Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Review: Carl's Jr. - Philly Cheesesteak Burger

Carl's Jr. Philly Cheesesteak Burger features thinly-sliced steak, grilled onions, green peppers, Swiss and American cheeses, mayo, and a beef patty (in various sizes and number) on a plain or fresh-baked bun (depending on which version you go with). It's also available at sister chain Hardee's.

The Six-Dollar version was $5.89 but I received this one courtesy of Carl's Jr.

The Six Dollar is huge; it's actually bigger than some casual dining burgers and dwarfs most fast food premium burgers (albeit with more of a price premium).

This pretty much tasted like it sounds, which is like a cheesesteak on top of a burger. Thin-sliced steak... melted cheeses... onions and peppers... it's all here.

As you can imagine, there's a lot of beef going on here but it feels more like its competing with itself rather than complementary. I'd taste beef and struggle to figure if it was the patty or the steak. It's not like bacon where it's different and distinctive taste. The steak had a nice texture to it and the burger patty was well-seasoned.

The other components: the onions, the peppers, and the very nicely melted cheese really delivered on the cheesesteak experience.

The fresh-baked bun was excellent. It was soft but durable and exhibited a freshly baked quality like that of quality bread. I wonder if they'll sell me just a bun so I can toast it and eat it with butter in the morning...

Overall, Carl's Jr. Philly Cheesesteak delivers on the whole cheesesteak-on-a-burger promise, but the steak and beef patty didn't quite mesh for me. I found myself thinking that I'd like it better if I separated them and made two separate sandwiches. Still, if you're looking for a mostly meat and cheese burger, it might work for you.

Nutritional Info - Carl's Jr. Six Dollar Philly Cheesesteak Thickburger (346g)
Calories - 940 (530 from Fat)
Fat - 58g (Saturated Fat - 21g)
Sodium - 2000mg
Carbs - 53g (Sugar - 11g)
Protein - 52g
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