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Paris Hilton is back for the Carl’s Jr. Texas BBQ Thickburger


Carl’s Jr. brings back Paris Hilton along with Hannah Ferguson to promote their Texas BBQ Thickburger. A great commercial can entice one to give a burger a try. However, I have done the taste test for you and can tell you if the Texas BBQ Thickburger is deserving of all the hype. I also reviewed the customer service provided to me at the Carl’s Jr. location where I got my burger. This review also includes detailed Nutrition Facts for all three versions of the Carl’s Jr. Texas BBQ Thickburger (the Single, 1/3 pound and the 1/2 pound)

Carl’s Jr. Texas BBQ Thickburger Commercial

Hannah Ferguson - Texas BBQ Thickburger
Hannah Ferguson – Texas BBQ Thickburger

Hannah Ferguson, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model and Texas native is the newest spokes model for the Carl’s Jr. Texas BBQ Thickburger. Hannah Ferguson will be joined by Paris Hilton who will have a cameo appearance. The new commercial is reminiscent of Paris Hilton’s 2005 “I Love Paris” commercial where she washed her black Bentley while sensually enjoying a burger. This time in the “I Love Texas” commercial it’s a bikini-clad Hannah Fergusons turn to wash her car while enjoying a Texas BBQ Thickburger. Paris Hilton pulls up to help, also wearing a bikini and says “You missed a spot”.

Customer Service Review

To try the Texas BBQ Thickburger sandwich I went to the drive-thru at the Carl’s Jr. at 9840 Carmel Mountain Road in San Diego, CA. The server was friendly and service was quick. I got my order and proceeded to the parking lot to take pictures and to try it while it was still hot.

Texas BBQ Thickburger
Texas BBQ Thickburger – Not Enough BBQ

However, when I took it apart to take pictures of the inside I noticed that there was very little BBQ sauce. I walked back in to have them add more BBQ sauce. I showed it to the cashier (the same guy that took my order in drive thru), he agreed that there was very little sauce and asked the cook to add more sauce. She complained that she had already put the correct amount on the sandwich before even looking at it. She went ahead and added more sauce and wrapped it back up. Because I was able to see the grill area from the counter I was able to see that she did not add anything extra to the sandwich. So, I was comfortable that it was safe to eat.

Texas BBQ Thickburger
Texas BBQ Thickburger – With Extra Sauce

The other issue with this visit was that the fries were served cold and stale. I should have taken them back as well, but I was too focused on the lack of BBQ sauce to think of it at the time.

The Carl’s Jr. Texas BBQ Thickburger

The Carl’s Jr. Texas BBQ Thickburger comes in three sizes, the Single, 1/3 pound or the 1/2 pound. The Single is made from a 100% pure beef patty, while the 1/3 and 1/2 pound patties are made from Black Angus beef. The other difference is that the single uses their regular seeded bun while the 1/3 and 1/2 pound versions use their new fresh-baked bun. The rest of the ingredients remain the same for the three sandwiches with American cheese, Smoked Brisket, Mesquite BBQ Sauce and Crispy Fried Jalapeño & Onion Strips.

The Texas BBQ Thickburger Review

Let’s start with the misleading promotional photo for the Texas BBQ Thickburger. The photo shows the burger overflowing with brisket, Jalapeño & Onion Strips and BBQ Sauce. Well, in reality there was very little of any of these items actually on the burger. I did go back and ask for more BBQ sauce because it looked too dry otherwise. Here is a side by side photo so you can see what I mean.

Texas BBQ Thickburger
Texas BBQ Thickburger Purchased
Texas BBQ Thickburger
Texas BBQ Thickburger – Ad Photo

 

The Texas BBQ Thickburger was not as spicy as I thought it was going to be. I liked the mild kick of the Jalapeño & Onion Strips. The American cheese was barely noticeable. The Smoked Brisket with the Mesquite BBQ sauce was very good. I just wish there was more of it. Overall, I found the Texas BBQ Thickburger to be a great tasting burger.

Texas BBQ Thickburger
Texas BBQ Thickburger – Brisket

The Single Texas BBQ Thickburger Nutrition Facts

Carls Jr Texas BBQ Thickburger
Carls Jr Texas Single BBQ Thickburger Nutrition Facts

The Nutrition Facts for the Carl’s Jr. Single Texas BBQ Thickburger are as follows. At 900 calories, you are getting almost half of your daily calories in this sandwich. Total Fat of 44 grams or 68% of the total daily allowance is extremely high. Saturated Fat of 15 grams is also extremely high at 80%. There is 1 gram of Trans Fat. Cholesterol is ok at 100 mg or 33% of daily allowance. Sodium is very high at 2040 mg or 85% of daily allowance. Another negative is that Dietary Fiber is low with only 4 grams or 16% of daily allowance. Sugars are 34 grams. On the plus side total carbohydrates are half what you are allowed at 46 grams or 15%. A huge plus is that Protein is very good at 40 grams or 80% of the daily allowance. The known allergens for the Carl’s Jr. Single Texas BBQ Thickburger are Dairy, Wheat and Soy.

The 1/3 LB. Texas BBQ Thickburger Nutrition Facts

Carls Jr Texas BBQ Thickburger
Carls Jr Texas 1/3 LB. BBQ Thickburger Nutrition Facts

The Nutrition Facts for the Carl’s Jr. 1/3 LB. Texas BBQ Thickburger are as follows. At 1040 calories, you are getting over half of your daily calories in this sandwich. Total Fat of 57 grams or 88% of the total daily allowance is extremely high. Saturated Fat of 19 grams is also extremely high at 95%. There are 2 grams of Trans Fat. Cholesterol is ok at 120 mg or 40% of daily allowance. Sodium is extremely high at 2430 mg or 101% of daily allowance. Another negative is that Dietary Fiber is low with only 3 grams or 12% of daily allowance. Sugars are 35 grams. Total carbohydrates are ok at 86 grams or 29%. A huge plus is that Protein is very good at 40 grams or 80% of the daily allowance. The known allergens for the Carl’s Jr. 1/3 LB. Texas BBQ Thickburger are Eggs, Dairy, Wheat and Soy.

The 1/2 LB. Texas BBQ Thickburger Nutrition Facts

Carls Jr Texas BBQ Thickburger
Carls Jr 1/2 LB. Texas BBQ Thickburger Nutrition facts

The Nutrition Facts for the Carl’s Jr. 1/2 LB. Texas BBQ Thickburger are as follows. At 1260 calories, you are getting way over half of your daily calories in this sandwich. Total Fat of 79 grams or 122% of the total daily allowance is off the charts high. Saturated Fat of 30 grams is also off the charts at 150%. There are 3.5 grams of Trans Fat. Cholesterol is high at 175 mg or 58% of daily allowance. Sodium is extremely high at 2690 mg or 112% of daily allowance. Another negative is that Dietary Fiber is low with only 3 grams or 12% of daily allowance. Sugars are 36 grams. Total carbohydrates are ok at 87 grams or 29%. A huge plus is that Protein is very good at 51 grams or 102% of the daily allowance. The known allergens for the Carl’s Jr. 1/2 LB. Texas BBQ Thickburger are Eggs, Dairy, Wheat and Soy.

Summary

Overall, the Carl’s Jr. Texas BBQ Thickburger is a great tasting burger and well worth the hype. If you are looking for a healthy burger this is not it. However, it was never intended to be a healthy alternative. It is simply a great tasting burger and worth a try. If you liked this review, please click the “Like” button under the “Find us on Facebook” section. In addition, if you want to keep up on the latest fast food reviews enter your email address under the “To Subscribe to Fast Food Compare” section.

Nutrition Facts for Carl’s Jr. Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich


Nutrition Facts for Carl’s Jr. Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich
The Carls Jr Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich that I got.

After posting my Review for the Carl’s Jr. Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish sandwich, I kept getting the same question. People want to know what the Nutrition Facts for Carl’s Jr. Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich are without the tartar sauce. After a little digging, I was able to get an answer for you. In this update to my Review for the Carl’s Jr. Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish sandwich, I will provide the nutrition facts for a regular sandwich and one without the tartar sauce.

Nutrition Facts for Carl’s Jr. Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich – with Tartar Sauce

Carl’s Jr. Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich
Nutrition Facts for the Carl’s Jr. Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich – with Tatar Sauce

The Carl’s Jr. Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish sandwich starts out as a healthy option even with the tartar sauce. At only has 420 Calories and 15 grams of fat. It’s very low in saturated fat at only 2.5 grams. It’s high in protein at 20 grams and 3 grams of fiber. It also only has 40 mg of cholesterol. It has 800 mg of sodium. In addition, the carbohydrates are at 51 grams. The following are the known allergens for this sandwich: egg, fish, soy and wheat. Overall, this is a one of the better options health wise that you can find at a fast food restaurant.

Nutrition Facts for Carl’s Jr. Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich – without Tartar Sauce

Nutrition Facts for Carl’s Jr. Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich
Nutrition Facts for the Carls Jr Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich – No Tartar Sauce

To make the Carl’s Jr. Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish sandwich even healthier you can have it without the tartar sauce. You save 50 overall calories without the tartar sauce going from 420 down to 360 and this is good because those 50 calories are from fat, reducing the fat calories from 130 down to 80. This has a real big impact on the total fat and saturated fat by reducing the total fat 19 grams down to only 9 grams. The saturated fat is reduced from 2.5 grams to 1.5 grams. There are minor reductions for cholesterol, saving 10 mg to be at 30 mg and a reduction of 90 mg of sodium to be at 710 mg. Overall carbohydrates are almost the same at 50 grams. Fiber, sugars and protein remain the same.

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Review of Carl’s Jr. Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich


While watching the Super Bowl I saw the commercial for the new Carl’s Jr. Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish sandwich for the first time. I thought this looks pretty good. And no, it was not because of the girl in the bikini. I really did think this looks like a good sandwich and a great idea. Grilled instead of deep-fried, at least it should be healthier I just hope it tastes as good as it looks.

Carl’s Jr. Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish sandwich
Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Nina Agdal with the Carl’s Jr Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich

To find out if this sandwich was as good as it looked I went to the drive-thru at the Carl’s Jr. at 10009 Mission George Road in Santee, CA. The first thing they asked me was if I wanted to try the new Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish sandwich, and of course I did. My order was ready as I paid for my food at the window. The server was friendly and gave me my sandwich and fries hot and fresh. Now let’s find out what I got.

What is a Carl’s Jr. Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich

Carl's Jr Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich
What the Carl’s Jr Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich looks like on the TV Commercial

Is it possible for a fast food sandwich to look better in person than on the in-store photos? In this case, YES. The in-store photos make it look more like a chicken patty than a fish filet. However, in the commercial the sandwich looks right, it’s just the in-store photos that do not do justice to this sandwich. Compare the photos. To the left is from the TV commercial, below is the in store photo that looks more like chicken and below that is a photo of what I was served.
Carl's Jr Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich

Carl's Jr Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich
The Carl’s Jr Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich that I got.

The Carl’s Jr. Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish sandwich was made with a charbroiled Atlantic Cod filet that was chard nicely to give it a crispy outside and a fully cooked center. The lettuce was crisp and fresh. The tomato was ripe and red. However, much smaller than I thought it would be considering the photo. They should have used one large tomato slice or two smaller slices. Last is the tartar sauce that was just enough to add some additional flavor without overtaking the sandwich.

Does it Taste Good?

So it’s a great looking sandwich. But, how does the Carl’s Jr. Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish sandwich taste. This is one of the best fish sandwiches I have ever had at a fast food restaurant. Because it is grilled and not fried there is none of that greasy taste that you sometimes get with other fish sandwiches. Also, you taste the fish without it being fishy. The tartar sauce has a mild flavor that adds to the fish without being too tart. The tomato and lettuce add some texture that complements the sandwich nicely.

Is it Healthy?

Carls Jr Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish
Nutrition Facts for Carls Jr Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish

The Carl’s Jr. Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish sandwich is relatively healthy. It only has 420 Calories and 15 grams of fat. It’s very low in saturated fat at only 2.5 grams. It’s high in protein at 20 grams and 3 grams of fiber. It also only has 40 mg of cholesterol. The sodium level is at 800 mg. The carbohydrates are at 51 grams. The following are the known allergens for this sandwich: egg, fish, soy and wheat. Overall this is a one of the better options health wise that you can find at a fast food restaurant.

Compared to the McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish

McDonalds Filet-O-Fish
McDonalds Filet-O-Fish
Carl’s Jr. Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish sandwich
Nutrition Facts for the McDonalds Filet-O-Fish

The McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish sandwich is the original fast food fish sandwich. It starts with a breaded fish filet patty made from the pollock fish and deep-fried in vegetable oil. The patty is placed on a steamed bun with half a slice of American cheese and tartar sauce. The Filet-O-Fish is also relatively healthy for a fast food sandwich. With only 390 calories, 15 grams of protein, 19 grams of fat, 4 grams of saturated fat, 39 grams of carbohydrates, 40 mg of cholesterol and 590 mg of sodium. The following are the known allergens for this sandwich: egg, fish, soy, wheat and milk.

Ounce per Ounce Comparison

At first glance these numbers seem to make the McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish about the same as the Carl’s Jr. Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish sandwich. However, the Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish sandwich is 65% bigger at 234 grams (8.25 ounces) compared to the Filet-O-Fish that is only 142 grams (5 ounces).

Carls Jr Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish sandwich
Per Ounce Nutrition Facts for the McDonalds Filet-O-Fish Per Ounce
Carls Jr Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish
Per Ounce Nutrition Facts for the Carls Jr Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish

When you look at the nutrition facts side by side on a per ounce basis it is clear that the Carl’s Jr. Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish sandwich is much healthier than the McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish. The Carl’s Jr. Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish sandwich is better for calories, total fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrates and sugars. The only nutrition facts that the McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish score better on are by providing slightly more fiber and protein.

Nutrition Facts for Carl’s Jr. Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich – without Tartar Sauce

Nutrition Facts for Carl’s Jr. Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich
Nutrition Facts for the Carls Jr Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich – No Tartar Sauce

To make the Carl’s Jr. Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish sandwich even healthier you can have it without the tartar sauce. You save 50 overall calories without the tartar sauce going from 420 down to 360 and this is good because those 50 calories are from fat, reducing the fat calories from 130 down to 80. This has a real big impact on the total fat and saturated fat by reducing the total fat 19 grams down to only 9 grams. The saturated fat is reduced from 2.5 grams to 1.5 grams. There are minor reductions for cholesterol, saving 10 mg to be at 30 mg and a reduction of 90 mg of sodium to be at 710 mg. Overall carbohydrates are almost the same at 50 grams. Fiber, sugars and protein remain the same.

Summary

The McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish has long been a good choice for a good tasting fish sandwich that is also on the healthier side. However, if you are looking for an even better tasting fish sandwich then the Carl’s Jr. Charbroiled Atlantic Cod Fish sandwich is the better choice. Not only does it taste better it is more filling for about the same nutritional values. Also, on a per ounce basis it is by far the healthier choice.

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