REVIEW: Arby’s Wagyu Steakhouse Burger

Arby s Wagyu Steakhouse Burger Whole

It’s no secret people have strong opinions about Arby’s. You’re probably a fervent supporter or you wouldn’t touch (or eat) their roast beef sandwich with a ten-foot pole. I fall in the former camp. The chain proudly announces “We Have the Meats,” but never before in 58 years has that included a hamburger. I’ve always taken a strange pride in this absence (because in my mind, I operate a profitable Arby’s franchise, and yes, we still serve potato cakes). I’m pleased by the fact that Arby’s succeeds by doing something different and doesn’t feel the need to sling an average burger. So while Arby’s doesn’t NEED to offer a burger, what happens when it wants to? Perhaps it realized it had already served most legal meat products and decided it was time to beat all the other joints at their own game – ground beef.

The Deluxe Wagyu Steakhouse Burger offers up a 6.4-ounce patty that’s a blend of 52% American Wagyu and 48% ground beef. It’s topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, red onion, and burger sauce on a toasted brioche bun. Since Arby’s restaurants don’t have grills, they’ve decided the best cooking route is sous vide, claiming this results in a medium-well burger, something you rarely see in fast food.

Arby s Wagyu Steakhouse Burger Patty

This looks like a classic burger with just a handful of ingredients done right. At first glance, it didn’t appear that hefty, but upon closer examination and consumption, it’s a weighty patty. Many times in the world of fast food, I don’t want this much ground beef. I avoid items like the Quarter Pounder or anything double beef at Taco Bell because it’s more mediocre meat than I want to eat. I didn’t feel this way about the Arby’s burger at all. It tastes meaty in a good way, and the interior of the patty matches the advertised pictures: pinkish, juicy, and not the gray throughout that I’ve come to expect from most hamburgers that are handed to me within three minutes of my ordering.

Arby s Wagyu Steakhouse Burger Half

The cheese was perfectly melted, and the vegetables were fresh and actually contributed something to the eating experience. The pickles are thicker cut and tasty, and the red onion is crunchy with a not-too aggressive bite. The sauce is your standard mixture of condiments. I enjoyed it, maybe more than Big Mac sauce, but there’s too much. It’s applied to both the top and bottom bun and should be contained to just one. I liked its thinner consistency and it had a good flavor balance, the only issue being the ratio of sauce to every other part of the burger is off. It makes for a sloppy situation and because the meat here genuinely does seem to be of a better quality, they could have showcased the wagyu more by saucing less.

Arby s Wagyu Steakhouse Burger Split

Since it lacks a grilled element, you won’t be getting any char on the patty’s exterior, but the texture and quality of the meat and toppings exceed the expectations I have for burgers of this size in a drive-thru setting. If hamburgers are part of your fast food repertoire I’d encourage you to grab this one while you have the chance. It’s available through July 31st, and after that, Arby’s will hang up its ten-gallon hat from the burger game, and both fans and (fake) franchise owners like me will rest assured that they don’t have to serve burgers, but if they want to, damn it, they can.

Purchased Price: $6.99
Size: N/A
Rating: 8 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: 715 calories, 43 grams of fat, 17 grams of saturated fat, 1 gram of trans fat, 97 milligrams of cholesterol, 1567 milligrams of sodium, 46 grams of total carbohydrates, 3 grams of dietary fiber, 14 grams of sugars, and 39 grams of protein.

26 thoughts to “REVIEW: Arby’s Wagyu Steakhouse Burger”

  1. OK I’m in on the burger. However —-Where the heck do I find the potato cakes to go with the burger?

  2. Nice review, I might give it a try

    I read some advertisement that said it had crispy edges, which seemed baffling, was there any of that?

    1. I’m just eating the deluxe version now and yep, mine has crispy edges! I’m really curious as to their pick up on this.

  3. I stopped going to Arby’s when they stopped serving the potato cakes. This looks good, but only the potato cakes coming back will bring me back.

  4. I loved the sauce, the bun, everything but the hamburger patty. it had too much seasoning on it. I wish they would just season the hamburger patty with salt and pepper. It would be perfect.

    1. I don’t know whether it’s the chili sauce in the burger sauce or the seasoning on the burger (I didn’t try them all separately) and I agree that their is too much seasoning all around either way. Definitely detracts from the burger itself. Why even use any Wagyu if you’re loading it up with heavy spice?

      1. I was pleasantly surprised with this burger. I will definitely order it again. So glad it isn’t char broiled – I won’t eat those.

  5. You need to get your research in order before reviewing these.

    These are cooked off site, via sous vide, and shipped to Arby’s restaurants.

    The patty is then deep fried to get it hot and char the outside.

    It is then briefly microwaved to melt the cheese.

    You’re welcome?

    1. Perhaps not everybody is privy to that information. Anyways, it’s a review of the burger’s taste and execution and not the cooking method at the restaurant.

      1. I didn’t get any real crispy parts to mine, I can confirm it took a dip in the fryer because I saw it happening but I guess it didn’t really translate to the final product.

      1. Actually I think it’s pretty smart and makes sense (aside from the microwaving aspect) and also cool that Arby’s figured out a burger cooking method adapted to their kitchens.

    2. im in the UK so i’ll never get to try it, but the review made it sound very nice.

      Knowing they deep dry and then microwave it would make me not want to have it. seems pointless to use higher quality beef and then nuke it and also fry it. Quite odd.

      1. I can understand the deep fry (it’s essentially the same as pan frying or griddling except the whole burger is exposed to the oil) and definitely agree that it seems silly to have to zap it in the microwave to melt the cheese…though I suppose they are just working with their kitchen setup’s capabilities.

        I tell you what though, the end cook on mine was honestly juicier and nicer than other fast food places. I think the biggest offense to the quality of the meat is the over seasoning.

  6. I’m glad that I tried it! I only crave a burger every now and then and this is definitely a decent option at a reasonable price. It’s pretty evident that they put a lot of R&D into this. I would have enjoyed it more if there was less spice/seasonings and also if they had remembered my pickles!!!

    1. Bummer they forgot the pickles! Mine were a nice addition and not the throwaway flimsy pickle you sometimes get.

  7. Your reviews are like a sandwich with too much bread! Get in, review the sandwich and get out. It’s OK to add a little storyline thought you simply had too many words to get a simple review out. Trim it down, you’re not going for a Pulitzer Prize.

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