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Review: Wendy's Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger

Wendy's Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger is their latest limited-time offer and features a soft pr...

Wendy's Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger is their latest limited-time offer and features a soft pretzel bun sandwiching a 1/4 lb hamburger patty, Applewood-smoked bacon, a slice of cheddar cheese, warm cheddar cheese sauce, smoky honey mustard, tomato, red onion, and spring mix

The price tag at my local Wendy's is $4.69 and is the first Wendy's burger I've seen that comes in a clam-shell.

I have to say this first: The vegetables were top notch. No wilted pieces, no yellowing, nor over-ripeness . These were probably the best veggies I've gotten at a fast food restaurant. Thumbs up for quality control. They looked great and tasted great. I can't help but think that the clam-shell box helped in keeping them in good condition.

Everything else was up there too. The bacon was mostly crispy, smoky, substantial, and flavorful. They didn't skimp either and I got some bacon-y goodness in every bite.

The beef patty was actually juicy! Not just moist, but juicy! Just lightly seasoned, it came with a pretty satisfying coarse ground. The cheese and cheese sauce added a nice cheddar note that went really well with the patty. The mustard came in and added a light, smoky sweetness that teased but never overwhelmed.

Wendy's got it right with this one. The proportions were spot on and everything fit together just right... except the pretzel bun...

The pretzel bun seemed like a gimmicky add that doesn't detract from the burger, but seems like it was just there so people would think "hey, pretzel bun! I gotta try it." It adds a soft, chewy, dense texture that actually gets chewier at the crust. It doesn't have that pretzel aftertaste and isn't quite toasted till the crust develops some crispness. It's decent, but it doesn't seem like the burger was made for the bun somehow. Basically, if this burger came on a regular bun, I wouldn't miss the pretzel bun at all.

Still, overall, Wendy's Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger is a great fast food burger. At $4.69, which sits at the upper edge of fast food premium burger pricing, it might be a little too expensive for some, but I don't think you'll regret trying it. My current front-runner for best new fast food product of 2013 for sure.

Nutritional Info - Wendy's Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger
Calories - 680 (from Fat - 320)
Fat - 36g (Saturated Fat - 16g)
Sodium - 1110mg
Carbs - 46g (Sugar - 7g)
Protein - 37g

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