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Bachelor on the Cheap Burger Challenge 2022: How does A&W rate?

A&W Bacon Double Cheeseburger
It's a tall burger

By Mike Thayer

If you're going to do a burger challenge for the best burger in Wichita, you have to sample them all...

The things I do in the name of food science...

I'm traveling around the Wichita Metro, sampling the burger offerings from any joint that has burgers on the menu, local, regional, national chain, it doesn't matter.

As a former Certified Competition BBQ Judge, I've taken that scoring system and tweaked it to judging burgers. Being evaluated on a point system scorecard will be a plethora of categories that includes but is not limited to the appearance, meat, bun, meat to bun ratio, the cheese, how the burger is dressed (that means the assortment of veggies, sauce and/or condiments for those of you who live in Haysville), price and more. Weighing most heavily in the score of course, is TASTE and depending on the size of the patty, I could be sampling a single or a double, there's a quarter pound minimum. After scoring the burger, I'll post a review for the respective burger joint, compiling all that data as I go from restaurant to restaurant and I'll post all the numbers for each burger sampled in a final report.

This evening, I had A&W for dinner.

A&W Bacon Double Cheeseburger
Stacked with fresh veggies

This iconic national chain of fast food restaurants is the oldest in the country, distinguished by its burgers, root beer and back in the day, drive-in restaurants and car hops.  Fun fact, in the 1970's, A&W had more restaurants than McDonald's, peaking at 2,400 in 1974.

It's been awhile since I've had an A&W burger, had plenty of them as a kid.  And while A&W may have gotten away from the car hop approach to doing business, they still make a pretty darn good burger.

I ordered the Bacon Double Cheeseburger, here's the description from the A&W website:  This is a full 1/3 pound of 100% U.S. Beef, each juicy patty with its own slice of American cheese. Topped off with crispy hickory-smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, onions and pickles on a lightly toasted bun.

A&W Burger
The cut-away

In the wrapper unveil the burger had a nice initial visual appeal.  Great looking bun, two all beef patties, two slices of cheese, onion, but a lot of lettuce to give it that height...

It did have a nice bite though.  Generously portioned with the veggies, the beef was seasoned well, the bacon was crisp, tomatoes ripe, red & juicy, I got the tartness from the pickle, there was onion in every bite and bringing it all together , the melty cheese and lightly toasted mayo dressed bun.

A&W Burger
Juicy red tomato, good bacon coverage

Side Note:  The fries were seasoned well and quite tasty.  And one MUST have a root beer when at A&W, it was a super nice change of pace and a thirst quencher.

Costing me $10.74 for the combo meal, the A&W Bacon Double Cheeseburger scored 53 out of a possible 63 points, earning 4 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  Bachelor on the Cheap wallet friendly it's a good but not great burger, but yes, worthy of a repeat buy.  The veggies are fresh, but there's a bit of lettuce overkill and even though you get two beef patties, they're thin.  The bun is huge, resulting in a meat to bun ratio that's a bit heavy on the bread.

4 stars

With fewer and farther between A&W restaurants these days, they may have fallen off your burger radar.  For the price, you might want to consider a visit.

The A&W visited on this occasion is located at 547 S Rock Rd, Wichita, KS 67207.  The service was obligatory and took about 5 minutes to receive my meal, there were no vehicles ahead of me.

$pend Wisely My Friends...

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Related: The Bachelor on the Cheap Burger Challenge 2022: Who makes the best burger in Wichita? Is it The Anchor?

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