Copycat Carl’s Jr. Famous Star With Cheese

"A homemade version of the classic drive-thru burger, and it's a lot easier than you would think!"
photo by Jonathan Melendez photo by Jonathan Melendez
photo by Jonathan Melendez
photo by Jonathan Melendez photo by Jonathan Melendez
photo by Jonathan Melendez photo by Jonathan Melendez
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4 burgers




  • In a large bowl, combine the ground sirloin, salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder until evenly combined. Divide the mixture into 4 equal parts and then shape each into thin patties. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze for 30 minutes.
  • Heat an indoor grill pan or outdoor grill over high heat. Once hot, place the frozen meat patties on the grill. Press down with a spatula and cook for about 4 minutes on the first side. Flip over and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes on the second side. Turn off the grill and place a slice of cheese on top of each patty.
  • In a small bowl, combine the ketchup and relish. Set aside.
  • Toast the buns and spread each half with mayo.
  • To assemble the burgers, place a few pickle slices on each bottom half of the buns. Top layer lettuce, tomatoes, onions and a burger patty. Spread some of the ketchup mixture on the top bun and place on top. Serve immediately.

Questions & Replies

  1. How do I write this recipe without cheese?
  2. How much hamburger dill chips do I need for this burger?
  3. How can I make a famous star burger without cheese?
  4. Can I make this without cheese please??
  5. Where does the mayo come in?


  1. Terrific
  2. Thank you for this recipe! I live 30 minutes from the nearest Hardee's and now I can make these at home.


Jonathan Melendez is a passionate author, food photographer, cook, baker, and recipe developer whose blog, The Candid Appetite, has appeared prominently on such sites as, BonAppetite, People, Cosmopolitan, The Kitchn, Today, The Cooking Channel, Food52 and Joy the Baker. He has created and photographed recipes for Idaho Potato Commission, Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, American Butter Institute and Jones Dairy Farm, to name a few. He lives in Los Angeles, CA.
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