So yes, I do cook five nights a week. I like to save money and eat healthy. But occasionally, a Wendy’s hamburger sure does taste good.
I take the girls to Wendy’s to celebrate good report cards. Wendy’s rewards them with a free kids’ meal (well, they used to. They just stopped in the past 6 months … another victim of this economy?). I treat myself to a Number 1, with chili in place of fries (because of course chili is healthier than fries, right?).
I get the hamburger, all juicy and hot. Then I make it healthier by scraping off all the mayo I can (because haven’t you read that, like, half the fat in a sandwich is in the sauce?), and then I enjoy its yumminess.
But now I read, that yumminess is about to change :(.
Wendy’s is remaking its hamburger for the first time in 42 years, which is basically my lifetime.
What does this remake entail?
- Extra cheese: thumbs down; cheese is a big fat-adder, and the single slice was always plenty for me.
- A buttered bun: thumbs down; I avoid butter whenever I can. What — was the sandwich not sufficiently high-calorie already?
- Leave off the mustard and use full-fat mayo: thumbs down — hey, I like mustard. I guess the mayo is a wash, since I scrape it off anyway, but I didn’t know the original version wasn’t full-fat to begin with.
- Thicker burger: eh, I don’t mind. It sounds like the burger won’t actually contain more meat; patties will just be packed more loosely and will be pressed down less while cooking.
- Burger in a “natural square” shape: ha, this is funny. Wendy’s apparently considered a round patty, but gasp! that would be tampering with tradition. Customers did, however, feel that the square patty looked a little – umm – processed, so they’re going with a “natural square” shape that has wavy edges. Sure glad to know that this burger is not processed! 🙂
- Less pickles and onions: thumbs down; why decrease the veggie content? This is being done to enhance the flavor of the beef. Okay, then.
I think these are strange changes, overall. They seem like they’re leaning over towards a higher-fat, higher-calorie burger, which seems to be diametrically opposed to everything we’re hearing from health experts, even including our current first lady.
Hey, Michelle! How about talking to Wendy’s about these changes? I mean, what good is it if kids are eating carrot sticks at school, only to head to Wendy’s afterwards for a big, fat hamburger on a buttery bun with full-fat mayo?
What do you think? Do you like the proposed changes to Wendy’s hamburgers? Me, I’m trying to decide what I can substitute for the hamburger next time I visit.