Dessert items offered at Carl's Jr. include chocolate chip cookies, strawberry swirl cheesecake and chocolate cake, as of 2015. Carl's Jr. also serves malts and shakes in flavors such as vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and Oreo cookie.
Carl's Jr. offers a variety of breakfast items, including biscuits, burritos, breakfast sandwiches and hash browns. The All-Natural Burger, which features grass-fed beef with no added hormones, antibiotics or steroids, is one of many highlights on the expansive burger menu at Carl's Jr. Individuals with gluten sensitivity can enjoy burgers in a lettuce wrap instead of a bun. A selection of chicken sandwiches and chicken tenders is also available, along with salads, onion rings, fried zucchini and French fries. Turkey burgers, burritos, tacos and nachos are also on the menu.
Carl's Jr. was started in 1941 when Carl N. and Margaret Karcher purchased a hot dog cart. Within five years, they opened Carl's Drive-In Barbecue. The first Carl's Jr. restaurant followed in the 1950s, and the Happy Star logo was introduced in the 1960s. The company was the first to feature partial table service, self-serve beverage bars and carpeted dining areas with music. With a continued focus on cleanliness, quality, service and product innovation, Carl's Jr. boasts over 1,200 thriving restaurants.