REVIEW: Wendy’s Breakfast Burrito

“It’s bigger than I thought it would be,” my girlfriend said, starting down at my lap. But before you get any weird ideas, we were leaving the Wendy’s drive thru, and she was referring to the new breakfast burrito I’d recently procured. And to be fair, she was right.

While Wendy’s entry into the crowded world of breakfast burritos isn’t necessarily akin to the infant-sized behemoth you might find on a working person’s local food truck, it is close to twice the size of a McDonald’s burrito, and maybe 25% larger than oh, say, Sonic’s. (I’ve never had a Burger King breakfast burrito, provided they sell one, and it’s been a decade or more since I had Hardee’s version, so I can’t speak to that one, either.)

Unlike its closest fast food competitors — and really, unlike most other breakfast burritos in general — Wendy’s sets itself apart in a few ways. First, it’s using two “fresh cracked eggs.” Think “fried” egg instead of the scrambled you typically find in most burritos. If you’re into that sort of thing, you’ll love this; personally, I found myself missing the consistent bite provided by the scrambled kind.

Second, it’s including its “seasoned breakfast potatoes” in the mix. If you haven’t had the chain’s answer to the standard hash brown, you might be pleasantly surprised. The right amount of seasoned, the right amount of externally crispy, and the right amount of internally fluffy, these wedge-like tubers fill up space within the burrito normally occupied by scrambled egg. Without them — due to the flat nature of the fried eggs — this burrito would be quite thin.

And finally, Wendy’s is setting itself apart by employing a “Swiss cheese sauce.” The idea of a Swiss cheese sauce is pretty intriguing, don’t get me wrong, but I was hard-pressed to notice it in the mix. All I really noticed from a cheese perspective was the American. It did what American cheese always does — it got melty and gooey and served its purpose well.

Same goes for the bacon. Wendy’s uses “Applewood smoked” bacon, which are oven-baked. Wendy’s bacon is pretty good, if you’ve never had it. It comes across as less genetically engineered than McDonald’s, and thicker than Burger King’s. Wendy’s claims there are six strips in the burrito, but that wasn’t my experience. Either their strips are an inch long or they’re fudging the numbers, but I don’t know that I believe mine had anything close to that number.

It’s also worth noting that Wendy’s is including a Cholula hot sauce packet with your burrito. I’m not normally a “hot/taco/picante sauce on my burrito” kinda guy, but I tried it for the sake of science, and predictably, it didn’t really do much to elevate my experience. If you’re a Cholula on your breakfast burrito person, though, this is a thoughtful inclusion.

While this burrito was fine, I’d only eat one again if I found myself requiring a fast-food breakfast and there was nary a McDonald’s in sight. It wasn’t good enough to make me seek out another one, and when it comes to a new product, that’s not exactly a ringing endorsement.

Purchased Price: $4.99
Rating: 6 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: 700 calories, 40 grams of fat, 16 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 2210 milligrams of sodium, 53 grams of total carbohydrates, 4 grams of sugar, 2 grams of fiber, and 32 grams of protein.

18 thoughts to “REVIEW: Wendy’s Breakfast Burrito”

  1. Brandon, you may wish to rethink/remove that second picture. It looks kinda phonographic, all splayed out. Maybe its just me but when you wrote, “It’s bigger than I thought it would be,” it made my mind go to an odd place while reading your review.

  2. (What is going on with these comments? With respect….how do y’all survive on the internet?)

    My least favorite part of most breakfast burritos is the scrambled egg, so I’m pretty pumped to try this alternate egg format. It looks tasty!

      1. You know you can remove poorly-thought responses, right? Instead of just posting more posts to try to make us understand your poorly-thought response. And I’m with Genderhole on this one: I think you don’t know your words too well. Looks like an LP? What’s wrong with that, except that it doesn’t.

        More to the point, the review makes me want to try the burrito. Your comments just make me want to rebuke you. Guess which will be my focus? I’ll help you out: Vastly more interested in the burritos than in silly comments.

  3. lol love your review lol so funny ? It’s bigger than I thought it would be.”

    I am probably going to try the burrito. Sounds delicious to me.

  4. I don’t care for fried eggs, but I would think you’d want to shoot for a runny yolk on something like this. It just looks like it eats “dry” to me.

    For those complaining about the first paragraph, at the end of the article there’s a “related” section and a link to a REVIEW: Burger King Italian Breakfast Burrito from 2012. This review is tame in comparison to that one. LOL

    I still don’t know why Brandon went thru the drive thru, Yanked the burrito out of the bag, and put it on his lap, then drove home and put it on a plate.

    1. Dang, if “Keep it Kind” sees that review they’re going to have to push up the appointment date with their therapist.

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