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Apr 13, 2010 10:26 AM


every time i go into wendy's, i will order a burger or two. it always takes around 10 minutes to get my order. i see them grabbing raw patties, and then popping them on the grill, made fresh for me. this is pretty much every time.

i do have a question though. how do they keep the patties fresh if they never freeze them?

i have two theories?
1- they pump them full of so many preservatives
2-they only keep 1-2 days worth of meat in the stores and refrigerate it on a super cold temp(almost freezing but legally not freezing so they aren't lying!

but when he took the fresh patty out of the wrapper, it wasn't frozen looking, but looked maybe refrigerated.

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  1. I used to work there, but it was a LONG, LONG time ago. As I recall, the meat was shipped in fresh in patties pretty regularly. The bad thing is not on that end, it's what they do with it after it sits on the grill for so long they can't sell it as it's way old/overdone. Again, this was years ago, but all that meat was put into a white plastic bucket as it got rotated out/off the grill, and as the buckets were filled, they went into the walk-in cooler. Those are the chili meat buckets. The chili mix, water and the chili meat bucket meats are boiled and boiled like all day to make the chili, coagulated grease and all. I thought it was disgusting and never ate their chili because of it.

    Now, I don't eat any commercially processed ground beef so it's n/a.

    1. Every time I've been to Wendy's recently, (a caveat, I haven't had fast food in over two years), Wendy's took about ten seconds, a dried out shell of their former hot and juicy campaign of the eighties. I'd rather wait for ten minutes for a decent burger compared to the junk served for the everybody's in a hurry crowd.

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        1. re: James Cristinian

          I guess I've had better luck. I do taste a big difference between the quality of the meat in a Wendy's burger vs a McDonalds or Burger King burger. The new Bacon and Blue burger they have is very good for fast food.