When Wawa finally launched their burger (which had been in a testing phase) nationally this past February, I was still on the fence. My thoughts were, could a chain convenience store pull off a palatable burger for the masses?
I drove over to Wawa right around two in the afternoon, thinking I could beat the lunch crowd. Wrong. The Wawa burger & fries are part of a dinner menu starting at 4 PM.
Let’s flash forward to a few days in the future. I downloaded the Wawa app thinking I’d use it only once. But, instead, I can’t make up my mind on what to get on my burger.
Wawa’s burger is a one-third-pound Angus patty on a brioche bun. The patty comes cooked one way; well done. There are many toppings and condiments to customize your sandwich.
The options are as follows.
Wawa Burger’s Cheese, Topping & Spread Options
|Caramelized Onions||Cucumbers||Everything Seasoning|
|Grated Parmesan||Green Leaf||Hot Peppers|
|Pepper Relish||Ranch Dressing||Spicy Mustard|
How was the Wawa Burger?
I ordered my burger with American cheese, caramelized onions, and garlic aioli.
The burger arrives in a Wawa branded clam-shell container. Unfortunately, it is not hot, just a step above room temperature. I find the same issue with most sandwiches from many fast food joints.
The cheeses are partially melted, and there is one slice above and another below the well-done patty. The garlic aioli smeared bottom bun with the finely diced caramelized onions on top round out the sando.
I must admit that I
enjoyed like the Wawa burger if we’re talking flavor. However, I found myself questioning my burger integrity.
This meat puck goes against some of my burger beliefs, but I’ve loosened those over the years. It’s allowed me to enjoy particular fast-food burgers and my nostalgia associated with them.
I skipped out on the fries and ordered the mashed potatoes instead. I thoroughly enjoyed the taters. I’m convinced I’ve lost my mind.
There is only one way to test my theory, a round two of tastings on the following day.
Wawa Burger Round 1 Pics
I spent the early afternoon convinced that it would take two burgers to make my final decision. This time one burger with American cheese, ketchup, yellow mustard, mayo, and the other with American cheese, onions, pickles, and yellow mustard.
The latter is my attempt to create a burger with old-school toppings. In retrospect, I should have removed the cheese on that one.
I cave in and order the seasoned fries to find out what those are all about.
Again, both burgers were just above room temperature. When I walked up to the counter to pick them up, they were sitting there. Now I know why these fellas aren’t hot. Maybe I shouldn’t be ordering via their app?
The fries have a nice seasoning on them, but they were crispy and dried out. So after eating a couple of fries, I tap out.
The old-school burger had an excessive amount of onions. Somehow, the unmelted cheese was sitting on top of that mount and pickles. This one did not work for me. I would never order this combination again.
My kiddie burger with ketchup, yellow mustard, and mayo brought the Wawa burger average back up. If this one were hot, I would have enjoyed it. But instead, it reminded me of eating a burger with my late grandfather when I was a kid.
If Wawa is committed to creating an enjoyable burger, they’ll work on getting the temperature thing fixed. Their burger is good, or if you prefer, I can use everyone’s favorite backhanded compliment, surprisingly good.
I’m not about to go out of my way to grab one, but I could see myself eating another in the right situation. Also, don’t forget to add salt & pepper; it goes a long way.