Whoa, vegan burger and fries at Carl's Jr.!
An important item to point out is that by default the burger is not vegan, as it contains dairy-based cheese and non-vegan mayonnaise, but you can easily request it with no cheese and no mayo to make it vegan. The bun and special sauce are vegan, and I also recommend to add BBQ sauce (also vegan) when ordering. The staff seemed really knowledgeable and excited about the new Beyond Burger, and were able to answer any questions I had. It was easy-peasy ordering the burger vegan!
The price for the burger seems to vary by location, ranging from $6 and change to a little under $8 for just the burger. The combo (burger, fries, drink) is usually around $10. I got the combo, added crisscut fries (they are vegan), added BBQ sauce, and my total came out to under $13.
I actually sat down in Carl's Jr. to eat my meal, wondering in amazement when the last time I ever did that - it was at least 11 years ago, before I went vegan! I heard some other people ordering the Beyond Burger and it made my heart so happy. It's so great to begin seeing vegan options at frickin' fast food restaurants!
Look at that gorgeous vegan Beyond Famous Star!
I tore into my Beyond Burger, which is piled high with shredded lettuce, onions, tomatoes, slathered in special sauce and my addition of BBQ sauce. It was SO GOOD! There are other restaurants that have served the Beyond Burger but overcook it or mess up the preparation some way, but, dang, Carl's Jr. got it right! It was toothsome and juicy and just perfect. Pro-tip: shove some crisscut fries into your burger for the ultimate decadence!
Now, I realize that this burger isn't exactly healthy, but it's all about access for people who normally may not try meat-free options. This way, more and more people will be exposed to vegan food, and if they try this at Carl's Jr. they may decide to pick up some vegan burgers or other vegan alternatives next time they are at the grocery store, which is progress! And of course, having this option at Carl's Jr. makes it easier for vegans, especially when traveling and not having many vegan options.
I am over the moon that Carl's Jr. is offering a vegan Beyond Famous Star, and really hopes this sparks other fast food chains and restaurants to begin offering more and more vegan options.
Have you tried the new Beyond Burger at Carl's Jr., and, if so, what did you think?
Find out more about the Beyond Famous Star, including nutritional info, by visiting Carl's Jr.'s site!