Carl’s Jr.


Eat Dairy Free - Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and SweetsUpdated 2018! Carl’s Jr. has a heavy concentration of restaurants in the Western and Southwestern U.S. Their fast food menu has several dairy-free options, and many that can be “special ordered” without the cheese and/or with a bun swap.

For information on Green Burrito (the fast-mex chain often linked up with Carl’s Jr.) see our Green Burrito post.

Carl's Jr.  - Dairy-Free Menu Items and Allergen Notes

No Dairy (Milk-Based) Ingredients (see disclaimer below)

  • Burgers & Sandwiches – Charbroiled BBQ Chicken Sandwich, Big Hamburger, Kids Hamburger
  • Sides – Natural-Cut Fries, CrissCut Fries
  • Dressings & Sauces – Low Fat Balsamic Vinaigrette, Sweet & Bold BBQ Dipping Sauce, Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce
  • Breakfast – Hashrounds, Pork Sausage Patty, Egg
  • Individual Burger & Sandwich Items – Sesame Seed Bun, Honey Wheat Bun, Plain Bun, Flour Tortilla, Beef Patty, Angus Beefsteak Patty, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Turkey Patty, All Natural Chicken Breast Marinated, Breaded Chicken Breast Fillet, Beef Steak Strips, Mayonnaise, Special Sauce, BBQ Sauce, Teriyaki Sauce, Classic Sauce, Ketchup, Mustard, Guacamole, Santa Fe Sauce

No Dairy with Special Order

  • Hold the Cheese – Teriyaki Burger, The Big Carl, Famous Star, The Low Carb Thickburger, Charbroiled Chicken Club Sandwich, Charbroiled Santa Fe Chicken Sandwich, Breakfast Burger
  • Swap in a Sesame Seed Bun or Lettuce Wrap – Big Chicken Fillet Sandwich
  • Hold the Cheese & Swap in a Sesame Seed Bun or Lettuce Wrap – The Original Six Dollar Thickburger, The Guacamole Bacon Thickburger

Other Allergen Notes: Carl’s Jr. does not note a shared fryer, but it is very possible that some of the fried items above are made in a shared fryer with dairy-containing menu items. Be sure to check at your location if concerned.

More Details from Carl’s Jr.

Allergen Disclaimer from Carl’s Jr.:  We do not have an allergen free cooking environment in our kitchens. All products are prepared in the same kitchen area.

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*The above information was supplied by the corresponding restaurant via their website, customer service, or other published nutritional information.  Ingredients and menu offerings are constantly changing in the food service industry, and can be subject to interpretation.  For this reason, Go Dairy Free does not guarantee nor take responsibility for the accuracy of this information.  If severe allergies or intolerances are a concern, contact the restaurant directly before purchasing or consuming one of their products.  Cross-contamination of potential food allergens should always be considered a possibility in a fast food restaurant.  

Last Updated: August 3, 2018

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


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  2. Looking at your listings for what can be made dairy free at Carl’s Jr, I’d like to share what I learned on a recent trip. On the six dollar burgers (like the guacamole bacon,) you also have to request a sesame seed bun. Brioche buns contain butter, and they also grill them with butter.

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