Jul 19, 2012

Review: Wendy's Son of Baconator

Wendy's Son of Baconator side-view
Wendy's Son of Baconator is the newest kid on the block on the Wendy's menu and features a slight less beefy version of the Baconator. Besides sporting two 2.25-ounce beef patties (compared to the Baconator's 1/4-pound patties) and 2 less strips of bacon (4 total), Junior is dressed with the same two slices of American cheese, ketchup, and mayo and comes on the same buttered and toasted premium bun.

The Son of Baconator sells for $3.99 at my local Wendy's, but I got mine for free courtesy of Wendy's.

If you've tried a Baconator before, there's obviously not much different with the Son. If you have a smaller appetite or felt the original was too meaty, you'd probably even like it better.

If you've never tried a Baconator, the Son of Baconator is a good amount of bacon and beef. The bacon is thick cut and more like the stuff your fry up at home. It could have been fried a bit longer for more crispiness; as it was, it had some chew to it and I pulled some slices out as I bit into it. This resulted in some bites with lots of bacon (yummy!) and some bites with none (noooo!).

The beef was a good amount for the burger and delivered not quite juicy, but moist beefy flavor. The patties could have done with some more browning and charring as the surface was the same texture as the inside.

Son of Baconator cross-section
The cheese was standard American, but could have stood to be melted a little bit more.

The bun was super squishy with a little sweetness.

Saucing was a little bit uneven and I had a couple of very ketchup-y bites.

Overall, the Son of the Baconator is still very nice in its bacony cheeseburger simplicity. There's a lot to like for the meat and cheese set, but also room for better execution.

Nutritional Info - Wendy's Son of Baconator (218g)
Calories - 700 (from Fat - 390)
Fat - 43g (Saturated Fat - 18g)
Sodium - 1760mg
Carbs - 40g (Sugar - 9g)
Protein - 39g


  1. I just had a Son Of Baconator for lunch and being smaller than the regular Baconator meant nothing to me.  It filled me up and left me satisifed.  I loved the meaty burger/cheese/bacon taste and made me want another one.  They're that good!

  2. Did you really say mines? Thats an annoying urban youth black thing to sa.

  3. My initial thought looking at the picture was that the bacon looks way too soggy. 

  4. Yeah, still tasty, but it lacks that crunch that you want.

  5. No, it was a typo, like "Thats" and "sa."

  6.  Attitude like that is why GrubGrade totally kills this site in the Hits war.

  7. You started it, Wendysfan... If ya don't want attitude, don't give one.

    Me, I'd just get two Jr. bacon cheeseburgers and have them put both burgers on one bun. Same thing as this except you get lettuce and tomato, and it's half the price.

  8. How can you possibly prove that? Personally I like both blogs. GrubGrade is certainly popular, but it looks like BE is doing just fine too.


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