(Nerd) Lunch Special: Dave’s Hot ‘N Juicy Burgers and The W

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(Nerd) Lunch Special: Dave’s Hot ‘N Juicy Burgers and The W

Note from Jeeg:  The terms of use on Wendy’s web site actually forbid people from linking to it, so you’ll have to Google anything of interest yourself this time around. Maybe our friends at Wendy’s will see this and realize that it’s a bit weird to encourage people to Tweet or post about your product on Facebook while also prohibiting them from linking to your site.


Recent road trips afforded me some great excuses to eat fast food along the highways and biways, including a couple stops at Wendy’s. Rather than my usual value menu purchases, I decided to indulge in their newly released premium burgers. Dave’s Hot ‘N Juicy Burgers are reboots of the Classic Single, Double, and Triple cheeseburgers with thicker beef patties and premium toppings.  The “W” is a smaller double cheeseburger (akin to the Double Stack) with the same new toppings and a special sauce.  The new sandwiches were rolled out in November in what has to be an effort to move a bit upmarket where players like Five Guys are making hay.


The Dave’s Hot ‘N Juicy Single I had was very tasty, but not much different than a Classic Single. I did like the red onion and thick cut pickles, but it’s a bit of an overstatement to call them premium toppings. The lettuce and tomato were just average fast food quality (CT would say “quick service” quality) . While the lettuce and tomato wouldn’t be mistaken for In-N-Out Burger, the packaging might. For dine in orders, the classic wrapper is gone and the burger is presented vertically in an open face box.


The_WThe “W” appears targeted at the budget between the value menu and full sized sandwiches. It features the smaller 1/8 lb beef patties used on the value menu burgers, the toppings of the mainline sandwiches, and is priced at $3. Beyond the Goldilocks position on the menu, the special sauce is the distinguishing factor for The “W”. Wendy’s special sauce, just like the Big Mac special sauce or In-N-Out Spread, is similar to Thousand Island dressing. I’m a fan of Thousand Island, but I thought the Wendy’s special sauce was too sweet and overpowered the burger’s other toppings. It wasn’t bad, but I will probably stick with a Dave’s Hot ‘N Juicy or Jr. Bacon Cheeseburgers next time.


Much like the revamped fries at Wendy’s, the updated sandwiches are move evolutionary than I thought they would be and feel quite familiar. That’s a good thing, in my opinion, since Wendy’s has always had one of the better burgers of the national chains.  The tweaked recipes may not win over many converts, but luckily for Wendy’s fans they also didn’t fix what wasn’t broken.

By | 2017-03-17T00:51:15+00:00 December 22nd, 2011|Categories: Article|Tags: , , |4 Comments

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  1. Jack February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

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  2. Fitz February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply


  3. CT February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    I had the "W" recently as well. In fact, you can see a picture of it here. (Hey Wendy's, see how I linked to Foodspotting instead of your site? Crazy how they'll get that traffic instead of you…) I liked it, but am honestly a bit surprised by the name. Not trying to get into a political discussion at all, but with that being the much maligned former US president's nickname, I raised my eyebrow.

    Also…COMPLETELY AGREE about the kids meal toys. In fact, I was just complaining about those toys last time we went there. At the Wendy's we usually go to, there's a winding fence thingie (what's that called in Canada? What's that called in America for that matter?) and right in the middle of it is a display for their lousy kids meal toys. We go in there and my kids just stop at that thing and gaze upon the junk that is being offered. Holds up the line. When I tell the three-year-old it's time to move on, he throws his usual tantrum. Ugh. Such a nightmare that I have almost declared that we're not going to that Wendy's anymore. Especially since they STILL don't have a self-service drink station.

  4. Christian February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    I'm a big fan of the Baconator. Love it. But someone in marketing or whatever has to revamp the kids meals. In Canada they've been giving away recently game show themed toys such as Wheel of Fortune and Minute To Win It. I'm not kidding. Generally all "happy meal" toys are garbage but Wendy's have been particularly useless. Rant over.

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