Review: Country Ham Biscuit from Hardee’s

Is there a greater food than ham? I think not. Ham is salty, sweet, fatty and most importantly has that “pig” flavor other cured meats just can’t hold a candle to. Sure, corned beef is great, but have you ever had canned corned beef? Awful is the first word that comes to my mind. Canned Spam and Treet on the other hand are fantastic. I have never met a ham I didn’t at the least somewhat enjoy and country ham is one of my favorites. If you have never had or even heard of country ham, here is the run down; it’s a dry cured ham produced mainly in the south. Think of it as American prosciutto. It is usually cooked after curing and served in thick “Thanksgiving” style slices as opposed to the paper-thin uncooked slices of European hams like serrano or the aforementioned prosciutto. Same beast, different end result. I tried Hardee’s Country Ham Biscuit last year and thought it was taken off the menu. I jumped with joy when I recently discovered it was a permanent item the other day. Lucky for me, I get a second chance to delve into this breakfast treat.

Hardee’s describes the Country Ham Biscuit like this:

A thick slice of country ham on a freshly baked Made from Scratch Biscuit

This was hands down the best biscuit sandwich I have ever had. I spent my youth working in old school diners and their biscuits pale in comparison to Hardee’s. I am an admitted “food snob”, but I’m not going to lie to you guys, this biscuit rocks! I doubt most chefs I know, including me, could make a biscuit this good. Though, in my defense, I do hate baking. It is the perfect combination of flaky and buttery while somehow it doesn’t fall apart like most fast food biscuits. Yeah, I’m talking to you Chick-fil-A. I generally don’t like fast food biscuits. They come off as old paper mache that has been dunked in a pool of margarine. The Hardee’s biscuit is like a dense buttery pillow sent by the gods.

Sure, you could load this baby up with eggs and cheese, but that would detract from the awesomeness of this biscuit. A simple slice of country ham is all this bad boy needs. Beauty in simplicity. By adding a layer of fatty porky goodness, Hardee’s has created a masterpiece that is now in my top 5 all-time sandwiches. While not the best country ham I have ever had, it easily blows every other fast food pork product out of the water. Sorry Chipotle, your delicious carnitas lose out to ham. Maybe next time Steve…

When I took my first bite of this sandwich, I uttered about ten words. I can only tell you three of them though, and they were “holy”, “mother” and “awesome”.  Going into a sandwich like this, I expect the ham to be the star. Not here, this is a duet from the stars singing a harmonious ballad of pig and bread. You owe it to yourself to buy this. Do your belly a favor and head to Hardee’s.

Pros: This exists. The combo of pigs, salt, and time. Things that taste way better than they should. Simplicity.

Cons: People that won't even try Spam. Being awake early enough to order breakfast. Paper mache.

Taste: 10.00/10
Value: 9.00/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.00/10
Price: $1.99

Overall GrubGrade: 9.75/10

More Info: Hardees.com
Nutrition Facts:
Country Ham Biscuit
Calories - 300
Total Fat - 18 grams
Saturated Fat - 5 grams
Cholesterol - 35 milligrams
Sodium - 1590 milligrams
Carbs - 38 grams
Sugars - 1 gram
Dietary Fiber - 1 gram
Protein - 15 grams

12 comments on “Review: Country Ham Biscuit from Hardee’s

  1. Thomas says:

    I do like Carls Jr for breakfast on occasion. But I think this review was overly positive right from the start.

    Will give it a shot though if the time comes up.

  2. Rodzilla says:

    I’m derailing bad here, but where is your degree from?

  3. James says:

    Hardee’s conveniently leaves the trans fat information off their website. Most, if not all, of their products have some amount of trans fat. According to their ingredient statement, these biscuits contain Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and/or Cottonseed Oil.

  4. larry says:

    Great review and I agree pretty much with all of it – the ham biscuit is the only biscuit the spouse will eat.

    I was reading an article in the local paper a few years ago about the yearly biscuit baking contest that Hardees holds for their best biscuit makers across the country. The lady at the local Hardees has been coming in to make the biscuits for the past 25 years and she was invited to her 4th or 5 the competition. Strong.

    As to Carl Jrs. – I took the spouse to a Carl Jrs while in Dallas and she asked if they had country ham biscuits. “Of course” was the reply. She received a Chik-Fil-A type biscuit with a big piece of city ham. This was about a year ago so perhaps they’ve changed.

    I’ll never understand why Chik-Fil-A doesn’t make their own biscuits fresh considering they A) are a Southern chain and B) offer up one of the better quality fast food menus around…apart from their biscuits.

    IMO, if you’re a Southern US chain there are 3 things you have to get right. Biscuits, Sweet Tea, and Chicken.

  5. Raiders757 says:

    If there is one thing I miss about working in, and around, Smithfield Va., it’s all the little country stores out in the sticks that served up some of the best Virginia Country Ham Biscuits you can lay your taste buds on. I have to agree, a well made country ham biscuit can be one of the simplest, yet best tasting, breakfast options ever created. Next time I’m near a Hardee’s during breakfast hours, I’ll be getting one or two of these.

  6. Kevin says:

    Sodium – 1590 milligrams

  7. Chefprotoss says:

    I never went. I decided to spend that time working on my resume. It worked out pretty well. Culinary school is very overrated in my opinion. There are only two schools in the country that actually teach the students anything worthwhile. I visited a couple campuses when I was 18 and wasn’t impressed. Why go to school to be a line cook and make 11 dollars an hour when I was already a line cook making 11 bucks an hour? In this field no one cares where you went to school. They want to know for who and where you have worked before.

  8. Marie says:

    Great job on the review…Hardee’s Country Ham biscuits is just about the only item besides CFA nuggets that I will eat at a fast food restaurant. I know they are not healthy for me, but hey – their biscuits are awesome. Somehow they manage to create a buttery slightly crunchy biscuit on the outside yet fluffy and buttery in the middle and the salty country ham complements it perfectly.

  9. Rodzilla says:

    Agree with your thoughts on culinary school. Head chef at Voltaggio’s INK went the same route. I’m also interested to hear more about it, shoot me an Email if you would.

  10. Allison says:

    “The Hardee’s biscuit is like a dense buttery pillow sent by the gods.” Made my day. (Also made my co-workers look at me like I’m a fruitcake.)

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