Hardees fast-food chain knows a thing or two about all-American burgers and sides. But did you know they are also one of the best fast-food restaurants for delicious and healthy burgers?
The burger chain was created in 1960 by owner Wilbur Hardee who was known for his “charco-broiled” hamburgers, served fast food style in a drive through window. Less than a year later, Hardee decided to franchise and his burger chain spread throughout the Midwest and Southeast United States. The fast food restaurant was known for its’ biscuits, but in 2003 decided to focus on the hearty Black Angus beef Thickburger menu—mostly featuring its 1/3-, ½- and 2/3- pound burgers. Today, the restaurant is known for its Thickburger offerings, hand-breaded chicken tenders, natural cut fries, curly fries and jalapeno poppers and milk shake dessert drinks.
In 2010, Hardee’s menu revolutionized fast-food world when it introduced new calorie conscious foods for consumers who want delicious flavor that isn’t drowning in empty calories and fat. Today they have the “Low Carb It” line which allows you to exchange a bun for lettuce-wrap, the “Swap Your Combo”, to swap fries and a soda for salad and bottled water, “Veg It”, to remove or substitute the meat, and “Trim It”, taking away mayo or cheese.
With so many ways to modify your meal for a tasty not-as-bad-for-you option, here are the best healthy foods to eat at Hardees:
Charbroiled Chicken Cub Sandwich, “Low Carb It”
A marinated chicken breast wrapped in fresh whole-leaf iceberg lettuce topped with melted Swiss cheese, and sliced tomatoes (hold the bacon and mayonnaise) is delicious and filling with 250 calories, 16g protein, 1g fiber
Thickburger (Hold the Patty), “Veg It”
Veggie burgers patties are usually made with vegetables, like potatoes or corn, textured veggie protein (like soy), or beans. Hardees menu now offers a delicious juicy veggie burger is option to the classic Thickburger. The vegetarian friendly sandwich is topped with premium classic fixings—ketchup, mustard, fresh lettuce, tomatoes and pickles (hold the mayonnaise) at 560 calories, 11g protein, 3g fiber.
Charbroiled BBQ Chicken Sandwich, “Trim It”
Looking for a delicious chicken sandwich that doesn’t hold back of sauce or flavor? The charbroiled BBQ Chicken Sandwich, modified to “trim it”, is a low carb sandwich topped with smoky bbq sauce and fresh produce, without oily mayonnaise and cheese, packs a punch with fiber and protein. Swap out the sesame seed bun for a soft honey wheat roll. Total measurements come to 500 calories, 25g protein, 3g fiber.
Egg & Cheese Biscuit, “Veg It”
It is possible to have Hardees world famous biscuits without the extra fat and calories! If you must, order the vegetarian version of the classic egg and cheese biscuit (hold the bacon) held between their flaky made-from-scratch biscuits. The simple swap now brings the breakfast classic to 410 calories, 13g or protein, and 3g of fiber.
Side Salad, “Veg It”
The perfect side to any main entrée or sandwich, the side salad of crunchy iceberg lettuce, sliced tomatoes and onion, plus shredded carrots clocks in at 120 calories, 7g of protein and 2g of fiber. Make it better by topping it with more fresh cut veggies from home and half a packet of reduced-calorie dressing!