Wendy's Baconator Copycat Recipe

Sometimes you crave kale and quinoa. Sometimes you want fresh fruit. Other times a lean piece of salmon served with greens and barley sounds divine. Other times, though, let's be honest: you want a mighty stack of meat and cheese that is the Wendy's Baconator burger and a side of fries for good measure. Why not save a bit of time and a few bucks by satisfying that mighty craving by making this all-American classic burger in the comfort of your own kitchen?

"This [recipe] is super easy," says chef and recipe developer Jason Goldstein of Chop Happy, adding, "If you [did a] blind taste test this would be super close for sure." You only need a few basic ingredients to make this beloved behemoth of a sandwich, and the cooking is indeed pretty much foolproof. All that said, let's remember that a Baconator should be a treat, not a daily meal; using Wendy's own stats, the burger contains an average of about 960 calories, 66 grams of fat (including 26 grams of saturated fat) and 1,540 milligrams of sodium. But hey, it also delivers 57 grams of protein, which is a good portion of the daily needed value for most adults, according to Harvard Health Publishing!

Gather your ingredients

Now remember folks, the recipe here calls for ingredients needed to make two copycat Baconators, not one, so don't accidentally make a super burger! And do cut everything in half if you're making a lunch or dinner for one person. What you'll need is 1 pound of ground beef (ideally an 80/20 blend to make the best comparison to Wendy's actual burger), salt and pepper, garlic powder, 8 bacon strips bacon (cooked and cut in half), 4 slices of American cheese, 2 hamburger buns, ketchup, and mayo.

As for serving ideas? Goldstein says: "The perfect pairing is crispy salty fries and a burger's 'fine wine': soda!"

Cook the bacon and prep the patties

First off, cook the bacon so it's at the ready for later. You can do that by laying out all 8 pieces on a sheet tray and baking it (try 450 degrees for 10 minutes), by pan frying it, or by cooking the bacon in the microwave. Then cut the pieces of bacon (AKA rashers) in half to make approximately 3-inch strips.

Next, divide the pound of meat into 4 equal quarter-pound portions, then shape each portion into a square patty that's slightly bigger than the burger bun, thus to mimic that classic Wendy's beef patty shape.

Now add garlic powder, salt, and pepper to both sides of each of the patties.

Cook the patties and then begin burger assembly

Heat up a nonstick pan or lightly grease a regular skillet or griddle, and then cook the patties for 2 minutes on both sides on high heat. Goldstein says to be sure you "turn the heat all the way up so you get a quick sear on the beef. If you cook at too low of a temperature, it [may be] cooked unevenly."

You want the patties well done, so they should hit 160 degrees internally right before you take them away from the heat. And apply the cheese before you do that, but be aware that Goldstein warns against "over melting the cheese," advising you to "place slices of cheese on the burger 30 seconds before [you] take burger off the heat. It will melt perfectly."

Assemble your burgers and enjoy

To build the burger, place the first patty with melted cheese on a bottom bun. Add 2 pieces of the cut bacon side-by-side facing one direction, and then 2 pieces facing the other way atop them to form a lattice-like structure. Now add the second patty atop the bacon, then stack 4 more pieces of bacon over the patty in the same lattice orientation.

Next, add 1 tablespoon each of ketchup and mayo to the top bun and then place the bun on top of stacked burger. Repeat the build steps for the second burger, and then serve it to your grateful dining buddy and dig in to your own imitation Baconator burger.

Wendy's Baconator Copycat Recipe
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When you're craving a Wendy's Baconator, you have two choices: get in your car and sit in the drive-thru line, or make your own with our tasty copycat recipe.
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a copycat Wendy's burger with fries
Total time: 25 minutes
  • 8 bacon strips bacon
  • 1 pound ground beef (80/20 blend)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper 
  • 4 slices of American cheese
  • 2 hamburger buns, sliced open
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees and cook the bacon on a sheet tray for 10 minutes.
  2. Divide the ground beef into 4 equal portions, then shape each portion into a square patty, slightly bigger than the burger bun.
  3. Add the garlic powder, salt, and pepper to both sides of the patties. 
  4. Cook the patties for 2 minutes on both sides on a high heat pan.
  5. Add one slice of American cheese to each patty 30 seconds before removing from the pan.
  6. To build the burger, place 1 patty on the bottom bun, then add 2 pieces of bacon facing one direction, and 2 pieces facing the other way to form a lattice. 
  7. Add the second patty over the bacon, then stack 4 more pieces of bacon over the patty in the same lattice orientation.
  8. Add 1 tablespoon each of ketchup and mayonnaise to the top bun and place bun on top of stacked burger.
  9. Repeat assembly steps for the second burger, and then enjoy (not both -- share with someone)!
Calories per Serving 1,450
Total Fat 114.5 g
Saturated Fat 41.1 g
Trans Fat 2.8 g
Cholesterol 270.1 mg
Total Carbohydrates 34.8 g
Dietary Fiber 1.9 g
Total Sugars 7.5 g
Sodium 1,773.3 mg
Protein 67.0 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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