REVIEW: Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr.’s All-Natural Budweiser Beer Cheese Bacon Burger

Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr.’s All-Natural Budweiser Beer Cheese Bacon Burger

From the same folks who gave you sandwiches doused in bourbon and moonshine infused sauce comes Hardee’s/Carl’s Jr.’s latest alco-hamburger, the All-Natural Budweiser Beer Cheese Bacon Burger.

From the get-go, it’s a much less ambitious burger than we’re used to from the chain – lest we forget, this is the same brand that once sold us a sandwich topped with a split weenie and a handful of potato chips.

Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr.’s All-Natural Budweiser Beer Cheese Bacon Burger 2

The non-deluxe versions come with a charbroiled beef patty topped with a sliver of Swiss cheese and a hearty dollop of caramelized onions and thick coating of the eponymous Bud cheese, which I’d describe as a sweet nacho cheddar blend with a sugary hops and barley aftertaste (and before you ask, no, you can’t get loaded eating a small mountain of burgers). On top of that you’ve got your customary lettuce and tomato slices, with a cameo appearance by two fairly salty strips of bacon. The whole shebang is shoved into a brioche bun, which has a distinct honey-kissed flavor that gels incredibly well with the Cheese-weiser sauce.

Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr.’s All-Natural Budweiser Beer Cheese Bacon Burger 3

As you’d imagine, it’s a pretty messy meal. Just removing the top bun guarantees at least a splash of cheese sauce is going to spatter on the table, but the impromptu Gallagher performance is easily forgiven considering how filling the burger is. The solo patty version pretty much immobilized me for a good half hour, so I can only imagine the severity – and satisfaction – of the after-effects of the double patty permutation or the 1/3-pounder Black Angus Thickburger.

Your mileage will vary on the saccharine nature of the burger dressings, though. An hour after eating my burger I still had a pronounced honey wheat hangover in the back of my throat, and be forewarned, when the beer cheese fully congeals, it becomes almost as sweet as cake frosting.

Overall, though, I really enjoyed the chain’s latest brew-burger. It strikes a very nice balance of savory, smoky and sugary without any one flavor becoming too dominant. As long as you can handle a little umami with your ale – and you’re not averse to a strong sucrose sensation from time to time – I’d say this Bud’s definitely for you.

(Nutrition Facts – Single Patty Burger – 710 calories, 340 calories from fat, 38 grams of fat, 16 grams of saturated fat, 85 milligrams of cholesterol, 1430 milligrams of sodium, 51 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 11 grams of sugar, and 40 grams of protein.)

Purchased Price: $5.59 (single patty)
Size: N/A
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: Very filling. A nice medley of flavors that are surprisingly harmonious. Being able to literally chew Budweiser.
Cons: An unexpectedly prolonged sugar rush; being forced to eat it with a fork to keep cheese from glomping to your fingers. Still having to wait for a Heineken-flavored chicken sandwich.

NEWS: Hardee’s New Turkey Burgers Make It Seem Like Happy Star Had A Lot of Thanksgiving Leftovers

Wild Turkeys

I learned two things from my subscription to Men’s Health Magazine, when I read it during the late 1990s:

1. Reading about how to do exercises is significantly less effective than actually doing the exercises.

2. How to be a better lover.

So I hope when Hardee’s teamed up with Men’s Health Magazine to create their new line of turkey burger, they also learned how to be a better lover.

The turkey burgers come in three varieties: Original, BBQ Ranch or Mushroom & Swiss. All three burgers come with a thick, charbroiled turkey patty and a toasted wheat bun. The Original Turkey Burger also contains red onions, tomato, lettuce, ketchup, mustard, mayo, and dill pickles; the BBQ Ranch has Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce, red onions, tomato, lettuce and buttermilk ranch sauce; and the Mushroom & Swiss also includes sauteed mushrooms and two slices of Swiss cheese.

All Turkey Burger varieties have less than 500 calories, which to some may still sound like a lot, but for Hardee’s that’s impressive since many of their beef burgers exceed 700 calories.

The Original Turkey Burger weighs in at 254 grams and contains 480 calories, 17 grams of fat, 4 grams of saturated fat, 930 milligrams of cholesterol, 47 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, and 31 grams of protein.

The BBQ Ranch weighs 261 grams and has 460 calories, 15 grams of fat, 3.5 grams of saturated fat, 950 milligrams of sodium, 52 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, and 31 grams of protein.

The Mushroom & Swiss weighs in at 246 grams and contains 480 calories, 17 grams of fat, 7 grams of saturated fat, 1380 milligrams of sodium, 44 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, and 37 grams of protein.

Update: Carl’s Jr. will also be adding Turkey Burgers to their menu. Along with the Original Turkey Burger, Carl’s Jr. will have the Guacamole Turkey Burger, which features freshly-prepared guacamole, pepper-Jack cheese, tomato and lettuce, and Teriyaki Turkey Burger that has teriyaki sauce, grilled pineapple, Swiss cheese, red onion, tomato and lettuce.

Source: Grub Grade and Fast Food Maven