Wendy's Junior Bacon Cheeseburger Reduced-Fat copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur

Wendy's Junior Bacon Cheeseburger Reduced-Fat

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Did you know that Dave Thomas, the spokesman and founder of the country's third-largest hamburger chain, got his start in fried chicken with a famous Kentucky colonel? In 1962, Dave had an opportunity to turn around four failing KFC carryouts for an ownership stake in them. Dave worked hard and was eventually successful. He parlayed his new ownership into four more KFC restaurants, and in 1968 he sold them all for $1.5 million. Dave was a millionaire at age thirty-five. A year later, Dave opened his first Wendy's restaurant, and today the chain is over 5000 units strong. Pretty good for a guy who didn't finish high school.

Here's my conversion of one of the best items on Wendy's bargain ninety-nine-cents menu that weighs in at 25 grams of fat. Let's knock this down to just eleven grams, using lean ground beef, fat-free mayo, and turkey bacon.

Nutrition Facts 
Serving size–1 sandwich
Total servings–1
Calories per serving–310 (Original–430)
Fat per serving–11g (Original–25g)

Source: Low-Fat Top Secret Recipes by Todd Wilbur.

Get This

  • 1 plain hamburger bun
  • 1/8 pound super lean ground beef (7% fat)
  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon fat-free mayonnaise
  • 1 slice fat-free American cheese
  • 2 strips turkey bacon
  • 1 lettuce leaf
  • 1 tomato slice
Do This

1. Brown the faces of the bun in a hot saute pan or griddle over medium heat. Keep the pan hot.

2. Form the ground beef into a square patty approximately 4x4 inches.

3. Cook the patty in the pan for 3 to 4 minutes per side or until done. Salt and pepper each side while cooking.

4. Spread the fat-free mayonnaise on the face of the top bun.

5. Place the cooked patty on the bottom bun.

6. Stack the cheese on the meat.

7. Place the bacon on the cheese.

8. Put the lettuce on next, then the tomato.

9. Top off the sandwich with the top bun. Microwave for 15 seconds on high to warm, if necessary.

Makes 1 burger.

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