Carl's Jr. Western Bacon Cheeseburger
By Todd Wilbur
In 1989, Carl's Jr. became the first fast food chain to allow customers to use their ATM cards to make purchases. Not only can customers buy a Western Bacon Cheeseburger and fries to go without using cash, they can get cash back out of their account.
Onion rings, bacon, American cheese and tasty barbecue sauce combine to make a manly gut-grinder that can be thoroughly enjoyed during the grilling season, or any time of the year if you use an indoor grill. The sandwich was introduced in 1983, and has since become so successful that it has spawned variations, from a junior version to the monstrous double, both of which are included here. While any barbecue sauce you use for this recipe will work just fine, track down some Bulls-Eye Hickory Smoke flavor barbecue sauce if you want the closest cloned results. This recipe makes one sandwich—double, triple, and quadruple it as needed based on current hunger requirements.
This recipe also includes clones for the Junior Western Bacon Cheeseburger and the Double Western Bacon Cheeseburger.
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- 2 frozen onion rings
- 1/4 pound ground beef
- 1 sesame seed hamburger bun
- 2 slices bacon
- Salt to taste
- 1 slice American cheese
- 2 tablespoons Bull's-Eye Hickory Smoke barbecue sauce
- Do This
1. Preheat a clean barbecue to medium grilling heat.
2. Bake the onion rings in the oven according to the directions on the package.
3. Form the ground beef into a flat burger the same diameter as the bun. It's best to pre-form your patty and store it in the freezer, then cook it frozen.
4. Grill the faces of the top and bottom bun in a frying pan on the stove over medium heat. Keep the pan hot.
5. Cook the bacon slices in the pan.
6. Grill the burger for 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until done. Lightly salt each side.
7. Spread 1 tablespoon of the barbecue sauce on the faces of each bun, top and bottom.
8. Place both onion rings on the sauce on the bottom bun. Next stack on the burger, then the cheese and the 2 bacon slices, crossed over each other.
9. Top off the sandwich with the top bun.
Makes 1 sandwich.
Carl's Jr. Junior Western Bacon Cheeseburger
For about a buck, Carl's Jr. sells this smaller version of the preceding sandwich. It's made with a slightly smaller bun, a smaller portion of beef, half the bacon, and half the onion rings. Here's what you do: pat out 1/8 pound of ground beef to the same diameter as the bun. Use only one slice of bacon, broken in two, with the pieces crossed over each other. Use only one big onion ring, and build the burger in the same stacking order as the larger, original version.
Carl's Jr. Double Western Bacon Cheeseburger
For real hungry folks, Carl's Jr. has designed a supersize version of this very popular burger. It is essentially the same as the original, with an additional 1/4-pound patty of beef and an additional slice of American cheese stacked on top of the cheese and beef. Everything else is made the same as in the original. If you try it you'll like it.
I'm Todd Wilbur,
Chronic Food Hacker
For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.