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21 Best Items to Order at Wendy’s

Wendy’s menu has a lot to offer. From juicy burgers stacked high with toppings to delicious salads that will suit your diet, there’s truly something for everyone.

Most Wendy’s menu items can be ordered a la carte or as a combo meal, and select items come in a biggie combo that gives you more bang for your buck.

Wendy’s menu has food for any time of day. The breakfast menu includes savory sandwiches served on bread, croissants, or biscuits, as well as sweets like their homestyle French toast sticks.

For lunch or dinner, there are a variety of Wendy’s burgers, chicken sandwiches, chicken nuggets, salads, and loaded sides.  

In this article, we’ve rounded up the best Wendy’s items on the menu based on their taste, nutrition, and overall satisfaction.

Whether you’re craving breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a snack, the following items are our favorites to order at Wendy’s.

21. Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger

Although the Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger is smaller than other Wendy’s burgers, it’s certainly not lacking in toppings or flavor.

It’s made with delicious classic burger toppings and can be ordered a la carte or as a Wendy’s Biggie Bag combo meal that includes a drink, fries, and a side of original or spicy chicken nuggets.

Wendy’s Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger starts with a fresh beef patty on a fluffy burger bun.

It’s then topped with slices of Applewood smoked bacon and American cheese, as well as lettuce, tomato, onion, and mayo.

A Wendy’s Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger has 370 calories, while meals can have up to 1,720 calories. Each burger has 23g fat, 25g carbs, and 18g protein.

20. Spicy Chicken Nuggets

The Wendy’s menu has a variety of spicy options, and their chicken nuggets are included.

They’re made with the same real-meat recipe as the original version but with a blend of spices that puts a twist on the traditional bite-sized treats.

Wendy’s spicy chicken nuggets are made from 100% white meat that’s breaded with a mix of peppers and spices.

They can be ordered in a 4-piece, 6-piece, or 10-piece order, each including your choice of Wendy’s dipping sauces.

10-piece orders can also be turned into a combo meal with a drink and a side.

Each 4-piece order of spicy chicken nuggets has 190 calories, while a 6-piece order has 280 calories.

A 10-piece order has 470 calories when ordered ala carte, but this can go up to 1,740 calories when ordered as a combo meal.

19. Breakfast Baconator

The Breakfast Baconator may not be like the original Wendy’s burger, but it provides a hearty serving of protein to get your day going.

Between the two types of meat, the freshly cracked eggs and the savory cheese, there’s a lot to love about this breakfast sandwich.

Order it as a combo meal, and you’ll also get a choice of side and a drink.

You’ll find a savory sausage patty and plenty of Applewood smoked bacon on this breakfast sandwich.

These are paired with a fresh grade A egg, melted American cheese, and a Swiss cheese sauce.

The Breakfast Baconator has 730 calories, while meals may have up to 1,460 calories. Each sandwich has 50g fat, 37g carbs, and 34g protein.

18. Honey Butter Biscuit

The Honey Butter Biscuit can serve as a light breakfast or a deliciously sweet addition to your favorite entrée.

The warm and fluffy buttermilk biscuit is topped with sweet and savory maple honey butter, making this breakfast item a delicious way to start your day.

Each Honey Butter Biscuit has 310 calories, 19g fat, 32g carbs, and 3g protein.

This item is only sold a la carte, but you can switch up the flavor by exchanging the maple honey butter for hot honey sauce, syrup, or a creamy Swiss cheese sauce.

17. Crispy Chicken BLT

Wendy’s Crispy Chicken BLT is a people pleaser. It’s savory and satisfying but won’t leave you feeling too heavy or sluggish.

It’s also part of the Biggie Combo menu, which includes a side of fries, a drink, and a 4-piece order of crispy or spicy chicken nuggets.

The Crispy Chicken BLT starts with a juicy white meat chicken breast that has been lightly breaded and seasoned.

It’s stacked with Applewood smoked bacon and American cheese and completed with lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, and a fluffy bun.

Each sandwich has a reasonable 420 calories, 23g fat, 35g carbs, and 19g protein. This is enough to fill you up, and you don’t need to feel bad about making it a combo.

The Crispy Chicken BLT Biggie Combo meal can have up to 1,420 calories depending on your combo size, drink, and sauce options.

The side of chicken nuggets also provides an additional 10g of protein to keep you full until your next meal.

16. Sausage Gravy & Biscuit

Biscuits and gravy are savory homestyle comfort food, and the version served up by Wendy’s does not disappoint.

It’s meaty, savory, and filling without packing on too many calories for your first meal of the day.

Wendy’s Sausage Gravy & Biscuit starts with a flaky buttermilk biscuit. This is covered with plenty of white pepper gravy that’s loaded with pieces of grilled breakfast sausage.

This breakfast entrée has a total of 450 calories and 29g fat, 41g carbs, and 7g protein.

You can add some Applewood smoked bacon for an extra protein boost or make it a combo meal to add a drink and a side.

15. Big Bacon Classic

Wendy’s Big Bacon Classic is the perfect classic burger with all the fixings. It’s meaty and savory and can be ordered a la carte or as a combo meal.

However, it’s only available at select locations, so keep an eye out for it on the menu whenever you order from a new Wendy’s restaurant.

Each Big Bacon Classic includes a fresh beef patty, strips of Applewood smoked bacon, and two slices of American cheese.

These are complimented with fresh lettuce, juicy tomato, white onions, pickles, ketchup, mayo, and mustard; all served on a premium burger bun.

This Wendy’s burger can be ordered a la carte or as a combo meal with a drink and a side of fries, baked potato, chili, or apple bites.

You can also juice up your burger by adding a second or third patty or by adding any of the following toppings:

  • Asiago Cheese
  • Blue Cheese Crumbles
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Pepper Jack Cheese
  • Muenster Cheese
  • Beer Cheese Sauce
  • Crispy Onions
  • Crunchy Dill Chips
  • Avocado
  • Ranch Sauce
  • Smoky Honey Mustard
  • Bourbon bacon Sauce
  • Hot Honey Sauce

Each Big Bacon Classic burger has 650 calories and 41g fat, 38g carbs, and 34g protein.

Additional toppings and sides will increase the total number of calories but will be worth it to create the perfect burger.

14. Hot Honey Chicken Biscuit

The Hot Honey Chicken Biscuit is perfect for heating up your morning. It includes a sweet and spicy sauce that compliments the savory chicken and biscuit.

It can be ordered a la carte or as a combo meal with a drink and a side of seasoned potatoes, apple bites, an oatmeal bar, or a honey butter biscuit.

Wendy’s Hot Honey Chicken Biscuit is served on a warm and flaky buttermilk biscuit.

This is topped with a crisp and seasoned chicken fillet and habanero hot honey sauce that brings a deliciously spicy accent to your breakfast.

This Wendy’s breakfast entrée can be ordered a la carte or as a combo meal with a drink and a side.

Each Hot Honey Chicken Biscuit on its own has 460 calories, including 23g fat, 51g carbs, and 14g protein.

For an added protein boost, you can add strips of Applewood smoked bacon, a grilled sausage patty, a slice of American cheese, or creamy Swiss cheese sauce.

You can also switch out the habanero hot honey sauce for maple butter or regular syrup if you want this breakfast without the spice.

13. Taco Salad

Wendy’s Taco Salad is a healthy way to indulge. It includes their famous chili and crunchy tortilla chips but balances these out with a hearty portion of greens.

It’s satisfying comfort food that’s fun to eat, and we think it’s a great alternative lunch or dinner option when you’re not craving a burger.

This Wendy’s salad starts with a mix of lettuce, tomatoes, shredded cheddar cheese, salsa, and sour cream.

It then tops this salad base with a serving of meat, bean chili, and tortilla chips to scoop everything into the perfect bite.

If you feel like dressing it up a bit more, you can also order it with any of the following four dressing options:

  • Pomegranate Vinaigrette
  • Southwest Ranch
  • Ranch
  • Caesar

Like most other entrees, this salad can only be ordered a la carte or as a combo meal.

Each salad has 690 calories, with 34g fat, 68g carbs, and 30g protein. Combo meals come with your choice of drink and side and can have up to 1,970 calories.

12. Crispy Chicken Nuggets

Chicken nuggets are a standard item on most fast-food menus, and there’s a lot to love about Wendy’s rendition.

Available in a 4, 6, or 10-piece order, these chicken nuggets are perfectly crisp and ideal as a snack or a meal.

Wendy’s crispy chicken nuggets are made from 100% white meat chicken.

Each nugget is breaded and fried to get a crisp outer layer, and they’re the perfect size for dipping into your favorite sauce.

Wendy’s dipping sauce options include:

  • Barbecue Sauce
  • Ghost Pepper Ranch
  • Honey Mustard
  • Buttermilk Ranch
  • Sweet and Sour
  • Ketchup

A 4-piece order of crispy chicken nuggets has 180 calories, a 6-piece order has 270 calories, and a 10-piece order has 450 calories.

The largest order (10-piece) can also be ordered as a combo meal with a drink and side, which can have up to 1,720 calories.

11. Pub Fries

While you may have enjoyed a similar snack on a night out, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy them whenever the mood hits.

Wendy’s Pub Fries are filling and savory, and they’re made with a tasty beer cheese sauce, making these loaded fries a unique addition to the menu.

Wendy’s pub fries are made with natural-cut, skin-on French fries. They’re smothered in a warm beer cheese sauce, and savory pieces of Applewood smoked bacon.

Each order has 470 calories with 26g fat, 43g carbs, and 15g protein.

10. Bacon, Egg & Swiss Croissant

For a melt-in-your-mouth breakfast sandwich, you can’t beat Wendy’s Bacon, Egg & Swiss Croissant.

It combines traditional breakfast favorites with a creamy sauce to create a savory and filling meal. It can be ordered a la carte or as a combo with a drink and a side.

A flaky croissant is the basis of this Wendy’s breakfast sandwich. It’s then topped with a fresh-cracked egg, strips of Applewood smoked bacon and a creamy Swiss cheese sauce.

When ordered as a combo meal, side options include seasoned potatoes, apple pieces, an oatmeal bar, or a fluffy honey butter biscuit.

The Bacon, Egg & Swiss Croissant has 410 calories, while a meal can have up to 1,080 calories. Each sandwich has 23g fat, 34g carbs, and 18g protein.

9. Homestyle French Toast Sticks

Wendy’s Homestyle French Toast Sticks are perfectly crisp on the outside and soft on the inside.

It has a warm and fresh consistency that the restaurant chain claims they’re way better than your mom’s home cooking.

On top of their delicious taste, their elongated shape makes them perfect for dipping into the sweet side of syrup.

Homestyle French Toast Sticks come in a 4-piece side or a 6-piece entrée that can also be ordered as a meal.

Each 4-piece order has 330 calories with 17g fat, 33g carbs, and 11g protein. A 6-piece order has 490 calories with 25g fat, 50g carbs, and 16g protein.

The 6-piece order will come with a drink and a side when ordered as a meal.

8. Pretzel Bacon Pub Cheeseburger

Wendy’s Pretzel Bacon Pub Cheeseburger incorporates two pub favorites, allowing you to indulge in them without visiting your local bar.

It’s savory and filling, bringing some unique flavors to the table. Unfortunately, this line of sandwiches and burgers is only available at select locations, so be sure to keep an eye out for it on the menu.

The Pretzel Bacon Pub Cheeseburger is the smallest of this burger line, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t stacked.

Each burger starts with a fresh quarter-pound beef patty that’s smothered in a warm and creamy beer cheese sauce.

This is then topped with slices of Applewood smoked bacon, crispy fried onions, pickles, Muenster cheese, and smoky honey mustard.

To round it off, everything is served on a Pretzel bun that is delicious and hearty enough to contain this massive burger.

Each burger has 850 calories, 54g fat, 53g carbs, and 40g protein.

In addition, lettuce, tomato, fresh onions, or avocado can be added to increase the serving of veggies, or you can order it as a combo meal that includes a drink and a side.

7. Baconator

The Baconator may not have made the top of the list when we ranked all Wendy’s burgers, but it’s a classic on the menu that has a following for a reason.

This burger includes enough bacon to satisfy even the biggest bacon fans, and there’s enough protein to keep you full.

Wendy’s Baconator starts with a fresh, half-pound beef patty topped with six slices of Applewood smoked bacon.

American cheese, ketchup, and mayonnaise complete this burger, and everything is served on a premium burger bun.

Each Baconator burger has 960 calories, including 66g fat, 36g carbs, and 57g protein.

The Baconator can also be ordered as a combo meal with a drink and a side.

6. Chili & Cheese Baked Potato

Wendy’s Chili is one of their most popular items, and it’s the perfect meal when served on a savory baked potato.

Wendy’s Chili & Cheese Baked Potato includes chili (meat and beans,) and the meal is completed with a creamy cheese sauce and more shredded cheese.

This Wendy’s side can only be ordered ala carte, but it’s filling enough to serve as a lite meal.

It has a total of 500 calories, including 14g fat, 74g carbs, and 20g protein.

If you want to make it loaded, you can add Applewood smoked bacon, butter, ketchup, avocado, light sour cream, or chives.

5. Spicy Big Bacon Cheddar Chicken

Wendy’s Spicy Big Bacon Cheddar Chicken sandwich is savory and spicy. It’s filling with a good amount of protein and bursting with a mix of flavor and heat.

This sandwich can also be ordered as a combo meal that rounds it off with a drink and choice of side.

This Spicy Big Bacon Cheddar Chicken sandwich starts with a juicy chicken breast marinated and breaded in a blend of peppers and spices.

American cheese and a decadent cheddar bacon jam top this fillet, and the sandwich is completed with Applewood smoked bacon, crispy onion rings, and a toasted cheddar bun.

This is a big sandwich with 830 calories, 45g fat, 64g carbs, and 42g protein.

You’ll only find this sandwich at select locations, so although it’s a bit of a splurge, we think it’s worth a try when you’re craving some heat.

4. Apple Pecan Salad

The Apple Pecan Salad is excellent for those warmer days. It includes a mix of sweet and savory toppings and a hearty amount of protein to keep you full.

Wendy’s Apple Pecan Salad starts with its signature lettuce blend topped with red and green apple pieces, dried cranberries, and roasted pecans.

Then, to offset these sweet flavors and add substance to your meal, they layer it with crumbled blue cheese and a hot grilled chicken breast.

This salad is usually served with a Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Pomegranate Vinaigrette that perfectly complements the blend of flavors.

However, you can choose a Southwestern Ranch, original Ranch, or Caesar dressing to make it more savory and creamy.

Each salad ordered without customizations has 550 calories, 26g fat, 42g carbs, and 39g protein.

Choosing another dressing or ordering it as a combo with a side and a drink can bump up these calories.

3. Hot Honey Chicken Sandwich (Grilled)

For a healthier option with many flavors, the grilled Hot Honey Chicken Sandwich takes the win.

It leaves out the breading on the chicken but delivers a bold taste with a good serving of protein to keep you full.

Wendy’s Hot Honey Chicken Sandwich uses an herb-marinated grilled chicken breast and slathers it in the signature habanero hot honey sauce.

It’s then topped with Pepper Jack cheese, Applewood smoked bacon, and pickle chips to create a delicious balance of sweetness, zest, and spice.

Each Hot Honey Chicken Sandwich has 560 calories, 21g fat, 54g carbs, and 41g protein.

This sandwich can also be ordered as a combo meal, bringing up the total calories to 1,630.

2. Asiago Ranch Classic Chicken Club

We love a good club sandwich, and Wendy’s Asiago Ranch Classic Chicken Club does not disappoint.

It has the traditional combo of bacon and fresh veggies but makes the flavor pop with a few unique alterations.

This chicken sandwich uses lightly breaded chicken breast and melted Asiago cheese to give this sandwich its bold flavor.

It’s served on a toasted burger bun and is completed with slices of Applewood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, and a creamy ranch sauce.

Wendy’s Asiago Ranch Classic Chicken Club can be ordered a la carte or as a combo meal with a drink and a side.

Each sandwich has 630 calories, 31g fat, 50g carbs, and 36g protein.

1. Bourbon Bacon Cheeseburger Double

Wendy’s Bourbon Bacon Cheeseburger Double is rich in flavor and toppings. With double the meat and Wendy’s signature Bourbon Bacon sauce, this burger is filling and delectable for a satisfying lunch or dinner.

While the number of calories in each burger is higher than most other Wendy’s burgers, its high protein content and unbeatable savory flavor help balance it out.

This burger uses not one but two quarter-pound beef patties that are topped with a chunky bourbon bacon sauce.

Other toppings include strips of Applewood smoked bacon, crispy onions, and American cheese, and everything is served on a premium burger bun.

The Bourbon Bacon Cheeseburger can be a la carte or a combo meal with a drink and a side.

Each burger alone has 990 calories, including 63g fat, 52g carbs, and 54g protein. The meals can have up to 2,060 calories when ordered as a combo.

Conclusion

The best thing to order at Wendy’s is undoubtedly a matter of opinion, and every item on this list has earned its spot.

We love the Bourbon Bacon Cheeseburger thanks to the signature sauce that gives its flavor, but we’ll easily order an Apple Pecan Salad or a loaded Chili & Cheese Baked Potato when the mood strikes.

With so many items to order on Wendy’s menu, there can be multiple favorites depending on the day and the occasion.

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Last Updated: November 29, 2022

About the Author

Lana Kisner is a writer on the Shopfood.com team. She has a B.A. in European Literary Studies and over two years of experience as a content and copywriter. She loves food and people and has spent more than 15 years in the foodservice industry.

In her free time, she enjoys traveling and exploring new places, listening to live music, and hiking with her dog.