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What Sauces Does Carl’s Jr Have? 

Carl’s Jr has been an iconic West Coast fast-food restaurant serving delicious charbroiled burgers, chicken sandwiches, and more for over 80 years. There’s a Carl’s Jr in nearly 30 countries globally and over 1,000 locations in the U.S. alone. 

Carl's Jr. Restaurant

Aside from their premium quality beef patties, they have some lip-smacking sauces as well. 

That’s what we’re going to delve into today. In no particular order, we’ll cover the best pairing for each one, which burgers or sandwiches feature these tasty condiments, and some of the star flavors in these Carl’s Jr sauces. 

Best Sauces at Carl’s Jr 

Check out the best Carl’s Jr sauce options for your burgers, sandwiches, nuggets, and more.

Buttermilk Ranch

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

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

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

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

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.

Hot Sauce

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!


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. 


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

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

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. 

Best Sauces at Carl’s Jr 

  1. Buttermilk Ranch
  2. Honey Mustard
  3. Buffalo Sauce
  4. Sweet and Bold BBQ Sauce
  5. Special Sauce
  6. Hot Sauce
  7. Ketchup
  8. Mayonnaise
  9. BBQ Sauce
  10. Sante Fe Sauce

What’s Your Favorite Sauce at Carl’s Jr?

Use these dipping sauces on your favorite order at Carl’s Jr or even on your Carl’s Jr breakfast!

Tell us your favorite condiment to use in the comments!

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Written by Erin Elizabeth

Erin is an editor and food writer who loves traveling and trying new foods and fun cocktails. Erin has been writing and editing professionally for 5 years since graduating from Temple University, and has been on the Restaurant Clicks team for 3 years. She has a long background working in the restaurant industry, and is an avid home chef and baker. Her favorite restaurants are those with spicy food and outdoor seating so that she can bring along her dog, Miss Piggy.