Apr 20, 2015

Comparison: Carl's Jr.'s Natural Beef Patty vs. Regular Beef Patty

I decided to compare Carl's Jr.'s new all-natural beef patty vs. their regular beef patty.

The all-natural beef patty (pictured left) is touted as being made of "grass-fed, free-range charbroiled beef with no added hormones, steroids, or antibiotics," while the regular beef patty (pictured right) is simply 100% beef. Both are charbroiled, as are all Carl's Jr.'s beef patties.

The All-Natural Burger goes for $5.79 and normally includes an all-natural beef patty, lettuce, red onion, vine-ripened tomatoes, natural cheddar cheese, bread & butter pickles, ketchup, mayo, and mustard, but I just got a plain bun and burger patty for the purposes of this comparison.

The Big Burger is the cheapest burger on the menu at $1.79 (and sometimes for a $1 promotional price) and includes a regular beef patty, dill pickles, onions, mustard, and ketchup on a sesame seed bun. Likewise, I got one of these plain with just the bun and burger.

Eating just the burger and bun, you really get that desirable smoky char quality from each patty. It's a really nice effect that separates Carl's Jr. (and Hardee's) from their competitors (even Burger King, which doesn't quite hit the mark anymore since they switched to new ovens a while back).

The crust on both patties was dry, which suggests they weren't fresh off the grill but there was some moisture inside.

The all-natural patty was just slightly thicker than the regular patty with just a tad more beefiness to it. Beyond that they were very much the same. With all the normal condiments and ingredients in the respective burgers, you're really not going to see a difference.

Overall, Carl's Jr.'s all-natural beef patty and regular beef patty were much the same with some slight difference. Depending on how much your local Carl's Jr. charges for the substitution, it might be worth it to get the all-natural beef patty for a little more meat and beefy flavor or if you're just into getting grass-fed, free range beef.

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