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Carl’s Jr. Tests New Spicy Western Bacon Cheeseburger That’s Available For Delivery

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While most fast food locations in Los Angeles have closed down their dining areas, the drive-thrus remain open for customers to get their burger fix. Carl’s Jr. stores in California have actually rolled out a new burger during these uncertain times that may bring some warmth to this cold uncertainty we’re all living in.

Behold, the Spicy Western Bacon Cheeseburger.

Not your father’s Western Bacon Cheeseburger, this new iteration features the addition of Pepperjack cheese and Caliente Jalapeños  to compliment the staple charbroiled beef patty, crispy strips of bacon, tangy barbecue sauce, and a couple plump onion rings.

The burger is available in three forms: single patty, double patty, and triple patty. Whatever size fits your hunger best.

For those trying to avoid going out to get their fast food, both Postmates and UBER Eats are offering free delivery where available with Carl’s Jr. delivery is active through UBER Eats until the end of March. For Postmates, all you have to do is use the code CARLSJRNOW through April 6.

Stay safe out there, Foodbeasts!

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You Can Now Add Fried Cheese Patties To Any Carl’s Jr. Menu Item

Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s are taking the Instagram virality of fried cheese patties and making it a ubiquitous fast food item.

Photo courtesy of Carl’s Jr.

The Carl’s and Hardee’s version of the food fad is known as the Big Fried Cheese (BFC), and consists of a blend of cheddar and mozzarella cheeses coated in a seasoned breading.

Both restaurants will be getting signature sandwiches that contain the fried cheese on the menu. Carl’s and Hardee’s will both have a BFC Angus Thickburger featuring the cheese and a 1/3 pound patty, while Hardee’s will also have a BFC Frisco Breakfast sandwich that adds egg, sliced cheese, and bacon to the gooey concoction.

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These aren’t the only offerings the BFC can be added to, however. Any burger or breakfast sandwich that either fast food chain offers up can also get a fried cheese patty upgrade. At a $3 upcharge, everything from Beyond Famous Stars to Grilled Cheese Breakfast Sandwiches can get the molten, fried cheese disc added on.

All Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s locations nationwide now have the Big Fried Cheese on the menu, which appears to be a permanent menu option.

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Carl’s Jr. Launches Western Bacon Cheeseburger-Inspired Beyond Burger

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The plant-based burger battle is heating up once again. Looking to build on the success of its Beyond Famous Star, Carl’s Jr. is expanding its partnership with Beyond Meat to launch the Beyond BBQ Cheeseburger.

Drawing on the success of its Beyond Famous Star, the fast food chain developed a new burger build meant to complement the Beyond Burger patty, while drawing on the flavors of its famed Western Bacon Cheeseburger. The result features a Beyond Burger patty topped with Carl’s Jr. original BBQ sauce, American cheese, and crispy onion rings, on a sesame seed bun.

“With one Western Bacon Cheeseburger sold every second, we saw this as the perfect flavor inspiration – and so the new Carl’s Jr. Beyond BBQ Cheeseburger was born,” shared Patty Trevino, SVP of Carl’s Jr. Brand Marketing.

Carl’s Jr. was among the first major fast food chains to introduce a plant-based option to its menu last December. To date, more than 4.5 million Beyond Famous Star burgers have been sold, making it the most successful burger launch for the brand in the past two years.

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The First Ever Fast Food CBD Item Will Be Sold By Carl’s Jr. On 4/20 Only

It was only a matter of time before cannabinoids got into fast food, considering how the trend has been sweeping across the nation. Carl’s Jr. is officially making itself the first fast food chain to test an infused item, as they’re releasing a CBD-infused burger on 4/20.

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The Carl’s Jr. test item is called the Rocky Mountain High: CheeseBurger Delight. It consists of two beef patties cooked with pepper jack cheese, pickled jalapenos, crisscut fries, and a CBD-infused Santa Fe Sauce. Carl’s teamed up with Bluebird Botanicals to get the CBD oil to make their sauce with, ensuring that each burger has 5 mg of CBD inside of it.

For those wondering, CBD is the non-psychoactive part of marijuana (which is known as THC). You won’t get high from ingesting it, but it will act as a relaxant and calming agent, and has been rumored to help with everything from pain management to mental health.

Carl’s Jr. has decided to only sell the burger at a single location in Denver on 4/20. Since Colorado was the pioneer state to breakthrough and legalize marijuana, it makes sense to start selling fast food that contains CBD or cannabinoids in the same state.

The address of the sole Carl’s Jr. selling the infused burger on 4/20 is as follows:

4050 Colorado Blvd. Denver, CO

The burger will be available from 6 a.m. local time through closing.

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Froot Loops Mini Donuts Will Be Back On Carl’s Jr. Menus Soon

Last year, Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s brought a taste of childhood nostalgia to life in the form of Froot Loops mini donuts. Apparently, they were such a success that the chain has decided to bring them back.

Photo: Peter Pham

Just like last time, the pastel-colored rainbow of mini donuts will be priced at $1.99 for a set of five.

They will come in the recognizable Froot Loops colors, with shades of red, blue, green, purple, and yellow being encased within the little box.

Hardee’s customers will have a chance to get these a couple of days before Carl’s Jr. fans, as they will start selling them February 25, while Carl’s Jr. is going to have them available starting February 27.

The Froot Loops mini donuts sold out in just a few weeks last time around, so you probably have about that long to get your hands on them for this second round.

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Is Carl’s Jr’s New ‘Beyond Burger’ Actually Healthy?

[Editor’s Note: A previous iteration of this article stated that that the “Beyond Burger” had 0 grams of saturated fat, but the patty itself has 5 grams. A Carl’s Jr. representative reached out to Foodbeast and added that the Beyond Famous Star is higher in calories, protein, and sodium because the patty is larger than a standard Carl’s Jr. beef patty.]

Plant-based foods are usually associated with being “healthy,” but just as being a vegan doesn’t necessarily mean you’re in good health, eating Carl’s Jr’s new Beyond Famous Star Burger doesn’t mean you can suddenly binge on plant-based cheeseburgers.

Beyond Meat makes a veggie-based burger that looks, and almost tastes like beef, quickly becoming popular with the vegan and vegetarian community. When carefully compared to a classic beef Famous Star with cheese, however, the Beyond Famous Star doesn’t really wow you in the nutritional department.

In fact, the plant-based burger is actually higher in calories, fat, carbohydrates, and has the same amount of sugar content.

To be fair, a lot of it comes from the bread, cheese, and sauce, not the patty itself, but the same could be said for its beefy counterpart.

When put side-by-side, with the patty being the only difference between the two burgers, the numbers stack up like so:

Calories:

Beyond- (710)
Beef- (690)

Fat:

Beyond- (40 grams)
Beef- (37 grams)

Carbohydrates:

Beyond- (61 grams)
Beef- (57 grams)

Protein:

Beyond- (30 grams)
Beef- (28 grams)

Cholesterol:

Beyond- (30 mg)
Beef- (75 mg)

Sodium:

Beyond- (1,550 mg) 
Beef- (1,210 mg)

Sugars:

Beyond- (12 g)
Beef- (12 g)

Fiber:

Beyond- (5g)
Beef- (3g)

__________

Perhaps the key difference, while subtle, lies in the cholesterol.

Beyond Famous Star pictured to the left, Beef Famous Star on right.

With 40 fewer milligrams, zero coming from the patty itself, the new veggie burger is a tad bit more heart friendly than its beefy uncle, however, the sodium content is less than ideal. With a whopping 1,550 mg of sodium, the Beyond Burger has 340 more milligrams than the standard Famous Star, and surpasses The American Heart Association’s ideal daily recommendation of 1,500 mg.

You’re probably reading this and telling yourself, “Well, that’s because it has a bunch of fast food ingredients attached to it. The Beyond Burger patty itself probably isn’t that bad on its own.”

That is also not necessarily true.

When comparing the Beyond Burger patty, stripped down, with no cheese, bread, or sauce to blow up its nutritional numbers, a typical standard beef patty still has a bit of a nutritional edge.

For example, the Beyond patty is still higher in calories (270), fat (20g), sodium (380 mg), and carbohydrates (5g). It also has a little bit more protein (20 grams) for you meatheads trying to bulk up.

Even with all this data, you could argue that it is a win for Beyond Meat. If the goal is to make plant-based food that resembles its meaty predecessors, then plant-based junk food, in theory, should be, well, junk.

Regardless of nutrition, Beyond Meat’s ultimate goal is sustainability, and not necessarily trying to pander to PETA and vegans in the process. If slapping dairy products on their plant-based burger means that more people will eat it over beef, it’s still more eco-friendly over the alternative.

To ask Carl’s Jr. to make a healthy burger is unfair, anyway. We don’t go to Carl’s Jr. to revive our diets, we go for comfort food that’s cheap and fast. This collaboration still provides that convenience.

At the end of the day, the Beyond Famous Star is not a “healthy” new burger. It’s a fatty, cheesy, salty, carb-y burger that just happens to be made without beef.

Keep those expectations realistic when making your way to the drive-thru, and you won’t be disappointed when that burger goes straight to your hips, as junk food should.

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Carl’s Jr. Adds Beyond Burger, Confirms Plant-Based Burgers Have Gone Mainstream

2019 is kicking off with a historic moment in fast food: Plant-based burger alternatives, like the Impossible Burger and Beyond burger, have finally become mainstream.

Photo: Elie Ayrouth // Foodbeast

This moment is coming courtesy of Carl’s Jr., who has added the vegan Beyond Burger as an option to its menu nationwide. They’ve worked with purveyor Beyond Meat to create a patty that cooks just like their standard burgers and mimics the the taste and appearance as well.

Right now, the go-to way to order Carl’s newest addition is the Beyond Famous Star, which is the meat-free homage to the burger chain’s signature sandwich. It does come with mayo and cheese, but these can removed for those looking for a 100% vegan burger experience.

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Carl’s Jr. is selling the Beyond Famous Star starting at $6.29, putting it on par with the prices of its standard charbroiled burgers. You can also change the burger on any other Carl’s Jr. offering to a Beyond patty for a $2 upcharge.

This marks the largest plant-based burger partnership in the nation to date, as Carl’s 1,100-plus locations carrying the Beyond patty easily surpasses the 400-plus White Castle locations selling Impossible Burger sliders. With their combined reach, it’s paved the way to get a plant-based fast food burger across the entire country.

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Carl’s Jr.’s Newest Burger Is Using Garlic Bread For Buns

Carl’s Jr. has low-key dropped a Garlic Bread Thickburger on some select menus in Southern California as part of a new garlic-themed lineup the chain appears to be testing.

Photo: Elie Ayrouth // Foodbeast

Foodbeast Elie Ayrouth spotted the burger at a Carl’s Jr. location in Orange, CA. The Garlic Bread Thickburger is part of a garlic-centric menu that also includes Cheesy Garlic Fries. It can be made as a single, double, or 1/3-pound option, and comes loaded with “Garlic Crisps,” tomato, Swiss cheese, mayo, and grilled onions.

The bread used on the burger is similar to the sourdough bread topping other sandwiches on the menu, but comes brushed with what appears to be a garlic butter on top. A unique addition is the “Garlic Crisps,” which taste like they are made out of Parmesan cheese and add a nutty, savory note to the burger.

The Cheesy Garlic Fries are dusted with a garlic powder and topped with a simple shredded cheese blend. They cost $3.49 for an order, while the burger’s pricing starts at about $4.45 for a single, with the double burger combo (with standard fries and a drink) costing about $6.95.

Both the fries and the burger appear to be a Carl’s Jr. test in the Southern California region, with at least two other locations confirmed to be selling both. We’ve also reached out to the Carl’s team to see where else the burgers are being sold and for how long, but they did not immediately respond for comment.