Jun 3, 2016

Review: Carl's Jr. - California Classic Double Cheeseburger

Carl's Jr.'s California Classic Double Cheeseburger features double charbroiled beef patties, two slices of American cheese, grilled onions, Thousand Island dressing, tomato, and lettuce.

I picked one up for $2.49.

This is basically Carl's Jr.'s take on In-N-Out Double Double as it includes the same combination of ingredients and for the most part, it works.

The lettuce was fresh and crisp and the tomato was surprisingly flavorful on this occasion (usually it's just very mild).

The beef patties fell short width-wise compared to the bun resulting in a few meatless bites. They slipped around a fair bit so beware of some messy eating depending on how you go about it. For the most part though, the double patties provided a good amount of meatiness and were moist. While the width was roughly the same as the beef patty on a McDouble or Big Mac, they felt a little thicker.

The onions and the Thousand Island dressing contributed to a savory sweetness although the onions didn't have any of the charring you sometimes get with grilling. The cheese was pretty standard, which is to say, fairly mild. It was melted but not quite to that gooey goodness.

The bun was the weak link of the burger. It was dry at the surface and cracked, threatening to fall apart under the weight of my fingers. Inside, it was relatively moist and spongy but too delicate, specially given the weak crust and plentiful sauce.

Overall, Carl's Jr.'s California Classic Double Cheeseburger was respectable and enjoyable but their bun was sub-standard. It's a nice value for the price and a little more filling and meaty than a Big Mac.

Nutritional Info - Carl's Jr. California Classic Double Cheeseburger (283g)
Calories - 620 (from Fat - 350)
Fat - 39g (Saturated Fat - 15g)
Sodium - 1130mg
Carbs - 41g (Sugar - 12g)
Protein - 29g

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