A fully composed shot!

A fully composed shot!

Carl’s Jr. takes great pride in its burgers. They advertise their $6 Thickburgers as a cut above the usual fast food fare, and they’re not shy about adding premium toppings to the burgers (these commercials would also be the ones that feature scantily clad women umm… thoroughly enjoying their food). The Thickburgers even now feature fresh baked buns. However, these features come at a cost, since the sandwiches are given a heftier price tag than the usual fast food fare. This week, I went to Carl’s Jr. to try their new Philly Cheesesteak Six Dollar Thickburger. I love burgers, I love cheesesteaks, and Terrell Owens replaced the scantily clad woman du jour in the commercials. What could possibly go wrong?

Once again, I got the meal, medium size, which cost $9.87. That’s quite a premium for fast food. At that price, I could go to another fast food place and get more food or even dine at a chain sit down restaurant.

If only this were as good as Smile Like You Mean It

If only this were as good as Smile Like You Mean It

The bun looks like a pretzel

The bun looks like a pretzel

The sandwich came in a box, which it appears is becoming standard for these deluxe type burgers. Once opened, my eyes were met by … what looked like an over baked bun wrapped in paper. Not going to lie, this did not look very appetizing upon first glance. But that doesn’t matter! Sometimes unattractive/sloppy burgers can be even better than one that merely looks good. I definitely needed that mindset here because this thing looked gross. As I mentioned before, the bun (freshly baked!) looked like it had been baked too long. It was a dark brown. This is also the last time I’ll mention the bun. It was nothing special and didn’t really add to the proceedings. Memo to all fast food places: unless you’re going to make some great bread that adds something to the overall experience, just stop tinkering and give us the sesame seed bun.

This looks ugly at first appearance

This looks ugly at first appearance

Sandwich guts!

Sandwich guts!

Onto the burger! It looked wet and cheesy. It was difficult to get photos because my hands were damp and filled with grease every time I touched the burger (theory: the cheesesteak topping is in a holding bin with some water/juices at the bottom- I can’t think of another reason why this was so damp). Carl’s Jr. describes the Philly Cheesesteak Thickburger as “thinly sliced steak with melted Swiss and grilled Peppers n’ Onions all on top of our Six Dollar Thickburger with cheese, served on a fresh baked bun.” There’s a lot to unpack here, so here we go. My first bite was just burger, bun and cheese. And it wasn’t bad! The burger had a decent char, and I liked the seasoning. It was a little peppery, but this seemed like a good base for the rest of the burger. Unfortunately, it went downhill from here. The burger itself was well done. I understand that fast food places are not going to make a burger medium, but when you’re dealing with a large patty, well done is just too dry. Especially here since a lot of bites were just burger, bun, and cheese. Chewing got really tiresome.

Dry first bites

Dry first bites

Perhaps some more mayonnaise would have balanced the dryness

Perhaps some more mayonnaise would have balanced the dryness

It wasn’t until I’d finished half the burger that I first tasted some of the peppers and onions. They add some much needed texture to the burger, and I liked the crunch. Howevere, they weren’t much in the taste department. I ate a pepper that fell out of the burger, and it was tasteless and limp. The steak tasted like steak ums, which is either good or bad, depending on your particular palate. It was a little chewy and peppery. It was a overkill since there was already a burger underneath it.

There's that cheesesteak mix!

There’s that cheesesteak mix!

The cheese, caused serious problems for the burger, contributing to the dryness and lack of peppers and onions in most of my bites. I’ll admit then I’m partial to Swiss cheese, and here it had a nice taste and definitely added some great flavor to the burger. However, the American cheese was just a gooey mess. It made the burger slippery and caused toppings to fall out the backside of the bun, creating a disgusting looking deposit of yellow cheese, peppers, and onions. Even with the paper around the burger, this was a mess by the end of the meal.

My mess at the end

My mess at the end

Well, I feel kinda bad here. I started this blog, proclaimed myself a lover of fast food, and this is the third straight item I didn’t like. There wasn’t enough of the cheesesteak mix, and what little made it onto the burger was too concentrated in one area. Too many bites were dry burger, dry bun, and some cheese. That’s unacceptable for a burger this expensive. Maybe turning this into a cheesesteak hoagie burger and adding some lettuce and tomatoes would help out. At least there’d be some variety. If you find yourself at Carl’s Jr. in the future, go for the Guacamole Bacon Burger. It’s just as messy, but the ingredients mesh well and it just tastes better.

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