Here’s How to Order the Best Hardee’s & Carl’s Jr. Keto Meals

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We’re sharing all the Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. keto options when hunger strikes! 

Carl's Jr. lettuce-wrapped cheeseburger with soda

Hangry for Hardee’s? Craving some Carl’s?

Both Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s offer somewhat helpful nutrition guides for dining, but unfortunately, you can’t customize the nutrition values like you can on some fast food sites. Luckily, we’re here to offer a little Hardee’s & Carl’s Jr. keto help from someone who’s been where you are when you’re wondering what to order. 🤗

Carl's Jr. keto burgers

The basics of successful Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. keto ordering:

  • Avoid buns, wraps, tortillas, biscuits, breading, and French fries.
  • When in doubt, leave condiments out.
  • For drinks, stick with water, black coffee, unsweetened iced tea, or Diet Coke products.
  • If the menu says “sugar-free”, check the Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s nutrition guides anyway.
  • Sign up for Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s newsletters for amazing deals!

Note: We realize that many would consider the items/ingredients on this list to be “dirty keto,” so keep that in mind when you’re deciding if you want to keep Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s on the menu.

Here’s how to order keto at Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s:

To start, there’s one menu section you may want to avoid entirely…

carl's jr tray with drink and beyond famous star burger

As delish as the Green & Red Burrito menu is, most (if not all) of the items are very high in carbs and may be difficult to substitute.

However, they do have some tasty & keto-friendly guacamole that you can add to other menu items!

  • Side of Guacamole: 100 calories | 8g fat | 5g total carbs | 2g fiber | 0g sugar | 1g protein | 3g net carbs

If you’re craving a breakfast burrito on the go, we’ve got ya covered with these Make-Ahead Keto Breakfast Burritos!

The breakfast menu has a ton of keto options.

keto breakfast at hardee's

“I’d like the Sausage and Egg biscuit without the biscuit. And a black coffee…”

Just by removing the bready options from the menu, you can open up a whole world of tasty Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. keto breakfasts! Order your breakfast without a biscuit or burrito wrap & make sure to nix any sauce, or order it on the side so you can control how much you eat.

Luckily, many of their breakfast options already come without extra condiments & they even have a low-carb breakfast bowl if you’re in the mood for easy ordering!

  • Low-Carb Breakfast Bowl: 760 calories | 68g fat | 1g total carbs | 0g fiber | 1g sugar | 33g protein | 1g net carbs
  • Sausage and Egg Biscuit (no biscuit): 260 calories | 22g fat | 3g total carbs | 0g fiber | 0g sugar | 13g protein | 3g net carbs
  • Sausage, Egg & Cheese Biscuit (no biscuit): 310 calories | 27g fat | 3g total carbs | 0g fiber | 0g sugar | 15g protein | 3g net carbs
  • Monster Biscuit (no biscuit): 450 calories | 35g fat | 4g total carbs | 0g fiber | 2g sugar | 29g protein | 4g net carbs
  • Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit (no biscuit): 180 calories | 12g fat | 3g total carbs | 0g fiber | 0g sugar | 14g protein | 3g net carbs
  • Loaded Omelet Biscuit (no biscuit): 190 calories | 13g fat | 5g total carbs | 0g fiber | 0g sugar | 13g protein | 5g net carbs
  • Sunrise Croissant w/ Ham (no croissant): 150 calories | 9g fat | 3g total carbs | 0g fiber | 0g sugar | 14g protein | 3g net carbs
  • Sunrise Croissant w/ Bacon (no croissant): 180 calories | 12g fat | 3g total carbs | 0g fiber | 0g sugar | 14g protein | 3g net carbs
  • Sunrise Croissant w/ Sausage (no croissant): 310 calories | 27g fat | 3g total carbs | 0g fiber | 0g sugar | 15g protein | 3g net carbs
  • The Breakfast Burger (no bread, ketchup, or Hash Rounds): 550 calories | 40g fat | 8g total carbs | 0g fiber | 0g sugar |  30g protein | 8g net carbs
  • Frisco Breakfast Sandwich (no bread): 200 calories | 13g fat | 3g total carbs | 0g fiber | 0g sugar | 16g protein | 3g net carbs
  • Steak and Egg Burrito (no tortilla): 420 calories | 31g fat | 3g total carbs | 1g fiber | 0g sugar | 29g protein | 2g net carbs

Note: Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. can substitute the biscuit or tortilla for a lettuce wrap, but I wouldn’t recommend that for the breakfast options since lettuce and eggs taste a little weird together in my opinion.

Here’s how to make Hardee’s & Carl’s Jr. keto for lunch or dinner:

Carl's Jr. burger wrapped in lettuce

As you can see here, there are a lot of Hardee’s & Carl’s Jr. keto options! Just like the breakfast menu, simply removing the buns & sauces keeps most of the menu pretty keto-friendly. Unfortunately, the exact nutritional info isn’t as easy to calculate as the breakfast options since almost all the menu items include Special Sauce.

However, as long as you stay away from the bun, Special Sauce, and ketchup, you should be in the clear.

Here’s how to order:

Carl's Jr. burger box

“I’ll have the Really Big Hardee in a low-carb lettuce wrap instead of a bun, with no ketchup or Classic Sauce.”

When ordered the keto way, the Big Hardee comes with three charbroiled all-beef patties, American cheese, and lettuce. When you specifically request a “low-carb” item, the kitchen will be alerted to your preference to avoid any confusion when making the order.

Carl's Jr. lettuce-wrapped burger

If you have some extra carbs to spare for the day, you can order the Special Sauce on the side instead of skipping it altogether. According to MyFitnessPal, a tablespoon of Special Sauce has around 2g net carbs, so you can definitely fit that in if you want a little extra flavor!

The toppings make the meal!

holding keto lettuce-wrapped burger from Carl's Jr.

What can you put on your sandwiches? Be aware some toppings cost extra (varies by location). Pick from these:

  • American Cheese (1 slice): 40 calories | 3.5g fat | 1g carbs | 0g fiber | 0g sugar | 2g protein | 1g net carbs
  • Bacon (2 slices): 150 calories | 11g fat | 0g carbs | 0g fiber | 0g sugar | 10g protein | 0g net carbs
  • Mayonnaise: 50 calories | 5g fat | 0g carbs | 0g fiber | 0g sugar | 0g protein | 0g net carbs
  • Mustard: 5 calories | 0g fat | 0g carbs | 0g fiber | 0g sugar | 0g protein | 0g net carbs
  • Ketchup: 10 calories | 0g fat | 2g carbs | 0g fiber | 0g sugar | 0g protein | 0g net carbs
  • Pickles (3): 0 calories | 0g fat | 0g carbs | 0g fiber | 0g sugar | 0g protein | 0g net carbs
  • Red Onion (2 rings): 0 calories | 0g fat | 0g carbs | 0g fiber | 0g sugar | 0g protein | 0g net carbs
  • Iceberg Lettuce (2 pieces): 2 calories | 0g fat | 1g carbs | 1g fiber | 0g sugar | 0g protein | 0g net carbs
  • Tomato (1 slice): 3 calories | 0g fat | 1g carb | 0g fiber | 0g sugar | 0g protein | 1g net carbs

Skip the fries and go for a side salad instead.

side salad at Carl's Jr.

“Instead of French fries, can I get a side salad, please.”

Most of the time, you can swap out fries for a delicious salad for a little bit of an upcharge, but the price may depend on the location. Since their Buttermilk Ranch is both delicious and passably low-carb, feel free to order that on the side!

Side Salad: 190 calories | 7g fat | 7g carbs | 2g fiber | 0g fiber | 1g sugar | 7g protein | 5g net carbs

You can also choose to go with Hardee’s or Carl’s Jr.’s keto blue cheese dressing (2g net carbs) or balsamic vinaigrette (3g net carbs) if ranch dressing isn’t your thing.

You can also upgrade to a meal salad!

charbroiled chicken salad on tray at Carl's Jr.

“I’d like the All-Natural Charbroiled Chicken Salad, please, hold the croutons.”

Not in the mood for a burger? Go for this meaty bowl of yum. I’d see if they’ll give you some of the ranch or Buffalo dipping sauce (1g net carbs) with this one instead of a dressing to give it a little spice!

All-Natural Charbroiled Chicken Salad, no dressing or croutons: 220 calories | 7g fat | 8g carbs | 2g fiber | 4g sugar | 31g protein | 6g net carbs

holding Carl's Jr low-carb cheeseburger

As you can see, with a little due diligence, you can enjoy your meals wherever your adventures take you! Enjoy!

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About the writer:

Brandi has an Associate's Degree and 5+ years of experience writing and creating online content for local businesses.

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