Carl's Jr. just released a "Southwestern" version of the burger, in a patty melt no less. (If I were to choose my least favorite Carl's Jr. commercial, which would be quite hard, it would probably be the "flat buns" commercial of a few years back that advertised the patty melt. If you don't know what I'm talking about, consider yourself lucky.) The burger comes with sliced jalapenos, grilled onions, pepperjack cheese, and Santa Fe sauce. I picked up one yesterday; you can opt to get the Southwestern Patty Melt in a single or double version as well, but I went for the Six Dollar. (It wasn't quite six bucks, but $5.43 with tax.)
But that's a relative statement; it was still a Carl's Jr. burger, which means that strange, freezer-burned taste to the meat. I know some people who love that taste, and I respect that, but it's not for me. Of course it didn't help that earlier in the day I had eaten the best restaurant burger I have had in months (more on that one of these days), but even without that, I still would have been underwhelmed by the dull, flavorless patty. I don't know why Carl's Jr. doesn't do something to improve their burgers; can you imagine how much better the burgers would be if they put the same effort into the beef that they do with their hand-breaded chicken tenders?
If you like Carl's Jr. and you like spicy food, I imagine you will enjoy this burger. But I won't be getting one again.