Reclaim Your Angus: Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. Takes Shots at McDonald’s

By now we know the Angus Third Pounders have been discontinued from the McDonald’s menu.  The $3.99 Angus burgers were replaced by $3.99 Quarter Pounders (I reviewed the Bacon Habanero one).  Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. are here to remind us that they still have Angus beef on their menu.

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“To burger fans who care about quality – I hear you,” says the CEO of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. Andy Puzder. “Our competitor has made a choice to drop its Angus burgers, but for customers focused on premium quality and taste, and not on less for less, Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s welcome your grieving stomachs. We were the first to offer Black Angus in our Six Dollar Burger and Thickburger lines. Following McDonald’s’ decision, our bigger, better Black Angus burgers are not only the only Angus burgers available in fast food, but I can assure you that they are here to stay.”  Thoughts?

16 comments on “Reclaim Your Angus: Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. Takes Shots at McDonald’s

  1. J says:

    This is hardly new for Carl’s Jr/Hardees. I’m sure we all remember the Big Carl promotion. Undoubtedly, Carl’s Jr/Hardees is much better than McDonald’s, but the constant potshots reek of an inferiority complex. I guess they have to do something like this to draw attention, though. Remember how almost blacklisted McDonald’s was after Super Size Me? People spit on their name. I swung by a McDonald’s the other day the lunch hour rush. I wanted a bag of dollar menu items for a long drive. The place was absolutely packed. A complete zoo. So much for the blacklisting.

  2. JF says:

    Saw this somewhere else earlier today. To be honest, when it comes to Angus FF burgers, Carl’s Jr. is the only place the comes to mind. McD’s weren’t that good (in my opinion), never tried any of BK’s Angus offerings (I am sure they have had or may even still do have them). So really nothing shocking here. I know CJ/Hardees is not as wide spread as McD’s, but would be surprised if people favored McD’s.

    I am still surprised CJ dropped their Six Dollar Bacon Cheeseburger (of course they have that new super bacon buyer which) – that was their best menu item, again in my opinion.

    • Jeff says:

      You can still order the Six Dollar Bacon Cheeseburger, though. Even if it’s not listed on the menu.

      I’m surprised that people fall for this “Angus beef” thing at all. Goes to show how marketing can take advantage of people. Most (read: 80%+) beef in the US is Angus.

  3. M86 says:

    Go Hardee’s (& Carl’s Jr)! I’d much rather take a Six Dollar Burger than a Quarter Pounder or a now defunct Angus burger from McDonalds. McDonalds, for me, is good for french fries, and the rare McChicken or McDouble when I’m feeling cheap. Everything from McDonald’s just tastes the same, and way too artificial.

  4. Anthony says:

    I was always disappointed with Carl’s Jr’s Six Dollar Burgers. They always came out too well done, nearly burnt, for my tastes. I’ll miss McDonalds’ Angus Burgers.

  5. JimBob says:

    They should just drop that Hardee’s name and go by the more popular Carl’s Jr. name. Having a duel brand is pretty dumb.

    • Jay says:

      So in the 80’s there were 3,000-4,000 Hardees and around 300 Carls Jr and they should drop the Hardees name?

      It’s an iconic brand of the southeast US. Why would you suddenly re-brand them to something unfamiliar?

    • Raiders757 says:

      I have to agree with Jay. Most of the people I know see Carl’s Jr. as the company that ruined Hardee’s. Not that they actually “ruined” them, but a lot of us miss the old Hardee’s business model from the 70’s and 80’s.

  6. AlexG says:

    McD’s Angus burgers had this weird processed salty flavor that grossed me out. Carl’s Jr beef tastes way more natural then McDs, BK and Wendy’s for me. Wendy’s probably the most edible after Carl’s Jr. BK beef is just too manufactured and disgusting. Now that McD’s doesn’t use Pink Slime it tastes a little better.

  7. Jonathan Wayne says:

    Carl’s Jr. is so much better than McD. Unfortunately there is not one in my area. I wish there was.

  8. Josh says:

    AlexG McD never used anything in their beef. Way to slander yourself by saying they used pink slime. I’m sending a screenshot of this page and your post to their compliance department.

  9. tehbull says:

    Ugh I miss Hardee’s so much. Chicago is the worst.

  10. maxchain says:

    Eh, they don’t need to make the extra push–I was already a Hardee’s man after I ate a Third Pounder at McD’s.

  11. Tim says:

    I love how stupid the marketing is – Black Angus is just a breed of cattle – I can’t wait until someone pulls the Red Angus Burger, the Hereford Burger, or the Charolais burger on city idiots.

  12. Judge says:

    I just want you all to know, the title Angus, has absolutely nothing to do with quality. In fact, you could use 100% Black Angus, and it could have been treated with growth hormones, anti-biotics and lord knows how the animals themselves were treated, which is by far the most important factor when it comes to quality. My advice, go to Whole Foods and buy GOOD meat, and make the burger yourself. A bit more pricey, and A LOT healthier.

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