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Food that feeds the senses

Carl's Jr.® has built a loyal following in the U.S. and around the world with premium products that lead the industry in taste, quality and innovation. Our best-in-class menu consistently outdelivers the competition with our signature line of 100% Angus beef burgers. Our juicy, charbroiled burgers are deliciously complemented by our line of Hand-Scooped Ice Cream Shakes & Malts, whole-breast chicken sandwiches, indulgent salads, and craveable breakfast choices, including mouth-watering Made from Scratch Biscuits. Our advertising focuses on the decadent taste and over-the-top flavors loading your senses and, all for a great value.

Carl's Jr. food items featuring 3 Piece - Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders and a Carl's Jr. Milkshake


  • Almost 3,900 restaurants worldwide
  • Operations in 43 countries
  • Consistently ranked the best-tasting and highest quality burger in the industry
  • Over $4 billion in system wide sales



It's 1941, a young Carl N. Karcher and his wife, Margaret, make a leap of faith and borrow $311 to purchase a hot dog cart. One cart grows to four, and within five years, Carl's Drive-In Barbecue opens with hamburgers on the menu.

Over the years, Carl's has continued its growth with an emphasis on quality, service, and cleanliness, pioneering concepts such as partial table service and self-serve beverage bars. The introduction of our Fresh Baked Buns™ in 2013 and our All Natural Burger™ in 2015 confirm our constant emphasis on product innovation and represent our focus on satisfying the tastes of young, hungry consumers.

Carl Karcher opens hot dog cart in Los Angeles


Carl Karcher opens hot dog cart in Los Angeles

Carl Karcher Enterprises (CKE) incorporates


Carl Karcher Enterprises (CKE) incorporates

CKE acquires Hardee's


Carl's Jr. expands internationally into Mexico CKE acquires Hardee's, gaining presence in the Middle East

CKE rolls out new logo and embarks on full-scale re-imaging and remodeling capital plan


Launch of industry leading 100% Black Angus Thickburger Carl's Jr. steps up international expansion

Acquired by Roark Capital Group


Roark Capital acquires CKE Restaurant Holdings, Inc.

CKE rolls out its All-Natural Burger line


CKE reaches 500 restaurants internationally All-Natural Burger rolls out

CKE rolls out its All-Natural Burger line


CKE reaches 700 restaurants internationally and Carl’s Jr. opens in Japan and Australia with record-breaking results

CKE rolls out its All-Natural Burger line


CKE reaches a global total of nearly 3,900 restaurants and rolls out complete brand refresh with innovative advertising, new logos, and a contemporary facility design