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The Most Popular Menu Items at Carl’s Jr.

If you’re a fan of fast food, chances are you’ve heard of Carl’s Jr. Since 1941, Carl’s Jr. has been serving classic burgers, fries, and shakes, making it one of America’s most popular fast food chains.

With its famous tagline, “If it doesn’t get all over the place, it doesn’t belong in your face,” Carl’s Jr. has earned a reputation for delivering big, juicy burgers that are always fresh and flavorful.

From burgers to biscuits and delicious breakfast items, the Carl’s Jr. menu has a lot to offer to satisfy everyone’s cravings.

But with so many menu items to choose from, it can be hard to decide which one to order.

To help you narrow down your choices, here are the 25 best Carl’s Jr. menu items you should try!

25. Hand-Breaded Chicken Sandwich

The quality of the chicken can make or break a sandwich, and this one is no exception.

The Hand-Breaded Chicken Sandwich from Carl’s Jr. starts with an all-white chicken patty that is lightly battered, fried to a golden crisp, and served on a potato bun with mayonnaise and garlic pickles.

The crunchy fried chicken patty paired with the soft bun gives a fantastic texture and flavor contrast.

The savory spices from the seasoning blend accentuate the juicy flavor of the chicken, while the tartness of pickles adds a nice zing to each bite!

Overall, it’s a delicious and filling sandwich that fills you up without being over-indulgent.

Nutritional Information:

640 calories, 33g protein, 58g carbohydrates, 33g fat

24. Waffle Fries

When it comes to sides, Carl’s Jr.’s Waffle Fries are an absolute classic.

These perfectly golden fries have a crispy outside and fluffy inside that will have your taste buds dancing with joy.

You won’t be disappointed with this fan-favorite side dish if you get them plain or fancy up your order by adding some melted cheese or chili.

Nutritional Information:

380 calories, 5g protein, 42g carbohydrates, 29g fat   

23. Spicy Chicken Sandwich

I love some spice in my fried chicken.

The secret ingredient that sets this sandwich apart from the rest is the spicy Cajun seasoning which adds a unique kick of heat to every bite.

To top it off, the sandwich includes crunchy lettuce and creamy mayonnaise to give it a delicious flavor.

If you are looking for a low-calorie fried food option, this is an excellent choice as it contains only 490.

Nutritional Information:

490 calories, 14g protein, 47g carbohydrates, 24g fat 

22. Charbroiled Chicken Club Sandwich

Grilled chicken may sound boring, but you will be satisfied when you take a bite of this sandwich.

The juicy chicken breast is topped with bacon, lettuce, melted Swiss cheese, and tomato and served on a signature potato bun.

So what makes this Carl’s Jr. sandwich so tasty?

At the first bite, you can taste how juicy the chicken is. That’s because it has been marinated in special seasonings and then grilled to perfection over an open flame.

The marinade helps give the chicken its signature flavor and ensures that it stays moist and tasty when cooked.

In addition to the chicken, the melted cheese, lettuce, tomato slices, and mayonnaise add plenty of moisture and texture to each bite.

And, of course, the bacon adds a salty flavor and crunch to the sandwich, making it irresistible.

Nutritional Information: (3-piece) 600 calories, 36g protein, 45g carbohydrates, 27g fat

21. Beyond Famous Star With Cheese

If you’re a vegetarian, have no fear. Carl’s Jr. has your back!

The Beyond Famous Star With Cheese contains a plant-based patty that looks and tastes remarkably similar to actual beef.

All the classic ingredients of this burger remain unchanged.

Two slices of melted cheese atop two onion rings, tomato slices, and lettuce with mayonnaise and Special Sauce for added flavor in every bite.

Even though I’m still a carnivore at heart, I was pleasantly surprised by how close to “real” the Beyond patty comes in taste & texture, juicy & savory just like any other good burger should be.

Nutritional Information:

770 calories, 30g protein, 61g carbohydrates, 40g fat

20. Charbroiled BBQ Chicken Sandwich

The sweet and tangy BBQ sauce always hits the spot with this sandwich.

The combination of melted cheese, crispy bacon, and thick grilled chicken patty make this a winner in my book.

The secret to this sandwich lies in the combination of flavors and textures that make it so delicious.

The charbroiled chicken breast adds a smoky flavor that blends perfectly with the sweet and tangy BBQ sauce.

The melted cheese adds creaminess, while the onions provide crunchiness to each bite.

The bacon adds smokiness and saltiness to contrast with the BBQ sauce’s sweetness and the cheese’s mildness.

And last but not least, lettuce and tomato freshness combine to complete the flavor profile.

Nutritional Information:

370 calories, 30g protein, 50g carbohydrates, 7g fat

19. Famous Star With Cheese

The Famous Star With Cheese is a perfectly crafted combination of fresh ingredients, making it one of the best Carl’s Jr. burgers.

A juicy, savory all-beef patty topped with American cheese provides the perfect base for this burger’s unique flavor.

The Special Sauce and mayonnaise add an extra layer to its taste.

The crunchy lettuce, tomato, red onion slices, and pickles provide a texture that completes this delightful experience.  

The Special Sauce is the true star of this burger as it provides a delectably sweet layer to an already tasty burger.

Nutritional Information:

670 calories, 28g protein, 57g carbohydrates, 37g fat

18. Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake

This is a dessert at Carl’s Jr. that can’t be missed!

This delectable treat is made with creamy cheesecake topped with swirls of ripe strawberries and nestled in a graham cracker crust.

The tangy strawberry flavor and rich cheesecake texture create a sensational flavor experience.

Plus, it’s just as good as homemade without all the fuss.

Nutritional Information:

320 calories, 7g protein, 35g carbohydrates, 17g fat

17. Charbroiled Santa Fe Chicken Sandwich

The Charbroiled Santa Fe Chicken Sandwich is another popular option from the Carl’s Jr. menu.

It features a charbroiled chicken filet topped with melted American cheese, lettuce, mild green chili, banana peppers, and the special Santa Fe Sauce.

Unlike other chicken sandwiches, this one packs a delightfully spicy flavor.

The mild green chili and banana peppers give the sandwich a nice kick, while the creamy Santa Fe sauce offsets the slight spiciness of the chili peppers, creating a delicious flavor that’s sure to satisfy your taste buds.

If you are testing your spice limits, order a shake to help cool you down!

Nutritional Information:

550 calories, 36g protein, 45g carbohydrates, 25g fat

16. Grilled Cheese Breakfast Sandwich

Are you craving a classic breakfast sandwich that will tantalize your taste buds?

Look no further than the Grilled Cheese Breakfast Sandwich!

You can pick between Canadian bacon, bacon, or grilled sausage as your meat option.

It is served on buttery sourdough toast topped with melted American cheese, Swiss cheese, and an ooey-gooey folded egg.

The combination of delectable cheeses creates a creamy sauce that melts in your mouth, while the crunchiness of the toast pairs perfectly with whichever meat you choose.

I can’t tell you how scrumptious this breakfast sandwich is when you bite into it on a freezing morning!

Nutritional Information:

690 calories, 41g protein, 77g carbohydrates, 45g fat

15. Chocolate Cake

For dessert, you can’t go wrong with the Chocolate Cake from Carl’s Jr.

This decadent treat is made with layers of moist chocolate cake topped with creamy fudge frosting.

It’s the perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth without breaking the bank.

Plus, who doesn’t love a good slice of cake?

Nutritional Information:

290 calories, 3g protein, 46g carbohydrates, 11g fat

14. Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders

Unless you love bread, why waste your calories on the buns?

That’s why many people love Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders.

These delicious chicken strips are hand-breaded, fried to a golden brown, and served with dipping sauces.

Depending on how hungry you are, you can choose between the 3 or 5-piece options.

Nutritional Information: (3-piece)

810 calories, 82g protein, 42g carbohydrates, 42g fat

13. Double Western Bacon Cheeseburger

If you’re looking for a burger with extra oomph, the Double Western Bacon Cheeseburger is precisely what your taste buds desire.

With two 1/4 lb. beef patties, American cheese slices, bacon strips, and deep-fried onions, this one has double the juiciness of any burger on the Carl’s Jr. menu!

Plus, its smoky flavor from fresh bacon combined with the sweet and crunchy texture from barbecue sauce and fried onions balances out the succulent beef patties.

So if you’re looking for an extra meaty burger, sink your teeth into this one!

Nutritional Information:

1,020 calories, 53g protein, 75g carbohydrates, 54g fat

12. Steakhouse Angus Thickburger With A1 Sauce

If you’re in the mood for an amazing burger, the Steakhouse Angus Thickburger With A1 Sauce is a must-try.

This delicious burger contains a 100% premium Angus beef patty marinated with A1 steak sauce to give it a smoky flavor.

Then two slices of crispy bacon strips plus Swiss cheese, red onions, tomato slices, and mayonnaise are tucked between a potato bun.

Get ready to experience an explosion of flavors as this golden trio tantalizes your taste buds!

Nutritional Information:

800 calories, 45g protein, 50g carbohydrates, 49g fat

11. Hand-Scooped Ice-Cream Shakes

If you’re looking for something cool and refreshing that is not coffee or tea, Carl’s Jr. Hand-Scooped Ice Cream Shakes are the perfect treat!

These delicious shakes come in classic chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry flavors.

Made with natural hand-scooped ice cream rather than a powder-based mix, you can truly taste that real ice cream smooth texture.

These creamy treats have a superior taste that will keep your taste buds happy all summer!

Nutritional Information:

710 calories, 14g protein, 85g carbohydrates, 33g fat

10. Loaded Breakfast Burrito

If you are searching for a filling breakfast burrito, Carl’s Jr. has the perfect one!

Their Loaded Breakfast Burrito boasts an impressive lineup of ingredients, from sausages and bacon chunks to scrambled eggs and shredded cheese.

But wait. It gets even better!

They also add hash rounds to this burrito which gives an extra layer of flavor you won’t find anywhere else.

Every bite is a burst of juicy meat combined with melted cheese and crunchy hash rounds.

It is an experience you have to try to understand why I love this burrito so much!

Nutritional Information:

680 calories, 35g protein, 51g carbohydrates, 48g fat

9. Hand-Breaded Bacon Swiss Chicken Sandwich

If you find that chicken and pickles are a bit bland, try the Hand-Breaded Bacon Swiss Chicken Sandwich.

This sandwich consists of a crispy chicken filet resting on top of tomato slices, lettuce leaves, two strips of bacon crisscrossing each other at the center, and melted Swiss cheese on top.

The hand-breaded chicken filet is made from premium quality chicken breast marinated in buttermilk for added tenderness and texture.

The filet is lightly breaded with panko breadcrumbs and then fried to golden perfection, making it extra crispy.

Although two slices of bacon are not much, they provide enough smoky flavor to take this sandwich over the top.

The fresh vegetables and flavors all come together to create a dynamic and delicious sandwich.

Nutritional Information:

810 calories, 41g protein, 67g carbohydrates, 49g fat

8. Jalapeno Poppers

For all the jalapeno pepper fans, you need to give Carl’s Jr. Jalapeno Poppers a try.

Made with fresh jalapenos stuffed with cheddar cheese, these poppers genuinely pack a punch!

They’re lightly battered and fried, giving them a crunchy texture that’s hard to beat.

Plus, they are served with ranch dressing or salsa for extra flavor.

Nutritional Information:

470 calories, 9g protein, 42g carbohydrates, 29g fat

7. Super Star With Cheese

With double the patty size, the Super Star With Cheese is a juicier take on the Famous Star with Cheese.

Two 1/4 lb. beef patties are seasoned with salt and pepper and layered between two slices of melted American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion slices, pickles, and Special Sauce for an unbeatable flavor combination.

The savory burger patties are complemented by melty cheese and crunchy veggies in each bite.

The cherry on top is Carl’s Jr. creamy Special Sauce, adding a sweet and zesty texture to the overall experience.

Nutritional Information:

920 calories, 48g protein, 59g carbohydrates, 57g fat

6. The Breakfast Burger

Get ready for an unforgettable flavor experience at Carl’s Jr. with their Breakfast Burger!

A juicy charbroiled patty made from USDA choice ground chuck is smothered with melty American cheese, crunchy thick-cut bacon, and a fluffy folded scrambled farm fresh egg and nestled between two toasty sesame buns.

This mouth-watering creation is then finished with a signature blend of spices that add enough flavor without overpowering any other ingredients.

Nutritional Information:

830 calories, 42g protein, 67g carbohydrates, 44g fat

5. Fried Zucchini

Getting in your daily dose of vegetables can be easy and delicious with Carl’s Jr.’s Fried Zucchini.

Fresh zucchini slices are lightly battered, fried to a crispy golden brown, and served with their signature house dressing.

It’s so simple yet scrumptious.

I hate to admit it, but I crave more even when I order the large-size serving!

Nutritional Information:

370 calories, 4g protein, 34g carbohydrates, 20g fat

4. Jalapeno Angus Burger

If you are someone who can’t get enough of the heat, you should try out the delicious Jalapeno Angus Burger.

It is packed with a 1/3 lb. Angus patty, American cheese, lettuce, tomato slices, red onion pieces, pickles, and jalapenos for that extra zing.

This burger hits all the right notes without being too overwhelming!

I’m always amazed at how these little peppers add so much flavor while allowing each ingredient’s characteristics to shine.

As far as spicy burgers go, this one might take the cake!

Nutritional Information:

830 calories, 44g protein, 56g carbohydrates, 59g fat

3. Steak and Egg Burrito

I never want to sacrifice flavor for convenience when I need a quick breakfast on the go.

The Steak and Egg Burrito offers all the deliciousness of an omelet wrapped in a soft flour tortilla.

Juicy charbroiled steak chunks complement fluffy scrambled eggs and melted cheese.

The zesty salsa finishes off the burrito with just the perfect amount of spice that gives it that extra kick.

This burrito is one of my favorites as someone who loves meat!

Nutritional Information:

760 calories, 36g protein, 41g carbohydrates, 29g fat

2. Monster Biscuit

If you find yourself torn between bacon and sausage, Carl’s Jr. has you covered!

The Monster Biscuit is an unbeatable sandwich with two strips of crispy bacon, a savory sausage patty, and double-layered folded eggs for extra texture and flavor.

The American and Swiss cheeses melt together to create a gooey, cheesy goodness that will satisfy any craving.

I can confidently say that the Monster Biscuit is one of the best fast food breakfast sandwiches out there!

Nutritional Information:

600 calories, 31g protein, 46g carbohydrates, 61g fat

1. Guacamole Bacon Angus Burger

While the Original Angus Burger is quite delicious, the Guacamole Bacon Angus Burger is a flavor experience made in heaven!

This burger from Carl’s Jr. features a 1/3 lb. Angus beef patty, guacamole, American cheese, lettuce, tomato slices, bacon, and red onions.

It brings together all the elements for a mouth-watering fiesta!

If you’re craving a unique taste and lip-smacking goodness in your next meal, you should definitely try the Guacamole Bacon Angus Burger.

Nutritional Information:

920 calories, 38g protein, 50g carbohydrates, 64g fat


So now you know the best menu items at Carl’s Jr.!

Whether you’re looking for a classic or unique flavor, the Carl’s Jr. menu has you covered with a variety of delicious burgers, breakfast sandwiches, desserts, and sides.

From the popular Famous Star to something more exciting like the Western Bacon Cheeseburger, there’s something for everyone at Carl’s Jr.

Next time you’re craving fast food, make sure to stop by a Carl’s Jr. near you and give these menu items a try!

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About the Author

Lianne Fachetti is a content writer who adores food from all cultures. When she’s not working, she’s busy creating new recipes, trying out new restaurants, playing with her German Shepherd Max, and tending to her vegetable garden.


January 23, 2023