Carl’s Jr. adds plant-based burger to its menu

It is made with Beyond Meat’s meatless patty that looks, cooks, and tastes like a fresh beef burger.

Beyond Famous Star burger

Fast food restaurant chain Carl’s Jr. is now offering a plant-based version of its most iconic burger build.

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In partnership with meat substitutes producer Beyond Meat, Carl’s Jr. recently introduced the Beyond Famous Star burger, a fusion of Beyond Meat’s 100 percent plant-based Beyond Burger patty and the restaurant’s fan-favorite Famous Star burger.

The Beyond Famous Star burger is topped with melted American cheese, lettuce, tomato, sliced onions, dill pickles, special sauce, and mayonnaise on a seeded bun. Though the GMO-free, gluten-free, and soy-free Beyond Burger patty has lower saturated fat than regular beef, it still tastes much like its conventional meat counterpart.

The Beyond Burger patty is Certified Vegan by Vegan Action/Vegan Awareness Foundation. But because all burgers at Carl’s Jr. are prepared in kitchens where animal-based products and byproducts are also made, the Beyond Famous Star burger is not Certified Vegan.

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Despite not being Certified Vegan, the Beyond Famous Star burger is a great alternative for consumers who are looking for healthier food.

“We know people are looking for options – in fact, roughly one-third of consumers identify as flexitarians – and we’re thrilled to partner with Beyond Meat to bring more delicious, irresistible flavors to our menu,” said Jason Marker, CEO, CKE Restaurants. “The new Beyond Famous Star is a true industry game changer, and we’re proud to add it to our roster of innovative offerings and build on the legacy of mouthwatering flavors.”

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Over 1000 Carl’s Jr. restaurants nationwide started offering the Beyond Famous Star burger on January 2nd for $6.29 each. Customers can also choose the Beyond Burger patty as a substitute for beef or chicken patty on their favorite Carl’s Jr. sandwiches. Additional Beyond Burger patty costs $2 each.

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While this recent partnership makes Carl’s Jr. the largest restaurant chain to date in the United States to offer the Beyond Burger on-menu, it isn’t the only burger restaurant chain to offer plant-based burger patties. White Castle, Hopdoddy, and Umami Burger also offer plant-based burger patties made by Beyond Meat’s rival Impossible Foods.

Sources: Engadget, Beyond Meat, Carl’s Jr.
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