Like most families, we are traveling for the holiday. On our travels we stopped at Carl's Jr. for lunch and I ordered the Jim Beam Bourbon Burger.
The Carl's Jr. / Hardee's Jim Beam Bourbon Burger is Jim Beam Bourbon sauce slapped on the burger with bacon, fried garlic onion straws, pepper-jack cheese, tomato and lettuce. All this coddled in the Carl's Jr. seeded bun. Bourbon sauce burger is not a totally new idea and the first thing I thought after my first bite was, "tastes like a Jack Daniel's burger". So if you have ever had a Jack Daniel's burger at T.G.I. Fridays, this sauce is pretty similar. That said, the Carl's JR. Jim Beam Bourbon burger does have a few differences. First, and maybe most important, is the fried garlic onion straws. These straws add a nice contrasting crunch to the burger. They were not greasy and stayed crunchy. In fact, I left three bites for Alice to finish up, which she didn't, and they were still crunchy (about 30 mins.) When I cleaned her plate. the straws had a good fried onion taste, not very garlicy. Second, the cheese is pepper-jack, where T.G.I Fridays uses provolone. The pepper-jack cheese was not too spicy, or really noticeable actually. You get two slices on the Six Dollar Burger version, which may remedy this problem, where I had consumed the single (too many snacks in the car before hand). The Burger King Chipotle Whopper has more spice. Third, you can tell the burger is from Carl's Jr., not a casual chain, which is not a negative in my opinion.
The sauce is supposed to be the star. As stated before, it is similar to a Jack Daniel's sauce. This sauce was the sweet and tangy flavor you would expect from a bourbon sauce. It is not a spicy flavor and is more mild than BBQ sauce. I don't drink, so I cannot tell you if the sauce tastes like Jim Beam Bourbon, or any bourbon at that. I have had a variety of bourbon sauces, and I think the taste was standard, what you would expect it to be. Though the focus is the sauce, I think the onion straws were the star.
You Might Like: if you like bourbon sauce (like Jack Daniel's from T.G.I. Fridays, etc), fried onions on burgers, you like a sweet sauced burger, and Carl's JR's patties.
You Might NOT like: if you do not like bourbon sauce, you do not like fried onion, you want a real spicy burger, or you do not like the Carl's JR. patty.
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