Review: Gouda Bacon Cheeseburger from Wendy’s
Wendy’s started off 2015 with some great products like the Bacon & Blue on Brioche, the revamped fish sandwich and the Jalapeño Fresco Spicy Chicken Sandwich. The last two products were subpar (Crispy Dill Chicken Sandwich and Baconator Fries) so I’m hoping the new Gouda Bacon Cheeseburger will close out the year on a high note.From the Wendy’s press release:
Wendy’s new Gouda Bacon Cheeseburger starts with a ¼ lb.* of 100% pure, fresh, never frozen beef**, served hot off the grill. The beef, which is delivered fresh to Wendy’s restaurants two to three times a week, is topped off with a creamy Garlic Aioli, Gouda Cheese and warm Swiss Gruyere Cheese Sauce. Then, three strips of fresh cooked Applewood Smoked Bacon are added, along with red onions, tomato and fresh spring mix – all served on a toasted Brioche Bun. The Gouda Bacon Cheeseburger has a recommended price of $4.99.
The price I paid at my local Wendy’s in Maryland was $5.69. I no longer have Wendy’s sticker shock… I just hope the burger is good.Sometimes I feel like a quarter pound beef patty just isn’t enough to properly balance the amount of toppings Wendy’s stuffs in their burgers. A seasoned beef patty can only do so much and can easily become an afterthought when smothered. The Gouda Bacon Cheeseburger is an example of letting too many other ingredients steal the spotlight from the burger itself.The slice of Gouda has a smooth flavor, but doesn’t have much of a standout taste. Wendy’s is getting into the habit of creating sandwiches that feature a slice of cheese plus a cheese sauce. I remember the Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger more for the cheese overkill rather than the featured pretzel bun. It was a given that the new Gouda Bacon Cheeseburger was going to have the same problem. Just one look at the promo picture and you’ll be convinced this burger is going to be a cheesy mess. There wasn’t a mess from the slice of Gouda cheese since it barely melted in the burger I received… the warm Swiss Gruyere cheese sauce on the other hand was pretty much a disaster. I think I’d be OK with the cheese sauce if it wasn’t applied so heavily. Every bite of the burger was another chance for the pale, thick cheese sauce to ooze out in every direction. The taste of it was mildly nutty, a little funky, but not altogether off-putting. It definitely took over every crevice of the sandwich and even after scraping off a good amount of it, there was still more of it. There’s a creamy Garlic Aioli which just adds to the confusion, but also adds some tasty roasted garlic, onion and lemony citrus taste. I actually found myself finding relief in normally background components like the red onions and spring mix. There was a fair amount of the red onions and spring mix as well as a couple of large tomato slices, but I needed more of it to help balance all the goops of sauce.
Applewood Smoked Bacon makes just about everything better and Wendy’s does a great job with theirs. It’s salty and a little smoky with the appropriate thickness and meaty texture. There’s three slices of bacon and they’re a bright spot on this burger. I’ve had some hits and misses with the freshness of the Brioche buns at Wendy’s. This toasted Brioche bun was nice to look at, just a bit on the dry side.In closing, the Gouda Bacon Cheeseburger goes overboard with the Swiss Gruyere cheese sauce enough to make it a chore to get through. It’s a shame because this burger could have been so much better without removing any of the ingredients, just a better balance of ingredients would suffice. The super steep price and messy experience make it an overly cheesy burger not worth a second look for me. One and done.
Pros: Applewood smoked bacon. Fresh produce. Beef patty.
Cons: Swimming in Swiss Gruyere cheese sauce. Unbalanced ingredients. Expensive. Not a good grubbing on the go option.
Grubbing on-the-go: 3.50/10
Overall GrubGrade: 5.25/10
More Info: wendys.com
Calories - 640
Total Fat - 38 grams
Saturated Fat - 16 grams
Cholesterol - 130 milligrams
Sodium - 1160 milligrams
Carbs - 37 grams
Sugar - 6 grams
Fiber - 2 grams
Protein - 37 grams