Hardee's is an American restaurant chain, which predominantly operates in the South and Midwest states. It has evolved through several corporate ownerships since its establishment in 1960. It is currently owned and operated by CKE Restaurants. Along with its sibling restaurant chain, Carl's Jr., Hardee's is the fifth largest fast-food restaurant chain in the United States after Subway, McDonald's, Burger King and Wendy's. It is headquartered in downtown St. Louis, Missouri.



Charbroiled Chicken Torta

Carl's Jr. Copycat Recipe

Serves 1

1 sandwich bun
1 tablespoon mashed avocado
3/4 teaspoon taco seasoning mix
1 tablespoon salsa or pico de gallo
1/2 tablespoon diced onion
2 tablespoons refried beans
3 ounces cooked and sliced skinless chicken breast
1 tablespoon shredded Mexican blend cheese
1 large tomato slice
1/3 cup shredded lettuce

Split bun into halves, and lightly toast.

In a small bowl, mix avocado with 1/4 teaspoon taco seasoning. Stir in salsa or pico de gallo and onion. In another small bowl, mix beans with 1/4 teaspoon taco seasoning. On a microwave-safe plate, spread seasoned beans onto the bottom half of the bun. Evenly top with chicken. Sprinkle chicken with remaining 1/4 tsp. taco seasoning, followed by cheese.

Microwave for 45 seconds, or until cheese has melted and chicken is hot. Place tomato and lettuce over the chicken. Spread the top half of the bun with the avocado mixture, and place it on top of the sandwich

New Menu Items

Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s New Item: 

  • Redhook Beer-Battered Cod Fish Sandwich, cod fillet dipped in a batter made with Redhook Extra Special Bitter ale, fried and served with lettuce, tartar sauce and a tomato slice at Carl’s Jr., and a slice of American cheese at Hardee’s, on a sesame seed bun, starting at $3.69.

Availability: An unspecified limited time

Hardee's New Item

  • Bacon Velveeta Patty Meltdown, applewood smoked bacon pieces, grilled onions and melted Velveeta cheese on a black Angus beef Thickburger patty between two slices of grilled sourdough bread, $4.79.

Availability: An unspecified limited time

Carl's Jr. and Hardee's New Item: 

  • All-Natural Burger, ground patty of grass-fed, free-range beef that hasn’t been treated with antibiotics or hormones, served with a slice of natural Cheddar cheese, tomatoes, red onion, lettuce, bread and butter pickles, ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise on the chain’s premium Fresh Baked Bun, $4.69 for a single, $6.99 for a double.

Availability: Permanent, starting Dec. 17, at Carl’s Jr., with tests beginning at Hardee’s this month

Carl’s Jr. New Item:

  • Green Burrito: Crisp Burritos, seasoned ground beef, shredded Cheddar cheese and jalapenos, rolled in a flour tortilla and crisped until golden brown, served with taco sauce, $2.59 for two and $4.59 for four.

Availability: An unspecified limited time

Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s New Item:

  • Double Loaded Omelet Biscuit, two folded-egg omelets, each stuffed with crumbled sausage, diced ham, chopped bacon and shredded Jack and Cheddar cheeses, topped with a slice of American cheese and served in a biscuit, $2.79.

Availability: An unspecified limited time

Carl's Jr. and Hardee's New Item

  • Mile High Bacon Cheese Thickburger, black Angus Thickburger patty, thick cut applewood smoked bacon, American cheese, red onion, tomato, lettuce and mayonnaise, served on a fresh baked bun, $4.29-$6.99.
Availability: An unspecified limited time

Snickerdoodle Ice Cream Sandwiches

Sister chains Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s are offering a Snickerdoodle Ice Cream Sandwich for an unspecified limited time at participating restaurants in their more than 2,800 unit domestic systems.

The item is made with a scoop of vanilla ice cream between two soft cinnamon-sugar cookies. The dessert, priced at $1.49.

The roll out follows offerings of ice cream sandwiches made with Oreo cookies, chocolate chip cookies and strawberry Pop-Tarts.

Texas BBQ Thickburger

Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s New Item:

  • Texas BBQ Thickburger: Smoked beef brisket, spicy mesquite barbecue sauce, crispy jalapeno and onion strips, and melted American cheese on a Black Angus Thickburger patty, served on a fresh baked bun, starting at $4.39. 

Availability: An unspecified limited time

Santa Fe Turkey Burger

Carl's Jr. Copycat Recipe

turkey burger
wheat bun
sliced tomato
canned whole green chili
jalapeno (optional)
Kraft Chipotle White Cheddar Cheese
Hidden Valley Southwest Chipotle Dressing

Grill you burger. Add a slice of green chili and the cheese. Toast the bun. Place the burger on the bun, add lettuce, tomato, onion, jalapeno's and a generous amount of Southwest Chipotle Dressing, top with bun.

Carl's Jr. also serves a Santa Fe Chicken Sandwich which you can make by grilling a boneless skinless chicken breast and using the same southwest sauce.