Tasting Carl's Jr.'s New Fresh-Baked Buns
JK Grence Nice buns, Carl!
The Guilty Pleasure: Fresh-Baked Buns on Six Dollar Thickburgers
Where To Get It: Carl's Jr. locations Valleywide
Price: Five or six bucks
What It Really Costs: These burgers hover around a thousand calories each. Good grief.
Over the past year or two, the brass at Carl's Jr. has made some big strides to ramp up the perceived quality of the food. They hand-scoop the ice cream for shakes. The chicken tenders are hand-breaded instead of coming in a freezer bag. They even make biscuits for their breakfast sandwiches (in my opinion, the best breakfast offering in the industry) from scratch in the store.
After all that, they have turned their attention to upgrading the fast food main event: burgers. At first, I found it odd that they would wait so long to give the star of the show some attention. However, they upgraded their burgers years ago with the introduction of the Six Dollar Burger (now the somewhat unwieldy-named Six Dollar Thickburger for cross-promotional purposes with Midwest sister chain Hardee's), an attempt to do a full-service restaurant-style burger available at a drive-thru.
When the Six Dollar Thickburger was introduced, its name was a cheeky reference to the upscale nature of the burger, with its price point hovering around a mere $3.99. Thanks to inflation, several of the Six Dollar Thickburgers are about to cost more than $6, so Carl's new challenge is to make a fast food burger that's actually worth six bucks.