Arby’s first-ever burger is two years in the making

Arby’s Wagyu Steakhouse Burger is made up of 52% American Wagyu and 48% ground beef

Arby’s Wagyu Steakhouse Burger

Arby’s has finally added a burger to its menu.

The fast-food chain had never sold a burger since it opened its first restaurant back in 1964. But that changed today with the launch of its first-ever burger called Wagyu Steakhouse Burger.

What’s in Arby’s Wagyu Steakhouse Burger?

Available as a limited-time offering beginning today through July 31st, Arby’s Wagyu Steakhouse Burger costs $5.99 and includes an American Wagyu blended burger, American cheese, shredded lettuce, tomato, pickles, red onion, and a special burger sauce on a toasted brioche bun.

Wagyu refers to any of the four Japanese breeds of beef cattle, which are all known for their rich flavor and buttery tenderness. Weighing in at 6.4 ounces, Arby’s blended burger is made up of 52% American Wagyu and 48% ground beef that is cooked “sous-vide style” to create a juicy and tender burger.

Arby’s regular Wagyu Steakhouse Burger
Arby’s regular Wagyu Steakhouse Burger

Arby’s spent more than two years developing the Wagyu Steakhouse Burger, which the company described as the “highest-quality burger the market has seen yet.”

“We’ve spent over two years of dedicated research and development to deliver a premium burger that redefines what’s possible from a drive-thru,” said Arby’s chief marketing officer Patrick Schwing in a statement. “Instead of focusing on making billions of mediocre burgers, we’re taking a stance on high-quality meat that deserves to be cooked properly.”

In addition to the regular Wagyu Steakhouse Burger, there’s also a Bacon Ranch Wagyu Steakhouse Burger, which includes bacon and ranch dressing as the name suggests.

Arby’s Bacon Ranch Wagyu Steakhouse Burger
Arby’s Bacon Ranch Wagyu Steakhouse Burger

How does Arby’s Wagyu Steakhouse Burger taste?

Brett Molina of USA Today had sampled both varieties of Arby’s Wagyu Steakhouse Burger and confirmed that both burgers are huge. If you’re wondering how big they are, Arby’s claims that the regular Wagyu Steakhouse Burger is 50% bigger than McDonald’s Quarter Pounder.

As for the taste, Molina wrote that both varieties “taste quite good,” noting that the “burger itself was pretty juicy, and the bun is an ideal size for handling the burger and all its toppings.” He added that the burger sauce on the Wagyu Steakhouse Burger reminded him of the Big Mac.

Molina revealed that he likes the Bacon Ranch Wagyu Steakhouse Burger more than the regular one because the former “offers a more savory flavor, not to mention bacon is awesome at all times.”

Molina ended his review by pointing out that “the burgers did go heavy on the sauces and dressings,” which are literally dripping from the burger. So if you prefer a burger that is lighter on the condiments, make sure to ask Arby’s staff to go easy on the sauce when placing your order.

Sources: CNN, USA Today
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