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10 Sauces You’ll Find at Carl’s Jr

Carl's Jr. Restaurant

There’s more to this renowned fast-food haven, Carl’s Jr., than just delicious burgers and crispy fries. Their selection of sauces gives their menu a delicious twist that transforms every bite into an adventure of flavor. These sauces are the unsung heroes that can completely change your meal, regardless of how long you’ve been a fan or are a first-time visitor to the restaurant. We’re going to take a culinary tour through the world of Carl’s Jr. sauces and condiments in this article. We’ll delve into the full range of saucy options, from the traditional favorites like ketchup and mustard to the distinctive spreads and zesty mixtures that make them stand out.


Buttermilk Ranch

Buttermilk Ranch
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Who doesn’t like ranch dressing? Carl Jr’s Buttermilk Ranch is a creamy dressing made with herbs, spices, and buttermilk. It has that signature tangy flavor that you look for in an excellent ranch sauce. Carl’s Jr’s classic dressing pairs well with chicken tenders and, of course, salads.


Honey Mustard

Honey Mustard
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Carl Jr’s Honey Mustard blends the tanginess of Dijon mustard with mayonnaise and the rich sweetness of honey. This honey mustard is sweet and tangy and makes for the perfect dipping sauce for chicken tenders. What’s more, you can even add it to salad to add a bit of zing!


Buffalo Sauce

Buffalo Sauce
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There are those who can’t stand spice, and then there are people like me who can’t get enough of it! For other spicy sauce enthusiasts such as myself, Carl Jr has the best buffalo sauce, in my opinion.  It’s made with vinegar and cayenne peppers, making it an ideal condiment for chicken tenders, sandwiches, and burgers.


Sweet and Bold BBQ Sauce

Sweet and Bold BBQ Sauce
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You get exactly what you want with Carl Jr’s Sweet and Bold BBQ Sauce. The sauce is as advertised—sweet and bold with a dash of smokiness.  This sauce is perfect for burgers, tenders, and whatever else you want to dip with it; it’s the ideal sauce for those who prefer a sweeter BBQ sauce.


Special Sauce

Special Sauce
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You can expect a lot from Carl Jr’s special sauce—a slightly sweet and tangy blend of mayo, pickle relish, and ketchup. This is a popular sauce among the Carl Jr faithful. You can find it on popular burgers such as the Famous Star, Beyond Famous Star, and the Super Star.

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Hot Sauce

Hot Sauce
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For those who can stand the heat, Carl’s Jr hot sauce is vinegary, tangy, and packs a punch. You can use it on their chicken tenders, to dip your fries, or as an added topping on one of their already delicious chicken sandwiches or burgers for added spice. Kids may not like it, but adults who like to walk on the wild side surely will!


Ketchup

Ketchup
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You can’t really go wrong with ketchup. You can use it for fries, burgers, chicken sandwiches, onion rings, and more. This sweet, tomato-based condiment is an American favorite, and it comes on the Big Hamburger, Double Cheeseburger, Original Angus Burger, Breakfast Burger, and a few other options. 


Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise
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Creamy, tangy, and a little sweet—mayo has a lot of good elements that make it the perfect condiment to tie together a burger. You’ll find it on a couple of menu items, paired with the Special Sauce, ketchup, and mustard, or alone on one of their crispy chicken sandwiches. 


BBQ Sauce

BBQ Sauce

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Carl’s Jr sauces like the BBQ flavor are sweet and smoky, and it also has a vinegary kick. This is one of the most flavorful BBQ sauces from a fast-food restaurant that I’ve tasted.  The molasses, signature spice blend, and that hint of vinegar is perfect for dipping fries and onion rings. It also comes on the Western Bacon Cheeseburger, which is delicious! 


Sante Fe Sauce

Sante Fe Sauce
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I love, love, love the Santa Fe sauce from Carl’s Jr. It comes on the Sourdough Star with Charbroiled Chicken sandwich, which is my favorite sandwich from the restaurant.  The Santa Fe sauce is smoky, and a little spicy, and you can taste the notes of cumin and chili. I also enjoy dipping my chicken tenders in it for a little variety. 

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Written by Brian Nagele

Brian attended West Virginia University, then started his career in the IT industry before following his passion for marketing and hospitality. He has over 20 years experience in the restaurant and bar industry.

As a former restaurant owner, he knows about running a food business and loves to eat and enjoy cocktails on a regular basis. He constantly travels to new cities tasting and reviewing the most popular spots.

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