A&W: New Buddy Burgers with Grilled Onions

Diana Chan March 5, 2012 Fast Food, Food for Thought

Last week, A&W introduced their new line of burgers called the “Buddy Burgers“. These are smaller burgers that are under $3. Pretty good prices and good for people who don’t wanna eat so much. Their images look really good, but in reality they don’t look very appealing. I think A&W is starting to run out of names.

They have 4 different burgers, but the variations don’t really vary too much.

Little Buddy Burger ($1.75) they messed up my order…imagine this without the cheese. It has one patty, mayo, and caramelized onions between the toasted buns.

Little Buddy Burger with Cheese ($2.25) is similar to the one above but WITH cheese.

Buddy Burger ($2.45) has 2 patties with mayo and the caramelized onions between toasted buns.

Buddy Burger with Cheese ($2.95) is the same above but with the cheese.

You can make any of the above a combo by adding $3 for fries and a drink. If you are wondering if I ate all 4 of these with a combo…yes I did…I was way too full afterwards. A normal person will be ok with just 2 burgers to get full.

The burgers were ok, but I did like the addition of the grilled onions. The 4 burgers don’t vary much except for the extra patty and cheese. Even though these are cheap, I probably wouldn’t order them again.

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About The Author

Diana started Foodology in 2010 because she just eats out everyday! She started a food blog to share her love of food with the world! She lives in Vancouver, BC and adores the diversity of food around her. She will go crazy for churros and lattes.


  1. fatpanda March 5, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    gotta admit …. it doesn’t look as good as mama fiesta! damming i miss the mama fiesta!!!!!! =(

  2. Agnes March 5, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Mmm… they do look good in the pictures:)

  3. LotusRapper March 6, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Hmmm, haven’t noticed these, I rarely eat fast-food. Are they like sliders-sized ?

    $3 just to add fries + drink ….. highway robbery !

    • DesignGirl March 6, 2012 at 10:20 pm

      They are bigger than sliders but smaller than a normal burger, which makes the burger a good price. Ya, I gotta agree…$3 is too much for the drink and fries.

  4. LotusRapper March 7, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    If I go to A&W for these (starting to contemplate), I’d be very tempted to order their onion rings and put one or two inside each burger, they seem to be perfectly-sized for each other


    • DesignGirl March 8, 2012 at 12:21 am

      That sounds really good actually! No one can beat their onion rings.

  5. LotusRapper March 8, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    It’s been awhile, but memory serves that Red Robin has some of the best onion rings 🙂

    • DesignGirl March 8, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      Onion Ring tower really catches a lot of attention! A&W is still have favorite …something about it just makes it so good. Hmm Now you have my mind on onion rings…I think i’ll have to stop by for some onion rings.

  6. earl March 23, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    can you compare them to say, a teen burger? onions vs. lettuce/tomato. i know the meat is smaller. also, are the toasted buns different from their other burgers? i can’t remember.

  7. Al/B September 26, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Prime rib burger was good and what only $3. They don’t have them anymore – they were the grandma or great grandparent burger, I think.

  8. Gary October 3, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Seems to me that A&W is involved in false or misleading advertising. The TV ads show Buddy Burgers for only $1.75. So I go to A&W and order 2 Buddy Burgers. Turns out the Buddy Burger is not $1.75 but actually $2.45. If that’s their value menu, I’ll stick with McDonald’s burgers for $1.39.

    • uuurghhh June 22, 2015 at 7:21 pm

      oh god you must be deeply broke i hate to see you even think of buying in realestate or better yet takeout a date HAHAHAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!

  9. The Truth October 4, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    A&W seems not to understand that if you’re in the fast food industry, you CANT charge exorbitant prices compared to the other Big Kids on the block. It’s like a Bank charging 15% interest on loans while ALL others charge 6%. I don’t get how anyone would fall for this, especially considering the quality is about equal, and the flavour is over-salted crap.

  10. food lover December 18, 2012 at 4:54 am

    Has anyone noticed that 2 teen combo’s are now almost 12.00 with a coupon? This is a ridiculous price considering what other chains have to offer. I also agree that A&W has run out of ideas, looks like they may be in trouble.

  11. kelly January 28, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Tried the buddy burger the other day – love the teen burger and the ads say its the same beef – was so disgusted thought I was at McDonalds and couldn’t eat it – hope this keeps others from wasting their money

  12. uuurghhh June 22, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    here’s a name for the images of those burger pics its called the DESTITUTE BURGER

  13. Bree May 19, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    Went to A&W usually I get my son a buddy burger with only cheese. Was suggested I do a baby cheese as it’s the same product. The total for a buddy cheese is cheaper than a baby cheese. The buddy has mayo, mustard, ketchup and carmalized grilled onions and option of cheese. The baby is just a cheeseburger with ketchup, so why is it more expensive to buy off the KIDS menu than it is the better burgers???

  14. Buisness as usual January 24, 2018 at 11:29 am

    you must understand ..the parent company a&w has formulas for burger s and for there breakfasts. the problem is the franchisees .they think that they can serve burgers that are not made fresh…there is a mentality among …not all… but many burger places in calgary. it started with wendys…old dried out burgers hot off the heat rack.then dairyqueen.i have no idea why any one …managers ? workers ?owners ? what ever happened to the overseers ? secret diners ? who s accountable ?it seems the answer is who cares ? they …the lazy ones should be re-trained there are standards that should be followed .. if they dont comply fire them …remove there franchise licence..why should should the franchise name be tarnished or sullied..there are some trying to make good food. i mean really does anyone understand about a good name or a good brand?

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