Wendy’s Baconator vs. Wendy’s Son of Baconator

BACONATOR

If you love meat, no doubt you’ve probably swung by Wendy’s at some point to have the Baconator. For the uninitiated, the Baconator (introduced in 2007) is a hamburger that consists of two 1/4 lb. beef patties, topped with 6 strips of bacon, cheese, ketchup, and mayo (Wendy’s also offers a single Baconator and a triple Baconator). The burger has proved quite successful with the 18-34 demographic, and has now spawned a Baconator ‘offspring’ – the Son of Baconator. The Son of Baconator, as the name suggests, is not as big as its ‘father’. The burger still consists of two patties, topped with bacon, cheese, ketchup, and mayo, but the patties are smaller (total pre-cooked weight is just over 1/4 lb.), and ‘only’ has four strips of bacon instead of the Baconator’s six. Rob and I have both had numerous Baconators through the years, so we were curious how the Son of Baconator would stack up against its father, when the smaller burger was launched earlier this month. So, off to Wendy’s we went. Much like the epic clashes between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker in ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ and ‘Return Of The Jedi’, we wanted to see whether the father or offspring would prevail…

SON OF BACONATOR

Unlike in the original Star Wars trilogy, where Darth Vader’s skull was encased in a totally awesome black helmet, while Luke Skywalker had some sweet late 70′s/early 80′s feathered hair, the visual differences between the Baconator and the Son of Baconator are much more subtle. The burgers look very similar to each other, with the main difference being size (this makes sense, as they contain the same ingredients – it’s only the size/amount of the ingredients that differ between the burgers). We were both surprised that the Son of Baconator didn’t look smaller. Sure, the Baconator has almost twice as much beer, and two extra strips of bacon, but we were really expecting the difference in size to be more pronounced. I have to give Wendy’s kudos for the packaging – it had been a while since I had been in a Wendy’s, so I hadn’t seen the current packaging yet. I really like the little burger box, and how the burger is wrapped in paper. It gives it more of an old-school look (if you recall from my review of Throwback Pepsi, I’m a big fan of the throwback/retro look). It also makes it easy to pick up, and easy to hold. The burgers also looked really good – nice bun, well constructed burger, and not greasy in appearance at all.

As for the actual taste of both of these burgers, it was very good indeed. The burger patties were cooked just right, and were not overly salty. The bacon struck just the right balance between crispy and chewy (I don’t like my bacon to be too much of either of those), and I’ve always been a big fan of combining ketchup and mayo (or ‘fancy sauce’, as Will Ferrell’s character refers to it in the classic movie ‘Stepbrothers’). There was just the right amount of bun, as it’s a pet peeve of mine when you have all burger or all bun left for the last bite – not a concern here. If you’re starting to suspect that we liked the burgers equally, in terms of taste and Füd Factor, you’re absolutely right. The only places these two differed was in their size, and in their price. The difference in price between a Baconator combo and a Son of Baconator combo was about 3 dollars! That is a huge difference in price! If you are that hungry, you’d be better off ordering a Son of Baconator combo and an additional burger off of Wendy’s Extra Value menu than you would if you ordered the Baconator combo, as you’d save about a buck. The Baconator, as a result, takes a big hit in the Value score.

CONCLUSION: SON OF BACONATOR – 4.0 STARS, BACONATOR – 3.5 STARS In the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy, the father (Darth Vader) starts out on top, but eventually, the son (Luke Skywalker) wins out, and that’s how we felt about these burgers. The Baconator has been one of those burgers that for the last few years, when I’ve had the occasional crazy meat craving, has been the ‘go-to’ for me. However, now that the Son of Baconator has entered the fast food arena, it has supplanted its father in that role. Both burgers are very good, but the Son wins out on value (not to mention, it’s a smaller hit to my daily calorie total in myfitnesspal by 270 calories and 20 grams of fat!). Whichever burger you choose, however, the meat will definitely be with you…

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