Aug 30, 2023

Review: Wendy's - Loaded Nacho Cheeseburger

Wendy's Loaded Nacho Cheeseburger side-view.

Wendy's Loaded Nacho Cheeseburger features a grilled square beef patty, American cheese, roasted poblano queso, new spicy crispy corn and tortilla strips, new spicy chipotle sauce, lettuce, and tomato on a new jalapeno cheddar bun.

I went and bought one for $7.59.

Wendy's Loaded Nacho Cheeseburger top-down view of bun with quarter for size comparison.

The corn tortilla strips and crispy corn offered a southwest-type seasoning and a slight kick. The corn tortilla strips were largely overshadowed by the crispier, more robust corn kernels, which offered a texture similar to Corn Nuts only not as puffed up.

Wendy's Loaded Nacho Cheeseburger bottom bun view.

The poblano queso was cheesy and creamy with the necessary nacho cheese flavor and texture and just a bit of poblano flavor. I could have used a bit more of it instead of American cheese though as that would better drive home that nacho quality. 

The spicy chipotle sauce seemed to be a mayo-based sauce but was only mildly creamy and a little thin with a slightly smoky, spicy note.

Wendy's Loaded Nacho Cheeseburger view of inside of both halves.

While the lone leaf of lettuce and tomato were pretty fresh, they seemed out of place here as the burger felt like more of a meat-and-cheese affair.

The jalapeno cheddar bun offered notes of toasted cheddar (but no crispy, toasted crunch) and occasional bursts of jalapeno heat. It was soft but a bit heartier than the Wendy's regular bun.

Wendy's Loaded Nacho Cheeseburger close-up of chips, queso, and crispy corn.

The beef patty was just warm rather than hot (despite a very short drive home) but had a loose, coarse texture and beefy flavor that went well with the cheese sauce.

Wendy's Loaded Nacho Cheeseburger cross-section.

While I wouldn't call it "loaded," Wendy's Loaded Nacho Cheeseburger turned out pretty well with the requisite cheese sauce and crunch of nachos combined with a solid burger. However, the tomato and lettuce seemed superfluous as both their taste and texture struggled to break through against everything else.

Nutritional Info - Wendy's Loaded Nacho Cheeseburger (single patty)
Calories - 710 (from Fat - 390)
Fat - 43g (Saturated Fat - 17g)
Sodium - 1390mg
Carbs - 51g (Sugar - 11g)
Protein - 33g

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