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Calories & Nutrition Information at Wendy’s: How Healthy Is It?

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Whether you’re on a diet and looking for some low-calorie fast food options, or you simply like to know what you’re consuming, then you’re in the right place.

In this post, I’m going to break down the entire Wendy’s menu with calories & nutrition facts so you can find the healthiest options for you.

If you’re new to my blog, I publish lots of these fast food menu breakdowns. The point is not to say whether something is “good” or “bad” but rather just to present you with the nutrition facts so you can make the best choices for your diet.

We’re all different and we all have different goals, so every single option on the Wendy’s menu is not going to be the ideal healthy choice for each and every person. And that is perfectly fine.

Does Wendy’s Have High-Quality Food?

When we think of fast food, we typically think of low-quality ingredients, and the Wendy’s menu is no exception.

I remember a rumor from many years ago that Taco Bell used the lowest possible quality meat allowed, which basically equated to eating meat scraps suitable for dog food.

People took that and ran with it, and it seems that the stigma has continued to live on across all fast food options.

But that is not at all the case. Some fast food restaurants (if not most, at this point) use incredibly high-quality ingredients.

If you visit the Wendy’s website, I feel they hit the nail on the head:

Is it just us, or are a lot of restaurants using words that don’t really mean anything? They talk about their “artisanal” chefs and “superfoods,” and how their “all-natural” menus are perfect for “eating clean.” Wait, what?

Honestly, it’s true. Do we even know what artisanal means?

Wendy’s cuts right to the chase. Here’s what makes their ingredients higher quality than other options (according to their own website):

  • Meat that is always fresh and never frozen
  • Fruits & vegetables from quality farms
  • No artificial flavors or preservatives
  • All sandwiches made to order
  • Transparent nutrition, allergen, and product sourcing info

Say what you will about Wendy’s, but to me, that is quite impressive!

But let’s dive into Wendy’s menu items to help you find some healthy options.

Wendy’s Burger Menu Calories & Nutrition Facts

Wendy's Burger Menu with Calories & Nutrition Facts

There are quite a few burger options at Wendy’s, and they occasionally rotate out limited items, but these are all of the burgers currently on the Wendy’s menu.

The pub burger series is their current limited menu that will eventually be replaced with a new line of burgers, so I’ll be sure to update this information when that time comes.

Lowest Calorie Wendy’s Burger

Wendy's Jr. Hamburger

Jr. Hamburger: 250 Calories, 11g Fat, 25g Carbs, 13g Protein

The Junior Hamburger is obviously on the smaller size (it’s a junior size, after all), but it’s a good option if you’re trying to keep your calories low.

If you want something a little more substantial but still lower in calories, the Jr Bacon Cheeseburger has 370 Calories, 23g Fat, 26g Carbs, and 18g Protein.

Highest Calorie Wendy’s Burger

Pretzel Bacon Pub Triple Cheeseburger: 1,530 Calories, 107g Fat, 53g Carbs, 89g Protein

While 89g of protein is a ton, 1,500 calories total is also extremely high for a burger. Not to mention the 107g of fat and 44g of saturated fat.

Since this Triple Burger is the highest-calorie item on the menu, it should come as no surprise that it also packs the most protein.

Since the pub burger series is limited, a regular Big Bacon Classic Triple Burger contains 1,220 Calories, 86g Fat, 38g Carbs, and 75g Protein.

Most Balanced Wendy’s Burger

Bacon Double Stack: 440 Calories, 26g Fat, 26g Carbs, 26g Protein

If you want an item that isn’t insanely high in calories and has very balanced macros, the bacon double stack is a great option.

In fact, the fat, carbs, and protein, all come to 26 grams… it doesn’t get more balanced than that!

For around 400 calories, finding an item with 26g of protein is a very solid option.

Calorie-Saving Tips for Wendy’s Burgers

Wendys healthy burger

When it comes to burgers, most of the options at Wendy’s have American cheese. How many calories can you save by leaving the cheese off?

Let’s figure it out.

Since we know the nutrition for a Jr. Hamburger as well as a Jr. Cheeseburger based on the graphic above, we can do some quick math to figure out the nutrition for the slice of cheese (since that is the only difference in these burgers).

When you find the difference, you’ll see that one slice of American cheese at Wendy’s is 40 calories, 3g fat, 1g carb, and 2g protein.

If you want to go for a Dave’s Triple, which has 3 slices of cheese, you can save yourself 120 calories & 9g of fat by asking for no cheese.

That monster of a burger still would have over 1,000 calories, but I’m not judging.

And while it’s tough to say exactly how many calories are added by condiments, we can always estimate how many there are.

But if you want to definitively save some calories, always ask for condiments on the side.

Something like mustard won’t be adding a ton of calories, but mayo can end up adding 100s of calories to your burger. Asking for it on the side allows you to control how much you’re using, but you can of course just leave it off altogether.

Wendy’s Chicken Menu Calories & Nutrition Facts

Wendy's Chicken Calories & Nutrition Facts

Ahhh, Wendy’s chicken. In my humble opinion, the best chicken sandwiches in the fast-food game. The spicy chicken has long been one of my favorite options out there, and the Crispy Chicken BLT has become a recent favorite of mine.

Similar to the burgers, the nutrition here is mostly dependent on the cheese and condiments. While we don’t know the exact number, I estimate that leaving the mayo off of a sandwich will save about 100 calories.

When I order the spicy chicken sandwich without mayo, I estimate that the sandwich comes in at just about 400 calories.

The major difference with the chicken sandwiches is that you can go with grilled chicken or fried chicken, which will change the nutrition quite a bit.

For example, the Asiago Ranch Chicken Club will have 140 fewer calories than the crispy chicken or spicy chicken versions, along with 10g less fat and 4g more protein.

And it’s worth noting that I also included the Crispy Fish Sandwich on here as well. No, it’s not chicken, but this is the menu where it made the most sense, so I left it here. Until Wendy’s expands its fish offerings, it’ll just have to live amongst the chicken.

Lowest-Calorie Wendy’s Chicken

4 PC. Chicken Nuggets: 180 Calories, 12g Fat, 9g Carbs, 10g Protein

Since a 4 piece chicken nugget order is small, it comes as no surprise that it’s the lowest calorie option here.

That being said, it’s still a great way to get some extra protein into your meal without a ton of added calories. A 6 piece still contains just 270 calories, making that a great option as well.

Highest-Calorie Wendy’s Chicken

Pretzel Bacon Pub Chicken Sandwich: 840 Calories, 44g Fat, 69g Carbs, 43g Protein

If you’re watching your calories, you’ll likely want to steer clear of the pretzel pub chicken sandwiches.

While they contain a fair amount of protein, each sandwich (even the grilled chicken option) contains over 700 calories. To put that into perspective, no other chicken sandwich at Wendy’s even contains 700 calories, so you’ll be better off ordering anything else on this menu if calories are a concern.

Most Balanced Wendy’s Chicken

Grilled Chicken Sandwich: 350 Calories, 8g Fat, 35g Carbs, 33g Protein

The grilled chicken sandwich from Wendy’s is an amazing option if you want a well-balanced meal. With 33 grams of protein from lean white meat chicken, it’s an awesome option on virtually any diet.

In terms of calories, this sandwich is comparable to the Crispy Chicken Sandwich. However, the major difference comes in the form of protein, with the crispy chicken sandwich containing just 14 grams of protein for the same calories.

If you want a little bit more protein, you can upgrade to the Grilled Asiago Ranch Club, which contains 40 grams of protein with 490 calories.

Wendy’s Sides Calories & Nutrition Facts

Calories & Nutrition Facts for all Wendy's Sides

Wendy’s natural cut fries are also surprisingly low calorie when compared with other fast-food french fries. If you’re ordering fries, ordering either a small or medium fry will only come in around 300 calories, which is not bad at all.

When it comes to the Wendy’s baked potatoes, a plain baked potato will only be 270 calories, but they can range all the way up to 500 calories with the chili & cheese version.

The cheese baked potato is surprisingly high in calories compared to the plain baked potato, with the cheese adding an extra 180 calories.

Of course, if you add Wendy’s famous chili to a baked potato, it’s going to add a decent amount of protein, but that comes with nearly twice as many calories as the original baked potato as well.

Lowest-Calorie Wendy’s Side

Junior Fries: 210 Calories, 9g Fat, 28g Carbs, 3g Protein

Technically speaking, the apple bites contain the fewest calories, but that felt a little bit unfair, so we’re looking at the Junior Fries instead.

While small, if you want a low-calorie side dish that’s still absolutely delicious, it’s a great option.

Highest-Calorie Wendy’s Side

Chili Cheese Fries: 590 Calories, 32g Fat, 55g Carbs, 20g Protein

I’m not fully convinced that this can even be considered a side because the chili cheese fries are pretty enormous.

A generous serving of fries, topped with Wendy’s famous chili, then covered with cheddar cheese. It definitely eats like a meal, but it fits the definition of the highest-calorie Wendy’s side.

Most Balanced Wendy’s Side

Small Chili: 240 Calories, 11g Fat, 22g Carbs, 16g Protein

Wendy’s is known for a lot of things, but their chili is definitely at the top of the list.

Not only is it delicious, but it’s a really solid option if you’re looking for a well-balanced meal or side.

With 240 calories, 11 grams of fat, 22 grams of carbs (not to mention the fiber from the beans), and 16 grams of protein, it’s easily one of the most balanced items on the Wendy’s menu.

Wendy’s Dessert Menu Calories & Nutrition Facts

Before putting this nutrition guide together, I assumed that Frosty’s were very high in calories, much like DQ Blizzards. It turns out that the calories in a Frosty are really not that high at all.

While the classic chocolate Frosty contains slightly more calories than the vanilla Frosty, the difference is negligible.

In fact, a Junior Frosty is only 200 calories, which is on par with most small ice cream cones. Of course, this is a very small cup, but it can be a great treat for dessert.

Have you ever dipped a french fry into a Frosty? If not, you need to give it a try, because it’s delicious.

If you’re a fan of cookies, both the chocolate chunk cookie and sugar cookie contain 330 and the same exact nutrition facts (which honestly, I’m slightly skeptical about, since chocolate chip cookies and sugar cookies are quite different).

Since the dessert menu from Wendy’s is limited to mostly Frosty’s, we won’t break down the lowest and highest calorie options, but it’s worth pointing out that a Vanilla Frosty and Chocolate Frosty are very comparable regardless of size.

Wendy’s Salad Menu Calories & Nutrition Facts

Wendy’s ends up being one of my go-to fast food stops when I’m on the road because they are one of the few fast-food restaurants to offer quality salads.

Personally, I love the Apple Pecan Chicken Salad, which is not only an absolutely delicious salad, but packs nearly 40g of protein!

Most of the Wendys salads are topped with grilled chicken breast, leading them to be high in protein and lower in carbs.

The nutrition for these salads does not include dressing- the dressing always comes on the side in packets, which you can see above. Depending on which salad you choose, the calories can get bumped up quite a bit from the dressing.

If you order the Taco Salad, it includes all of the toppings (the salsa, tortilla chips, and sour cream) and doesn’t require additional dressing, so it’s all included under the 690 calories.

Which Wendy’s Salad is the Healthiest?

From a pure calorie standpoint, the Caesar Salad is actually your best bet, which may sound surprising considering caesar salad is notoriously high in calories.

With only 300 calories and 41g of protein, it’s a very impressive salad from a nutrition standpoint. Note that this does not include the dressing, which you can see will add an extra 140 calories if you use the entire packet of dressing.

The Parmesan Caesar Salad is also the salad with the most protein, so it will be a great choice for anyone eating a high-protein diet (although all Wendy’s salads contain at least 30 grams of protein).

Calorie-Saving Tips for Wendy’s Salads

Side Salad

When I order salads, I never add the dressing right on top. Instead, I keep it on the side, dip my fork into the dressing, then eat the salad with that.

It helps me to use less dressing while still feeling like I’m getting plenty of flavor. It’s one of my go-to moves to save some calories whenever I eat out at a restaurant.

If you want to use dressing, I have nothing against it! At around 150 calories, using a packet of dressing is surely not going to ruin your diet. That being said, a little goes a long way. Even if you use half of the dressing packet, you’ll save around 70-80 calories, which can add up over time.

Depending on the type of salad you get, you can also use alternatives for dressing. My go-to is always a Southwest salad wherever I go, and instead of salad dressing, I’ll use hot sauce or salsa! The caloric impact is very minimal, and the flavor is even better than a salad dressing in my eyes!

Wendy’s Breakfast Menu Calories & Nutrition Facts

Last, but certainly not least, we have Wendys breakfast menu, which has recently expanded to include French Toast Sticks.

When it comes to breakfast sandwiches, you have the option of a biscuit, classic bun, or croissant as your breakfast sandwich bun.

When looking for the “healthiest” breakfast item to order, it’ll generally save you some calories by choosing applewood smoked bacon over a sausage patty.

The Classic Bacon, Egg, & Cheese has only 320 calories, with the Classic Sausage Egg & Cheese containing 500, which is quite a big difference.

Wendy’s also recently rolled out their “Frosty-Ccino”, which combines cold brew with their Frosty ice cream mix. I can’t tell you if it’s as delicious as it sounds, but as a cold brew coffee lover, I am due to try it soon.

Lowest-Calorie Wendy’s Breakfast Item

Honey Butter Biscuit: 310 Calories, 19g Fat, 32g Carbs, 3g Protein

If you want a low-calorie option, the biscuits at Wendy’s actually contain the fewest calories of any option, narrowly beating out the classic bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich.

Sure, a plain biscuit may not be a very filling breakfast, but it’s technically the lowest in calories!

A small side of potatoes contains just 230 calories, but since that’s a small side, I didn’t think it qualified here.

Highest-Calorie Wendy’s Breakfast Item

Breakfast Baconator: 710 Calories, 48g Fat, 36g Carbs, 33g Protein

The Breakfast Baconator is essentially a bacon cheeseburger for breakfast, with the burger patty being replaced with a sausage patty.

Yes, it is certainly delicious, but if calories are a concern, it’s a breakfast sandwich you’ll want to skip.

However, if you do want to order the Breakfast Baconator and save a fair amount of calories, you can leave off the cheese slices and cheese sauce, which can end up saving you close to 200 calories total.

Most Balanced Wendy’s Breakfast Item

Classic Bacon, Egg, & Cheese: 320 Calories, 17g Fat, 25g Carbs, 18g Protein

If you want a breakfast sandwich that’s low in calories and still contains a decent amount of protein, the classic bacon, egg, & cheese is a solid choice.

The fat, carbs, and protein, are very balanced in this breakfast sandwich, which is rare to find in many fast food breakfast options.

For comparison’s sake, the same sandwich on a biscuit instead of a bun will contain 420 calories, and 430 calories on a croissant.

Is Wendy’s Healthy?

Wendy's Sign

Ultimately, whether or not Wendy’s is healthy is up to your definition of the word.

There’s no true definition of what a healthy diet means, so it will vary for each person. For you, healthy might be high protein and low calorie to aid in weight loss. For someone else, it might mean something nourishing with lots of micronutrients.

We’re going to generalize here, but most people probably don’t consider Wendy’s to be “healthy” food. The problem there is that because of that labeling, they then see Wendy’s as unhealthy.

But I want to remind you that it doesn’t need to be one or the other.

Just because something doesn’t directly benefit your health, it doesn’t make it unhealthy.

No single food is inherently unhealthy. It may provide fewer health benefits than other foods, but it can never be unhealthy on its own. That holds true for burgers, fries, Frosty’s, or breakfast sandwiches.

You should never look at food and see it as unhealthy.

Sure, you may not consider most items on the Wendy’s menu to be healthy food, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

The exception is if you have health concerns such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease, in which case you will need to monitor sugar, milligrams of sodium, etc. In those cases, then there are going to be items that are overall unhealthy for you.

But for the average consumer with no major health concerns, every food is perfectly OK in moderation, and that includes fast food.

Remember: every food choice we make does not need to be in the pursuit of perfect health. Even if Wendy’s doesn’t support your goals, that doesn’t mean it’s off-limits.

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