Should You Get the Arby’s Wagyu Steakhouse Burger?

When I saw the ad for the new Arby’s Wagyu Steakhouse Burger, I instantly remembered the time they had yanked our chain in March 2009 with their RoastBurgers. You can scroll to the bottom of this post to see my thoughts about those fellas.

Arby's Menu Board with the Wagyu Steakhouse Burgers
Menu Board with the Wagyu Steakhouse Burgers

Marcela craved Arby’s Orange Cream Shake, so the universe was trying to make this visit happen one way or another. Plus, I still needed some time on the drive over to finalize if I would order the Deluxe or the Bacon Ranch Wagyu Steakhouse Burger.

My burger arrives while Marcela is enjoying her Orange Cream Shake, a limited-time offer item.

Arby's Medium Orange Cream Shake
Medium Orange Cream Shake

Which Arby’s Wagyu Steakhouse Burger Did I Get?

Arby's Wrapped Deluxe Wagyu Steakhouse Burger
Surprise, it’s the Deluxe Wagyu Steakhouse Burger!

Anyways, was there any doubt I’d go the Deluxe route? The Deluxe has American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions, and a burger sauce on a toasted brioche bun.

My other option was the Bacon Ranch Wagyu Steakhouse Burger. This burger has the same ingredients, but there’s no burger sauce, and in its place is bacon and a parmesan peppercorn ranch sauce.

Those seem more like toppings for a chicken sandwich. Maybe Arby’s play should have been to bring back the onion petals and pair them with the Smoky Q sauce; just a thought.

The Endorsement tries the Deluxe Wagyu Steakhouse Burger
Is it endorsed?

Arby’s Deluxe Wagyu Steakhouse Burger Thoughts

Arby's Deluxe Wagyu Steakhouse Burger
The Deluxe Wagyu Steakhouse Burger

There are too many bad burgers out there. That’s why Arby’s created THIS burger with Wagyu beef, cooked medium-well with a hint of pink. Limited time only at participating U.S. locations while supplies last. Made with a blend of Wagyu and ground beef.

from the Arby’s Website

Since the devil is in the details, you’ll see that the 6.4-ounce burgers are made with a blend of Wagyu and ground beef if you read the burgers’ full descriptions. Is there a breakdown of those percentages?

Yup, the burger patty is a 52 percent blend of American Wagyu and 48 percent ground beef. The more I dig into this Wagyu Steakhouse Burger, the better it sounds.

More surprising is the claim that Arby’s burgers will be served medium-well with a pink center. How will Arby’s be able to pull that off? The beef patties are cooked sous-vide style, which makes a whole lotta sense.

Arby's Deluxe Wagyu Steakhouse Burger cooked Medium Well
Deluxe Wagyu Steakhouse Burger cooked Medium Well.

I can confirm that the center was indeed pink. Seeing the patty between medium and medium well was a pleasant surprise. We might have had a winner if this burger had come out hot and not lukewarm.

The flavor was there, but I was served a Wagyu Steakhouse Burger that had been sitting around and then finished when I placed my order.

The picture might give the illusion that it was overcooked, but as you can see, the inside is pink, and the cheese is barely melted. So it appears to be an execution issue.

It’s a shame cause my bud Ed ate a Deluxe Wagyu Steakhouse Burger at his local Arby’s minutes before I ate mine, and he loved it. This sandwich has the potential to be a solid fast-food burger option.

UPDATE: Arby’s has no grills or griddles, so these burgers are deep-fried!

The burger, crinkle-cut fries, a medium Coke, and the medium Orange Cream Shake came to $14.32 for your fast food bookkeepers at home.

Arby’s Good Burger 2 Meal

Door Ad for Arby's Good Burger 2 Meal
Door Ad

Arby’s is running a promotion for the film, Good Burger 2. I didn’t see any promotional ads on the building other than this small one on the door.

The Good Burger 2 Meal is made up of their Wagyu Steakhouse burger, crinkle-cut fries, and a Strawberry Shake.

A wagyu blend burger topped with American cheese, shredded lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion, and burger sauce on a toasted buttery brioche bun, served with a Strawberry Shake and Crinkles Fries. Made with a blend of 51% American Wagyu and 49% Ground Beef.

– Arby’s Website
Arby's Good Burger 2 Meal
Arby’s Good Burger 2 Meal

The crinkle-cut fries were very good, while that strawberry shake was too syrupy for my taste. My wife, who is a strawberry shake connoisseur, thought so too.

Wagyu Steakhouse Burger from the Arby's Good Burger 2 Meal
Wagyu Steakhouse Burger from the Arby’s Good Burger 2 Meal

The burger is the standard burger Arby’s has been selling for the last year and a half. The main problem with it is inconsistency.

And what’s with the missing piece of burger? I’m all about the crispy fried beef, but it was a lukewarm burger patty. Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me, and here I am on a fifth fooling.

Wagyu Steakhouse Burger Fail from the Arby's Good Burger 2 Meal
Wagyu Steakhouse Burger Fail

I really want to love this burger, but they can’t seem to execute it well consistently. I’m basing these thoughts on the Arby’s near me, cause somehow, my friend the endorsement always gets a great burger at his local Arby’s.

Good Burger 2 – The Endorsement

Yet, The Endorsements love his

Arby’s RoastBurger Throwback Post

Arby's RoastBurger Box
Arby’s RoastBurger Box

March 25th, 2009 – I went against my better judgment and decided to try Arby’s Roastburger.” I had a coupon in hand, so it did soften the blow a little.

As I suspected, there is no difference between an Arby’s Roast Beef Sandwich and a “Roastburger” other than the toppings. So I decided to go with the Bacon Cheddar Roastburger with pepper bacon and cheddar cheese.

Arby's Bacon Cheddar RoastBurger
Bacon Cheddar RoastBurger

Wow! It tastes like an Arby’s Roast Beef Sandwich with pepper bacon and cheddar cheese.

Alright, that might have been a little obnoxious, but let’s be honest here, who are they trying to fool with their “Roastburger.” The Chicken Bacon & Swiss Sandwich is more my speed at Arby’s.

I like it, and if you add some of their horsey (horseradish) sauce, it’s even better. I forgot to mention their sauce selection which I thoroughly enjoy.

Arby's Self Service Sauces
Arby’s Self-Service Sauces
Arby's Jalapeño Poppers & Loaded Potato Bites
Jalapeño Poppers & Loaded Potato Bites

To cap off this meal, we had jalapeño poppers and loaded potato bites (potato with cheddar cheese and bacon). The jalapeño poppers are as good as you’ll find at most dive bars, and the loaded potato bites are nothing out of this world.

I do like their onion petals, though. So the moral of the story is to stick with what you know. Arby’s sells roast beef and some pretty good sides.

2 thoughts on “Should You Get the Arby’s Wagyu Steakhouse Burger?”

  1. I have had the wagyu burger twice and love it! don’t understand all the negative comments, but frankly I think these folks are probably never happy with anything! keep going arby’s


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