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Carl’s Jr and Hardee’s Bariatric Friendly Menu: After Gastric Sleeve, Gastric Bypass

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Carl’s Jr is known for their comical commercials and the best charbroiled burgers, around. Their menu is full of classic hamburger choices and hearty American sides. Carl’s Jr, opened in California and has locations all over the west.

Hardee’s is also known for their memorable ads and their thick-burgers. Hardee’s has dominated the southeastern states for being a “go-to ” fast food restaurant for their famous biscuits and burgers alike.

Anyone who has visited both restaurants, has noticed the similarities within their menus. Since the 90’s they have been owned by the same company, and strive to create an excellent fast food experience.

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Carl’s Jr Bariatric Friendly Main Menu

Kids Hamburger Charbroiled BBQ Chicken Sandwich Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuit Turkey Burger
Nutrition Facts Single Charbroiled Slider Kids Hamburger Charbroiled BBQ Chicken Sandwich Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuit Turkey Burger
Calories 230 280 390 440 490
Cal Fat 100 90 70 220 200
Fat 11 10 7 25 22
Carbs 20 34 50 37 45
Fiber 1 1 3 2 3
Sugars 5 8 13 2 10
Protein 11 11 30 16 29
Phase Approval 5 5 5 5 5
  • Kid’s Hamburger- Charbroiled all beef patty, dill pickles, mustard and ketchup on a plain bun.
  • Single Charbroiled Slider- One charbroiled slider beef patty, American cheese, mustard, ketchup, pickle, and diced onion on a slider bun.
  • Charbroiled BBQ Chicken Sandwich- Charbroiled chicken breast, lettuce, tomato and tangy BBQ sauce on a honey wheat bun.
  • Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuit- Egg, slices of bacon, American cheese on a fresh biscuit.
  • Turkey Burger- Turkey patty with special sauce, mayonnaise, lettuce, red onion, tomato and dill pickle chips.

Carl’s Jr Bariatric Friendly Sides and Chicken Items

Side Salad Chicken Stars (4) Kid’s Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders (2) Pieces Chicken Stars (6) Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders (3) Pieces Charbroiled Chicken Salad
Nutrition Facts Side Salad Chicken Stars (4) Kid’s Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders (2) Pieces Chicken Stars (6) Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders (3) Pieces Charbroiled Chicken Salad
Calories 120 170 180 260 260 320
Cal Fat 50 90 80 140 110 100
Fat 5 10 9 16 13 11
Carbs 14 12 9 18 13 27
Fiber 1 1 1 2 2 3
Sugars 3 0 0 0 0 10
Protein 4 8 16 12 25 31
Phase Approval 5 5 5 5 5 5
  • Side Salad- Red onion, tomato, four cheese blend and croutons on iceberg lettuce.
  • Chicken Stars (4)- Crispy star shaped chicken.
  • Kid’s Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders (2) Pieces- Premium all white meat chicken hand dipped in buttermilk, lightly breaded and fried to a golden brown.
  • Chicken Stars (6)- Crispy star shaped chicken.
  • Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders (3) Pieces- Premium all white meat chicken hand dipped in buttermilk, lightly breaded and fried to a golden brown.
  • Charbroiled Chicken Salad- All-natural charbroiled chicken breast, red onion, tomato, four cheese blend and croutons on iceberg lettuce.

Hardee’s Bariatric Friendly Main Menu

Single Charbroiled Slider Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders (3) Pieces Hot Ham and Cheese Regular Roast Beef Small Hamburger Kids Chicken Tenders
Nutrition Facts Charbroiled Slider (1) Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders (3) Pieces Hot Ham and Cheese Regular Roast Beef Small Hamburger Kids Chicken Tenders
Calories 220 260 280 300 310 380
Cal Fat 100 110 100 130 140 170
Fat 11 13 12 14 15 18
Carbs 20 13 29 28 31 36
Fiber 1 2 1 2 1 3
Sugars 4 0 14 4 6 0
Protein  11 25 19 18 14 19
Phase Approval 5 5 5 5 5 5
  • Charbroiled Slider- One charbroiled slider sized beef patty, American cheese, mustard, ketchup, pickle and diced onion on a slider bun.
  • Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders (3) Pieces- Premium, fresh, all-whte meat chicken tenders hand dipped in eggs and buttermilk and lightly breaded.
  • Hot Ham and Cheese- Smoked ham with a slice of swiss cheese on a sesame bun.
  • Regular Roast Beef- Premium, slow-cooked, thinly sliced beef hand-dipped in au jus served on a toasted bun.
  • Small Hamburger- Charbroiled all beef patty topped with dill pickles, diced white onions, ketchup and mustard on a plain bun.
  • Kids Chicken Tenders- Two hand-breaded chicken tenders.

Hardee’s Bariatric Friendly Sides and Breakfast

Nutrition Facts Green Beans Mashed Potatoes Grits Side Salad (No Dressing) Country Ham Biscuit
Calories 60 90 110 120 300
Cal Fat 30 15 40 70 160
Fat 4 2 5 7 18
Carbs 6 17 16 7 38
Fiber 2 0 1 2 1
Sugar 1 1 0 4 1
Protein 2 1 2 7 15
Phase Approval 5 3 3 5 5
  • Green Beans- Cooked plain green beans.
  • Mashed Potatoes- Cooked plain mashed potatoes. 
  • Grits- Southern-style grits.
  • Side Salad- Iceberg lettuce topped with tomato, red onion and shredded cheese. 
  • Country Ham Biscuit- Thick slice of country ham on a fresh baked biscuit.

Meal Selection, Still Not Sure What To Order?

Carl’s Jr Sample Menu

Breakfast

  1. Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuit

Lunch

  1. Kids (2) Piece Hand-breaded Chicken Tenders and Side Salad

Dinner

  1. Charbroiled Chicken Salad

Extra Hungry

  1. Chicken Stars (4) and Kids Hamburger OR Turkey Burger
Nutrition Facts Breakfast:

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuit

Lunch:

Kids (2) Piece Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders and Side Salad

Dinner:

Charbroiled Chicken Salad

Extra Hungry:

Chicken Stars (4)

And Kids Hamburger

Extra Hungry:

Turkey Burger

Calories 440 400 320 450 490
Cal Fat 220 130 100 180 200
Fat 25 14 11 20 22
Carbs 37 23 27 46 45
Fiber 2 2 3 2 3
Sugar 2 3 10 8 10
Protein 16 20 31 19 29
Phase Approval 5 5 5 5 5

Hardee’s

Breakfast

  1. Country Ham Biscuit

Lunch

  1. Charbroiled Slider and Green Beans

Dinner

  1. Regular Roast Beef

Extra Hungry

  1. 3 Piece Hand-breaded Chicken tenders and Grits
Nutrition Facts Breakfast

Country Ham Biscuit

Lunch

Charbroiled Slider and Green Beans

Dinner

Regular Roast Beef

Extra Hungry

(3) Piece Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders and Grits

Calories 300 280 300 370
Cal Fat 160 130 130 150
Fat 18 15 14 18
Carbs 38 26 28 29
Fiber 1 3 2 3
Sugar 1 5 4 0
Protein 15 13 18 27
Phase Approval 5 5 5 5

About Carl’s Jr, Hardee’s

Carl’s Jr started in 1941, by Carl N. Karcher and his wife, borrowing money to purchase a hot dog cart. After doing well, one cart becomes many and in less than five years Carl’s Jr becomes a Drive-In and opens with hamburgers on the menu. Today, with 1200 locations, Carl’s Jr is known for having the best Charbroiled burgers in the west.

Two decades later in 1960, on the east coast, Wilber Hardee opened his first restaurant in North Carolina. Within the first five months of business he had his first franchise. Hardee’s has become a well loved favorite across the Midwestern and Southeastern United States. 

The restaurant is known for their biscuits, although that changed in 2003, when they decided to launch their ⅓, ½ and ⅔ pound Thickburgers. 

In the 1990’s CKE Restaurants Incorporated acquired the Hardee’s Chain, making it home to both Carl’s Jr and Hardee’s.

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