Sandwiches in Review: Wendy’s Triple Baconator

January 24, 2013

For better or worse, the “wretched excess” theme of fast food sandwiches that seemed to define the past couple of years has died down. Rarely are there viral news stories of sandwiches which eschew bread and vegetables for fried eggs and bacon. The combination of an increased focus on health-consciousness and the rise of coffee shop-style beverages has chased the more extreme offenders from the field. But Wendy’s, the second largest burger chain in the world, persists. Their Baconator is a Ron Swansonesque conglomeration of meats, mayo and cheese. It’s available in single, double, and triple patty sizes, but let’s be honest, you’re not going to go to Wendy’s and order a sandwich called “The Baconator” and only get a single, or double, right?

"Clear alcohols are for rich women on diets."

“Clear alcohols are for rich women on diets.”

Remember the old saying about too much of a good thing being bad?  Here, it’s not so much bad as it is disappointing. The Baconator is beef, bacon, American cheese, mayo and ketchup on a bun. Getting the larger sizes means they just stack another layer of the ingredients on top. All the ingredients are fine by themselves, but so much beef and bacon without any strong sauces or vegetables to add some variety gets monotonous real fast. I understand that that’s kind of the point of the whole thing, but couldn’t we have some “manly” vegetables? Surely grilled onions or peppers wouldn’t have been too out of place here?

The Triple Baconator reaches a point where it almost ceases to be a sandwich, and just kind of becomes a way to shovel meat into your mouth. Normally, I’d love that. But here it just feels uninspired, a belated way to cash in on the Man vs. Food level of excess without really saying anything new. A Triple Baconator combo goes for about $8-9. Save your money and go with a smaller, more satisfying sandwich, like the wonderfully-named “Son of Baconator.”

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