Review: Giant Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger from Wendy’s
McDonald’s has some iconic menu items like the Big Mac and McNuggets. Burger King, of course, has the Whopper. What would you say is the most iconic menu item on the Wendy’s menu. For me it has always been the Frosty and the Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger. The latest addition to the Wendy’s family takes the kinda famous Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger and doubles up on all the good stuff. Introducing the Giant Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger, or the Giant JBC for you hip millennials.Since I couldn’t find an official description on the Wendy’s website, I’ll take the description from the standard Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger and alter it a bit:
Two 100% fresh, pure ground beef patties loaded with two slices of melty American cheese and four strips of fresh-cooked, thick-cut Applewood Smoked Bacon. Guaranteed to satisfy.
No extra bread or lettuce or tomato… no giant-sized beef patties or bacon. The “Giant” name is definitely a stretch, but whatever, it’s more of everything that’s important in the Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger so it has my attention.
With less bread and more savory, square beef patties plus the extra bacon, the Giant Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger makes for an overall tastier burger that doesn’t feel at all unbalanced. If there’s any unbalance, it’s leaning heavy towards the right direction. The beef patties didn’t have the right moisture with this particular burger experience and that’s uncommon with Wendy’s so I’ll not judge too heavily there. Smaller beef patties can be tricky so I’m surprised getting a dry one hasn’t happened very often in my experiences. The melted American cheese slices helped bring the textures in the right direction and do a good job at separating the stacked beef patties. The Applewood Smoked Bacon on my Giant JBC was crisp, smoky and salty. Some of the bacon ends were overcooked and crumbly, but didn’t have much of a negative impact on the burger. Also included in the burger are a slice of tomato and some lettuce. The tomato slice was glued to the top bun by a healthy dose of creamy mayo which helped the moisture level and cut the salt flavors a bit so they weren’t overpowering. To keep the uncharacteristic “dry” theme, the bun had seen fresher days. Completely edible, but some of the components weren’t at the level I’m used to from Wendy’s.Wendy’s is currently promoting the Giant JBC $5 Meal which includes the Giant JBC, plus 4 nuggets, small fries and a small drink. I can’t remember reviewing something from Wendy’s where I didn’t gripe about the advertised prices and how I can NEVER find them. Shocking news here, this meal you see below was priced at $5. Truly a fast food steal and one of the best values I’ve come across. I didn’t even see an a la carte price for the Giant JBC on its own. If I doubled the price of the Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger at that same Wendy’s it would be well over $3 for the burger alone.I can’t deny that the most attractive part of the Giant JBC is the $5 meal it was a part of. The Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger is one of my favorites so more beef, bacon and cheese was welcomed. My particular burger had some issues with dryness and I still enjoyed all of it.
Pros: Awesome combo meal value. The Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger is already a great product and the Giant JBC adds more beef, more bacon, and more cheese.
Cons: My burger patties, bacon, and bun weren't up to par this day (dry issues).
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.75/10
Price: $5 combo price
Overall GrubGrade: 7.75/10
More Info: wendys.com