REVIEW: Wendy’s Double Bacon Deluxe

The Wendy’s Double Bacon Deluxe is kind of humdrum.

Now don’t get me wrong, it’s frickin’ tasty and if I felt like I could survive another onslaught of 1,880 milligrams of sodium, I would consume another, but it doesn’t stand out or get me excited. Just like my inability to differentiate between all of the CSI and Law & Orders, I could easily get this burger confused with another.

The reason why is because it’s a classic burger with normal ingredients. It’s made up of two beef patties, a slice of American cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, a pickle, mayo, ketchup, and four strips of Applewood smoked bacon on a Kaiser bun.

As you can see, there aren’t any frills. No “secret sauce.” No flame-broiled beef patties. No beef from a magical cow. No F-list celebrity in a bikini eating it in a commercial. No fancy foreign bread with a hard-to-pronounce name.

Speaking of names, the name Double Bacon Deluxe is also unimaginative, forgettable and could easily be on the menu at some mediocre diner whose patrons consist of seedy characters. Couldn’t they have called it the Baconator 2?

But I guess its simplicity is what makes it good, since a “secret sauce” could easily fuck things up; the flame-broiling technique is probably patented; special beef would make it pricier; a commercial with an F-list celebrity would make Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas, who starred in many Wendy’s commercials, roll over in his grave; and fancy breads would make it seem douchey.

The Wendy’s Double Bacon Deluxe had a nice heft to it, thanks to the two square-ish beef patties. You can make it heftier by getting the triple version or lighter with the single version. What you decide depends on how hungry you are or how much you hate your body.

The bacon is supposed to be a “thick cut” of Applewood smoked bacon, and they were thicker than the others I’ve had on fast food burgers, but not by much. However, the bacon wasn’t chewy and it’s flavor was lot more noticeable than the others I’ve had. The beef patties were good and not as dry as some of the patties from the competition. The vegetables were crisp, the bun was soft and there were just the right amounts of mayo and ketchup to add some additional flavor, but not enough to overpower the beef and bacon, like they were condiment dominatrixes.

Overall, the Wendy’s Double Bacon Deluxe is a quality burger. It’s delish, but I don’t even think that’s enough to help me remember it in the future.

(Nutrition Facts – 1 burger – 860 calories, 50 grams of fat, 21 grams of saturated fat, 2.5 grams of trans fat, 200 milligrams of cholesterol, 1880 milligrams of sodium, 46 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 11 grams of sugar, 56 grams of protein, 15% vitamin A, 20% vitamin C, 20% calcium and 40% iron.)

(NOTE: Grub Grade gave the Bacon Deluxe a taste too.)

Item: Wendy’s Double Bacon Deluxe
Price: $7.59 (combo)
Size: 1 burger
Purchased at: Wendy’s
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: Tasty. Nice heft. Four strips of bacon. Crispy veggies. Soft bun. Just the right amounts of ketchup and mayo. Comes in also single and triple sizes.
Cons: No frills. Kinda pricey. Almost 2,000 milligrams of sodium. Almost 1,000 calories. Has a name that’s easy to forget. Douchy fancy breads. The number of Law & Order and CSI spinoffs.

20 thoughts to “REVIEW: Wendy’s Double Bacon Deluxe”

  1. Loved this burger. Wendy’s always comes through with fresh/crisp toppings moreso than other places in my experience. I had the Bacon Deluxe back in June and I’m overdue for another taste…today will be the day. I think $3.99 for the single is an OK price considering McD’s Angus like is priced the same. Went for the Double I see, bravo Marvo. Nice write-up!

  2. I’m hungry and looking at that is making me drool.

    Another one? Another one at 860 calories a pop? Ah, to be male and capable of metabolizing so many more calories a day than the average female. Of course, you could simply be embarking on an ass expansion goal. If so, I can’t wait for your next video review! 😉

  3. I don’t much care for ketchup or mayo on my burgers; if I could substitute mustard this might be worth a try as I do like bacon.

  4. Seriously? Get the single and it is just the big bacon classic reborn. Don’t get me wrong, I missed it when they brought in the Baconator behemoth, but it’s nothing different than it used to be except for the option to add more patties.

  5. It sounds like the classic double with cheese, add bacon, which is something I already order on occasion (like, when I want the heart-pounds real bad). Mmm.

  6. Does anyone else feel that fast food joints should deliver the food in a close approximation of what is seen in the ads in print & on TV not some squashed limp item? I cant wait for someone to file a false advertising claim against these companies. I liken it to seeing an ad for a car on TV then you go down to buy it and they bring out a scratched & dented vehicle thats leaking oil:-)

  7. I will be honest when I tried this I was kind of annoyed that they jacked the price up just because they went with a better type of bacon, applewood bacon really isn’t all that expensive, still you are right, it was very yummy and if it wasn’t so expensive I might have been tempted to order a double….still Wendy’s C’mon!

  8. @Ryan: I was tempted to try the triple, but I knew I probably would’ve died before I got a chance to write a review.

    @Orchid64: Maybe that’s the reason why I haven’t posted a podcast in awhile. I had to lose a lot of weight so that the 10 pounds the camera adds won’t look like 20.

    @amanda: I would too, but I love the feel of mayo as it clogs my arteries. 🙂

    @Chuck: If it had jalapenos you would be even more all over this.

    @Brandy: You’re right. It is like the Big Bacon Classic, something I never had.

    @DJ: If I want my heart to pound really bad, I stare at a picture of Megan Fox.

    @Review Spew: If it feels like it’s going to break through the bottom of the bag, it’s got a good heft.

    @Yum Yucky: Don’t do it! 800+ calories and almost 2,000 mg of sodium.

    @ALRUI: I’m fine with it looking ugly, as long as it tastes good.

    @Bryan: I know, it’s pretty expensive here. I would’ve ordered the single, but I like to live dangerously, so I went with the double.

  9. Seriously, I’ve never been that big of a fan of Wendy’s burgers. They always come out real sloppy looking, and almost sort of wet, like there’s too much water on the veggies or something.

  10. One if the UC schools just published some research showing that the human body self-regulates sodium. angry bob will be down at the salt lick with a couple pounds of fries testing the theory.

  11. EPIC FAIL.
    Good sandwich, but it brings nothing new to the table. Great bacon, great lettuce and onions. But same boring under-seasoned beef Wendys has had for years.

  12. @Jesse: I don’t eat Wendy’s very often, only when there’s something new, because every other fast food joint is significantly closer. Out of all the fast food places, they’re in my top 5.

    @angry bob: The UC schools are busy with nanotechnology.

    @Erin Brooks: You can eat half and your husband can eat the other half.

    @Ms. Spanks: It depends how you’re giving it love. “Makin’ bacon” love…no.


    @cress: So not really an EPIC FAIL…just a FAIL.

  13. To be a “new” and “better” burger to compete with McDonalds Angus, Hardees Thickburger, or Burger King XL(or XT, I dont know)—this was a HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT. Sure, I thought it was good. The bacon is the best out there of all fast food joints. But it tasted like every other Wendys burger. At least McDonalds brought something completely different to their menu with the Angus. Wendys, if they are to compete with the giant clown, needs something big. This is not it.

Comments are closed.