When it comes to Arby’s, people tend to fall into one of two camps: fervent supporters or those who wouldn’t touch their roast beef sandwich with a ten-foot pole. As someone who proudly resides in the former camp, I have always admired Arby’s for doing things differently. Their slogan, “We Have the Meats,” has never included a hamburger in their 58-year history. However, recently, Arby’s decided to enter the burger game with a vengeance, introducing the Deluxe Wagyu Steakhouse Burger.
A Burger Like No Other
This delightful creation features a 6.4-ounce patty, blending 52% American Wagyu beef with 48% ground beef. Topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, red onion, and burger sauce, all nestled between a toasted brioche bun, it promises to be an extraordinary experience. Arby’s, being grill-less, opts for the sous vide cooking method, ensuring a medium-well burger rarely seen in fast food establishments.
An Artfully Crafted Delicacy
At first glance, the Arby’s Wagyu Steakhouse Burger may not appear exceptionally hefty, but upon closer examination, it reveals itself as a weighty patty. Unlike many fast-food offerings where an abundance of ground beef can be overwhelming, this burger manages to strike a perfect balance. The meaty flavor is satisfying, and the interior matches the advertised pictures: a juicy, pinkish delight that defies the grey uniformity present in most fast-food burgers.
A Symphony of Flavors
The cheese is flawlessly melted, and the fresh vegetables contribute to an overall enjoyable eating experience. The pickles, slightly thicker and tastier than usual, impart a delightful crunch, while the red onion adds a satisfying zing without overpowering the palate. The sauce, a standard condiment mix, is applied generously to both the top and bottom bun, perhaps a tad excessively. While its thinner consistency and balanced flavor are appreciated, a more judicious use of the sauce would have allowed the wagyu beef to shine even brighter.
Unleashing True Quality
Though lacking the traditional char from the grill, the Arby’s Wagyu Steakhouse Burger manages to surpass expectations in terms of texture and quality. It offers a drive-thru burger experience that sets itself apart, proving that size doesn’t always dictate taste. If fast-food hamburgers are part of your repertoire, I urge you to seize this opportunity before July 31st. After that, Arby’s will retire from the burger game, leaving fans and (pretend) franchise owners like me content in knowing that while they don’t have to serve burgers, they certainly can.
Purchased Price: $6.99
Rating: 8 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: 715 calories, 43 grams of fat, 17 grams of saturated fat, 1 gram of trans fat, 97 milligrams of cholesterol, 1567 milligrams of sodium, 46 grams of total carbohydrates, 3 grams of dietary fiber, 14 grams of sugars, and 39 grams of protein.