NEWS: Arby’s New Turkey Roasters Are Gobble Gobble Gobble (Good Mood Food in Turkey Speak)

Arby's Roast Beef Sandwich

Update: Click here to read our Arby’s Grand Turkey Club Turkey Roaster review

I remember when Arby’s was only known for roast beef and curly fries? I. Am. Old. Turkey has slowly become just as prominent as roast beef on the Arby’s menu board.

QSR Magazine:

Turkey Roasters are served hot and feature oven-roasted turkey that is thinly sliced each day in the restaurants.

There are three varieties to choose from:

Grand Turkey Club – Sliced roast turkey with melted Swiss cheese, pepper bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayo on a toasted harvest wheat bun

Turkey ‘n Cheddar Classic – Thinly sliced oven-roasted turkey topped with cheddar cheese and zesty Red Ranch sauce on a toasted onion roll

Turkey Classic – Thinly sliced oven-roasted turkey on a toasted sesame seed bun

A Turkey Classic has 290 calories, 5 grams of fat, 1 grams of saturated fat, 1020 milligrams of sodium, and 24 grams of protein. A Turkey ‘n Cheddar Classic has 450 calories, 12 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat, 1480 milligrams of sodium, and 27 grams of protein. A Grand Turkey Club has 490 calories, 24 grams of fat, 8 grams of saturated fat, 1440 milligrams of sodium, and 29 grams of protein.

Image via flickr user Steve Snodgrass / CC BY 2.0

NEWS: Arby’s Brings Back An Old Favorite and Introduces Its Much Younger and Skinnier Sister

Arby's Roast Beef Sandwich

Arby’s, the producer of Horsey Sauce, is bringing back an old favorite and a twist on that old favorite. The Market Fresh Grilled Chicken & Pecan Salad Sandwich is back again and it brought with it the less bready Market Fresh Grilled Chicken & Pecan Salad Wrap.

The Market Fresh Grilled Chicken & Pecan Salad menu items have grilled chicken, diced red apples, crunchy pecans, celery, and red grapes in between either honey wheat bread or a whole grain flatbread wrap. It sure sounds tasty, but it also sounds healthy. After all, it’s got fruits, vegetables, nuts, and whole grains. If that don’t make a nutritionist’s nipples hard, then I don’t know what will. However, looking at the nutrition facts, it might make a nutritionist’s nipples retract.

The Grilled Chicken & Pecan Salad Sandwich has 840 calories, 400 calories from fat, 44 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, 0.5 grams of trans fat, 1220 milligrams of sodium, 82 grams of carbohydrates, 6 grams of fiber, 20 grams of sugar, and 34 grams of protein.

The Grilled Chicken and Pecan Salad Wrap is slightly better at 630 calories, 370 calories from fat, 41 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 75 milligrams of cholesterol, 1020 milligrams of sodium, 46 grams of carbohydrates, 9 grams of fiber, 9 grams of sugar, and 30 grams of protein.

Well, at least, you’ll be able to get some fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, and maybe some Arby’s curly fries from it.

The Market Fresh Grilled Chicken & Pecan Salad Sandwich and Wrap are available for a limited time at participating restaurants.

NEWS: Arby’s Fajita Flatbread Melts Have Me Thinking Taco Bell

Arby’s, the fast food restaurant you probably haven’t been to in a while, recently released their new Fajita Flatbread Melts, which look more like something Taco Bell would unleash upon the world. The Melts come with either roasted beef or chicken, pepper jack cheese, grilled peppers, onions, fajita seasoning and red jalapeno sauce in between a warm flatbread.

The Roast Beef Fajita Flatbread Melt has 514 calories, 34 grams of fat, 12 grams of saturated fat, 1 gram of trans fat, 83 milligrams of cholesterol, 1717 milligrams of sodium, 29 grams of carbohydrates and 25 grams of protein. The Roast Chicken Fajita Flatbread Melt has 471 calories, 25 grams of fat, 7 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 81 milligrams of cholesterol, 1608 milligrams of sodium, 31 grams of carbohydrates and 28 grams of protein.

[via Grub Grade]

REVIEW: Arby’s Bacon Cheddar Roastburger

Arby's Bacon and Cheddar Roastburger

Arby’s is one of those places I continually forget still exists, like Radio Shack, The Disney Store, Hard Rock Cafe and Planet Hollywood.

Maybe it’s because Arby’s isn’t like other fast food places. They don’t inundate me with weird Burger King ads from advertising superpower Crispin Porter + Bogusky or McDonald’s commercials that make it seem cool to eat saturated fat and sodium. But every so often Arby’s comes up with a product that slaps me across the face and jogs my memory of them. Their new Bacon Cheddar Roastburger was the hand that bitchslapped some recollection into me.

The Bacon Cheddar Roastburger is made up of thinly sliced, oven roasted beef, pepper bacon, a slice of cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and red onions in between a special roll. I’m not too sure what’s so special about the roll, but it might be that fact that it contains trans fat, as you can see in the image below.

Something else that’s disturbing about the Arby’s Bacon Cheddar Roastburger is the use of “chargrilled seasoning,” which you can see in the image above. I think it should get a chargrilled flavor from chargrilling, but apparently there’s an easier way to get it.

I enjoy Arby’s Beef ‘n Cheddar and the Bacon Cheddar Roastburger is basically a Beef ‘n Cheddar with vegetables, bacon, a higher price and, according to my computer’s spellcheck, a made up compound word. Unfortunately I don’t think it comes close to tasting as delicious as a Beef ‘n Cheddar. It was a decent size and had an ample amount of roasted beef, but it was bland and dry.

It didn’t come with a sauce, so I guess it depended on that chargrilled seasoning for flavor. Thank Buddha for Arby and Horsey Sauces, which made finishing the Arby’s Bacon Cheddar Roastburger much easier.

(Nutrition Facts – 1 burger – 442 calories, 18 grams of fat, 8 grams of saturated fat, 1 grams of trans fat, 57 milligrams of cholesterol, 1427 milligrams of sodium, 44 grams of carbs, 1 gram of dietary fiber, 6 grams of sugar and 23 grams of protein.)

(Note: The folks at Grub Grade reviewed all three Roastburger varieties. Here’s a review of the All-American Roastburger. And here’s another review for the Bacon Cheddar Roastburger.)

Item: Arby’s Bacon Cheddar Roastburger
Price: $6.97 (combo meal)
Size: Regular meal
Purchased at: Arby’s
Rating: 5 out of 10
Pros: Decent sized burger. Lots of roasted beef. Contains vegetables. Arby Sauce and Horsey Sauce. Arby’s doesn’t have irritating commercials like other fast food joints.
Cons: Bland and dry. Disappointing. No sauce. High in sodium. Contains trans fat. Being bitchslapped by a burger.