Fast Food Review: New Roastburger from Arby’s

The Arby’s menu is expanding with some brand new items such as the recently-reviewed Roast Chicken Club Sandwich.  Arby’s looks to improve upon their roast beef sandwiches with a new burger-like offering.  Anything to take a bite out of the competition.  Claiming to be the “burger done better“, introducing the Roastburger from Arby’s.

Arby's Roastburger in box

There are 3 choices of the Roastburger to kick-off the debut: the All-American, Bacon and Cheddar and the Bacon and Bleu (check out the pic of the box above for a hint of what Roastburgers may be coming later…BBQ Bacon, BBQ Bacon Cheddar and Jalapeno BBQ Bacon).  First impressions with all 3: the Roastburger was a decent sized sandwich with a nice helping of sliced, lean roast beef.  The bun was also a pleasant surprise.  It’s not the limp bun I’m used to with Arby’s sandwiches.  This bun was a higher quality, sturdy specialty roll that was soft and fresh.  Good thing Arby’s made the switch with this bigger bun because it’s needed to support the heftier helping of roast beef. 

  • The All-American Roastburger consists of oven-roasted roast beef, lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion, ketchup, mustard and a special sauce.  Thoughts:  Plentiful, tasty, lean roast beef.  Nice bun.  Pickles and mustard didn’t work with this sandwich.  Fresh, ripe tomato was a nice touch.  Would benefit from some “Horsey” sauce (horseradish) instead of ketchup/mustard/pickles.  I guess the ketchup/mustard/pickles makes it more like a hamburger, but it doesn’t work as well as I’d hoped.  My second favorite of the 3.
  • The Bacon and Cheddar Roastburger is oven-roasted roast beef, a couple slices of pepper bacon, a slice of cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato and raw onion.  Thoughts:  The lean roast beef is piled high.  Great pepper bacon but only 2 slices.  Sharp cheddar cheese goes well with the pepper bacon.  I recommend BBQ sauce with this sandwich.  My favorite of the 3.
  • The Bacon and Bleu Roastburger has oven-roasted roast beef, pepper bacon, bleu cheese spread, lettuce, tomato and onion.  Thoughts:  The thinly sliced roast beef is very lean and flavorful.  I’m not a big fan of the bleu cheese spread.  If you are big into bleu cheese, maybe you should give it a shot.  I’m not adverse to bleu cheese spread, but in this sandwich, I didn’t like it.  My least favorite of the 3.

Arby's Roastburgers CollageI have a feeling that the Bacon and Bleu Roastburger will be the least popular of the 3 Roastburgers.  It was my least favorite.  With that being said, I do think the Roastburgers are a well executed new menu item at Arby’s.  I would recommend you to make a few alterations to each Roastburger depending on your tastes.  I had all 3 sandwiches as they are.  Overall, at $3.79 for the sandwich alone and $5.79 for the combo, the Roastburger is filling enough to be a pretty good value.

  • Pros– Very good sandwich bun.  Roast beef is lean and plentiful.  Fresh lettuce, tomato, onion.  Tasty bacon.
  • Cons– Not all the ingredients work well together, I recommend you customize.  

Bacon and Cheddar Roastburger from Arby's

Taste: 8.50/10

Value: 7.75/10

Grubbing on the Go: 7.00/10

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GrubGrade: 7.25/10  All-American (Decent)

GrubGrade: 8.75/10  Bacon and Cheddar (Very Good)

GrubGrade: 5.75/10  Bacon and Bleu (Mediocre)

(Overall GrubGrade is not an average)

Price: $3.79

Arbys.com

Nutrition Facts – All-American Roastburger

Calories – 420
Calories from Fat – 170
Total Fat – 18 grams
Saturated Fat – 6 grams
Trans Fat – 1 gram
Cholesterol – 40 milligrams
Sodium – 1390 milligrams
Carbs – 46 grams
Dietary Fiber – 2 grams
Sugar – 9 grams
Protein – 19 grams

Nutrition Facts – Bacon and Cheddar Roastburger

Calories -440
Calories from Fat -160
Total Fat – 18 grams
Saturated Fat – 8 grams
Trans Fat – 1 gram
Cholesterol – 55 milligrams
Sodium – 1450 milligrams
Carbs – 44 grams
Dietary Fiber – 2 grams
Sugar – 7 grams
Protein – 24 grams

Nutrition Facts – Bacon and Bleu Roastburger

Calories -470
Calories from Fat -210
Total Fat – 23 grams
Saturated Fat – 8 grams
Trans Fat – 1 gram
Cholesterol – 50 milligrams
Sodium – 1400 milligrams
Carbohydrates – 44 grams
Dietary Fiber – 2 grams
Sugar – 8 grams
Protein – 22 grams

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10 responses to “Fast Food Review: New Roastburger from Arby’s

  1. Great reviews! I’ve been visiting this site since I saw the link on ffc. I’m glad someone took over the reigns.

  2. I liked this review. The recommendations were especially a nice touch. The collage was also a nice way to show all of the sandwiches.

  3. Ryan,
    Love the site; I was a longtime FFC reader and it’s great to see some more reviews after not seeing any action over there. Keep up the great work!

    My only question (having never been to an Arby’s but wanting to use my free coupon) is can you customize the All American Burger when you order it? I want to take your advice and skip the “special sauce.” Do they leave that off if asked, and do they have regular horseradish at the condiment stand?

  4. Thanks everyone….

    Adam- To be honest, I don’t even recall what the “special sauce” even tasted like. There was too much mustard and pickle taste to notice. Plus there was also ketchup. I think this sandwich suffered a little from trying too hard to be “burger-like”. If I were to get the All-American again, I’d actually ask to keep the lettuce, tomato and onion and hold everything else. Oh and yes, there is horseradish in dispenser pumps and individual packets…they call it “Horsey” sauce. Goes so much better with a roast beef sandwich than ketchup/mustard/pickle.

  5. The BBQ Bacon, BBQ Bacon Cheddar and Jalapeno BBQ Bacon just made their debut yesterday at an Arby’s I visited in Tennessee. I had the BBQ Bacon:) Very tasty!

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  7. I’ve only just tried the Bacon’n’Bleu Roastburger, but I agree wholeheartedly with the review. The bleu cheese sauce is just too much – – too rich, not well matched to the roast beef. And I like bleu cheese. I think Ryan’s nailed it in his comment that the “burger” is well built but should leave the choice of sauce to the buyer. Based on his review, I’d try the cheddar or do the All-American with the ketchup/mustard/pickle deleted.

  8. You’ve got to watch it with the Roastburger. I bought my first one the other day and loved it. I’m not a big fan of Arby’s, but thought I’d give this a try. The roast beef didn’t resemble their usual pressed loaf meat at all — it actually tasted like roast beef. Different color, aroma, and texture. A few days later I bought my final one at the same restaurant, and it was terrible. In fact, I even took it back and said they’d given me the wrong sandwich. The manager informed me that it’s just the regular Arby’s “roast beef” with all the extra toppings – but that *wasn’t* what I’d gotten before. I concur with the “too much” sentiments about the condiments, and that the bun may be the best thing about it.

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