Review: Carl’s Jr. Jim Beam Bourbon Burger

The latest sandwich from Carl’s Jr. is the Jim Beam Bourbon Burger. The burger features a choice of single, double, or Six-Dollar patty, two slices of pepper jack cheese, crispy onion straws, lettuce, tomato and a special Jim Beam Bourbon sauce. While this burger probably won’t get you drunk, the sauce is actually flavored with Jim Beam Bourbon. I picked up the Six-Dollar variation of the new burger for $5.59.

Carl's Jr. Jim Beam Bourbon Burger

How Does it Taste?

Carl’s Jr.’s Jim Beam Bourbon Burger is a messy one. Even before taking a bite out of the burger, I ended up with the sticky Jim Beam sauce all over my hands. The new sauce is quite interesting – it is tangy, sweet, savory, and slightly spicy. The sauce tastes like some kind of sweet, chipotle barbecue sauce, but with a specific component I can’t pinpoint. Perhaps this was due to the flavoring of the Jim Beam Bourbon. I found the sauce pretty enjoyable, but it could be too weird for some.

The burger itself was top notch. I’m a huge fan of Carl’s Jr.’s Six-Dollar burgers, so the patty didn’t disappoint. The patty is thick, juicy, and has a very good flavor for a burger from a fast food joint. The bacon was pretty standard for fast food. It wasn’t crispy, but it wasn’t totally flimsy. There was a fair amount of bacon on this burger and a large portion of it protruded from the sides as made evident by the pictures in this review.

Carl's Jr. Jim Beam Bourbon Burger

The crispy onion straws were not what I expected. They were crispy, very crispy. As a matter of fact, I’d find it hard to tell them apart from French’s french fried onion topping. The onions were basically all crisp, but they did add a significant onion flavor to the burger. I quite enjoyed the crunch they provided and they definitely improved the burger overall. Carl’s Jr. made a good choice opting for the crispy onions over onion rings.

The rest of the burger provided no surprise. Lettuce and tomato provided some texture and bulk to the burger and the pepper jack cheese added a slight spicy flavor. I should point out that the generous amount of sauce on this burger is present throughout – not one bite was lacking in tangy, slightly spicy bourbon sauce.

Carl's Jr. Jim Beam Bourbon Burger


Carl’s Jr.’s Jim Beam Bourbon Burger is a great fast food burger that will satisfy. I can’t say what the other two patty variations on this burger are like, but the Six-Dollar patty was thick and juicy, and went very well with the unique toppings on this burger (bourbon sauce, crispy onions). The sauce might turn some off of this sandwich, but overall I enjoyed it for what it was and I give this burger a recommendation.

The Score

Taste: 8/10
Presentation: 6/10

Pros: Flavorful burger, bourbon sauce was interesting, plenty of bacon
Cons: Very messy, sauce might be too strange for some people, 2g trans fat

Nutrition Facts

Six-Dollar Jim Beam Bourbon Burger
Calories: 960
Calories from Fat: 430
Total Fat: 48g
Sat. Fat: 19g
Trans Fat: 2g
Cholesterol: 120mg
Sodium: 2110mg
Carbs: 86g
Fiber: 4g
Sugar: 34g
Protein: 49g

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Taylor Tamblin

Taylor is a food lover, rock guitar player, programmer, and runs the fast food review website Man Reviews Food.


  1. I tried this recently and it was really good, but the lettuce and tomato didn’t taste like anything. I would have loved it with extra cheese, the sauce and onion crisp things, that’s it.

  2. I wonder about how many burgers they will sell to those under 21….and don’t try to pass of the fact that it’s a burger…That’s just pathetic.

    • You know the sauce is reduced down when it’s made and the alcohol cooks out of it right?

  3. the carls jr on 4800 White Ln, Bakersfield, CA 93309 have bad service there mangers dnt knw what the fuck they are doin they do not know how to run a store they cant even give people there days off i think they should all be fired and hire new people and there food is always burn they dnt keep there chor clean is just bad busniess

  4. Mad, are you on something?”have bad service there mangers dnt knw what the fuck they are doin ” English please!

  5. All the Jim beam foods from Carl’s and Fridays is supposed to be like phillipino pork and chicken Tocino on a stick. Anyways every time I eat Carl’s the food does look all crappy and sloppy,bummer. I’m goin to right now to use the coupons I get in the mail.

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