Review: Baconator Fries from Wendy’s

I’m a fan of the Applewood Smoked Bacon at Wendy’s and the Baconator burger is a good way of showing it off.  The Son of Baconator was a delicious and memorable fast food bacon burger.  New to the Baconator family at Wendy’s is Baconator Fries.  After really enjoying the last batch of smothered fries Wendy’s offered, I was hoping Baconator Fries would at least match that experience.

Baconator Fries 1Wendy’s describes their new Baconator Fries like this:

Finally, a sidekick worthy of the Baconator® name. Natural cut fries get a savory smothering of creamy cheese sauce and shredded cheddar cheese and a crispy heaping helping of the Applewood Smoked Bacon that made its namesake famous.

Unfortunately, these fries turned out to be ho-hum beyond the catchy name. The $3.49 price tag bothered me too.

Baconator Fries 2Flavorwise, Baconator Fries were what you’d expect… great salty bacon with a nice chew and crisped edges. Smoky with a little sweetness combined with the mildly sour tang of cheddar.  The natural-cut fries are made from whole Russet potatoes and cooked with the skin-on and sprinkled with sea salt.  The earthy flavor of the potato skin mixed with the cooking oil help give the fries a well rounded flavor. I guess just by reading the description of Baconator Fries you shouldn’t get your hopes up for anything special.  There’s a mix of cheddar cheese sauce and shredded cheddar cheese that really didn’t work well.  The cheese sauce mixed with the melted cheddar to form a thick skin on top of the fries.  Underneath all that orange there’s a load of naked fries.  Sure I’ve got a fork to mix things up and all, it’s just that the melt wasn’t that great to begin with.  If there were separate layers of cheese sauce or at least separation of cheese sauce and melted shredded cheddar, there wouldn’t have been that morphed cheese shield thing going on.  Another thing that bothered me was the amount of bacon.  When you call something Baconator Fries, you need to load up on the bacon.  There was maybe two strips of bacon chopped into 6-8 pieces.  The bacon pieces were cut too big and again, a better job at layering would’ve made for a better loaded fries experience.

Baconator Fries 3Add more bacon if you want to truly live up to the Baconator name.  With a little extra effort in ingredient layering and portioning, Baconator Fries would have left a better impression with me.  These Baconator Fries need some work (and extra bacon).

Pros: Applewood Smoked Bacon.

Cons: Not enough Applewood Smoked Bacon. Ingredient layers, cheese sauce mixed with shredded cheese. Pricey $3.49.

Taste: 7.25/10
Value: 4.50/10
Price: $3.49

Overall GrubGrade: 5.75/10

More Info:
Nutrition Facts:
Calories - 490
Total Fat - 28 grams
Saturated Fat - 9 grams
Sodium - 550 milligrams
Carbs - 45 grams
Fiber - 4 grams
Protein - 14 grams

25 comments on “Review: Baconator Fries from Wendy’s

  1. Jonathan Wayne says:

    This looks lackluster.

  2. CB says:

    Wow they were only 1.99 at my local Wendy’s in Michigan. I thought they were pretty good (8/10). Anything can improve plain Wendy’s fries. I think they are they worst FF fries out there.

  3. Devin H. says:

    They’ve been advertising these on TV for just $1.99. At that price they seem like they might be worth it, but if the regular price is $3.49 then there’s no way I would touch these things.

  4. Snackeroo says:

    I had these last night for $1.99. They were good but not great. My fries were a bit soggy and there wasn’t enough bacon on mine either.

  5. Ray says:

    Aren’t these advertised at $1.99? I hate Wendy’s price variations so much.

  6. William V. says:

    $3.49?! I bought these recently to review and they were $2.49 over here, and I thought even that was pushing it!

    I agree with all of your points. The cheese was cold and the bacon was paltry.

  7. MP says:

    Poorly executed. I looked at the Son of the Baconator review, which looked like a Double Stack with bacon but over double the price. That’s why I never got one.

  8. Rehnberg says:

    They’re only 1.99 here…..which probably wouldve made them a much better score for you, no? I liked em. Cheap, Simple option.

  9. Matt says:

    The radio ads here for it are saying $1.99, which seems a lot more reasonable …

  10. Dana says:

    Mine rung up for $1.99 last weekend (Raleigh, NC area). Not sure if she didn’t ring it up right, or it was a promo at the time. Also, yours seems to have a little less bacon than mine did.

  11. Richard says:

    At 3.49 I pass. I will take the Spiceanator from Wendy’s New Zealand instead.

  12. Stephen says:

    Literally just had these…very disappointed! I got maybe 1 bacon strip. The cheese was an afterthought, maybe because my disappointment of little bacon. Luckily I ordered a baconator too to ease my pain.

  13. Kevin says:

    These were by far the worst things I’ve ever had at Wendy’s in my entire life. I am completely disappointed and I can’t believe Wendy’s would even put something out like this. I went with some friends and we all got them, and we all felt the same way afterwards. We felt horrible, and our stomachs felt even worse. This needs to be taken off of the menu, it completely made me never wanna go back to Wendy’s.

  14. Disappointed says:

    I didn’t even get the cheese sauce on mine. Very disappointed!

  15. Melissa says:

    Yeah,they’re $2.19 here in Manhattan. I’ll probably get them just for the cheese fries. I loved the jalapeños and cheese fries.

  16. David says:

    Heh…I just saw a tv commercial and they were advertised as 1.99 too. At that price I think they are worth it.

  17. Karen C. says:

    Totally agree. Not enough bacon. Needed something to give it some tang or zip. ghost pepper fries were way better.

  18. arnold s. says:

    $3.49 at my local Wendy’s in Virginia. Only 75% over the suggested retail price. “I won’t be back!”

  19. gil vargas says:

    $1.99 all around here and I’m just 10 mins away from Manhattan. The fries I’ve been getting are hot and have what seems to be more than 2 strips worth of bacon. Yes it isn’t layered but that’s fine with me. I like some of my fries crispy with less cheese as a texture thing. Why all the comparos to the ghost fries? Are people expecting spicy bacon cheese fries? Is the Baconator Burger spicy or zesty? Comparing jalapenos and ghost pepper to bacon is like comparing apples to oranges. One is spicy and the other is a comfort food. I love comfort food so I much prefer these. Hey peeps these are only 2 bucks everywhere else in the country so try them out and judge for yourself.

  20. Dude GUy says:

    Wow they were liberal with your bacon portions…maybe they knew it was for a review. SMH

  21. Dude GUy says:


    It’s 2 dollars where I’m at, and another 50 cents for some supposedly larger portion or something but I haven’t seen the difference.

  22. Mark says:

    Just had them for $1.99. Seemed like a good deal considering what a regular fry costs. My bacon looked much more appealing than your photos. Mine looked and tasted crunchy, the bacon in the photos looks flabby. The cheese though tasted oily and kind of fake like gas station nachos. Overall for the price I would probably get them again if I’m at wendys, but I won’t be going out of my way for them.

  23. Legendary says:

    You guys are crazy. A buck 99 for fries with cheese AND bacon? Sign me up. That’s a pretty good deal considering that dollar menu fries are 99 cents. Some of you are expecting a whole pig’s worth of bacon it seems. These things are meant to be eaten HOT. Don’t purchase, wait until you get home, and then complain that the cheese has gobbed up on you. I’d honestly give them an 8.5 out of 10. And that’s only because it varies too wildly on how they are prepared. I’ve gotten some with crispy bacon, some with shredded bacon, some with big pieces, some with not enough cheese, etc.

  24. Mike says:

    Mine had no cheese sauce, just cheese curd, which the “gravy” was not hot enough to melt significantly, topped off with 3 pieces of bacon which was not chopped up at all. I guess Wendy’s does things differently here in Canada, not better, by any means though.

  25. Johnhjr25 says:

    I had some yesterday for 1.99 (Upstate SC). I have to say they were not bad at all. Although I did shake on 2 packs of black pepper and also I poured on a pack of Wendy’s hot chili seasoning sauce (which goes well with a lot of their products other that the chili). I found it was easier to eat, handle, and spread evenly with a fork and spoon. Not the best thing that I have ever eaten, but pretty tasty none the less.

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