Arby’s is testing burgers made with Wagyu Beef

General view of an Arby's restaurant. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Arby's)
General view of an Arby's restaurant. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Arby's) /

As we all know, Arby’s has the meats. They have brisket, they have turkey and of course, the have their crown jewel, roast beef. They pride themselves on having the meats and will go to great lengths to make sure they indeed do have all the aforementioned meats.

And apparently, the Arby’s quest to make sure they have all the said meats now includes going to Japan to get their meats and add them to their growing collection of meats. Because as everyone knows, you can never really have too many meats.

It is being reported by Mashed that Arby’s is testing burgers made with Wagyu Beef in four markets including two located in Florida. And every indication is that the test will be expanding soon to more areas.

For those not in the know, Wagyu Beef comes from Japan and is considered one of the best types of meat a person can have in their lifetime. It is very tender, very juicy and very, very expensive. Which is why a fast food chain offering a Wagyu Beef burger is honestly unheard of.

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So how is Arby’s doing it? Mashed is reporting that the beef used in the burger isn’t actually 100 percent Wagyu Beef, but instead a blend. And it isn’t from Japan either. Word is the burgers consist of 52 percent American Wagyu Beef and 49 percent sirloin.

The burger, which Arby’s is calling the Wagyu Blend Burger, also includes melted American cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, red onions pickles and Arby’s special sauce.

Now is there a real difference between American and Japanese Wagyu? Probably, but if you’re eating a $6 cheeseburger from Arby’s you aren’t likely to notice the difference. Plus, true Japanese Wagyu is way too tender to form into a burger patty.

The test is supposed to run for four weeks but it is being reported that the burgers are likely to sell out long before then. Which means an expanded test can’t be far behind. And if that proves as successful, odds are they will be rolled out nationally before too long.

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