For the junkfood junkie, little excites more than a new fast food item, and thankfully for those of us with bellies to bolster, the sheer amount of chains and the competition between them ensures we get new things almost every week. And sure, sometimes they're not all that new. It's predictable, for example, that the fish sandwich you remember from Lent last year will return, and the McRib visits McDonald's as predictably as the price of pork dips. But generally, innovation will out. Even Taco Bell, infamous for using the same key ingredients over and over, finally started throwing in curveball ingredients like Doritos and Cap'n Crunch.
Less so for Wendy's, despite their great menu items. It's not that they don't introduce new items; it's just that every new item is, essentially, a bacon cheeseburger—no matter what kinds of epic terms precede and follow "baconator." That's great if you like that, but here's the thing: the pleasures of a bacon cheeseburger are basic, and it doesn't matter what else you throw on it. But boy, have they tried. Over and over. Let's now take a moment to remember just how many times they tried to get fancy with a primal meal main event that does not need the assist. Just how many bacon cheeseburgers has Wendy's thrown at fast food fans? Take a look and upvote those that are at least somewhat creative.
(2007) Wendy's could have stopped right here. Six strips of thick-cut bacon, double beef and cheese, ketchup, and mayo. For delicious heart-attack on a bun, this cuts to the chase. You don't have to mess with the formula after this.
Big Bacon Classic
(1988) The predecessor of the Bacon Deluxe, this had only two strips of bacon instead of four, because three decades ago, we didn't realize that you can just keep adding fried things past the point of insanity, and despite every health warning, people will still buy it. The original Big Classic was designed to compete with Burger King's Whopper; adding bacon apparently worked out so well that Wendy's has been doing it on seemingly every new burger ever since.
(2009) Otherwise known as "Son of Baconator, but with Kaiser Bun and Veggies." That's not really a catchy title, though. However, if you want to believe you're not being totally unhealthy, or if you're sure that putting tomatoes on stuff will completely protect you from cancer (because lycopene), this Wendy's offering was made with you in mind.
Son of Baconator
(2012) Oh, Wendy's. You actually found a more dramatic way to say "Junior Bacon Cheeseburger." Good for you. But did nobody tell you sequels are supposed to be bigger and more elaborate than the original? (You're also not supposed to wait five years...)