Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wendy's Bacon & Blue Burger

Wendy's new Bacon & Blue Burger has blue cheese crumbles and smoked bacon, with sautéed onions and steakhouse sauce.

"We've heard loud and clear that our customers love the new Applewood smoked bacon," says Ken Calwell, chief marketing officer for Wendy's. "This great bacon and real blue cheese crumbles takes the Bacon and Blue hamburger to a whole new level and offers gourmet taste for a value price."

The Bacon & Blue is available for a limited time and priced at $4.29.

The burger has 680 calories and 40 grams of fat. It proudly serves up 75% of your daily Saturated Fat intake (15 grams). Here are the complete nutritional facts:

I don't normally do this, but while I was checking to see if I could add this burger to our HFCS-free Fast Food list, I couldn't help but notice the rather extensive list of ingredients, so I decided to include them ALL right here. Seems like a lot... even for a 'fancy' burger! By the way, 3 elements of the burger have High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), the bun, the Creamy Steakhouse Spread and the ketchup; the mayonnaise just has regular corn syrup. Okay, here's all the parts of the burger and their respective ingredients...

Premium Bun
Enriched Flour (wheat flour, malted barley flour, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, niacin, iron, folic acid), Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Yeast, Soy and/or Canola Oil, Wheat Gluten, Contains 2% or less of the following: Salt, Dough Conditioners (contains one or more of the following: sodium stearoyl lactylate, ascorbic acid, azodicarbonamide, mono and diglycerides, DATEM, calcium peroxide, calcium sulfate, L-cysteine, enzymes), Yeast Nutrients (contains one or more of the following: ammonium sulfate, tricalcium phosphate, ammonium chloride), Modified Food Starch, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Wheat Starch, Maltodextrin, Gum Arabic, Calcium Carbonate, Calcium Propionate (preservative). Topped with Yellow Corn Meal. CONTAINS: WHEAT.

Hamburger Patty
Ground Beef. Seasoned with Salt.

Tomatoes, 1-2 slices


Applewood Smoked Bacon, 4 Strips
Pork Cured With: Water, Salt, Sugar, Sodium Phosphates, Sodium Erythorbate, Sodium Nitrite.

Creamy Steakhouse Spread
Soybean Oil, Water, Blue Cheese (milk, cheese cultures, salt, enzymes), Egg Yolk, Distilled Vinegar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Salt, Spices, Garlic (dehydrated), Onion (dehydrated), Shallots (dehydrated), Mustard Seed, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate and Sodium Benzoate (preservatives), Glucono Delta Lactone, Xanthan Gum, Propylene Glycol Alginate, Calcium Disodium EDTA (to protect flavor). CONTAINS: EGG, MILK

Seasoned Sauteed Onions
Sauteed Yellow Onions (yellow onion, sea salt, maltodextrin, evaporated cane juice, potassium chloride, fractionated coconut oil, caramel color, spices, natural flavor, extra virgin olive oil, citric acid, disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate), Onion Seasoning (maltodextrin, salt, autolyzed yeast extract, natural flavors, spice, garlic powder, onion powder, artificial flavors, less than 2% of each of the following: silicon dioxide and sunflower oil [processing aids]).

Real Blue Cheese Crumbles
Blue Cheese (pasteurized milk, cheese culture, salt, enzymes, mold, natamycin), Powdered Cellulose (to prevent caking). CONTAINS: MILK

Water, Soybean Oil, Corn Syrup, Egg Yolk, Modified Corn Starch, Distilled Vinegar, Salt, Spice, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Sorbate (preservatives), Natural Flavor, Calcium Disodium EDTA (to protect taste), Yellow 5 and 6. CONTAINS: EGG.

Dill Pickles (4)
Cucumbers, Water, Vinegar, Salt, Calcium Chloride, Sodium Benzoate (preservative), Alum, Natural Flavors, Polysorbate 80, Yellow 5, Blue 1.

Tomato Concentrate (made from red ripe tomatoes), Distilled Vinegar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup, Salt, Spice, Onion Powder, Natural Flavoring.

Water, Distilled Vinegar, Mustard Seed, Salt, Turmeric (color), Paprika, Spice.

Onion (4 rings)

American Cheese Slice
Cultured Milk, Water, Cream, Sodium Citrate, Salt, Sodium Phosphate, Citric Acid, Sorbic Acid (preservative), Artificial Color, Enzymes, Soy Lecithin. CONTAINS: MILK, SOY.


Unknown said...

Can we stop encouraging the HFCS hysteria?

Some folks claim that HFCS is evil because it has more fructose than sugar. First, that's only true for HFCS-55 or greater, and HFCS-55 isn't the preferred choice for baked goods. Moveover, agave nectar and the sugars in many of the fruits we eat have a similar fructose/glucose balance.

And even if being higher in fructose is worse, the HFCS used in baked goods is generally *lower* in fructose than regular sugar.

There are various reasons why fructose and glucose can be better or worse for you in different balances, but categorically associating HFCS with negative effects is silly considering how HFCS is on either side of sucrose, depending on the blend.

Overall sugar consumption has risen over the years, and that just happens to correspond with the development of HFCS and the existence of a crazy subsidy scheme that makes HFCS cheaper than sugar.

Anonymous said...

my husband and I went to Wendy's to have the bacon and blue burger. our comment on that burger...NOT GOOD!!!!
try again or stick w/ what u know.

Anonymous said...

I tried the Bacon and Bleu Burger today out of curiosity. I only got the burger and a water, as I am on a strict water-only diet (I've lost 25lbs, don't knock it). I wasn't overly impressed with this new burger as it was smaller then I thought it would be and of course, doesn't look like the promo picture on the drive-thru. My advice is to request that they make the burger fresh for you, on the spot. I saw no pickles on my burger either...and barely any onions to speak of. The burger cost too much ($4.81 w/tax). I know why I don't eat out hardly at all!

Anonymous said...

just so you know, bacon and blue cheese hamburgers don't have ketchup, or pickles or mayonnaise. id know, i work there. for regular condiments it only has lettuce and tomatoes.

Anonymous said...

I wish I had read this entry before I had the burger. It was expensive ($4.60 for me) and I agree, it wasn't very good. Not huge, but many calories and fat - not worth either from my perspective. They did a good job of selling it. - Hyped

Anonymous said...

I ordered the bacon and blue...without the sauce....went home and put A1 steak sauce on it. It was damn good.

Anonymous said...

I think that this is the most deliscious thing I've ever eaten from wendys .I love the bacon and blue and if I could legally marry this sandwich I would

Anonymous said...

A water-only diet with no signs of curbing the fast food intake is like putting lipstick on a pig

Anonymous said...

they make it sound good, look good but they can't make it good.
big disappointment. not worth the money and calories.

Anonymous said...

I had one this aft, loved it, just ran out again to see if it was as good as I thought it had been, and it was even better! love it, hope they keep it (tip: always ask for no pickles or extra onions or whaterver you likem then you know its hot and fresh!)

Anonymous said...

Unlike the other posters, I happen to LOVE this burger. about twice per week I end up eating out for supper and in the past 2 weeks have had 3. I hope it becomes a regular menu item.

Anonymous said...

I had the Bacon and Blue today and it was incredible. Perhaps it is different depending on where you get it. Mine had crispy bacon and nice chunks of bleu cheese. The only thing I may have enjoyed more would be more sautéed onions. My advice is to give it a chance. Because it's a new burger, I'm sure they are working out the kinks.

Anonymous said...

I'm really surprised no one on here liked the burger. I LOVED it!! I have to limit myself to eating it once a week otherwise i would be there everyday and weigh 300 lbs.

Anonymous said...

I tried it and found it to be rather disgusting.

Anonymous said...

I found this blog while looking for the calorie count of this crazy good fast food burger. I eat healthy go to the gym and a bit of a foodie but I broke down and ate fast food when I drove by a Wendy's and saw the banners for the b & b. Wow to all you who though it wasn't any good.
Bare in mind it is fast food and under 5 is not that expensive. It's kind of gourmet for less the 5 bucks!
Good burger and my hats off to Wendy's

Scott Alexander said...

Great tasting burger. I feel bad for those who didn't like theirs. Maybe you're not use to Wendy's, that kind of burger, have tastes that don't meet the qualifications of enjoying a burger, or have some sort of prejudice against fast food. Why even comment on a blog about fast food then? This burger is well worth the price as it certainly should fill you up. And for the person who said it didn't look like the burger on the cardboard cutout - well most burgers don't look like the cardboard cutout. And most people don't buy burgers based on how they look but on how they taste. I hope the Bacon & Blue stays around for a long time as it's a great burger. I have yet to try the Steak & Shake version of the burger. Since I don't want to wait 20 minutes for my meal, I'll probably keep trying Wendy's.

Shameless Yogi said...

I friggin love this burger! Escaping ads for a year by not turning on the tv, I'd essentially avoided all marketing for fast food (which has helped prevent impulse buys). Pandora just so happened to advertise it, and my mouth immediately watered as I love the combo of blue cheese and beef or bison.

YUM! I'm so happy this has less than 700 calories since most do not. For an occasional splurge, it's worth it. I still have 800 calories to use throughout the rest of the day to get in leafy greens, fruit, and lean proteins. I'll take it!

Anonymous said...

I think this is the best burger I have had at a fast food chain. So, so good. Better than Chili's burgers in my opinion... yikes on the fat, but why whould I be shocked... it's fast food. the occassional burger would be ok.

Try it, yuuuummm.

Anonymous said...

I work for Wendy's. The Bacon and Blue sandwich does not come with mayo, ketchup, mustard, or pickles. Just thought you should know since you included them on your list after this sandwich.

Anonymous said...

At our Wendy's in Gurnee IL, the Bacon and Blue was always fresh, the blue cheese was fairly plentiful, and the sauce was awesome. The applewood smoked bacon is a treat also. We began going to Wendy's just about every week for this. Now it's gone and I feel ripped off. Well, we've only been to Wendy's twice since they discontinued it. Maybe they will get the message and bring it back.

Anonymous said...

I loved it too...but have found that every Wendy's is not the same. Some skimp on the ingredients which changed the flavor. Wonder how to make the steakhouse sauce..anyone know?

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Anonymous said...

I absolutely loved this burger and have been craving one since last year. Does anyone know if they are going to bring it back?

Sally said...

Sweet! Thanks for putting this together.

fast food nutrition facts said...

Thanks for sharing the ingredients but it did not compliment on the image shown.Just take in the calories and burn it afterwards.