Wendy's Old Fashioned HamburgersDave Thomas opened the first Wendy’s location in 1969 in Columbus, Ohio. He was inspired by a local chain named Kewpee Burgers that sold square pattied hamburgers and thick malt shakes. He created his own burgers with square shaped patties for Wendy’s, and the chains burgers still come in that shape. He also developed the Frosty, a soft serve ice cream treat that contains frozen starches to give it a thick texture like a malt. After less than a year of operation, a second Wendy’s opened in Columbus with a drive-thru window. The chain claims it was the first modern style drive-thru window ever used.

The chain was the first to add a salad bar to the restaurant, a feature introduced in 1979. While other fast food chains added salads to their menus in the 80s and 90s as consumers became concerned with fat intake, Wendy’s was the first hamburger chain to offer a salad as a side dish or burger alternative. The chain is the third largest hamburger fast food group in world, following only McDonald’s and Burger King.

Wendy's Single with CheeseAll of the hamburgers offered by Wendy’s have the same square shape and are created from beef that has never been frozen. Instead of using unique names, burgers are identified by their weight, like the ¼ lb Single, and the number of patties or types of toppings. The Baconater is an exception, featuring two slices of cheese and three pieces of bacon. The Baconater Double adds a second patty and two more slices of cheese. The chain’s burgers are also distinguished by the slightly sweet, soft potato bread used for their buns. Value menu items include the Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger and the Jr. Cheeseburger Deluxe with tomato and lettuce.