REVIEW: Wendy’s Big Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger

Wendy s Big Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger

Do you like cheese? No, I mean, do you really like cheese? I’m not talking to those of you who have been known to daintily nibble on a wedge of brie at a party or put a single slice of cheddar on your backyard burger. I’m speaking directly to those of you who are so mad at your arteries that you want to punish them at every possible turn. Do you dip your pizza’s cheese-stuffed crust into a tub of cheese sauce? Have you ever made a sandwich using grilled cheese sandwiches in place of sliced bread? Well then, you might be interested in Wendy’s new offering.

Wendy’s new Big Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger is “a quarter pound of fresh, never frozen beef, covered in creamy cheddar cheese and bacon jam, topped with applewood smoked bacon, crispy onions, and a slice of American cheese, all on a pillow soft, toasted cheddar bun.” I mean… cheese, am I right? According to my calculations, you’ve got three entry points for cheese on this thing: in the “creamy cheddar cheese” sauce, as a rogue American slice on top of the meat, and melted into or on top of the bun.

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My first thought before getting this burger was, “Will I ruin my shirt, my pants, or both when I eat this thing?” But here’s the shocking part — it was extremely tidy. Oh sure, when I first unwrapped it, I was confronted with a few stray fried onion strands and some crisped cheddar cheese that’d melted off of the bun and turned into a crunchy cheese pond, but overall, nothing else squirted or fell out. This was a one napkin affair.

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And, truth be told, the neatness of the BBCC probably foreshadowed this burger’s biggest pitfall: it was dryyyyyy. Like a camelback-trek-across-the-Sahara dry. Like, kissing-your-grandmother’s-cheek dry. The creamy cheddar cheese and bacon jam components were both there, maybe? But the cheese wasn’t creamy (all I noticed were random shreds of damp, unmelted cheddar), and a tiny dollop of the jam was totally lost in the mix. The patty itself was dry. The fried onions? Same. The whole thing was very one-note. Okay, two-note. 1) Dry 2) Salty.

There was no flavor here of which to speak, only an arid mass of chewiness that felt more like a chore than a meal. For something being sold on its cheesiness, it was interesting to find that the cheese seemed to add nothing; this burger would have been no different without it.

Wendy s Big Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger Bun

The most unusual part of this burger (bacon jam isn’t exactly common, but Wendy’s has done it before, and so has Sonic) was probably the cheddar bun. Here are list of other things that are unusual:

  • The noise turtles make when they make love.
  • Extreme body modification like tongue-splitting.
  • Watching a seahorse give birth.
  • Women who love serial killers.

And like this bulleted list, I’m not sure I need the cheddar bun in my life. It too was — wait for it — very dry, and the cheese was barely noticeable beyond giving the bun a strange, slightly chewy texture.

All in all, this was a largely forgettable burger.

Purchased Price: $5.99
Size: Single patty
Rating: 5 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: 810 calories, 54 grams of fat, 21 grams of saturated fat, 2 grams of trans fat, 105 milligrams of cholesterol, 1370 milligrams of sodium, 44 grams of carbohydrates, 3 gram of fiber, 5 gram of sugar, 39 grams of protein.

13 thoughts to “REVIEW: Wendy’s Big Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger”

  1. Interesting review. I would love to still try this one for myself even though it’s such a bad review. Just to see if they might make it better than the one you received. It definitely needs more cheese and bacon jam on it.

    1. Yeah the Wendy’s by me is absolutely stellar – all the burgers and chicken is juicy and beautifully put together. I’m hoping they can redeem it?

  2. I actually agree that it was very dry, but I still somewhat really enjoyed this.

    Probably the hype leading up to it and my love for cheese, though. And the alcohol.

  3. Wendy’s LTOs used to be really good, but they’re all really lazy now, like adding bacon, and a different sauce or cheese and fried thing to a burger patty, and you basically end up with a big plain tasting bacon cheeseburger.

    1. I have to disagree. Of all the fast food burger places out there, Wendy’s seems to be the only one who typically tends to have semi-original items.

  4. I realize you want to review a product’s default version. But the dryness can be easily overcome with ketchup, mayor, and/or mustard.

  5. camping this weekend, but i already have a plan to get the chicken version when i’m back in town and replace the cheese sauce & bacon jam with bbq sauce. basic western sandwich, but more my speed. wish they had the breakfast potatoes all day tho.

    1. 100% this. I honestly thought my covid recovery had taken a step backwards for how little I was tasting the sandwich. I’ll stick with the bourbon burger thank you

  6. I had the news big bacon cheddar burger tonight. So disappointed. The picture looks so good. in reality the roll covers everything and you cant see inside it. bland not very good at all. and I was so looking forward to it. asked for extra crispy french fries they didn’t do them. just regular. Wendys very unhappy.

  7. You got a better one than I out of Rustin LA.
    Mine didn’t even have the onion. It looked more like a jr bacon cheese burger with a little of something on a cheddar bun.

    I complained and they said they where out of onion so I got a double cheese burger and it had regular onion tomato and lettuce and my dog got the other.

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