Jan 20, 2016

Review: Carl's Jr. - Original All-Natural Turkey Burger

Carl's Jr.'s Original All-Natural Turkey Burger features an all-natural, quarter-pound charbroiled turkey patty, special sauce, mayo, lettuce, red onion, tomato, and dill pickle chips on a toasted honey wheat bun.

The burger goes for $5.39 in my area but I received this one courtesy of Carl's Jr.

The turkey patty was really thick--thicker than any fast food burger patty I've eaten in recent years. There was a good diameter to it well--just a little wider than the diameter of the bun (it definitely felt like more than a quarter of a pound; maybe there was a lot less fat to render out during cooking). Like a lot of ground poultry patties, it was ground really fine and didn't quite impart a burger feel to it. Also, it was a little dry and felt a little rubbery as a result.

Compared to the previous turkey patty, this one tasted strongly of turkey and was even a little gamey. There was a nice charred quality here and there from the grill.

The produce was relatively fresh and of good quality. The onions in particular had a nice bite to them as well as a watery crunch.

The special sauce just tasted like ketchup and mayo to me.

I like the honey wheat bun; it felt like a regular burger bun and wasn't too dry or hearty. The bottom half struggled a bit against the wetness of the mayo and produce though and barely held it together. I'm not a big fan of having the patty on top rather on bottom due to the moisture problem.

Overall, Carl's Jr.'s Original All-Natural Turkey Burger was nice enough, especially if you're looking for a turkey burger that definitely tastes of turkey rather than a hamburger substitute. As for me, I'd prefer at least more of a burger patty feel to it. Maybe add some breadcrumbs like you would with meatballs for a better texture.

Nutritional Info - Carl's Jr. Original All-Natural Turkey Burger (268g)
Calories - 490 (from Fat - 200)
Fat - 22g (Saturated Fat - 4.5g)
Sodium - 1260mg
Carbs - 45g (Sugar - 10g)
Protein - 29g

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