Wagyu 101

The Truth About Arby's Wagyu Burger: Is it Fake?

By Nicholas Fiorentino

There's been a lot of talk lately about Arby's Wagyu Burger. Some people say that they're delicious, while others claim that they're nothing more than a sham. So what's the truth? Are Arby's Wagyu beef burgers fake? In this blog post, we'll take a look at the evidence and answer that question once and for all!

What is Wagyu?

Wagyu beef is a type of cattle that originates from Japan. The name "Wagyu" literally means "Japanese cow". Wagyu cattle are known for their high quality meat, which is prized for its marbled appearance and intense flavor.

So what's the problem? Well, some people claim that Arby's Wagyu Burgers are nothing more than regular burgers with a fancy name. They argue that most Wagyu beef sold in the United States is actually just regular old Angus beef, and that the term "Wagyu" is being used to charge higher prices. There are few labeling laws that regulate the percentage of Wagyu that a burger must contain in order to declare it a "Wagyu Burger."

Arby's Wagyu Burger

Take Arby's for example. They publicly stated that their new "Wagyu Burger" is in fact a mixture of 52% "American Wagyu" and 48% Angus Beef. If you read our blog and or follow us on social media we've spoken at length about American Wagyu being (at best) a 50-50 cross between Wagyu and (typically) Angus beef.

Therefore, if Arby's Wagyu Burger is 52% American Wagyu, the burger most likely contains at most 26% of actual Wagyu genetics.

Our Take

So what's the verdict? Are Arby's Wagyu Burgers fake? Unfortunately, there's no easy answer. The truth is that it does contain Wagyu and is most definitely labeled legally. There are certainly some unscrupulous businesses out there trying to pass off regular beef as Wagyu by packing it with a higher fat content, but we don't think this is the case.

If you're looking to try a Wagyu beef burger, do your research and make sure you're getting the real deal! The Meatery has a great selection of authentic Wagyu Burgers.

Our Australian Wagyu Burgers are slightly more savory but still incredibly delicate in taste. Their fat content is 80/20, but the buttery taste of the Wagyu fat is far superior to that of an Angus burger.

If you're looking for something richer we encourage you to try our Ground Japanese A5 Wagyu. This ground beef makes absolutely incredible burgers and can also be used for luxurious tacos, rich bolognese sauces or any other creation that calls for ground beef.

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