Arby’s is diversifying. For the first time, the chain renowned for its meats adds a cheeseburger to its already meaty menu. No, for real, a cheeseburger. From the same chain that gave us top notch curly fries and Horsey sauce. What a world.
Dubbed the Wagyu Steakhouse Burger, the new menu item is coming to The Arby’s menu for a limited time starting May 23. While it might seem a bit inconsistent to have the name of a fast food chain and Wagyu beef in the same sentence, it’s a little less surprising when Arby’s makes the statement.
The Wagyu Steakhouse Burger is made from a mix of American Wagyu and ground beef. Wagyu beef originated in Japan, and the Wagyu used by Arby is a “cross between Japanese Wagyu and high-quality continental breeds of cattle,” according to a statement shared with Thrillist.
“Boring burgers are a fast food staple, so Arby felt compelled to raise the bar with a Wagyu Steakhouse Burger. Instead of focusing on making billions of mediocre burgers, we’re taking a stance on high-quality meat that deserves to be cooked properly,” Patrick Schwing, chief marketing officer at Arby’s, said in a press release.
At 6.4 ounces, the burger is, as Arby claims, 50% larger than the McDonald’s Quarter Pounder. It’s cooked sous vide, topped with American cheese, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, red onions, a special burger sauce, and piled into a buttery brioche bun. It will cost you around $5.99, although prices tend to vary from region to region. There is also the option of adding bacon and ranch. You are at Arby’s after all; Might as well add a little more meat.
According to the chain, you can get your hands on this unexpected burger until July 31, so be sure to add it to your list of summer burgers.