Oct 28, 2015

Review: Carl's Jr. - Tex Mex Thickburger

Carl's Jr.'s Tex Mex Thickburger features a charbroiled 1/3 Black Angus beef patty plus fire-roasted poblano peppers and onions, lettuce, tomato, thick-cut Applewood-smoked bacon, pepper jack cheese, and spicy Santa Fe sauce on their signature Fresh Baked Buns.

The suggested price is $5.79 but these go for $7.79 at my local Carl's Jr. I received this one courtesy of Carl's Jr. though.

This is basically the standard Thickburger plus peppers, onions, bacon, pepper jack, and Santa Fe sauce to add the Tex Mex flavor. For the most part, the combination worked out well. Particularly, the peppers, onions, and Santa Fe sauce provided an excellent mix of sweet, seasoned, and smoky notes with just a touch of heat. The more subtle flavors of the pepper jack didn't really make an impact though and provided a generic mild creaminess.

The bacon was better than their previously paper-thin stuff with a decent hit of salty, smoky pork but not much in the way of crispiness.

Beyond the Tex Mex ingredients, the beef patty sported a nice char and was moist and very beefy. The tomatoes and lettuce were fresh and the bun was satisfyingly soft with just a little sweetness.

Overall, Carl's Jr. Tex Mex Thickburger was really enjoyable and surprisingly nuanced rather than going for bang and flash. Besides the pepper jack, I could really get a taste of each of the various ingredients. It is rather pricey in my area though.

Nutritional Info - Carl's Jr. 1/3 lb. Tex Mex Bacon Thickburger (380g)
Calories - 970 (from Fat - 580)
Fat - 65g (Saturated Fat - 19g)
Sodium - 1680mg
Carbs - 57g (Sugar - 13g)
Protein - 36g

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