3. Wendy’s “Dave’s Hot 'N Juicy 1/4lb Single”
The build: Bakery-style bun, lettuce, tomato, red onion, ketchup, mayo, beef patty, American cheese
Wait time: 2 min 32 seconds
Tasting notes: When I just asked for a “regular cheeseburger,” the server at Wendy’s took one look at my very expensive sweatpants and decided that a man of my stature must've meant the higher price point option, rather than any of the cheaper "junior" cheeseburgers, and it paid off. Though it was the second most expensive burger I tasted, it also had the distinction of tasting like a more expensive, non-fast-food burger. The bakery bun, coupled with the extremely melty American cheese, the slightly more fancy and biting red onion, and the salty, seasoned square of beef made me feel like I was at a fast-casual sit-down restaurant. And yet it still came to me extremely quickly. Very impressive. In unrelated news, I really like Frosties.