It seems like everyone is putting food on pretzel buns these days: Wendy’s, Sonic, Dunkin Donuts. So when I heard Ruby Tuesday was launching a series of burgers on pretzel buns (and running a social media campaign entitled #FunBetweenTheBuns), I was skeptical. I haven’t exactly had the best experience with burgers on pretzel buns in the past, but they offered a $3 off coupon and I decided to give it a shot. I opted for the Bacon Cheddar Pretzel Burger, topped with applewood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, and bacon mustard mayonnaise.
I was asked how I wanted my burger cooked, but already prepared myself for it to not come out medium (and honestly, I haven’t eaten at a ‘fast-casual’ chain in so long that I didn’t even remember if they ever asked for a temperature request before). The presentation was great. The bun was certainly more street vendor soft pretzel-like and less pretzel bun-y like the other chains are using. It was soft and didn’t have a flavor that overpowered the burger. The burger itself was topped with a lot of bacon, and while tasty, seemed kind of awkward to eat as it didn’t really snap in half when I bit into it, and so I wound up just sucking in giant strips of bacon with my mouthful. I was actually impressed with the quality of the meat in the burger itself and could actually taste it, rather than it tasting like some dry, frozen patty they just slapped on a grill. (There was an ample amount of juice that dripped onto my plate when I first picked it up.) The bacon mustard mayonnaise didn’t really have a flavor. I may have picked up a dijon note once, but otherwise, it was just lubrication for the bun.
Verdict? It definitely exceeded my expectations for a chain restaurant burger. Honestly, I would probably eat again (if I were the type that frequented Ruby Tuesday, or if I was stuck in an airport on a layover and this was my only option). So if you happen to find yourself in a Ruby Tuesday as well, check this pretzel burger or one of the other 3 “fun” varieties out.