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Carls Jr.

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The Burger:

Original Thick Burger

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Rated On:

Apr 5, 2013

It's All In The Details

Burger Basics

The patty on the original thick burger is exactly that. A thick oversized 100% Angus beef patty, lightly seasoned and flame grilled to a well done. It wasn't overly juicy, but was a lot of beef. I won’t go on record saying that the patty blew my mind, it’s still a chain restaurant patty, but my expectations were exceeded. The bun is your average sesame burger bun. It was fresh, but unfortunately not up to the task of holding the mammoth burger together. All in all, a very good foundation to what some may call a fast food burg.

The Extras

There are a plethora of extras with this burger. Not only can you add almost anything onto the burg, from mustard to onion rings, the ingredients are fresh. My original burger came with heaping mounds of fresh produce and healthy doses of tasty sauce. Add on some deliciously crispy fries and you got yourself a mighty strong showing of extras.

The Experience

I can't really talk to the whole experience of Carl's Jr. as I just went through the drive-thru. The order board was nice and bright though.

My Take

I faced the age old dilemma of "what constitutes a fast-food burger?" when tackling this burger. On one hand, Carl’s Jr. is a large chain that flips burgs en-masse. However, on the other hand, they have a patty that is much bigger than your average fast-food joint, the produce is all very fresh and it had all the flavours you would expect from a higher class burger. The packaging spoke to their pride in having the original six dollar burger, and I can see why. As I chowed down on the burger, all of the signature burger flavours were front and center, with toppings falling all over the place. This is no mini, hand-held assembly line burg, you gotta grab hold with both hands when embarking on this burgventure. The original thick burger kicks the stigma and straddles the line of fast-food, bringing you a high quality burger in a fast-food setting. Well done Carl's Jr.

Rating Breakdown

  • Quality of Bun
  • Quality of Patty
  • Quality of Toppings
  • Selection of Toppings
  • Preparation
  • Aesthetics
  • Manageability
  • Drip Factor
  • Uniqueness
  • Overall Flavour
  • Value


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  • 3/5
  • 17/20
  • 4/5

Burger Rating Scale: Explained

To start, just a note explaining the weighted rating of the burg. We understand that it might be a little confusing, but the thought is that certain points of a burger just have more of an effect on how good a burger really is. For example, we feel the quality of the patty has a bigger impact on the burger than the cost or how well it holds together.

  • Quality of Bun: How was the bun? Fresh? Chewy? We always hope for the freshest possible bun, something that we can grip on to and that will act as a proper container for the burger itself
  • Quality of Patty: Ah, the essence of the burg. How good is the patty though? I mean, are we dealing with the ideal 80/20 chuck? Or, do we have a patty riddled with filler and other foreign and unwanted product?
  • Quality of Toppings: How fresh is the produce on the burg? How fresh are the sauces? How well prepared are the other wild and wonderful things that adorn our burg?
  • Selection of Toppings: Is this a joint that tells you what to get? Or is the the sky the limit? There's something to be said for a place that will let you pile some onion rings, a fried egg and a half a Bavarian on your burg.
  • Preparation: How well are the 'essentials' prepared? Did you have the makings for a good patty, but Joe Chef burnt it beyond recognition? Was the patty great, but that heap of bacon you wanted was uncooked? Overall, how was the burger put together?
  • Aesthetics: Nothing says delicious like a burger that is giving you those "come hither" looks with how delicious IT looks.
  • Manageability: How far did you make it before the burger fell apart? I know a good burger is supposed to be juicy and leave your hands a mess, but I don't feel that I should be eating the majority of it with a fork.
  • Drip Factor: Just how far down your arm did that succulent stream of burger juices make it? We all know that noone leaves a proper burger battle without getting a little messy
  • Uniqueness: Can you get this burg at McDonalds? Did they take some time to actually make something different here? You can have burgers that are just plain amazing, and you can have burgers that are amazing and make you think "Where did they come up with this?"
  • Overall Flavor: Did your taste-buds do a jig? Does your mouth water at the mere mention of this burger joint? Flavor is where it’s at baby!
  • Value: How much "bang for your buck" factor was involved? Obviously you pay for greatness, but sometimes it is unjust, and sometimes it is just a treat.
"People's Choice" Rating: (1 votes - 4.00)

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Available with your choice of:


  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Turkey


  • Burger Bun
  • Sesame
  • Sourdough
  • Honey Wheat


  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Mayo
  • Special Sauce
  • Bourbon Sauce
  • Santa Fe Sauce


  • Cheddar
  • Swiss
  • Jack
  • Bleu


  • Onion
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Mushrooms
  • Pickles
  • Bacon
  • Pineapple


  • Fries
  • Onion Rings
  • Garden Salad
  • Chilli Cheese Fries
  • Crisscut Fries


  • Pop
  • Milkshake