REVIEW: Wendy’s Pretzel Baconator

Over ten years ago, I was driving back to Tallahassee with my boyfriend, and we decided to stop and grab a bite. Wendy’s had just introduced a new burger with a pretzel bun, and I wanted to try it. I remember it being fine. The bun was a little tough, making biting through it hard. A decade later, that boyfriend is now my husband, and we, once again, shared a pretzel bun burger from Wendy’s.

Wendy’s has released various burgers and chicken sandwiches with the pretzel bun, but this is the first time pulling its wildly popular monster menu item, the Baconator, into the mix. Since its introduction in 2007, the Baconator has remained an in-demand item. For me, it shines in its simplicity. With so few ingredients (beef, cheese, bacon, mayo, and ketchup), the burger has to stand on its own and not hide behind special sauces or wild toppings.

In fact, there has only been one official variation of the Baconator (Spicy Baconator) in its 16 years of being on the menu. Before you grill me in the comments, I personally do not consider the Son of Baconator or Breakfast Baconator variations of THE Baconator. I consider them to be more in the “spin-offs of TV shows you know are spin-offs, but stand on their own,” like Frasier and Mork & Mindy. Also, some people list the Big Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger as part of the Baconator Universe, but it doesn’t seem to be canonically accepted by Wendy’s.

The Pretzel Baconator simply swaps the standard bun for a pretzel one. As mentioned before, the bun was extremely tough when I tried it a decade ago. I would bite into it, and it was like bread taffy. Initially, I hesitated about trying the Pretzel Baconator, but it’s been a decade, and a lot can change.

The bun was soft but held firm. I was able to get a whole bite of burger without issue. The intense flavors of the savory beef and salty bacon, followed by the sweetness of the ketchup and tangy mayo, dominated the bite. I took a sip of Sprite to cleanse the palate and dove in for my second try. Again, the bun offered a great textural addition, but the pretzel flavor was non-existent. The familiar yeasty flavor was there when trying just the bun, but it was extremely subtle. What it lacked in taste, it made up for it with its structural integrity, as it did hold up to the sloppy fillings better than the standard bun.

If you want a strong pretzel flavor to accompany your Baconator, you will be disappointed. It’s still a solid menu item, and dare I say, the firmer bun serves the burger better than its standard bun. I enjoyed it, but it just doesn’t deliver the pretzel taste in the way I expected.

Purchased Price: $9.29
Rating: 7 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: 1050 calories, 71 grams of fat, 27 grams of saturated fat, 155 milligrams of cholesterol, 1630 milligrams of sodium, 43 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 6 grams of sugar, and 61 grams of protein.

13 thoughts to “REVIEW: Wendy’s Pretzel Baconator”

  1. a review not even talking about the patties or how many are included or the cheese or if it’s worth it.

    instead you reference tv shows from the 80s and fill up words. Horrible content this review could have easily been written by AI.

    1. Hey, Rich— the internet is a HUGE place and life is too short to be miserable. So how about you go somewhere else? 🙂

    2. To be fair, you make a few valid points, but christ on a cracker! Do you have to be such a bell-end about it? Take a chill pill, Richie. Did someone pee in your Cheerios this morning?

        1. My pleasure, Erin! It’s one of the perks of dating a Kiwi – I’ve got lots of new, snarky material, haha!

    3. It’s a standard baconator with a different bun. The baconator has been around for more than a decade now, so everyone knows it comes with 2 patties, 2 slices of cheese, 6 bacon strips, Mayo and ketchup.

      Holly, great review, very well done. Don’t let Grinchy McGrinchface here still that for you.

    1. Wendy’s prices are getting bad now. That’s the price for just the sandwich too, not even a combo. The large combo was ~$15. A 10 piece nuggets goes for ~$9 in my area now too.

  2. I don’t know why the price for this is so high. I got it the day it released and it was a disappointment. If you use your brain hard enough to focus on the pretzel flavor then you’ll get a hint of it but otherwise it’s a standard Baconator with a markup.

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