Carl's Jr. Restaurants Franchise

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Detailed Information

Capital Required
$1,600,000 - $2,120,000

Liquid Capital

Net Worth

Financing Assistance
No Financing Available

Training and Support

Initial Franchise Fee

CEO Name
Ned Lyerly

Existing Units



Carl's Jr. is a quick-service restaurant franchise whose menu centers around the classic hamburger. In addition to varied and regularly updated burger versions, the company's menu features a selection of breakfast items, chicken meals, salads and desserts. Its Green Burrito menu offers Mexican favorites such as tacos and burritos. Carl's Jr. also offers the "Better for You" menu, which lets customers choose among vegetarian, gluten-free, low-carb and low-calorie options. The brand emphasizes high-quality ingredients and cooking techniques, as well as quick and convenient service.

Why Choose Us?

Carl's Jr. has a high level of name recognition both in the United States and internationally. Franchisees reap the benefits of comprehensive, strong national and regional advertising campaigns. The company also provides support in the form of several training programs and post-opening guidance. Franchisees receive advice from representatives in marketing and advertising, site selection, development and more. As the company values innovation and staying on the cutting edge, its research and development team is constantly improving existing products and working on producing new favorites.

Ideal Candidate

Prospective franchisees in the United States must have a minimum net worth of $1 million and liquid assets of at least $300,000. The standard franchise fee is $25,000, with discounts available for opening multiple locations. At this time, domestic franchisees should be willing to open a minimum of 3 restaurants. The company prefers, but does not strictly require prior experience in restaurant operation and/or franchising.


In 1941, Carl N. Karchner launched his Los Angeles business by buying a hot dog cart with his wife Margaret. Soon, the couple were operating several carts. In 1945, they opened their first drive-in hamburger restaurant in Anaheim, California, under the name of Carl's Drive-In Barbecue. In the following years, the Karchners pioneered several innovations that would later become industry standards, such as self-service beverage stations.

The first Carl's Jr. opened in the 1950's as a smaller, more focused version of the Drive-In Barbecue. As the company wanted to combine quick service with high quality and a comfortable experience, Carl's Jr. became the first fast restaurant chain to provide table service and to put thought into providing a pleasant dining environment. In the 1970's, the Carl's Jr. corporate headquarters were established in Anaheim, California. The company opened its first out-of-state location in 1979. The following decade, the chain introduced the hugely successful Western Bacon Cheeseburger.

Carl's Jr. went public in 1981. At the time, it was operating 300 locations. It took the next step in 1984 and began offering franchises. In keeping with its innovative spirit, the company was among the first to implement a system that allowed customers to pay with debit cards.

In 1994, the restaurant chain underwent a massive revitalization program that included various updates and a partnership with Green Burrito. The parent company, CKE Restaurants, also acquired Hardee's. In 2010, CKE Restaurants – and Carl's Jr. with it – went back to being a privately held company. In 2011, Carl's Jr became the first major fast food company to put turkey burgers on its menu, appealing to an increasingly health-conscious public.

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