anything else in the burger. I knew when I saw the headline on the frontpage that it’d be given a good review. Was(n’t) disappointed.

  6. Bubbsy says:

    Confusing comment – the review offers plenty of subjective opinions and is thoughtfully written. ?? Are you saying it’s hard to believe that someone who has tried the sandwich contradicts whatever ignorant assumptions you make about things you haven’t even tried? lol

  7. doctorx0079 says:

    I had one on the 15th, and I thought it was pretty good. The salsa combined with the jalapeno bun was kind of funky but it was interesting. Mine was not particularly messy. I would get this again. It is nowhere near as hot as the jalapeno fresco sandwich. That one blew my mouth up.

  8. bobo says:

    Still needs ranch.

  9. Frank says:

    I bought 2 of these burgers last night for dinner. One for me, and one for my son. We both were left with the same impression. It was awful. Now in fairness to Wendy’s, I think that the problem was with the franchisee. They seemed to have no clue on how to make them. I waited 10 minutes for them to cook in the drive thru lane. When I arrived home, the first thing that we noticed was it looked nothing like the advertisement. This burger had roughly 50% less cheese than what is represented in the ad. Then we both bit into it and both patties were bone dry. Definitely had been cooked too long. The bun was good I guess. All in all, I felt ripped off. Definitely will not be giving them a second shot.

  10. David says:

    I tried the bacon queso fries and thought they were pretty good.

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