Last Updated on October 28, 2022 by Jim Edwards
Carl’s Jr. is a famous restaurant chain on the West coast of America known for its delicious and affordable food. The restaurant began as a single hotdog cart in Los Angeles in 1941 and quickly grew into a highly profitable franchise chain.
Whether you call this restaurant Carl’s Jr. or Hardees, you will have to agree that their charbroiled beef burgers and juicy and soft chicken sandwiches give tough competition to newer fast-food eateries.
The Carl’s Junior Menu is Very Diverse
Carl’s Junior menu includes a variety of super-stacked crazy burger choices, decadent and rich milkshakes, crispy onion rings, and salty fries. Although the restaurant is the farthest thing you could imagine from healthy eating, there are some amazingly tasty Carl’s Junior menu items that are worth the extra calories.
Some people are just fans of Carl’s Jr.’s Super Star hamburger and their curly fries. However, the Carl’s Junior menu is much more extensive and includes amazing items such as hand-scooped ice cream shakes, hand-breaded chicken tenders, spicy chicken sandwiches, and other fantastic sides.
If you can’t decide among the plethora of options available to you, we suggest looking carefully at the list provided below of the most popular and delicious items on the Carl’s Junior menu.
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The Best Items on the Carl’s Junior Menu
Double Western Bacon Cheeseburger
The double western cheeseburger is the best burger to eat when you’re feeling extra hungry or craving perfectly fried bacon in a burger. The burger comprises toasted sesame seeded bun containing crispy and flavorful bacon along with Carl’s Jr. special sauce.
The burger also includes crispy onion rings, which make for the perfect crunch with two charbroiled juicy beef patties. The tangy BBQ ties the burger together and gives it a slight sweetness that makes you crave more with every bite.
This burger has a total of 1020 calories which is not for the faint of heart. Moreover, with 2020 mg of sodium present in the burger, you can rest assured that with this burger, you will satisfy your entire day’s recommended sodium intake. Nevertheless, if you are trying Carl’s Junior menu items for the first time, it is a great idea to choose the Double Western Bacon Cheeseburger for your first meal.
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Famous Star with Cheese
Famous Star is a highly popular customer favorite and signature beef burger from Carl’s Jr. It contains 100% natural charbroiled beef hamburger patty with melted American cheese on top. With the addition of sliced onions, lettuce, dill pickles, tomato, and the restaurant’s special sauce, Carl’s Jr’s amazing Famous Star burger is created.
The bun used for this burger is a soft seeded bun, making it the perfect sample for a fantastic cheeseburger. From the beef to the vegetables, every ingredient, is fresh and cooked to juicy perfection. However, if you are trying to lose a few pounds, this burger may not be a great idea since it has 670 calories.
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Super Star with Cheese
The Super Star burger is another signature beef burger from the Carl’s Junior menu. The burger comprises two halves of a seeded bun with two slices of melted American cheese over two all-beef patties, tomatoes, pickles, sliced onions, lettuce, mayonnaise, and Carl’s Jr.’s delicious special sauce.
The Super Star burger with cheese is one of the best double cheeseburgers you will ever enjoy. The complete burger comprises 920 calories which may be a lot for people trying to watch their weight.
While some fast-food restaurants exclusively have a breakfast menu or a set time to serve breakfast, Carl’s Junior has delicious breakfast-inspired items you can enjoy at any mealtime. The bacon-egg burrito is the perfect example of that since it contains everything you could ever need for a filling and delicious meal.
The bacon-egg burrito from Carl’s Junior contains crispy and delicious bacon along with melted shredded cheese and soft and juicy scrambled eggs packed in a chewy flour tortilla shell. The bacon-egg burrito is a flavor bomb that explodes with flavor at every bite and can be perfect if you are looking for a unique meal item as opposed to burgers and sandwiches.
If you truly want to elevate your meal, you can add some hash brown nuggets to your bacon-egg burrito and make it more filling for lunch.
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Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders
Carl’s Jr. chicken tenders are one of the most popular food items on their menu. Every one of the chicken tenders is individually hand-breaded and is deliciously crispy from the outside.
Each chicken finger is dipped in buttermilk and is rolled in breadcrumbs, and fried to golden brown perfection. You can purchase two kinds of meal sets for chicken tenders.
The three-piece chicken tenders can be enjoyed with a drink, cookie, and fries. On the other hand, if you are feeling a bit more hungry, you can choose to enjoy your meal with three kinds of dipping sauces: honey mustard, buttermilk ranch, and blue cheese.
Although Carl’s Jr. is known for their amazing burgers and fries, the sides and desserts on the menu are not to be left unconsidered.
The chocolate cake on the Carl’s Junior menu may not be bakery-quality decadent but has a beautiful richness that makes for a yummy sweet note at the end of your meal. The restaurant advertises the chocolate cake as being made using rich chocolate and being topped with sweet frosting.
Although the cake is not overpoweringly rich, the icing is fantastically creamy and pairs amazingly with the slight bitterness of the cocoa.
The Carl’s Jr. chocolate cake has 300 calories per serving and contains around 36 grams of sugar which is much more than the daily recommended amount of sugar for your health.
If you aren’t a fan of Carl’s Jr. natural cut fries or are looking for something new to try, you should try ordering the Crisscut fries to pair with Carl’s Jr.’s delicious burgers and chicken dishes. Once when you try the crisscut fries from Carl’s Junior Menu, you won’t ever be able to go back to enjoying normal French fries.
The golden-brown crisscut fries are seasoned to perfection and fried to a delicious crisp with soft and buttery potato inside.
If you are someone who is looking to lose weight, ordering crosscut fries from the Carl’s Junior menu may not be the best option.
Each serving of the crisscut fries from Carl’s Junior menu contains 450 calories and has a total of 900 mg of sodium which can be a lot for one meal. Nevertheless, if you are a true potato lover, you will be able to compromise on your weight or training regimen for a pack of these amazing crosscut fries without any hesitation.
Nothing is more fulfilling at a Carl’s Jr. restaurant than enjoying a pack of Crisscut fries with your favorite milkshake flavor. Carl’s Jr. hand-scooped ice cream shakes are a signature item on their menu and can be a perfect addition to your meal.
Unlike other restaurants, the ice cream milkshakes from Carl’s Jr. have a thick consistency that you will feel like you’re enjoying a dessert in a cup. The milkshakes are available in four different flavors, most commonly: vanilla, Oreo, chocolate, and strawberry.
Carl’s Jr. milkshakes aren’t the watered-down milky slurries you may find at other eateries but are made with creamy and luscious ice creams that are thick and almost addictively delicious. Each milkshake from Carl’s Jr. has a whipped cream topping that will make it a memorable shake that you won’t be able to stop craving.
Carl’s Junior Menu – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. the same?
Hardee’s is a similar restaurant to Carl’s Jr. but is situated on the East coast of America instead of the west. They are two sibling restaurants with the same parent company: CKE restaurants.
Why does Carl’s Jr. have two names?
Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. used to have different menus, but they combined their food items on the menu when they became a part of the same parent company: CKE restaurants. They kept their two names different but their menus alike since they believed it would be the clearest and most straightforward path to long-term success.
The biggest burger on the Carl’s Junior menu is The Really Big Carl. The burger features three charbroiled beef patties along with three slices of melted American cheese, lettuce, and classic sauce inside a sesame seed bun.
Keith Eats Everything At Carl’s Jr.
Howdy folks! The time has come for Keith to eat everything on the menu at Carl’s Jr. or, as some of you may know it, Hardee’s!
Carl’s Junior’s menu comprises all kinds of fast food items you could ever crave for. Although most of the selection is not preferable for people trying to lose weight, every item has something unique to offer, from their delectable juicy beef burgers to deliciously creamy ice-cream milkshakes.
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