REVIEW: Arby’s Bacon Cheddar Roastburger

Arby's Bacon and Cheddar Roastburger

Arby’s is one of those places I continually forget still exists, like Radio Shack, The Disney Store, Hard Rock Cafe and Planet Hollywood.

Maybe it’s because Arby’s isn’t like other fast food places. They don’t inundate me with weird Burger King ads from advertising superpower Crispin Porter + Bogusky or McDonald’s commercials that make it seem cool to eat saturated fat and sodium. But every so often Arby’s comes up with a product that slaps me across the face and jogs my memory of them. Their new Bacon Cheddar Roastburger was the hand that bitchslapped some recollection into me.

The Bacon Cheddar Roastburger is made up of thinly sliced, oven roasted beef, pepper bacon, a slice of cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and red onions in between a special roll. I’m not too sure what’s so special about the roll, but it might be that fact that it contains trans fat, as you can see in the image below.

Something else that’s disturbing about the Arby’s Bacon Cheddar Roastburger is the use of “chargrilled seasoning,” which you can see in the image above. I think it should get a chargrilled flavor from chargrilling, but apparently there’s an easier way to get it.

I enjoy Arby’s Beef ‘n Cheddar and the Bacon Cheddar Roastburger is basically a Beef ‘n Cheddar with vegetables, bacon, a higher price and, according to my computer’s spellcheck, a made up compound word. Unfortunately I don’t think it comes close to tasting as delicious as a Beef ‘n Cheddar. It was a decent size and had an ample amount of roasted beef, but it was bland and dry.

It didn’t come with a sauce, so I guess it depended on that chargrilled seasoning for flavor. Thank Buddha for Arby and Horsey Sauces, which made finishing the Arby’s Bacon Cheddar Roastburger much easier.

(Nutrition Facts – 1 burger – 442 calories, 18 grams of fat, 8 grams of saturated fat, 1 grams of trans fat, 57 milligrams of cholesterol, 1427 milligrams of sodium, 44 grams of carbs, 1 gram of dietary fiber, 6 grams of sugar and 23 grams of protein.)

(Note: The folks at Grub Grade reviewed all three Roastburger varieties. Here’s a review of the All-American Roastburger. And here’s another review for the Bacon Cheddar Roastburger.)

Item: Arby’s Bacon Cheddar Roastburger
Price: $6.97 (combo meal)
Size: Regular meal
Purchased at: Arby’s
Rating: 5 out of 10
Pros: Decent sized burger. Lots of roasted beef. Contains vegetables. Arby Sauce and Horsey Sauce. Arby’s doesn’t have irritating commercials like other fast food joints.
Cons: Bland and dry. Disappointing. No sauce. High in sodium. Contains trans fat. Being bitchslapped by a burger.

14 thoughts to “REVIEW: Arby’s Bacon Cheddar Roastburger”

  1. I dislike the whole concept and have no desire to try one. Actually, Arby’s generally disappoints me, but I do like their curly fries.

  2. I had one of these the other day, I was dissapointed because I had a coupon for one as part of a special promotion, and wouldn’t you know it this particular oahu location doesen’t honor the promotion…still I got one anyway and I wasn’t all that impressed by it…it really wasn’t that great…I think mabey it was an okay idea, but when you put it into practice, it wasn’t so hot.

  3. lol @ Red Icculus!

    I pass Arby’s all the time, yet I also forget they exist.

    When I told my husband about the roastburgers, he dry heaved. Probably why we’ve never tried one. I do like their popcorn chicken though . . . and the jamocha shakes (mmmmm).

  4. I tried one of these for lunch today – dry – dry- dry did I say DRY wow I did use alot of Arby sauce and horsy sauce that kinda saved it but not by much. Its like getting raped in jail you still have sex but not like before


  5. I tried the All American Roast burger. It had ketchup & mustard. It wasn’t too bad. It was lighter tasting then a regular burger.

  6. The meat from this was a bit offputting and to me I have a hard time of thinking of this product as anything but a ripoff, I mean, no matter how much you dress up beef by adding cheese, vegetables, and even the holy grail of sandwhich toppings (Bacon) it’s still always in essence going to be little more than a shaggy, dry, undisciplined, delly sandwhich… at the end of all this I can only ask, Why Arby’s? Why?

  7. Where do I get chargrill seasoning and what would be fun to try it on?

    Chargrill flavored marshmallow peeps?

  8. I can’t bring my self to eat at Arby’s. A friend in high school really ruined the idea of that place. Call ’em fine makers of cow vagina sammiches. Every time I look at one of their sandwiches I imaging some cook in the back grabbing a handfull of moo labia and sloppily slapping down on some crappy bun and smothering it in mayo.

    I really need therapy.

  9. wow, they use quite a bit of trans fat in their food.
    I wish they still had homestyle fries because sometimes you just don’t want curly fries.

  10. @wouldibuyitagain: I haven’t used the word “bitchslap” in a long time so I thought I’d make it sexy again.

    @Chuck: Curly fries + Arby’s Sauce = Winner

    @Red Icculus: Hot circles of garbage are how hobos keep warm.

    @Woodenhand: I don’t think any of the locations here on Oahu honor that coupon. No wonder I keep forgetting about Arby’s.

    @theGrit: They have popcorn chicken? That just sounds weird for Arby’s to have.

    @Neil: Getting raped in jail and dryness…those sound like they go together.

    @Jessica: The All-American Roastburger sounded like the least interesting of them, but I didn’t know it has ketchup and mustard.

    @NobleArc, The Lazy Canadian: I hope you didn’t try it. I might disappoint you and make your trip to see the Canucks less memorable.

    @Villain was born like this…: A decent deli could use the same ingredients and make a kick ass sandwich.

    @Jen McB: It’s probably right next to the MSG on store shelves.

    @luckinflux: If people eat cow balls, I’m sure they’ll eat cow vagina.

    @skibs: Growing up Arby’s was the only place to get curly fries and I thought they were so much better than regular fries. But now me likey the regular fries.

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