Power Rankings: Wendy’s

Power Rankings: Wendy’s

Welcome to the newest series here on Garbage plate reviews where I eat everything from a fast food place and give you, my power rankings. On this episode, we are going to be reviewing the menu items from Wendy’s.

I should start by saying that Wendy’s is my favorite of the “big 3” burger joints. The quality of food is better and the options are more diverse. I took the liberty of power ranking every burger option that is currently served at Wendy’s (as of July 1, 2022). This was the first time that I had a lot of these items, and a few of them surprised me. My reviews took place over the course of several months and the list below is the result of my arduous efforts. This list in descending order from worst to best items on the menu. Without further adieu let’s get to power ranking:

11. Hot Honey Chicken

This is the brand new burger offered by Wendy’s revealed February 2022 and is part of their “Made to Crave” menu. This was one of the worst burgers they serve here at Wendy’s. It’s shocking how bad it is. The flavors don’t blend well and the honey makes eating the burger a sticky affair. It’s weird to be eating sticky meat.

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10. Bourbon Bacon Cheeseburger

This was the second worst burger on this list for me. The flavors all blend together and make it an underwhelming culinary experience.

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9. Spicy Chicken Sandwich

My problem with this burger is that it’s carried by the spicy chicken patty. It doesn’t stand on it’s own as an individual burger and is rather bland. Without burying the lead, the best sandwich on this list is a better version of this.

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8. Grilled Chicken

This was one of the sandwiches I hadn’t tried before, and if not for this project I wouldn’t order it. It’s a bit bland and boring. The grilled chicken feels like the healthier option on the menu. I’m not sure if that’s true or not, but that’s the vibe I got.

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7. Big Bacon Cheddar Chicken

This is the ugly cousin of the Big Bacon Cheddar Burger, but with chicken. It doesn’t work as well with chicken, I’ll discuss the burger further down the list.

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6. Big Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger

So this is the same ingredients as the chicken version, but this one works a lot better. It has a good synergy and the flavors all compliment each other well. I will mention that this burger has a high level of deviation depending on what Wendy’s location you go to. The one I had was a good example of this as I felt they could have done a better job preparing my specific burger.

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5. Baconator

Ah the baconator, a homage to America and 2012. It’s a simple concept, put bacon on a burger and profit. It’s also very good, an iconic burger from Wendy’s.

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4. Classic Chicken

An absolute classic. It’s a simple sandwich but it’s executed well. Especially with the spicy chicken.

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3. Dave’s Single

I lumped all the “Dave’s” burgers into one category. The taste profile doesn’t change because you add hamburger patties. This is a classic burger, and what helped to create the Wendy’s we all know and love today. The simplicity of it is what I admire about this burger. There are no frills or gimmicks, it’s a good sturdy burger.

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2. Big Bacon Classic

I enjoyed this one, again it’s nothing crazy but it it’s quite enjoyable. Wendy’s is at their best when they’re making simple burgers.

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1. Asiago Ranch Chicken Club

This is far and away the best sandwich that Wendy’s offers. I rated the spicy chicken so low because in the opinion of this author, it’s a strictly worse version of this. The Asiago Ranch is a gift from the burger gods to the people of America. The combination of flavors on this one is superb.

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So there you have it, if you’re still reading let me know in the comments if you think I’m wrong or where I should go next.



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